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Isa. ix. 4. Thou hast broken the rod of his oppressor, &c.
xiv. 2. They shall rule over their oppressors.
xix. 20. They shall cry to the Lord, because of the oppressors, and he shall deliver them.
liv. 15. Thou shalt be far from oppression and from terror.
Jer. 1. 33. They were oppressed.
Ver. 54. Their Redeemer will plead their cause. See Ezek. xlv. 8. Zech. ix. 8. See deliverances from national oppression. Exod. iii. 9. Deut. xxvi. 7. Judg. ii. 16, 18.—iv. 3.—vi. 9. and 7th and 8th Chap. -x. 8, 12.-2 Kings xiii. 4, 23. Isa. lii. 4.
DUTIES OF THE RICH TOWARD THE POOR.
CLXIII. Duties of the rich toward the poor. Hospitality. Rom. xii. 13. Given to hospitality. Ver. 8. 1 Tim. iii. 2.
1 Pet. iv. 9. Use hospitality one toward another without grudging. Ver. 10.
Heb. xiii. 2. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers.
1 Tim. v. 10. If she have lodged strangers. See instances of hospitality, Gen. xviii. I to 19. Acts x. 23.-xxviii. 7. 3 John ver. 5, 6.
CLXIV. Lending without usury. Exod. xxii. 25. If thou lend to any of my people that is poor, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. See Lev. xxv. 35, 36, 37. Deut. xv. 7 to 11.-xxiii. 19, 20. Ps. xv. 5. Prov. xxviii. 8. Ezek.
xvii. 8, 13, 17.-xxii. 12, 13.
Ver. 26. If thou take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it to him by that the sun goeth down. Deut. xxiv, 6. Job xxxi. 16.
Ps. xxxvii. 26. The righteous is ever merciful and lendeth, his seed is blessed.
cxii. 5. A good man sheweth favour and lendeth. Ver. 9. His righteousness endureth for ever. 2 Cor. ix. 9.
Prov. iii. 28. Say not to thy neighbour, go and come again, when, thou hast it by thee. Gal. vi. 10.
Matt. v. 42. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away.
Acts iv. 32. They that believed had all things common.
CLXV. Giving alms. Promises. Ps. xxxvii. 21. The righteous sheweth mercy and giveth.
Ver. 24. The Lord upholdeth him.
xli. 1. Blessed is he that considereth the poor. Ver. 2, 3.
cxii. 9. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor, his righteousness remaineth for ever, 1 Cor. ix. 9.
Prov. iii. 9. Honour the Lord with thy substance. Ver. 27. Withhold not good from him to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Ver. 10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, &c.
xi. 24. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth, &c.
Ver. 25. The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth
shall be watered himself also.
xiv. 21. He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Prov. xiv. 31. He that honoureth his Maker, hath mercy on the poor.
xix. 17. He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord, and that which he hath given will he repay him.
xxii. 9. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
xxviii. 27. He that giveth to the poor shall not lack. xxix. 7. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor. Eccl. xi. 1. Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.
Isa. xxxii. 8. The liberal devise th liberal things, and by liberal things shall he stand.
lviii. 6. Is not this the fast that I have chosen (saith the Lord ?) Ver. 7. To deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out, to thine house, when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh.
Ver. 9. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord will answer.
Ver. 10. If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon-day.
Ver. 11. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring whose waters fail not. Ver. 12. See Job xxxi. 16 to 20. and ver. 32. Ezek. xviii. 7. Hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment. Ver. 9. He shall surely live, saith the Lord.
Mark. x. 21. Jesus said, sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven. Luke xii. 33.-xviii. 22.
xii. 42. A poor widow threw in two mites.
Ver. 43. Jesus said, this poor widow hath cast in more than they all. Ver. 44. She did cast in all that she had. 2 Cor. viii. 12.
Luke iii. 11. Jesus said, he that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none, and he that hath meat do likewise.
vi. 38. Give and it shall be given unto you.
xi. 41. Give alms of such things as you have, and behold all things are clean unto you.
xiv. 13. When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind.
Ver. 14. And thou shalt be blessed, for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
xvi. 9. Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteous
Acts x. 2. Cornelius gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.
Ver. 4. The angel said unto him, thy prayers and thine alms are come up as a memorial before God.
xx. 35. Support ye the weak, 'tis more blessed to give than to receive.
Eph. iv. 28. Give to him that needeth.
1. Tim. vi. 17. Charge them that are rich in this world
1 Tim. vi. 18. That they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.
Ver. 19. Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. Heb. xiii. 16. To do good and communicate forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
CLXVI. Alms to be done in secret. alms before men to be seen of them.
Matt. vi. 1. Do not your
Ver. 3. When thou doest thine alms, let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doth, &c.
Ver. 4. That thine alms may be in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Rom. xii. 8. He that giveth let him do it with simplicity.
CLXVII. To be given to the poor of every denomination. Luke vi. 30. Give to every man that asketh.
Ver: 35. Love your enemies and do good, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is kind to the unthankful and the evil. Ver. 36. Be ye therefore merciful as your Father is merciful. See an instance, chap. x. 29 to 38.
Rom. xii. 20. If thine enemy hunger feed him.
Gal. vi. 10. Let us do good unto all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
CLXVIII. To be given to poor Christians especially. Matt. x. 42. Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones, a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. Mark ix. 41. See above Gal. vi. 10. Matt. xxv. 34 to 46. See there Christ's remarkable sentence at the day of judgment, and the reasons given for it.
Rom. xii. 13. Distributing to the necessity of the saints.
1 Cor. xvi. 2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him. Mark iii. 4. For it is lawful to do good on the sabbath. See instances of such liberality to Saint Paul and other saints. Rom. xvi. 2. Phil. iv. 10. 2 Tim. i. 16, 18. Ileb. vi. 10. 3 John ver. 5, 6. Collections made for the saints at Jerusalem. Rom. xv. 26. 1 Cor. xvi. 3. 2 Cor. 8th and 9th chapters.
PROMISES TO THE POOR.
CLXIX. Promises to the poor. Job v. 15. He saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. Ver. 16. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth. xxxvi. 15. He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
Ps. ix. 18. The needy shall not always be forgotten, the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Ixviii. 10. Thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the
Ixix. 33. The Lord heareth the poor.
lxxii. 2. He fhall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
Ver. 12. He shall deliver the needy when he crieth, the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
CHAP. XVII. The Stranger, Widow and Fatherless.
Ps. lxx. 13. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
cii. 17. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their
cvii. 41 He setteth the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
cix. 31. He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
cxiii. 7. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill.
cxxxii. 15. I will satisfy her poor with bread.
cxl. 12. The Lord will maintain the right of the poor.
Isa. xiv. 30. The first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety.
Jer. xx. 13. Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord, for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evil doers.
Luke xvi. 25. Abraham said, son, remember, that thou in thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted and thou art tormented.
James i. 9. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted.
ii. 5. 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? Ps. lxxiv. 21.
OF THE UNCHARITABLE TO THE POOR.
CLXX. Of the uncharitable to the poor. hardness of heart toward thy poor brother. Prov. xi. 26. He that with-holdeth corn, the people shall curse him. xvii. 5. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.
xxi. 12. Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also, shall cry himself and shall not be heard. Ver, 10, 26.
xxviii. 27. He that hideth his eyes from the poor, shall have many
Deut. xv. 9. Beware of
Isa. xxxii. 7. The instruments of the churl are evil, to destroy the poor, Prov. xxiii. 7. Eat, saith he, but his heart is not with thee. James ii. 15. If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily
Ver. 16. And one of you say unto him, depart in peace, be you warmed, and filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things that be needful, what doth it profit?
1 John iii. 17. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
THE STRANGER, WIDOW AND FATHERLESS.
CLXXI. Duties towards them, and threatenings against those that oppress them. Exod. xxii. 21. Thou shalt not vex a stranger nor oppress him, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Chap. xxiii. 9, 12. Lev. xix. 33.
The Stranger, Widow and Fatherless. CHAP. XVII.
Exod. xxii. 22. Ye shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. Ver. 23. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry.
Ver. 24. And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword, and your children shall be fatherless.
Lev. xix. 10. Thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard, thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger. Lev. xxiv. 20, 21.-xxvi. 12.
Ver. 34. The stranger that dwelleth with you, shall be unto you, as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself.
xxiii. 22. When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest, thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger. Chap. xxv. 6. Deut.xxiv. 19. Ruth ii. 2, 3. Deut. i. 16. Judge righteously between every man and the stranger. x. 19. Love the stranger, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Chap. xxvii. 7, 20.
Deut. xxiv. 17. Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless, nor take a widow's raiment to pledge. Chap. xxvii. 19. cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, of the fatherless and widow, and all the people shall say Amen.
Job xxiv. 3. The wicked drive away the ass of the fatherless, and take the widow's ox for a pledge.
Ver. 9. They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. Ver. 21.
Ver. 23. God's eyes are upon their ways.
Ver. 24. They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low, they are taken out of the way and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
xxix. 12. I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
Ver. 13. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
xxxi. 16. If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17. If I have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless hath not caten thereof;
Ver. 21. If I have lift up mine hand against the fatherless;
Ps. xciv. 6. The proud slay the widow and the stranger, and mur. der the fatherless.
Ver. 10. He that chastiseth the nations shall he not correct you? Prov. xxiii. 10. Enter not into the field of the fatherless.
Ver. 11. For their Redeemer is mighty, he will plead their cause. Isa. i. 17. Judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Ver. 23, They judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Ver. 24. Therefore, saith the Lord, I will ease me of mine adversaries. Jer. v. 28, 29.