“He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty” — Proverbs 22:16
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This verse from Proverbs is providing a warning about unethical business practices. It suggests that oppressing the poor by overcharging them or underpaying them to increase one’s own wealth will lead to poverty.
Similarly, the verse says that currying favor with the rich by giving them lavish gifts or bribes will also lead to poverty.
The overall message seems to be that long-term prosperity depends on fair and ethical treatment of all people, regardless of their social class.