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Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him (Proverbs 14:31, ESV). It is a shame beyond measure when one feels a superiority in comparison to some other person. The force of this proverb could be understood like this: to oppress/criticize that which God created means YOU think you could do a better! Arrogance at it best (worst)! This is not only arrogance, but arrogance that looks for a home in an empty room. Though the idea of oppression in this proverb appears to be something physical, there is oppression in the words spoken also. Sometimes the words spoken can be more difficult to handle and move past than physical wounds. Note the contrast, however. The generous man is not only giving with regard to his possession, but with his words and disposition.