Poverty, In Perspective

Proverbs 19:1 “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”

v. 22 “The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Luke 6:20 “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”

1st Timothy 6:4-6 “He is . . . destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

Proverbs 11:4 “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.”

13:7 “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.”

(2nd Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”)

2nd Corinthians 6:3-10 “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God . . . as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

Proverbs 23:4-5 “ Labour not to be rich . . . for riches certainly make themselves wings. . . .”

28:11 “The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.”

28:20 “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”

v. 22 “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”

Philippians 4:12-13 “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

James 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith. . . ?”

1st Corinthians 1:26-31 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.”

Isaiah 66:2 “. . . to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

Psalm 69:33 “For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.”

37:16 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.”

Proverbs 15:16-17 “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure, and trouble therewith.”

Luke 12:15 “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have. . . .”

Hosea 13:6 “. . . they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.” (You want to be rich?)

James 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Matthew 19:24 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

1st Timothy 6:7-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

(Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”)

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 “As . . . as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver. . . .”

7:12 “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but . . . wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Revelation 2:9 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich). . . .”

1st Samuel 2:8 “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.”

On The Other Hand

Ecclesiastes 9:15 “Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.”

v. 16 “. . . the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.”