Lending to the Poor

“If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your city gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has. Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,’ and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty. 10 Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart[a] when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 15:10 Lit and let not your heart be grudging
  2. 15:10 Lit you put your hand to

31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker,(A)
but one who is kind to the needy honors him.(B)

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27 The one who gives to the poor
will not be in need,
but one who turns his eyes away[a]
will receive many curses.(A)

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  1. 28:27 Lit who shuts his eyes

Invest in Life

11 Send your bread on the surface of the water,(A)
for after many days you may find it.
Give a portion to seven or even to eight,(B)
for you don’t know what disaster may happen on earth.

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42 And whoever gives(A) even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple,[a](B) truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”

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Footnotes

  1. 10:42 Lit little ones in the name of a disciple

40 “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’(A)

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The point is this:[a] The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves(A) a cheerful giver. And God is able(B) to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:6 Lit And this

10 For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love[a] you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by continuing to serve them.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 6:10 Other mss read labor of love

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