See God’s heart. He (Jesus) became poor so that we might be rich.
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.
What Jesus says to the world:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
what God has said through the psalmists:
For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
God’s warning through the prophets:
The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
God’s advice through the wisest king:
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
a final statement from the apostles:
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?
2 Corinthians 8:24 New King James Version (NKJV)24 Therefore show to them, and[a] before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.
- 2 Corinthians 8:24 NU-Text and M-Text omit and.