Parallel Verses

World English Bible

The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

New American Standard Bible

The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.

King James Version

The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Holman Bible

The poor man pleads,
but the rich one answers roughly.

International Standard Version

The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.

A Conservative Version

A poor man uses entreaties, but a rich man answers roughly.

American Standard Version

The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly.


The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.

Bible in Basic English

The poor man makes requests for grace, but the man of wealth gives a rough answer.

Darby Translation

He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The poor uses intreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

Julia Smith Translation

The poor one will speak supplications; and the rich one will answer with vehemence.

King James 2000

The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The poor may speak entreaties, but the rich will answer roughly.

Modern King James verseion

The poor speaks humble requests, but the rich answers roughly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The poor maketh supplication and prayeth meekly; but the rich giveth a rough answer.

NET Bible

A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly.

New Heart English Bible

The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

The Emphasized Bible

Supplications, doth the poor man utter, but, the rich, answereth fiercely.


The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Youngs Literal Translation

With supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.


Root Form
Usage: 24

Usage: 1142

תּחנוּנה תּחנוּן 
Usage: 18

but the rich
Usage: 23

Usage: 329

Verse Info

Context Readings

How To Avoid Fools And Foolishness

22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of Yahweh. 23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly. 24 A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Cross References

James 2:3

and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;"

Genesis 42:7

Joseph saw his brothers, and he recognized them, but acted like a stranger to them, and spoke roughly with them. He said to them, "Where did you come from?" They said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."

Genesis 42:30

"The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country.

Exodus 5:2

Pharaoh said, "Who is Yahweh, that I should listen to his voice to let Israel go? I don't know Yahweh, and moreover I will not let Israel go."

Ruth 2:7

She said, 'Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.' So she came, and has continued even from the morning until now, except that she stayed a little in the house."

1 Samuel 2:36

It shall happen, that everyone who is left in your house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, "Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread."'"

1 Samuel 25:10

Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants who break away from their masters these days.

1 Samuel 25:17

Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him."

2 Kings 4:1-2

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves."

Isaiah 66:2

For all these things has my hand made, and [so] all these things came to be," says Yahweh: "but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word.

Matthew 5:3

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

James 1:9-11

But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;

James 2:6

But you have dishonored the poor man. Don't the rich oppress you, and personally drag you before the courts?

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