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Poverty, Causes Of

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Genesis 3:17-19

And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed be the ground on thy account; with toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; and thorns and thistles shall it yield thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou return to the ground: for out of it wast thou taken. For dust thou art; and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 2:9-14

And out of the ground Jehovah Elohim made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; and the tree of life, in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden, to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became four main streams. The name of the one is Pison: that is it which surrounds the whole land of Havilah, where the gold is. read more.
And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and the onyx stone are there. And the name of the second river is Gihon: that is it which surrounds the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which flows forward toward Asshur. And the fourth river, that is Euphrates.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48

Because thou servedst not Jehovah thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, thou shalt serve thine enemies whom Jehovah will send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of everything; and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

Isaiah 3:1

For behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, will take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

Amos 4:6

And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places; yet ye have not returned unto me, saith Jehovah.

Proverbs 6:10-11

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest! So shall thy poverty come as a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest! So shall thy poverty come as a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.

Proverbs 6:26

for by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a loaf of bread, and another's wife doth hunt for the precious soul.

Proverbs 28:19

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread; but he that followeth the worthless shall have poverty enough.

Luke 15:14

But when he had spent all there arose a violent famine throughout that country, and he began to be in want.

Proverbs 13:18

Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction; but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not of them that strike hands, of them that are sureties for debts: if thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Matthew 18:23-25

For this cause the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who would reckon with his bondmen. And having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him. But he not having anything to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and everything that he had, and that payment should be made.

Proverbs 11:24

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is right, but it tendeth only to want.

Proverbs 28:22

He that hath an evil eye hasteth after wealth, and knoweth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Acts 20:35

I have shewed you all things, that thus labouring we ought to come in aid of the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Haggai 1:9

Ye looked for much, and behold it was little; and when ye brought it home, I blew upon it. Wherefore? saith Jehovah of hosts. Because of my house that lieth waste, whilst ye run every man to his own house.

Judges 6:6

And Israel was brought very low because of Mid'ian; and the people of Israel cried for help to the LORD.

Job 20:19

For he hath oppressed, hath forsaken the poor; he hath violently taken away a house that he did not build.

Proverbs 13:23

Much food is in the tillage of the poor; but there is that is lost for want of judgment.

Isaiah 1:7

Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers eat it up in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

Genesis 45:11

And there will I maintain thee; for yet there are five years of famine; in order that thou be not impoverished, thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast.

Genesis 47:20-21

And Joseph bought all the soil of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them; and the land became Pharaoh's. And as for the people, he removed them into the cities, from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end of it.

Job 1:13-21

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the firstborn. And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them; and they of Sheba fell upon them and took them, and the servants have they smitten with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee. read more.
While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, The Chaldeans made three bands, and fell upon the camels and took them, and the servants have they smitten with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the firstborn; and behold, there came a great wind from over the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they died; and I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee. And Job rose up, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshipped; and he said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah!

Deuteronomy 8:7-9

For Jehovah thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of water-brooks, of springs, and of deep waters, that gush forth in the valleys and hills; a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig-trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey; a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, where thou shalt lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose mountains thou wilt dig copper.

Psalm 34:9-10

Fear Jehovah, ye his saints; for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions are in need and suffer hunger; but they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good.

2 Kings 4:1

And a woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha saying, Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou knowest that thy servant feared Jehovah; and the creditor is come to take my two children to be bondmen.

Luke 16:20

And there was a poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his gateway full of sores,

Romans 15:26

for Macedonia and Achaia have been well pleased to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints who are in Jerusalem.

Proverbs 10:15

The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Luke 16:3

And the steward said within himself, What shall I do; for my lord is taking the stewardship from me? I am not able to dig; I am ashamed to beg.

Proverbs 6:30

They do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry:

Proverbs 30:8-9

Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread of my daily need: lest I be full and deny thee, and say, Who is Jehovah? or lest I be poor and steal, and outrage the name of my God.

Psalm 119:71

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes.

Mark 12:44

for all have cast in of that which they had in abundance, but she of her destitution has cast in all that she had, the whole of her living.

Luke 21:4

for all these out of their abundance have cast into the gifts of God; but she out of her need has cast in all the living which she had.

2 Corinthians 8:2

that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty has abounded to the riches of their free-hearted liberality.

Revelation 2:9

I know thy tribulation and thy poverty; but thou art rich; and the railing of those who say that they themselves are Jews, and are not, but a synagogue of Satan.

Matthew 19:21-22

Jesus said to him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell what thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. But the young man, having heard the word, went away grieved, for he had large possessions.

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