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Generosity to the Poor

“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the [a]gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, (A)you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but (B)you shall [b]open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your (C)eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and (D)he cry out to the Lord against you, and (E)it become sin among you. 10 You shall surely give to him, and (F)your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because (G)for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. 11 For (H)the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall [c]open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 15:7 towns
  2. Deuteronomy 15:8 freely open
  3. Deuteronomy 15:11 freely open

30 (A)Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 (B)And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32 (C)“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 (D)And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.

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18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

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