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  • יהוה’s Relationship to the Poor

    יהוה maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are יהוה’s, and he hath set the world upon them. 1 Samuel 2:7,8

    He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor. Job 36:6

    All my bones shall say, יהוה, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? Psalms 35:10

    Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor. Psalms 68:10

    For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul. Psalms 109:31

    I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. Psalms 132:15

    The rich and poor meet together: יהוה is the maker of them all. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Proverbs 22:2,7,9

    The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. The poor and the deceitful man meet together: יהוה lighteneth both their eyes. The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. Proverbs 29:7,13,14

    For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Isaiah 25:4

    The meek also shall increase their joy in יהוה, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:19

    For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith יהוה: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Isaiah 66:2

    Sing unto יהוה, praise ye יהוה: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers. Jeremiah 20:13

    Thus saith יהוה; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name: Amos 2:6,7

    The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. Matthew 11:5 (Luke 7:22)

    Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:21,22 (Mark 10:21,22, Luke 18:22,23)

    But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. Matthew 26:8-11 (Mark 14:4-7, John 12:4-8)

    And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.Mark 12:41-44 (Luke 21:1-4)

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:18

    And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 6:20

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