'Charity' in the Bible
When you give in charity, never blow a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets in order that their praises may be sung by men. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.
But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy],
so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
But give from what is within to the poor, and then everything is clean for you.
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. She was always doing good works and acts of charity.
He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people and prayed to God regularly.
Looking intently at him, he became afraid and said, “What is it, lord?”The angel told him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.
and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your acts of charity have been remembered in God’s sight.
Now after several years I came [to Jerusalem] to bring to my people charitable contributions and offerings.
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
When I arrive, I will send whomever you approve with letters [of authorization] to take your gift [of charity and love] to Jerusalem;
Let all your things be done with charity.
Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
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