A The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends (v. 20).
- B Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor (v. 21).
- B1 Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness (v. 20).
A1 In all toil there is profit [plenty], but mere talk tends only to poverty (v. 21).
A and A1 tells about poverty and prosperity. B and B1 tell of the reward for the right treatment of the poor.
A tells us that even the poor man’s neighbor dislikes him. This means that the poor man has few friends. But the rich man has many friends who like him. To be poor means having few friends. But to be rich means having many friends—including “plastic” friends.
That is why I do not like to make many rich friends. They already have many friends. I like to make many poor friends. It is because few people make friends with them. But God is the friend of the poor. When Jesus came to earth, He loved both rich and poor. But He spent more time with the poor than with the rich.