It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.
“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;
“If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.
So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.
A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.
A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.
Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;
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 a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man
When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.”
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.