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34 Bible Verses about The poor

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Deuteronomy 15:11

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.’

John 12:8

For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”

Mark 12:44

For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed—all she had to live on.”

Psalm 82:4

Rescue the poor and needy;
save them from the power of the wicked.”

Proverbs 30:9

Otherwise, I might have too much
and deny You, saying, “Who is the Lord?”
or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God.

1 Samuel 2:8

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile.
He seats them with noblemen
and gives them a throne of honor.
For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
He has set the world on them.

Leviticus 23:22

When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap all the way to the edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident; I am Yahweh your God.”

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Compassion and sympathy » Exercise towards » The poor

Contempt » The wicked exhibit towards » The poor

Psalm 14:6

You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.

Ecclesiastes 9:16

And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.”

Contempt » Forbidden towards » The poor

James 2:1-3

My brothers, hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ without showing favoritism. For suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring, dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes so that you say, "Sit here in a good place," and yet you say to the poor man, "Stand over there," or, "Sit here on the floor by my footstool,"

The gospel » Preached to » The poor

Injustice » Specially to be avoided towards » The poor

Proverbs 22:22-23

Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate, for the Lord will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.

Exodus 23:6

“You must not deny justice to a poor person among you in his lawsuit.

The poor » Divine care for

1 Samuel 2:8

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile.
He seats them with noblemen
and gives them a throne of honor.
For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
He has set the world on them.

Psalm 10:14

But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are a helper of the fatherless.

Ecclesiastes 5:8

If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them.

Job 36:6

He does not keep the wicked alive,
but He gives justice to the afflicted.

The poor » Promises to » Divine protection

Isaiah 11:4

but He will judge the poor righteously
and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.
He will strike the land
with discipline from His mouth,
and He will kill the wicked
with a command from His lips.

Psalm 14:6

You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.

More verses: Psalm 69:33 Psalm 109:31

The poor » Despised

Ecclesiastes 9:16

And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.”

Proverbs 19:7

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.

The poor » Justice to, encouraged

Proverbs 29:14

A king who judges the poor with fairness—
his throne will be established forever.

Jeremiah 22:16

He took up the case of the poor and needy,
then it went well.
Is this not what it means to know Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.

The poor » They who in faith believe » Are blessed

Deuteronomy 15:10

Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.

The poor » Give to » Liberally

Deuteronomy 15:8

Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has.

Deuteronomy 14:29

Then the Levite, who has no portion or inheritance among you, the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow within your gates may come, eat, and be satisfied. And the Lord your God will bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

Deuteronomy 15:11

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.’

The poor » Offerings of, acceptable to God

2 Corinthians 8:12

For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:2

During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.

Mark 12:42-44

And a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little./ 64 of a daily wage, was the smallest Roman coin. Summoning His disciples, He said to them, "I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed-all she had to live on."

The poor » Shall never cease out of the land

Deuteronomy 15:11

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.’

The poor » General references to

Deuteronomy 15:11

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.’

The poor » Care for » Is characteristic of saints

The poor » Punishment for » Oppressing

Ezekiel 22:31

So I have poured out My indignation on them and consumed them with the fire of My fury. I have brought their actions down on their own heads.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The poor » Do justice to

Jeremiah 22:3

This is what the Lord says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor. Don’t exploit or brutalize the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. Don’t shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 22:16

He took up the case of the poor and needy,
then it went well.
Is this not what it means to know Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.

The poor » Give to » Cheerfully

2 Corinthians 8:12

For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

The poor » Give to » Not grudgingly

Deuteronomy 15:10

Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.

The poor » Regard for--exemplified

Romans 15:26

for Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: during a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, read more.
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints, and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.

The poor » Oppress not

Deuteronomy 24:14

“Do not oppress a hired hand who is poor and needy, whether one of your brothers or one of the foreigners residing within a town in your land.

The poor » Rule not, with rigor

Leviticus 25:39

“If your brother among you becomes destitute and sells himself to you, you must not force him to do slave labor.

The poor » Should » Provided for under the law

Exodus 23:11

But during the seventh year you are to let it rest and leave it uncultivated, so that the poor among your people may eat from it and the wild animals may consume what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

Leviticus 19:9-10

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident; I am the Lord your God.

The poor » Punishment for » Acting unjustly towards

Job 22:6

For you took collateral from your brothers without cause,
stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked.

Job 22:10

Therefore snares surround you,
and sudden dread terrifies you,

The poor » May be » Liberal

The poor » Relieve

Leviticus 25:35

“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.

The poor » They who in faith believe » Have promises

Luke 14:13-14

On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

The poor » Punishment for » Spoiling

Ezekiel 18:13

and lends at interest or for profit, will he live? He will not live! Since he has committed all these detestable acts, he will certainly die. His blood will be on him.

Isaiah 3:13-15

The Lord rises to argue the case and stands to judge the people. The Lord brings [this] charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devastated the vineyard. The plunder from the poor is in your houses. Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?" says the Lord God of Hosts.

The poor » Give to » Specially if saints

The poor » Despise not

James 2:2-4

For suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring, dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes so that you say, "Sit here in a good place," and yet you say to the poor man, "Stand over there," or, "Sit here on the floor by my footstool," haven't you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Proverbs 14:21

The one who despises his neighbor sins,
but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

The poor » The wicked » Oppress

Job 24:4-10

They push the needy off the road; the poor of the land are forced into hiding. Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go out to their task of foraging for food; the wilderness provides nourishment for their children. They gather their fodder in the field and glean the vineyards of the wicked. read more.
Without clothing, they spend the night naked, having no covering against the cold. Drenched by mountain rains, they huddle against the rocks, shelterless. The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast; the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral. Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry sheaves but go hungry.

Ezekiel 18:12

and when he oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, and does not return collateral, and when he raises his eyes to the idols, commits detestable acts,

The poor » God » Exalts

1 Samuel 2:8

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile.
He seats them with noblemen
and gives them a throne of honor.
For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
He has set the world on them.

Psalm 107:41

But He lifts the needy out of their suffering
and makes their families multiply like flocks.

The poor » God » Hears

Isaiah 41:17

The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

Psalm 69:33

For the Lord listens to the needy
and does not despise
His own who are prisoners.

The poor » Give to » Pray for

Psalm 74:19

Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts;
do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.

Psalm 74:21

Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;
let the poor and needy praise Your name.

The poor » God » Protects

The poor » God » Provides for

The poor » Made by God

Job 34:19

God is not partial to princes
and does not favor the rich over the poor,
for they are all the work of His hands.

The poor » God » Delivers

Psalm 35:10

My very bones will say,
Lord, who is like You,
rescuing the poor from one too strong for him,
the poor or the needy from one who robs him?”

Job 36:15

God rescues the afflicted by their affliction;
He instructs them by their torment.

The poor » Are such by God's appointment

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Dorcas

Acts 9:39

So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them.

The poor » Punishment for » Refusing to assist

Job 22:10

Therefore snares surround you,
and sudden dread terrifies you,

Job 22:7

You gave no water to the thirsty
and withheld food from the famished,

The poor » Care for » Should be urged

2 Corinthians 8:7-8

Now as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-excel also in this grace. I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.

The poor » Neglect towards, is » A neglect of Christ

Matthew 25:42-45

For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you didn't take Me in; I was naked and you didn't clothe Me, sick and in prison and you didn't take care of Me.' "Then they too will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?' read more.
"Then He will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.'

The poor » Harden not the heart against

Deuteronomy 15:7

“If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.

The poor » Shut not the hand against

Deuteronomy 15:7

“If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.

The poor » Oppression of--illustrated

2 Samuel 12:1-6

So the Lord sent Nathan to David. When he arrived, he said to him: There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. It lived and grew up with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. read more.
Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest. David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."

The poor » Take no usury from

Leviticus 25:36

Do not profit or take interest from him, but fear your God and let your brother live among you.

The poor » Condition of, often results from » Bad company

The poor » Condition of, often results from » Sloth

The poor » Condition of, often results from » Drunkenness and gluttony

The poor » They who in faith believe » Are happy

Proverbs 14:21

The one who despises his neighbor sins,
but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Nebuzaradan

Jeremiah 39:10

However, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, left in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing, and he gave them vineyards and fields at that time.

The poor » May be » Wise

The poor » By oppressing, God is reproached

The poor » Rob not

The poor » They who in faith believe » Have the favor of God

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Church at antioch

Acts 11:29-30

So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. This they did, sending it to the elders by means of Barnabas and Saul.

The poor » Neglect towards, is » A proof of unbelief

James 2:15-17

If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself.

The poor » Exemplified » Widow of zarephath

1 Kings 17:12

But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I don’t have anything baked—only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil in the jug. Just now, I am gathering a couple of sticks in order to go prepare it for myself and my son so we can eat it and die.”

The poor » Exemplified » Saints of old

Hebrews 11:37

They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated.

The poor » The wicked » Regard not the cause of

The poor » The wicked » Devour

Habakkuk 3:14

You pierce his head
with his own spears;
his warriors storm out to scatter us,
gloating as if ready to secretly devour the weak.

The poor » The wicked » Vex

Ezekiel 22:20

Just as one gathers silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin into the furnace to blow fire on them and melt them, so I will gather you in My anger and wrath, put you inside, and melt you.

The poor » May be » Upright

The poor » By mocking, God is reproached

The poor » Care for--illustrated

Luke 10:33-35

But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw [the man], he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him. When I come back I'll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.'

The poor » Promises to » Answer to prayer

Isaiah 41:17

The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Paul

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Job

Job 29:12-16

For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him. The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice. I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban. read more.
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I examined the case of the stranger.

The poor » Should » Rejoice in God

Isaiah 29:19

The humble will have joy
after joy in the Lord,
and the poor people will rejoice
in the Holy One of Israel.

The poor » God » Despises not the prayer of

The poor » God » Maintains the right of

The poor » Christ lived as one of

The poor » Defend

Psalm 82:3-4

Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked."

The poor » Promises to » An overshadowing providence

Isaiah 25:4

For You have been a stronghold for the poor,
a stronghold for the needy person in his distress,
a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.
When the breath of the violent
is like rain against a wall,

The poor » Neglect towards, is » Inconsistent with » Love of God

The poor » Exemplified » Prophet's widow

2 Kings 4:2

Elisha asked her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?”She said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”

The poor » Exemplified » gideon

Judges 6:15

He said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”

The poor » The wicked » Grind the faces of

Isaiah 3:15

Why do you crush My people
and grind the faces of the poor?”
This is the declaration
of the Lord God of Hosts.

The poor » Should » Commit themselves to God

Psalm 10:14

But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are a helper of the fatherless.

The poor » Give to » Without ostentation

The poor » Wrong not, in judgment

Exodus 23:6

“You must not deny justice to a poor person among you in his lawsuit.

The poor » Christ delivers

Psalm 72:12

For he will rescue the poor who cry out
and the afflicted who have no helper.

The poor » The wicked » Despise the counsel of

Psalm 14:6

You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.

The poor » The wicked » Persecute

The poor » The wicked » Defraud

Amos 8:5-6

asking, "When will the New Moon be over so we may sell grain, and the Sabbath, so we may market wheat? We can reduce the measure while increasing the price and cheat with dishonest scales. We can buy the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and even sell the wheat husks!"

The poor » God » Is the refuge of

Psalm 14:6

You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.

The poor » God » Forgets not

The poor » Promises to » Heavenly inheritance

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Boaz

Ruth 2:14

At mealtime Boaz told her, “Come over here and have some bread and dip it in the vinegar sauce.” So she sat beside the harvesters, and he offered her roasted grain. She ate and was satisfied and had some left over.

The poor » The wicked » Care not for

The poor » The wicked » Tread down

The poor » Care for » Is a fruit of repentance

The poor » Should » When converted, rejoice in their exaltation

James 1:9

The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation,

The poor » May be » Rich in faith

The poor » God » Regards, equally with the rich

Job 34:19

God is not partial to princes
and does not favor the rich over the poor,
for they are all the work of His hands.

The poor » Guilt of defrauding

The poor » Christ preached to

The poor » Regard for--exemplified » Peter and john

Acts 3:6

But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

The poor » Exemplified » Ruth

Ruth 2:2

Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, “Will you let me go into the fields and gather fallen grain behind someone who allows me to?”Naomi answered her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”

The poor » Promises to » To the poor

Job 5:15

He saves the needy from their sharp words
and from the clutches of the powerful.

The poor » The wicked » Crush

Amos 4:1

Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan
who are on the hill of Samaria,
women who oppress the poor
and crush the needy,
who say to their husbands,
“Bring us something to drink.”

The poor » The wicked » Sell

The poor » Should » Hope in God

Job 5:16

So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.

Protection » Is afforded to » The poor

Psalm 14:6

You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.

Psalm 72:12-14

For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight.

Social duties » Fidelity in business » Justice » The poor » Encouraged

Proverbs 29:14

A king who judges the poor with fairness—
his throne will be established forever.

Jeremiah 22:16

He took up the case of the poor and needy,
then it went well.
Is this not what it means to know Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Trespass offering » Consisted of » The poor » Meat offering

Leviticus 5:11-13

"But if he cannot afford two turtledoves or two young pigeons, he may bring two quarts of fine flour as an offering for his sin. He must not put olive oil or frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering. He is to bring it to the priest, who will take a handful from it as its memorial portion and burn [it] on the altar along with the fire offerings to the Lord; it is a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement on his behalf concerning the sin he has committed in any of these cases, and he will be forgiven. The rest will belong to the priest, like the grain offering."

Topics on The poor

Blessings Of The Poor

Job 20:10

His children will beg from the poor,
for his own hands must give back his wealth.

God And The Poor

Job 34:19

God is not partial to princes
and does not favor the rich over the poor,
for they are all the work of His hands.

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