For you had very little before I came, but now your wealth has increased. The Lord has blessed you because of me. And now, when will I also do something for my own family?”
So the Israelites did this. Some gathered a lot, some a little.
You have planted much
but harvested little.
but never have enough to be satisfied.
but never have enough to become drunk.
You put on clothes
but never have enough to get warm.
The wage earner puts his wages
into a bag with a hole in it.”
When they measured it by quarts, the person who gathered a lot had no surplus, and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat.
2 Corinthians 8:15
As it has been written:The person who gathered much
did not have too much,
and the person who gathered little
did not have too little.
“You expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought the harvest to your house, I ruined it. Why?” This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. “Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.
Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure with turmoil.
Better a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.
Better a dry crust with peace
than a house full of feasting with strife.
“But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to Him.
Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.”
“There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?”