Proverbs and Poverty and Justice
We’ve already seen what the psalmists had to say about helping the oppressed and less fortunate. Now let’s look at Proverbs:
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.
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
But it is swept away by injustice.
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.
He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.
A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.
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.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such concern.
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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