Poverty, Attitudes Towards
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"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;
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
'Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
"You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.
"Why are times not stored up by the Almighty, And why do those who know Him not see His days?
and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on David's throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates.
"Then he may have a violent son who sheds blood and who does any of these things to a brother
Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals.
and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'
For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
"At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town.
but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
'Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
'Your harvest's aftergrowth you shall not reap, and your grapes of untrimmed vines you shall not gather; the land shall have a sabbatical year.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
And he would answer and say to them, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise."
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.
"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.
"The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
At mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar." So she sat beside the reapers; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied and had some left.
Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much."
a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, "I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way."
In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples and said to them,
"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, "Buy the things we have need of for the feast"; or else, that he should give something to the poor.
"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.
"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.'"
but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints.
For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality--
They only asked us to remember the poor--the very thing I also was eager to do.
He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
"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 whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
"He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.
Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves."
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.
Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
- Aliens, Believers Duty
- Attitudes, to other people
- Bad Leadership
- Bereaved, Care For
- Caring For Others
- Giving Money To The Church
- Giving To The Poor
- Giving, Of Possessions
- Money, Stewardship Of
- Not Helping Widows
- Oppression, God's Attitude To
- Oppression, Nature Of
- Poverty, Remedies For
- Riches, Believers Attitudes