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.
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have abundance.
“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;
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.
“If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of trouble.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.
The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
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.
But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
They only asked us to remember the poor— the very thing I also was eager to do.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.