'Poor' in the Bible
If you lend money to any of My people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor, neither shall you require interest from him.
Neither shall you be partial to a poor man in his trial [just because he is poor].
You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his cause.
But the seventh year you shall release it and let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat [what the land voluntarily yields], and what they leave the wild beasts shall eat. In like manner you shall deal with your vineyard and olive grove.
The rich shall not give more and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel when [you] give this offering to the Lord to make atonement for yourselves.
If the cleansed leper is poor and cannot afford so much, he shall take one lamb for a guilt or trespass offering to be waved to make atonement for him, and one tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a cereal offering, and a log of oil,
And you shall not glean your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather its fallen grapes; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I am the Lord your God.
You shall do no injustice in judging a case; you shall not be partial to the poor or show a preference for the mighty, but in righteousness and according to the merits of the case judge your neighbor.
And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I am the Lord your God.
If your brother has become poor and has sold some of his property, if any of his kin comes to redeem it, he shall [be allowed to] redeem what his brother has sold.
And if your [Israelite] brother has become poor and his hand wavers [from poverty, sickness, or age and he is unable to support himself], then you shall uphold (strengthen, relieve) him, [treating him with the courtesy and consideration that you would] a stranger or a temporary resident with you [without property], so that he may live [along] with you.
And if your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a bondman (a slave not eligible for redemption),
And if a sojourner or stranger with you becomes rich and your [Israelite] brother becomes poor beside him and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner with you or to a member of the stranger's family,
But if the man is too poor to pay your valuation, then he shall be set before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to the ability of him who vowed shall the priest value him.
But there will be no poor among you, for the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess,
If there is among you a poor man, one of your kinsmen in any of the towns of your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your [minds and] hearts or close your hands to your poor brother;
Beware lest there be a base thought in your [minds and] hearts, and you say, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand, and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and it be sin in you.
For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hands to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land.
And if the man is poor, you shall not keep his pledge overnight.
You shall not oppress or extort from a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is of your brethren or of your strangers and sojourners who are in your land inside your towns.
You shall give him his hire on the day he earns it before the sun goes down, for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it; lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it be sin to you.
And on the seventh day they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband to declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's household with fire. Have you invited us to make us poor? Is this not true?
And he said, Blessed be you of the Lord, my daughter. For you have made this last loving-kindness greater than the former, for you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up.
He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and He has set the world upon them.
Saul's servants told those words to David. David said, Does it seem to you a light thing to be a king's son-in-law, seeing I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?
And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came and said to him, There were two men in a city, one rich and the other poor.
But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb which he had bought and brought up, and it grew up with him and his children. It ate of his own morsel, drank from his own cup, lay in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him.
Now a traveler came to the rich man, and to avoid taking one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfaring man who had come to him, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.
Now there arose a great cry of the [poor] people and of their wives [driven to borrowing] against their Jewish brethren [the few who could afford to lend].
As the days on which the Jews got rest from their enemies, and as the month which was turned for them from sorrow to gladness and from mourning into a holiday -- "that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days of sending choice portions to one another and gifts to the poor.
So the poor have hope, and iniquity shuts her mouth.
Will You harass and frighten a [poor, helpless] leaf driven to and fro, and will You pursue the chaff of the dry stubble?
The poor will oppress his children, and his hands will give back his [ill-gotten] wealth.
For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; he has violently taken away a house which he did not build.
In the fullness of his sufficiency [in the time of his great abundance] he shall be poor and in straits; every hand of everyone who is in misery shall come upon him [he is but a wretch on every side].
They crowd the poor and needy off the road; the poor and meek of the earth all hide themselves.
Behold, as wild asses in the desert, [the poor] go forth to their work, seeking diligently for prey and food; the wilderness yields them bread for their children [in roots and herbage].
[The violent men whose wickedness seems unnoticed] pluck the fatherless infants from the breast [to sell or make them slaves], and take [the clothing on] the poor for a pledge,
Among the olive rows [of the wicked, the poor] make oil; they tread [the fresh juice of the grape from] the presses, but suffer thirst.
The murderer rises with the light; he kills the poor and the needy, and in the night he becomes as a thief.
Because I delivered the poor who cried, the fatherless and him who had none to help him.
I was a father to the poor and needy; the cause of him I did not know I searched out.
Did not I weep for him who was in trouble? Was not my heart grieved for the poor and needy?
If I have withheld from the poor and needy what they desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to look in vain [for relief],
If I have seen anyone perish for want of clothing, or any poor person without covering,
[God] is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor, for they all are the work of His hands.
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He heard the cry of the afflicted.
For He Who avenges the blood [of His people shed unjustly] remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted (the poor and the humble).
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the expectation and hope of the meek and the poor shall not perish forever.
The wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised.
He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he slays the innocent; he watches stealthily for the poor (the helpless and unfortunate).
He lurks in secret places like a lion in his thicket; he lies in wait that he may seize the poor (the helpless and the unfortunate); he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants.
You [evildoers] would put to shame and confound the plans of the poor and patient, but the Lord is his safe refuge.
From men by Your hand, O Lord, from men of this world [these poor moths of the night] whose portion in life is idle and vain. Their bellies are filled with Your hidden treasure [what You have stored up]; their children are satiated, and they leave the rest [of their] wealth to their babes.
The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord -- "they who [diligently] seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him [as their greatest need]. May your hearts be quickened now and forever!
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like You, You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who snatches away his goods?
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).
[As for me] I am poor and needy, yet the Lord takes thought and plans for me. You are my Help and my Deliverer. O my God, do not tarry!
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who considers the weak and the poor; the Lord will deliver him in the time of evil and trouble.
Both low and high, rich and poor together:
Your flock found a dwelling place in it; You, O God, in Your goodness did provide for the poor and needy.
But I am poor, sorrowful, and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
For the Lord hears the poor and needy and despises not His prisoners (His miserable and wounded ones).
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry!
Let him judge and govern Your people with righteousness, and Your poor and afflicted ones with judgment and justice.
May he judge and defend the poor of the people, deliver the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor,
For He delivers the needy when he calls out, the poor also and him who has no helper.
He will have pity on the poor and weak and needy and will save the lives of the needy.
Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast (to the greedy multitude); forget not the life [of the multitude] of Your poor forever.
Do justice to the weak (poor) and fatherless; maintain the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy; rescue them out of the hand of the wicked.
Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
Yet He raises the poor and needy from affliction and makes their families like a flock.
Because the man did not [earnestly] remember to show mercy, but pursued and persecuted the poor and needy man, and the broken in heart [he was ready] to slay.
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded and stricken within me.
For He will stand at the right hand of the poor and needy, to save him from those who condemn his life.
He has distributed freely [he has given to the poor and needy]; his righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) endures forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor.
[The Lord] raises the poor out of the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap and the dung hill,
I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I know and rest in confidence upon it that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will secure justice for the poor and needy [of His believing children].
He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches.
A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].
Much food is in the tilled land of the poor, but there are those who are destroyed because of injustice.
The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.
He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.
He who oppresses the poor reproaches, mocks, and insults his Maker, but he who is kind and merciful to the needy honors Him.
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he who is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent or go unpunished.
The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.
Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.
All the brothers of a poor man detest him -- "how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.
That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.
Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard.
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