The focus is on who does and does not take advantage of “the poor.” While God isn’t mentioned at all, His fingerprints are all over this verse!
The actions of the person in this verse are almost verbatim with treatment of the poor that is condemned in the Law of Moses (Leviticus 25:36-37). So doing this is not only not nice — it’s willfully disobeying God’s clear directives.
They’re “kind to the poor” — that is “gracious,” even “generous,” to them. BTW, the word translated “kind” is the root of the English name Jonathan (Hebrew “gift of the LORD”).
While the message of this verse may seem counter-intuitive to what we see around us every day, we need to remember — God always take the long-view on things.
What’s happening right now is just a snapshot of the moment. Things can…and, at some point, will change pretty quickly!
And when the smoke all clears and the dust all settles, those who are abusive to the poor won’t have much to show. And those who are kind to the poor will be passing it around!