The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
What mean ye [that] ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor [is] in your houses.
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest regardeth; and [there be] higher than they.
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that giveth to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want.
A poor man that oppresseth the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
[There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and their jaw teeth [as] knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.
[As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.
All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth [them with] words, [yet] they [are] wanting [to him].
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends.
To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and [that] they may rob the fatherless!
For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
The instruments also of the churl [are] evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing [was] as to devour the poor secretly.
That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that [are] in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
And they lay [themselves] down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned [in] the house of their god.
That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the [same] maid, to profane my holy name:
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation.
He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
Then said they, We will restore [them], and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.
Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them.
I likewise, [and] my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
Also I said, It [is] not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?
And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing [to answer].
Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our daughters are brought unto bondage [already]: neither [is it] in our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, [and that upon] our lands and vineyards.
[Some] also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, [are] many: therefore we take up corn [for them], that we may eat, and live.
Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
The wicked in [his] pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
Or darkness, [that] thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
Therefore snares [are] round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness [which] they have prescribed;