'Poor' in the Bible
And after them seven other cows came out of the Nile, poor-looking and thin; and they were by the side of the other cows.
Then after them came seven other cows, very thin and poor-looking, worse than any I ever saw in the land of Egypt;
The seven thin and poor-looking cows who came up after them are seven years; and the seven heads of grain, dry and wasted by the east wind, are seven years when there will be no food.
Then the memory of his dreams about them came back to Joseph, and he said to them, You have come secretly to see how poor the land is.
And he said to them, No, but you have come to see how poor the land is.
If you let any of the poor among my people have the use of your money, do not be a hard creditor to him, and do not take interest.
But, on the other hand, do not be turned from what is right in order to give support to a poor man's cause.
Let no wrong decisions be given in the poor man's cause.
But in the seventh year let the land have a rest and be unplanted; so that the poor may have food from it: and let the beasts of the field take the rest. Do the same with your vine-gardens and your olive-trees.
The man of wealth is to give no more and the poor man no less than the half-shekel of silver, when the offering is made to the Lord as the price for your lives.
And if he is poor and not able to get so much, then he may take one male lamb as an offering for wrongdoing, to be waved to take away his sin, and one tenth part of an ephah of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering, and a log of oil;
And do not take all the grapes from your vine-garden, or the fruit dropped on the earth; let the poor man, and the man from another country, have these: I am the Lord your God.
Do no wrong in your judging: do not give thought to the position of the poor, or honour to the position of the great; but be a judge to your neighbour in righteousness.
And when you get in the grain from your land, do not let all the grain at the edges of the field be cut, and do not take up the grain which has been dropped in the field; let that be for the poor, and for the man from another country: I am the Lord your God.
If your brother becomes poor, and has to give up some of his land for money, his nearest relation may come and get back that which his brother has given up.
And if your brother becomes poor and is not able to make a living, then you are to keep him with you, helping him as you would a man from another country who is living among you.
And if your brother becomes poor and gives himself to you for money, do not make use of him like a servant who is your property;
And if one from another nation living among you gets wealth, and your countryman, at his side, becomes poor and gives himself for money to the man from another nation or to one of his family;
And if the land is fertile or poor, and if there is wood in it or not. And be of good heart, and come back with some of the produce of the land. Now it was the time when the first grapes were ready.
And crying out against God and against Moses, they said, Why have you taken us out of Egypt to come to our death in the waste land? For there is no bread and no water, and this poor bread is disgusting to us.
But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will certainly give you his blessing in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage;
If in any of your towns in the land which the Lord your God is giving you, there is a poor man, one of your countrymen, do not let your heart be hard or your hand shut to him;
And see that there is no evil thought in your heart, moving you to say to yourself, The seventh year, the year of forgiveness is near; and so looking coldly on your poor countryman you give him nothing; and he will make an outcry to the Lord against you, and it will be judged as sin in you.
For there will never be a time when there are no poor in the land; and so I give orders to you, Let your hand be open to your countrymen, to those who are poor and in need in your land.
If he is a poor man, do not keep his property all night;
Do not be hard on a servant who is poor and in need, if he is one of your countrymen or a man from another nation living with you in your land.
Give him his payment day by day, not keeping it back over night; for he is poor and his living is dependent on it; and if his cry against you comes to the ears of the Lord, it will be judged as sin in you.
You will go feeling your way when the sun is high, like a blind man for whom all is dark, and nothing will go well for you: you will be crushed and made poor for ever, and you will have no saviour.
Lifting the poor out of the dust, and him who is in need out of the lowest place, to give them their place among rulers, and for their heritage the seat of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's and he has made them the base of the world.
And when the Philistine, taking note, saw David, he had a poor opinion of him: for he was only a boy, red-haired and good-looking.
And Saul's servants said these things to David. And David said, Does it seem to you a small thing to be the king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, of no great name?
And the Lord sent Nathan to David. And Nathan came to him and said, There were two men in the same town: one a man of great wealth, and the other a poor man.
But the poor man had only one little she-lamb, which he had got and taken care of: from its birth it had been with him like one of his children; his meat was its food, and from his cup it took its drink, resting in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.
Now a traveller came to the house of the man of wealth, but he would not take anything from his flock or his herd to make a meal for the traveller who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and made it ready for the man who had come.
Now see, poor though I am, I have got ready for the house of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold and a million talents of silver; and a weight of brass and iron greater than may be measured; and wood and stone have I made ready, and you may put more to it.
As days on which the Jews had rest from their haters, and the month which for them was turned from sorrow to joy, and from weeping to a good day: and that they were to keep them as days of feasting and joy, of sending offerings to one another and good things to the poor.
Their produce is taken by him who has no food, and their grain goes to the poor, and he who is in need of water gets it from their spring.
But he keeps safe from their sword those who have no father, and the poor from the power of the strong.
So the poor man has hope, and the mouth of the evil-doer is stopped.
His children are hoping that the poor will be kind to them, and his hands give back his wealth.
Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble; because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up;
For God makes low those whose hearts are lifted up, but he is a saviour to the poor in spirit.
The crushed are turned out of the way; all the poor of the earth go into a secret place together.
The child without a father is forced from its mother's breast, and they take the young children of the poor for debt.
He who is purposing death gets up before day, so that he may put to death the poor and those in need.
For I was a saviour to the poor when he was crying for help, to the child with no father, and to him who had no supporter.
I was a father to the poor, searching out the cause of him who was strange to me.
Has not my hand been stretched out in help to the poor? have I not been a saviour to him in his trouble?
If I kept back the desire of the poor; if the widow's eye was looking for help to no purpose;
If I saw one near to death for need of clothing, and that the poor had nothing covering him;
Who has no respect for rulers, and who gives no more attention to those who have wealth than to the poor, for they are all the work of his hands.
So that the cry of the poor might come up to him, and the prayer of those in need come to his ears.
He makes the wrong done to the poor the way of their salvation, opening their ears by their trouble.
When he makes search for blood, he has them in his memory: he is not without thought for the cry of the poor.
For the poor will not be without help; the hopes of those in need will not be crushed for ever.
The evil-doer in his pride is cruel to the poor; let him be taken by the tricks of his invention.
He is waiting in the dark places of the towns: in the secret places he puts to death those who have done no wrong: his eyes are secretly turned against the poor.
He keeps himself in a secret place like a lion in his hole, waiting to put his hands on the poor man, and pulling him into his net.
Up! O Lord; let your hand be lifted: give thought to the poor.
You have seen it; for your eyes are on sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child who has no father.
Lord, you have given ear to the prayer of the poor: you will make strong their hearts, you will give them a hearing:
Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring.
You have put to shame the thoughts of the poor, but the Lord is his support.
The poor will have a feast of good things: those who make search for the Lord will give him praise: your heart will have life for ever.
He will be an upright guide to the poor in spirit: he will make his way clear to them.
My soul will say great things of the Lord: the poor in spirit will have knowledge of it and be glad.
This poor man's cry came before the Lord, and he gave him salvation from all his troubles.
All my bones will say, Lord, who is like you? The saviour of the poor man from the hands of the strong, of him who is poor and in need from him who takes his goods.
The evil-doers have taken out their swords, their bows are bent; for crushing the poor, and to put to death those who are upright in their ways.
Though I am poor and in need, the Lord has me in mind; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O my God.
Happy is the man who gives thought to the poor; the Lord will be his saviour in the time of trouble.
High and low together, the poor, and those who have wealth.
Those whose resting-place was there, even the poor, were comforted by your good things, O God.
But I am poor and full of sorrow; let me be lifted up by your salvation, O Lord.
The poor will see it and be glad: you who are lovers of God, let your hearts have life.
For the ears of the Lord are open to the poor, and he takes thought for his prisoners.
But I am poor and in need; come to me quickly, O God; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O Lord.
May he be a judge of your people in righteousness, and make true decisions for the poor.
May he be a judge of the poor among the people, may he give salvation to the children of those who are in need; by him let the violent be crushed.
For he will be a saviour to the poor in answer to his cry; and to him who is in need, without a helper.
He will have pity on the poor, and be the saviour of those who are in need.
O give not the soul of your dove to the hawk; let not the life of the poor go out of your memory for ever.
O let not the crushed be turned back in shame; let the low man and the poor give praise to your name.
When God took his place as judge, for the salvation of the poor on the earth. (Selah.)
Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need.
And there he gives the poor a resting-place, so that they may make themselves a town;
But he puts the poor man on high from his troubles, and gives him families like a flock.
Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.
For I am poor and in need, and my heart is wounded in me.
For he is ever at the right hand of the poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his soul.
He has given with open hands to the poor; his righteousness is for ever; his horn will be lifted up with honour.
He takes the poor man out of the dust, lifting him up from his low position;
I am certain that the Lord will take care of the cause of the poor, and of the rights of those who are troubled.
The Lord gives help to the poor in spirit; but he sends sinners down in shame.
For the Lord has pleasure in his people: he gives the poor in spirit a crown of salvation.
He who is slow in his work becomes poor, but the hand of the ready worker gets in wealth.
The property of the man of wealth is his strong town: the poor man's need is his destruction.
He who has a poor opinion of his neighbour has no sense, but a wise man keeps quiet.
A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.
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