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Victor M. Eskew


But ye have despised the poor.  Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seat?



1.    Have despised

A.   Strong (818):  to render infamous, that is, (by implication) contemn, maltreat

B.    Thayer:  to dishonor, insult, treat with contempt…whether in word, deed, or thought

C.   Vine:  to dishonor


2.    Poor

A.   Strong (4434):  a beggar…that is, a pauper

B.    Thayer:  reduced to beggary…destitute of wealth, influence, position, honor…poor, needy

C.   Vine:  poor


3.    Rich men

A.   Strong (4145):  wealthy

B.    Thayer:  wealthy, abounding in material resources

C.   Vine:  wealthy


4.    Oppress

A.   Strong (2616):  to exercise dominion against, that is oppress

B.    Thayer:  to exercise harsh control over one, to use power against one, to oppress one

C.   Vine:  to exercise power over


5.    Draw

A.   Strong (1670):  to drag (literally or figuratively)

B.    Thayer:  to draw, drag off, metaphorically, to draw by inward power, lead, impel

C.   Vine:  to draw to a place, forcibly, but not violently


6.    Judgment seats

A.   Strong (2922):  a rule of judging…that is, (by implication) a tribunal

B.    Thayer:  a place where judgment is given, the tribunal of a judge, a bench of judges

C.   Vine:  a tribunal, law-court

D.   NOTE:  In the Greek language, the word is “criterion” from which we get our English word “criterion.”