Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Oppress the Afflicted – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verses 22-23
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Oppress the Afflicted
The two verses above are a continuation of sorts, to what the Lord had to say a few verses up the page of this chapter. We covered it in a recent devotional called: “Come to Want.” There, we spoke about oppressing the poor. In the verses above, we’re looking at robbing from them.
There is a difference between the two. To oppress the poor would be making their lives more miserable by whatever means. But to rob from them, would be to take away what little they may already have.
Also, we’re introduced to the afflicted at the gate. What this would mean to us, would be those who would take advantage of people who come to them for help.
My initial impression about that would be scam artists, who prey on the elderly. I’ve seen many a story about retired and/or elderly folks, being scammed out of retirement for promise of a greater return. Also in the online business world, there are so called “businesses that make all kinds of boasts.
“You can make thousands overnight!”
“Make your dreams come true.”
“Be your neighborhood’s next millionaire!”
“Earn thousands a week from your living room chair!”
You get the point I believe. I’m fairly confident that most of you have come across these too good to be true employment opportunities. There is one targeted group that these people prey off of.
Those who need the money. People that don’t have a lack of money, have no need to take part in these kinds of things. But the desperate, given hope that they will be able to turn their finances around for just a $50.00 one time program purchase (or whatever to that effect), and only a couple of hours working in their slippers each week, are given a false light at the end of the tunnel.
I said all of that, because I personally see that this is a manner by which to oppress the afflicted. Some of these kinds of things appear as a godsend, and many are awfully convincing. But in most circumstances, whoever bites winds off worse for it, and twice as hurt.
As we’ve seen in other verses, there is a promised action of the Lord attached. The Lord WILL plead their cause. Not might, but will. That’s a promise of the Father, and we’d all do well to pay attention when we run into these kinds of verses.
Spoiling the soul of those who have taken their spoils from the poor, was, is, and will be, the knee jerk reaction of the Lord. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If he did it then, he’ll do it now.
There are a lot of people out there, that will be in for a big surprise one day, when they’re called to task as far as this matter is concerned. It’s best that we rest on the right side of this matter, pleasing the Lord, and being a help to all folks, and not be a hindrance.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
2 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
James 2: King James Bible
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
Thank you for your Word, and for all of the different verses that include your great and trustworthy promises. Your promises are true, just as your Word, and we ask that you help us to not burden others, or ever be found robbing from, or oppressing anyone ever. Please keep our actions, our thoughts, and our hearts far from these kinds of actions, and cause for a desire to be a help and a blessing to all burn in our hearts. All for your purposes and your glory. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever done anything either knowingly or unknowingly, to oppress the afflicted?
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