Gifts to the needy. In the OT care for the poor is recommended (Prov 14:21; Prov 14:31; Isa 58:6-8) as just behavior, required by the tithe for the poor every three years (Deut 14:28-29) and the leaving of fallen produce at harvest for the poor (Deut 24:19-22). The NT also recommends the traditional Jewish practice of almsgiving (Matt 6:1-4), calling it by a word that comes from the Greek word for “mercy.”

Prov 14:21

21Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
but happy are those who are kind to the poor.

Prov 14:31

31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but those who are kind to the needy honor him.

Isa 58:6-8

6Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?7Is ... View more

Deut 14:28-29

28Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your produce for that year, and store it within your towns;29the Levites, because they have no allotmen ... View more

Deut 24:19-22

19When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the ... View more

Matt 6:1-4

Concerning Almsgiving
1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.2“So w ... View more

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