Proverbs related to the theme of Generosity & Greed:
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the Lord will take up their case
and will exact life for life.
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;
7 for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
22 The stingy are eager to get rich
and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
25 The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
Proverbs 31:20 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
How many times have I had these thoughts in my own heart but to actually read them like this is very powerful. Thank you for taking the time to list them like this and in a translation that I can understand..
A word of caution. We live in a world where for a growing number, begging is a profession and oftern a very lucrative one at that. Yes, we follow these instructions all our days for those who are genuinely poor but we also need to exercise wisdom if we are to avoid financing social parasites.