Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Proverbs on Poverty

Below are quotes from the book of Proverbs concerning poverty. As true today as they ever were:

Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.

A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.

Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored

Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.

He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.

All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.

The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.

Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.

Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses

One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed

The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.

Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?

All the days of the anawim are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,
That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.

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