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55 Bible Verses about Poverty, Causes Of

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Genesis 3:17-19

And to the man He said, 'Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and dost eat of the tree concerning which I have charged thee, saying, Thou dost not eat of it, cursed is the ground on thine account; in sorrow thou dost eat of it all days of thy life, and thorn and bramble it doth bring forth to thee, and thou hast eaten the herb of the field; by the sweat of thy face thou dost eat bread till thy return unto the ground, for out of it hast thou been taken, for dust thou art, and unto dust thou turnest back.'

Genesis 2:9-14

and Jehovah God causeth to sprout from the ground every tree desirable for appearance, and good for food, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river is going out from Eden to water the garden, and from thence it is parted, and hath become four chief rivers; the name of the one is Pison, it is that which is surrounding the whole land of the Havilah where the gold is,read more.
and the gold of that land is good, there is the bdolach and the shoham stone; and the name of the second river is Gibon, it is that which is surrounding the whole land of Cush; and the name of the third river is Hiddekel, it is that which is going east of Asshur; and the fourth river is Phrat.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48

Because that thou hast not served Jehovah thy God with joy, and with gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things -- thou hast served thine enemies, whom Jehovah sendeth against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in lack of all things; and he hath put a yoke of iron on thy neck, till He hath destroyed thee.

Isaiah 3:1

For, lo, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is turning aside from Jerusalem, And from Judah, stay and staff, Every stay of bread, and every stay of water.

Amos 4:6

And I also -- I have given to you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, And lack of bread in all your places, And ye have not turned back unto Me, an affirmation of Jehovah.

Proverbs 6:10-11

A little sleep, a little slumber, A little clasping of the hands to rest, And thy poverty hath come as a traveller, And thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34

A little sleep -- a little slumber -- A little folding of the hands to lie down. And thy poverty hath come as a traveller, And thy want as an armed man!

Proverbs 28:19

Whoso is tilling his ground is satisfied with bread, And whoso is pursuing vanity, Is filled with poverty.

Luke 15:14

and he having spent all, there came a mighty famine on that country, and himself began to be in want;

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not thou among those striking hands, Among sureties for burdens. If thou hast nothing to pay, Why doth he take thy bed from under thee?

Matthew 18:23-25

'Because of this was the reign of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants, and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents, and he having nothing to pay, his lord did command him to be sold, and his wife, and the children, and all, whatever he had, and payment to be made.

Proverbs 28:22

Troubled for wealth is the man with an evil eye, And he knoweth not that want doth meet him.

Haggai 1:9

Looking for much, and lo, little, And ye brought it home, and I blew on it, Wherefore? -- an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, Because of My house that is waste, And ye are running -- each to his house,

Judges 6:6

And Israel is very weak from the presence of Midian, and the sons of Israel cry unto Jehovah.

Job 20:19

For he oppressed -- he forsook the poor, A house he hath taken violently away, And he doth not build it.

Proverbs 13:23

Abundance of food -- the tillage of the poor, And substance is consumed without judgment.

Isaiah 1:7

Your land is a desolation, your cities burnt with fire, Your ground, before you strangers are consuming it, And a desolation as overthrown by strangers!

Genesis 45:11

and I have nourished thee there -- for yet are five years of famine -- lest thou become poor, thou and thy household, and all that thou hast.

Genesis 47:20-21

And Joseph buyeth all the ground of Egypt for Pharaoh, for the Egyptians have sold each his field, for the famine hath been severe upon them, and the land becometh Pharaoh's; as to the people he hath removed them to cities from the one end of the border of Egypt even unto its other end.

Job 1:13-21

And the day is, that his sons and his daughters are eating, and drinking wine, in the house of their brother, the first-born. And a messenger hath come in unto Job and saith, 'The oxen have been plowing, and the she-asses feeding by their sides, and Sheba doth fall, and take them, and the young men they have smitten by the mouth of the sword, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare it to thee.'read more.
While this one is speaking another also hath come and saith, 'Fire of God hath fallen from the heavens, and burneth among the flock, and among the young men, and consumeth them, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare it to thee.' While this one is speaking another also hath come and saith, 'Chaldeans made three heads, and rush on the camels, and take them, and the young men they have smitten by the mouth of the sword, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare it to thee.' While this one is speaking another also hath come and saith, 'Thy sons and thy daughters are eating, and drinking wine, in the house of their brother, the first-born. And lo, a great wind hath come from over the wilderness, and striketh against the four corners of the house, and it falleth on the young men, and they are dead, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare it to thee.' And Job riseth, and rendeth his robe, and shaveth his head, and falleth to the earth, and doth obeisance, and he saith, 'Naked came I forth from the womb of my mother, and naked I turn back thither: Jehovah hath given and Jehovah hath taken: let the name of Jehovah be blessed.'

Deuteronomy 8:7-9

'For Jehovah thy God is bringing thee in unto a good land, a land of brooks of waters, of fountains, and of depths coming out in valley and in mountain: a land of wheat, and barley, and vine, and fig, and pomegranate; a land of oil olive and honey; a land in which without scarcity thou dost eat bread, thou dost not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of its mountains thou dost dig brass;

Psalm 34:9-10

Fear Jehovah, ye His holy ones, For there is no lack to those fearing Him. Young lions have lacked and been hungry, And those seeking Jehovah lack not any good,

2 Kings 4:1

And a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets hath cried unto Elisha, saying, 'Thy servant, my husband, is dead, and thou hast known that thy servant was fearing Jehovah, and the lender hath come to take my two children to him for servants.'

Luke 16:20

and there was a certain poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his porch, full of sores,

Romans 15:26

for it pleased Macedonia and Achaia well to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints who are in Jerusalem;

Luke 16:3

And the steward said in himself, What shall I do, because my lord doth take away the stewardship from me? to dig I am not able, to beg I am ashamed: --

Proverbs 6:30

They do not despise the thief, When he stealeth to fill his soul when he is hungry,

Proverbs 30:8-9

Vanity and a lying word put far from me, Poverty or wealth give not to me, Cause me to eat the bread of my portion, Lest I become satiated, and have denied, And have said, 'Who is Jehovah?' And lest I be poor, and have stolen, And have laid hold of the name of my God.

Psalm 119:71

Good for me that I have been afflicted, That I might learn Thy statutes.

Mark 12:44

for all, out of their abundance, put in, but she, out of her want, all that she had put in -- all her living.'

Luke 21:4

for all these out of their superabundance did cast into the gifts to God, but this one out of her want, all the living that she had, did cast in.'

2 Corinthians 8:2

because in much trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy, and their deep poverty, did abound to the riches of their liberality;

Revelation 2:9

I have known thy works, and tribulation, and poverty -- yet thou art rich -- and the evil-speaking of those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but are a synagogue of the Adversary.

Matthew 19:21-22

Jesus said to him, 'If thou dost will to be perfect, go away, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.' And the young man, having heard the word, went away sorrowful, for he had many possessions;

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