An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Poor Thinking

(Pro 19:7 KJV)  All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

Keeping our mind engaged is always vital if you are going to follow Jesus and serve the living God.  This is true in regard to the “poor” (7326).  On the surface it seems obvious.  After all, we are constantly asked to donate and help those less fortunate than ourselves.  You will notice that this verse does not take that approach.  While it doesn’t say the attitude of the people that know him is a good thing, it also does not condemn them.

If you do a simple search on this Hebrew word for poor you find that both sides of the coin are dealt with.  In some cases they are poor because they are lazy.  At other places it does not seem to be their fault.  As so many teachings of the Bible it must be applied with the individual in mind and the circumstances considered.

So?  If you are at the lower end of the economic scale try to keep your attitude in check.  If you are higher up, the same.

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