The proverb in verse 23 is unlike most of the rest of the proverbs in the book in that it is not a comparative proverb upon a quick read. However, within its meaning, it does compare the poor with the powerful who often become and maintain wealth at the poor’s expense. Some would say the modern slogan for this proverb is “social injustice”. However, like any other mantra, the meaning of the term social injustice is defined broadly and inconsistently.
Since human justice is defined by imperfect people, naturally human justice is used by the imperfect for their own benefit. The poor man’s abundant harvest is stolen by the corrupt hiding behind anti-social and anti-Christ laws. Eventually, legal injustice turns into riots that lead to either deceptive change, violence turned into a revolution, or repentance and submission to God’s way. Only the latter helps the poor reap the benefit of a field that produces abundant food.
Is there any hope for the poor living in an unjust society? Yes. Hope is found in the Lord. David declared, “Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’ …My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like you, O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.'” (Psalm 35:3, 10)