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The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.[a]
Those who sow iniquity reap calamity,(A)
    and the rod used in anger will fail.[b]
The generous will be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.

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Footnotes

  1. 22:7 An observation on money and power. One who borrows becomes poor in the sense of indebted, a slave to the lender.
  2. 22:8 Agricultural metaphors express the failure of malicious actions. In the first line, bad actions are seeds yielding trouble. In the second line, “the rod” is a flail used to beat grains as in Is 28:27.

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