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40 Bible Verses about Benevolence

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Deuteronomy 15:7-15

If [there] is a poor [person] among you from [among] one of your brothers in one of your {towns} that Yahweh your God [is] giving to you, you shall not harden your heart, and you shall not shut your hand toward {your brother who is poor}. But you shall certainly open your hand for him, and {you shall willingly lend} [to] him enough to meet his need, {whatever it is}. {Take care} so that there will not be {a thought of wickedness} in your heart, {saying}, 'The seventh year, the year of the remission of debt is near,' {and you view your needy neighbor with hostility}, and [so] you [do] not give to him, and he might cry [out] against you to Yahweh, and {you would incur guilt against yourself}.read more.
By all means you must give to him, and {you must not be discontented} at your giving to him, because on account of this [very] thing, Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work and {in all that you undertake}. For the poor will not cease to be {among you} [in] the land; therefore I [am] commanding you, {saying}, 'You shall willingly open your hand to your brother, to your needy and to your poor [that are] in your land.' If your relative who is a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman is sold to you, and [he or she] has served you six years, then in the seventh year you shall send that person [out] {free}. And when you send him [out] free from you, you shall not send him [away] empty-handed. You shall generously supply him from [among] your flocks and from your threshing floor and from your press; [according to] that [with which] Yahweh your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you; therefore I [am] commanding you thus {today}.

Judges 19:16-21

Then behold, an old man [was] coming from his work from the field in the evening, and the man [was] from the hill country of Ephraim, and he [was] dwelling as a foreigner in Gibeah. (The people of the place [were] descendants of Benjamin.) And the old man raised his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city, and he said, "Where are you going, and from where do you come?" And he said to him, "We [are] crossing over from Bethlehem in Judah up to the remote areas of the hill country of Ephraim, where I [am] from. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, but [now] I am going to Yahweh's house, but no one {took me in to spend the night}.read more.
There is both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and also bread and wine for me, for your servant, and for the young man who is with your servant; there is no lack of anything." And the old man said, "Peace to you. I will take care of your needs; however, you must not spend the night in the open square." So he brought him to his house, and he fed the donkeys; they washed their feet, ate, and drank.

2 Samuel 9:7

Then David said to him, "Don't be afraid, for {I will certainly show} loyal love to you for the sake of Jonathan your father, and I will restore to you all the lands of Saul your father. And you shall always eat food at my table."

1 Kings 2:7

Regarding the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, you shall do loyal love and let them be among those who eat at your table, because they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother.

Nehemiah 5:8-12

and I said to them: "We ourselves have bought back our brothers the Jews who were sold to the nations as we were able. But now you yourselves have sold your brothers so they may be sold to us!" They were silent and could not find a word [to say]. So I said, "The thing that you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God [to prevent] the disgrace from the nations, our enemies? Also, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please stop [taking] this interest.read more.
Please restore to them this day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, their houses, and the interest on the money, the grain, the grape juice, and the olive oil that you have been taking from them." So they said, "We will restore it and will not request [anything more]. So we will do as you say." Then I called the priests and made them take an oath to do this promise.

Nehemiah 8:10-11

Then he said to them, "Go, eat festive food and drink sweet drinks, and send a share to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our lord. Do not be grieved because the joy of Yahweh is your refuge." So the Levites silenced all of the people, saying, "Silence, for this day is holy. Do not be grieved."

Job 29:11-17

"When [the] ear heard and commended me, and [the] eye saw and testified in support of me because I saved [the] needy who cried for help, and [I saved] [the] orphan for whom [there was] no helper. [The] blessing of [the] wretched came upon me, and I caused [the] widow's heart to sing for joy.read more.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice [was] like a robe and a headband. "I was eyes to the blind, and I [was] feet to the lame. I [was] a father to the poor, and I investigated {the stranger's} legal dispute. And I broke [the] evil one's jaw bones, and I made [his] prey drop from his teeth.

Job 31:16-23

"If I have withheld [the] desire of [the] poor from [them], or I have caused [the] widow's eyes to fail, or I have eaten my morsel {alone}, and [the] orphan has not eaten from it (for from my childhood he {grew up with} me like a father, and from my mother's womb I guided her),read more.
if I have seen [the one who] perishes because of no clothing or [that] there is no covering for the poor, if his loins have not blessed me, or by means of my sheep's fleece he has warmed himself, if I have raised my hand against an orphan because I saw my supporters at the gate, [then] let my shoulder blade fall from [my] shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket. Indeed, the disaster from God [was] a dread for me, and {I was powerless} because of his majesty.

Proverbs 3:27-28

Do not withhold good from its owner when it is in the power of your hand to do. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go and return and tomorrow I will give [it]," {when it is with you}.

Isaiah 21:14

{When you happen to meet} [the] thirsty, bring water. Inhabitants of the land of Tema came to meet [the] fugitive with his bread.

Isaiah 58:10

if you offer your soul to the hungry, and you satisfy [the] appetite of [the] afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your darkness [will be] like noon.

Ezekiel 18:7

and he oppresses {no one} [and] he returns pledge for his loan {and he commits no robbery} [and] he gives his bread to [the] hungry and he covers a naked person [with] a garment,

Matthew 25:35-45

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 welcomed me as a guest, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed [you], or thirsty and give [you something] to drink?read more.
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome [you] as a guest, or naked and clothe [you]? And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?' And the king will answer [and] say to them, 'Truly I say to you, in as much as you did [it] to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did [it] to me.' Then he will also say to those on [his] left, 'Depart from me, [you] accursed ones, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me [anything] to eat, I was thirsty and you did not give me [anything] to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not care for me.' Then they will also answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and not serve you?' Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly I say to you, in as much as you did not do [it] to one of the least of these, you did not do [it] to me.'

Luke 3:11

And he answered [and] said to them, "The one who has two tunics must share with the one who does not have [one], and the one who has food must do likewise."

Luke 10:33-35

But a certain Samaritan who was traveling came up to him and, [when he] saw [him], had compassion. And he came up [and] bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine, and he put him on his own animal [and] brought him to an inn and took care of him. And on the next day, he took out two denarii [and] gave [them] to the innkeeper, and said, "Take care of him, and whatever you spend in addition, I will repay to you when I return.

Acts 2:44-46

And all who believed were in the same [place], and had everything in common. And they began selling [their] possessions and property, and distributing these [things] to all, to the degree that anyone had need. And every day, devoting themselves [to meeting] with one purpose in the temple [courts] and breaking bread from house [to house], they were eating [their] food with joy and simplicity of heart,

Acts 4:32-37

Now the group of those who believed were one heart and soul, and no one said anything of what belonged to him was his own, but all [things] were theirs in common. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony [to] the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. For there was not even anyone needy among them, because all those who were owners of plots of land or houses were selling [them] [and] bringing the proceeds of the things that were soldread more.
and placing [them] at the feet of the apostles. And it was being distributed to each as anyone had need. So Joseph, who was called Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated "son of encouragement"), a Levite of Cyprus by nationality, sold a field that belonged to him [and] brought the money and placed [it] at the feet of the apostles.

Acts 9:36-39

Now in Joppa there was a certain female disciple {named} Tabitha (which translated means "Dorcas"). She was full of good deeds and charitable giving which she was constantly doing. Now it happened that in those days [after] becoming sick, she died. And [after] washing [her], they placed her in an upstairs room. And [because] Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, [when they] heard that Peter was in {Lydda}, sent two men to him, urging, "Do not delay to come to us!"read more.
So Peter got up [and] accompanied them. [When he] arrived, they brought [him] up to the upstairs room, and all the widows came to him, weeping and showing [him] tunics and [other] clothing that Dorcas used to make [while she] was with them.

Acts 10:4

And he stared at him and became terrified [and] said, "What is [it], Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your charitable deeds have gone up for a memorial offering before God.

Acts 11:29

So from the disciples, {according to their ability to give}, each one of them determined to send [financial aid] for support to the brothers who lived in Judea,

Romans 15:26-27

For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. For they were pleased [to do so], and they are obligated to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual [things], they ought also to serve them in material [things].

1 Corinthians 16:1-3

Now concerning the collection for the saints: just as I gave directions about [it] to the churches of Galatia, so you do also. On the first [day] of the week, each one of you {put aside} [something], saving up {to whatever extent he has prospered}, in order that whenever I come, at that time collections do not take place. And whenever I arrive, whomever you approve by letters, I will send these to take your gift to Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, that with a great ordeal of affliction, the abundance of their joy and the extreme depth of their poverty have overflowed to the wealth of their generosity. I testify that [they gave] according to [their] ability, and beyond [their] ability, by their own choice,read more.
requesting of us with much exhortation the favor and the fellowship of the ministry to the saints, and not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and [then] to us, by the will of God. So we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun [it], thus he would also complete for you this [act of] grace. But just as you excel in everything--in faith and in speaking and in knowledge and with all diligence and in the love from us [that is] in you--so may you excel in this grace also. I am not saying [this] as a command, but proving the genuineness of your love by means of the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that [although he] was rich, for your sake he became poor, in order that you, by his poverty, may become rich. And I am giving an opinion in this [matter], because this is profitable for you who not only began previously, a year ago, to do [something], but also to want [to do it]. So now also complete the doing [of it], in order that just as [you have] the eagerness to want [to do it], thus also [you may] complete [it] from [what you] have. For if the eagerness is present {according to what one has}, [it is] acceptable not {according to what one does not have}. For [this is] not that for others [there may be] relief, [and] for you difficult circumstances, but [as a matter] of equality. At the present time your abundance [will be] for their need, in order that their abundance may also be for your need, so that there may be equality, just as it is written, "The [one] who [gathered] much did not have too much, and the [one] who [gathered] little did not have too little."

2 Corinthians 8:24

Therefore show to them the proof of your love and our boasting about you {openly before} the churches.

2 Corinthians 9:1

For it is unnecessary for me to write to you concerning the ministry to the saints,

From Thematic Bible


Benevolence » The duty of » Encouragement to

Isaiah 58:10

if you offer your soul to the hungry, and you satisfy [the] appetite of [the] afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your darkness [will be] like noon.

2 Corinthians 9:6

Now [the point is] this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Chronicles 31:10

And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, saying, "Since the offerings began to be brought to the house of Yahweh, [we have] eaten and been satisfied, and have much to spare, for Yahweh has blessed his people. Now [see] this abundant remainder!"

Benevolence » The duty of » Paul's exhortation

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » Freely

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure--pressed down, shaken, overflowing--they will pour out into your lap. For with the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you in return."

Benevolence » The duty of » Christ's commands

Luke 3:11

And he answered [and] said to them, "The one who has two tunics must share with the one who does not have [one], and the one who has food must do likewise."

Benevolence » The duty of » The wise man's advice

Ecclesiastes 11:1

Send out your bread on the water, for in many days you will find it.

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » Scriptural rules for giving

Deuteronomy 16:17

Each [person] {shall give as he is able}, [that is], according to the blessing of Yahweh your God that he has given to you.

Benevolence » The duty of » Moses injunction

Deuteronomy 15:12-14

If your relative who is a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman is sold to you, and [he or she] has served you six years, then in the seventh year you shall send that person [out] {free}. And when you send him [out] free from you, you shall not send him [away] empty-handed. You shall generously supply him from [among] your flocks and from your threshing floor and from your press; [according to] that [with which] Yahweh your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » Regularly, every week

1 Corinthians 16:2

On the first [day] of the week, each one of you {put aside} [something], saving up {to whatever extent he has prospered}, in order that whenever I come, at that time collections do not take place.

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » Cheerfully

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » With simplicity

Benevolence » Examples of systematic » Without ostentation

Benevolence » The duty of » The prophet's words

Christ, our example » Conformity to, required in » Benevolence

2 Corinthians 8:7

But just as you excel in everything--in faith and in speaking and in knowledge and with all diligence and in the love from us [that is] in you--so may you excel in this grace also.

required Expression » Different forms of religious expression required » Benevolence

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure--pressed down, shaken, overflowing--they will pour out into your lap. For with the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you in return."

Perfection » Some essential elements of » Benevolence

Sacrifices » Illustrative of » Benevolence

Philippians 4:18

But I have received everything [in full] and have an abundance; {I am well supplied} [because] I received from Epaphroditus {what you had sent}, a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Social duties » Sympathy the marks of true » Benevolence

Sympathy » The marks of true » Benevolence