Central to God’s righteousness and justice is a concern for the poor

The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, helping us to live a godly lifestyle in an ungodly world.

It is not coincidental that there are around 2,100 verses in the bible dealing with poverty. Sometimes we can think that people are poor because they are lazy, but more often than not, poverty is linked to oppression and exploitation.

Sometimes we can over-analyse scriptures to the point where they lose their relevance and meaning; perhaps we should just let these verses speak for themselves:

Proverbs 11:24 – 26

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

The generous will prosper; Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells in time of need.

Proverbs 14:31

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor knows Him.

Proverbs 16:8

Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

Proverbs 19:17

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord, and He will repay you.

Proverbs 22:2

The rich and poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.

Proverbs 22:8-9

Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.

Blessed are those who are generous because they feed the poor.

Proverbs 22:16

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

Proverbs 22:22 – 23

Don’t rob the poor just because you can,

Or exploit the needy in court.

For the Lord is their defender.

He will ruin anyone who ruins them.

Proverbs 28:3

A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.

Proverbs 28:27

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.