Proverbs Notes 13:23

Proverbs 13:23 Notes

Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

The poor, being blessed by God, has much food on their tillage (farm land). In this proverb Solomon makes a comparison. It is between the poor and those who are debt collectors. Since the first part of this proverb speaks of the poor, one can safely say Solomon speaks of debt collectors. At first reading this proverb makes little since. Yet, men who want judgement hold surety against the poor. Therefore, due to their ruthlessness to obtain the debt, they destroy themselves. They reproach their maker (proverbs 14:31). Do not reproach your maker, have mercy on the poor.

Reference: Job 5:15, Job 5:15, Job 24:3-5, Job 24:8-10, Psalm 10:2, Proverbs 10:15, Proverbs 14:21, Proverbs 17:5, Proverbs 18:23, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 21:13