Grace is giving the other person, not what he deserves, but what he needs. Do not blame the poor for their poverty. Do not give them what they deserve. Rather, give them what they need—kindness and favor.
The writer also compares one’s economic status with his integrity. A poor man is better than a liar (Prov. 19:22b). It implies that a poor but honest man is better than a liar. The key here is one’s integrity even in poverty.
Are you poor? If you are poor, but honest, then you are better than a rich man who is dishonest. If you are poor but rich in honesty, you are better than a rich but dishonest man.
Thus, it is not a question of whether it is better to be rich or poor.Rather, it is a question of whether you have integrity. It is not then a question of your status in life, but of your integrity of heart.
The writer gives no regard with your status in life, whether it is better to be rich or poor. Rather, he says that it is better to be poor than to be a liar.
Thus, it is better to be a poor man who is honest, than to be a rich man who is a liar. Conversely, we can deduce further that it is better to be a rich, but honest man, than to be a poor liar.