Benevolence Ministry Verses

Giving to the Financially Poor — Scriptural References

Designed to:
  • Help the poor: Lev. 25:35
  • Give blessing: Deut. 15:10-11
  • Meet basic needs: Deut. 15:7-18; Ezek. 18:7
Manner of Giving:
  • A cheerful spirit: Deut. 15:7-11
  • Cheerfully: 2 Cor. 9:7; Rom. 12:8
  • Lovingly: 1 Cor. 13:3; 1 Cor. 16:14
  • Fairly: Acts 4:32-35; James 2:2
  • Without condemnation: Matt. 7:1-3
  • With discernment: Matt. 14:7; 25:35; John 7:24
Cautions Concerning:
  • Not for man’s honor: Matt. 6:1-4
  • Not for the lazy: 2 Thess. 3:10
  • Needful for the rich: 1 Tim. 6:17-20
Rewarded:
  • Now: Deut. 14:28-29; 2 Cor. 9:9,11
  • In heaven: Matt. 19:21
Causes of poverty:
  • God’s sovereignty: 1 Sam. 2:7; Amos 4:6
  • Injustice: Amos 5:12; James 5:4
  • Slothfulness: Prov. 6:10-11; 24:30-34
  • Love of pleasure: Prov. 21:17
  • Stubbornness: Prov. 13:18
  • Empty pursuits: Prov. 28:19
  • Heavy drinking: Prov. 23:21
Wrong treatment of the poor:
  • Reproaches God: Prov. 14:31
  • Brings punishment: Prov. 21:13
  • Brings poverty itself: Prov. 22:16
  • Seen by God: Eccles. 5:8