Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord,
and He will give a reward to the lender.
For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.’
“There will be no poor among you, however, because the Lord is certain to bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance—
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.
You always have the poor with you, and you can do what is good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me.
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
Wealth attracts many friends,
but a poor man is separated from his friend.
All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words,
but they are not there.
A poor man is hated even by his neighbor,
but there are many who love the rich.
What advantage then does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage is there for the poor person who knows how to conduct himself before others?
For he came from prison to be king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.
Then I thought:They are just the poor;
they have played the fool.
For they don’t understand the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God.
But if one is too poor to pay the assessment, he must present the person before the priest and the priest will set a value for him. The priest will set a value for him according to what the one making the vow can afford.
“If your brother becomes destitute and cannot sustain himself among you, you are to support him as a foreigner or temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you.
“If your brother among you becomes destitute and sells himself to you, you must not force him to do slave labor.
“If a foreigner or temporary resident living among you prospers, but your brother living near him becomes destitute and sells himself to the foreigner living among you, or to a member of the foreigner’s clan,
A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.
And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.”
For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in.
“The poor in spirit are blessed,
for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.