‘ Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;
All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.
He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
“ You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.
‘ If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his relative has sold.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
“ You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.
The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
“ But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;
For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
They only asked us to remember the poor— the very thing I also was eager to do.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?