Proverbs and Poverty and Justice

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We’ve already seen what the psalmists had to say about helping the oppressed and less fortunate. Now let’s look at Proverbs:

11:24

There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.

13:23

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

14:21

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

14:31

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

17:5

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

19:17

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

21:13

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

22:9

He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.

22:16

A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

22:22-23

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.

28:27

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

29:7

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

31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.

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