He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
The rich and the poor have a common bond, The Lord is the maker of them all.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.
“If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me,
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.
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?
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.