'Poor' in the Bible
Just then, seven other cows emerged after them, poor, ugly, and appearing very gaunt in their flesh. I've never seen anything as ugly as those cows anywhere in the entire land of Egypt!
Now Israel's eyesight had become poor from age. Because he couldn't see well, Joseph brought them close to him, and Israel kissed them both and embraced them.
"If you loan money to my people, to the poor among you, don't be like a creditor to them and don't impose interest on them.
You are not to show partiality to a poor man in his lawsuit.
"You are not to pervert justice for the poor among you in their lawsuits.
but you are to let it rest the seventh year, leaving it unplanted. The poor of your people may eat from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. You are to do the same with your vineyards and olive groves.
The rich person is not to give more, nor is the poor person to give less than the half shekel, when you give a contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves.
"If the offeror is poor and cannot afford the regular offering, then he is to take one lamb for a guilt offering that will be presented in the form of a wave offering to atone for him, one tenth of a measure of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, one log of olive oil,
You are not to gather your vineyard or pick up the fallen grapes of your vineyard. Leave something for the poor and the resident alien who lives among you. I am the LORD your God."
"You are not to be unjust in deciding a case. You are not to show partiality to the poor or honor the great. Instead, decide the case of your neighbor with righteousness."
Furthermore, when you harvest the produce of your land, you are not to harvest all the way to the corners of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and resident alien. I am the LORD your God."
"If your brother becomes so poor that he has to a sell portion of his inheritance, then his nearest kinsman redeemer is to come and redeem what his brother has sold.
"If your relative becomes so poor that he is indebted to you, then you are to support him. You are to let him live with you just like the resident alien and the traveler.
"If your brother with you becomes so poor that he sells himself to you, you are not to make him serve like a bond slave.
"If a resident alien or traveler becomes rich, but your relative who lives next to him is so poor that he sells himself to that resident alien or traveler among you or to a member of the resident alien's family,
But if he is too poor to be valuated, then cause him to stand before the priest and let the priest set a value on him according to the ability of the one making the vow.
Moreover, there will be no poor person among you, for the LORD will surely bless you in the land that he is about to give you to possess.
"If there should be a poor man among your relatives in one of the cities of the land that the LORD your God is about to give you, don't be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor relative.
Be careful not to think this wicked thought to yourselves: "The seventh year, the year of remission, is drawing near,' and you show ill will toward your poor relative and not give to him. He may then call to the LORD on account of you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Since poor people won't cease to exist in the land, therefore I'm commanding you: Be sure to be generous to your poor and needy relatives in your land."
If he is a poor man, don't go to sleep with his collateral in your possession.
Don't take advantage of a hired person who is poor and needy, whether he's your fellow citizen or a foreigner who lives in your city.
Pay his wages that same day before the sun sets, because he is poor and his livelihood depends on it. Otherwise, he may cry out to the LORD against you, and you will incur guilt."
He replied, "May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You've added to the gracious love you've already demonstrated by not pursuing younger men, whether rich or poor.
The LORD makes people poor and he makes people rich, he brings them low, and he also exalts them.
He raises the poor up from the dust, he lifts up the needy from the trash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. Indeed the pillars of the earth belong to the LORD, and he has set the world on them.
Saul's officials delivered this message to David, and he asked, "Is becoming the king's son-in-law an unimportant thing to you? I'm a poor and unimportant man."
Nathan approached David and said, "There are two men in the city. One is rich and one is poor. The rich man has many flocks and herds,
but the poor man had nothing except for one little ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It used to share his food and drink from his own cup. It even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
A traveler arrived to visit the rich man. Because he was unwilling to take an animal from one of his own flocks or herds to prepare for the guest who had come to visit him, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to visit him."
However, the captain of the guard left some of the poor people of the land to work as vinedressers and farmers.
as the days on which the Jewish people enjoyed relief from their enemies. It was a month when things turned around for them, from sorrow to joy and from mourning to a holiday. They were to celebrate these days as days of feasting and joy, and they were to send presents to one another and gifts to the poor.
So he delivers from the sword of their mouth the poor from the power of the mighty.
Therefore there is hope for those who are poor, and iniquity shuts its mouth.
His sons will make amends to the poor; their hands will return his wealth.
because he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he didn't build.
They push the needy off the road, and force the poor of the land into hiding.
"The fatherless are torn from the breast; the poor are taken away as security for a loan.
The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night, he is like a thief.
because I delivered the poor who were crying for help, along with orphans who had no one to help them.
"If I refused to grant the desire of the poor or exhausted the eyes of the widow,
(even a poor man had grown up with me as if I were his father, and even though I had guided the widow from the time I was born),
if I've observed someone who is about to die for lack of clothes or if I have no clothing to give to the poor,
Who isn't partial to princes? Who doesn't give preference to the nobles over the poor? Nevertheless, all of them are his handiwork.
As a result, the cries of the poor have reached him and he has heard the cry of the afflicted.
For he will not always overlook the plight of the poor, nor will the hope of the afflicted perish forever.
"Because the poor are being oppressed, because the needy are sighing, I will now arise," says the LORD, "I will establish in safety those who yearn for it."
This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard and delivered him from all of his distress.
The wicked take out a sword and bend the bow, to bring down the humble and the poor to slay those who are righteous in conduct.
But I am poor and needy; may the Lord think about me. You are my help and deliverer. My God, do not tarry too long! To the Director: A Davidic Psalm.
both average people and those of means, the rich and the poor together.
As for me, I am poor and needy. God, come quickly to me. You are my helper and my deliverer. LORD, please do not delay.
May he defend the afflicted of the people and deliver the children of the poor, but crush the oppressor.
For he will deliver the needy when they cry out for help, and the poor when there is no deliverer.
He will have compassion on the poor and the needy, and he will save the lives of the needy.
Don't let the oppressed return in humiliation. The poor and needy will praise your name.
"Defend the poor and the fatherless. Vindicate the afflicted and the poor.
Rescue the poor and the needy, delivering them from the power of the wicked.
For he didn't think to extend gracious love; he harassed to death the poor, the needy, and the broken hearted.
Indeed, I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
He gives generously to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.
He lifts the poor person from the dust, raising the needy from the trash pile
I will bless its provisions abundantly; I will satiate its poor with food.
The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.
One person pretends to be wealthy, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet is rich.
The life of a wealthy man may be held for ransom, but whoever is poor receives no threats.
The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.
The poor person is shunned by his neighbor, but many are the friends of the wealthy.
Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.
Whoever oppresses the poor defies their Creator, but whoever is kind to the needy honors them.
Better to be humble among the poor, than to share what is stolen with the proud.
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker, and whoever is happy about disaster will not go unpunished.
The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.
A poor man who walks blamelessly is better than a fool who speaks perversely.
Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
All the relatives of a poor person shun him how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he runs after them pleading, they aren't around.
Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the LORD the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.
Human beings long for grace, and it's better to be poor than a man of deceit.
Do not love sleep or you'll become poor, keep your eyes open and you'll have plenty of food.
Plans of the persistent surely lead to productivity, but all who are hasty will surely become poor.
Whoever refuses to hear the cry of the poor will also cry himself, but he won't be answered.
Pleasure lovers become poor; loving wine and oil doesn't bring riches.
The rich and the poor have this in common the LORD created both of them.
The wealthy rule over the poor, and anyone who borrows is a slave to the lender.
Whoever is generous will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Whoever oppresses the poor to enrich himself and whoever gives gifts to the wealthy will yield only loss.
Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,
because drunks and gluttons tend to become poor, and drowsiness will clothe them in rags.
A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.
It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.
Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
A roaring lion and a charging bear that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.
Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.
The righteous person is concerned about the poor; but the wicked don't understand what they need to know.
The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gave them both eyes with which to see.
When a king faithfully administers justice to the poor, his throne will be established forever.
so that I don't become overfed and deny you by saying, "Who is the LORD?" or so that I don't become poor and steal, and then misuse the name of my God.
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