..........Generosity brings many happy returns
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Last modified Feb 2013 Topic 4.7
The uestion is -
Sowing to Reap
When giving, what must I watch out for?
Why is there such diversity in God The Maker's kingdom?
Do I have to be a radical or fundamentalist to come fully into God The Maker's kingdom?
How can I be sure that my good intentions are from The Maker?
How does The Maker's Seed-Growth-Harvest rule affect me?
Goes the Give-Get, Sow-Reap thing work for everyone?
Is there some deeper significance for me in this sowing-reaping thing?
What comes up if I'm a bit tight with my giving?
How does Giving and Getting work out for me - and others?
Sowing to Reap
How does The Maker's natural law of planting for harvest and giving generously affect what comes to me?
Does God The Maker's law of giving for return apply to gifts given under the motive of avarice and deception?
Does God The Maker sometimes mete out to me a more just and deserved gift than I thought I deserved?
What should I identify a 'Get to Get' freak? How are his / her attitudes different from a follower of God The Maker?
Are dreams and visions which come from my own imagination a reliable guide? Can I 'plant' restful thoughts in my own mind?
What is God The Maker's plan for the elevation of women to management and rulership?
Does the basic law of returns apply to Nations as well as to me personally?
What should be my attitude if I find myself to be on the receiving end of things?
What should be my attitude if I find myself to be on the sacrificing end of things?
How can I turn my sacrifices into solid building of God The Maker's kingdom?
In Goid The Maker's plan what is the basic concept of Giving?
When others demand the best deal, how can I turn my resulting loss into gain?
Does my faith in God The Maker enter into my child-bearing?
Will God The Maker compensate me for taking a lesser part of availble assets?
How can I make or do something for God The Maker that will be beneficial to one of His ministers?
Does the prompt and exact following of God The Maker's law of sacrifice give me an assurance of my status in Him/
How can I make or do something personal for God The Maker that will be beneficial to one of His ministers?
Is God The Maker's complicated amd detailed law regarding Leprosy merely there to teach me about discerning the difference between Good and Bad?
Are there any restrictions or regulations on what I can or cannot give?
Can I offer something to God The Maker just out of love and wanting to please Him without expecting any thing in return?
Can I offer something to God The Maker jto specially remember the beginning of His love to me under His covenant promises?
Should I take a gift for God The Maker when we're partying together?
Is there anything better than a sacrifice that I can bring to God The Maker?
Is there great happiness in acknowledging God The MakerI as the source of all the goodness in my life?
Is it possible that my gift or offering will have knock-on significance or effects?
How does giving as a part of God The Maker's family benefit the whole Family?
Does giving make me happy?
Why should givingto God The Makerbe carried out in the right spirit of joy, generosity, sharing and expectation?
What are three basic things to offer to Goid The Maker?
Why is honesty and correctness important when I offer anything to Goid The Maker?
Should I lend - or give - things I have to others?
Is there an alternative route to all this grab-for-yourself ethos?
How can I live a life of giving away rather than receiving?
How does generous giving affect the whole Family?
How do I know that I'm really loving?
Does generosity have a pay-off?
If I'm generous on The Maker's behalf, can I expect The Maker's help?
What is the general outcome of generosity?
Does my attitude of heart toward other people affect the way I give and its effect? Wbhat's the promised outcome?
Can generosity extend to friendships, agreements, families, employment, etc?
What does generosity do when someone has faith enough to get it going?
What really provides my discipline and my love for God The Maker?
What really pleases God The Maker?
What is the personal profile of the generous man?
How does generosity affect my business life?
What's the recommended way to approach my peers?
How can I get happy?
What comes down if I miss out on generous living?
Is there any guarantee of where my generosity will produce the best results?
Does God The Maker look for fruit of His planting? Is His fruit prolific? Generously, Lovingly and wholeheartedly given?
What comes down if I'm giving away rather than receiving?
Should workers, teachers and leaders be paid for their services?
Should visiting preachers be paid?
Should I share what I have with those who teach me good things?
Pay the Workers
Should differentiating payment be made for services of those who lead and teach?
Can I be generous toward baddies who get their cum-uppance? Should I be generous to those who work for me - including animals?
Should I be ready,up-front, willing and happy to pay for everything I obtain?
Should workers, teachers and leaders be charged interest on their loans when they have given their services freely?
A - What The Maker's Manual says -
Sowing to Reap (New Testament)
Matthew 6 : 1 - Take heed that you do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. When therefore you do alms, sound not a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say to you, They have received their reward. But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does: that your alms may be in secret: and your Father who sees in secret shall recompense you.
Matthew 13 : 1 - On that day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And there were gathered to him great multitudes, so that he entered into a boat, and sat; and all the multitude stood on the beach. And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them: and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He that hath ears, let him hear.
Matthew 13 : 18 - Hear then you the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the evil one, and snatches away that which had been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side. And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that hears the word, and straightway with joy receives it; yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while; and when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway he stumbles. And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that hears the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that hears the word, and understands it; who verily bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 15 : 13 - Then came the disciples, and said to him, Know you that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father planted not, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.
Mark 4 : 26 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knows not how. The earth bears fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.
Luke 8 : 4 - . And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted to him, he spoke by a parable: The sower went forth to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden under foot, and the birds of the heaven devoured it. And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. And other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. As he said these things, he cried, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him what this parable might be. And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And those by the way side are they that have heard; then comes the devil, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.
1 Corinthians 15 : 35 - But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what manner of body do they come? You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not quickened except it die: and that which you sow, you sow not the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind; but God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own.
2 Corinthians 9 : 6 - But this I say, He that sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Let each man do according as he has purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you; that you, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work: as it is written, He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor; His righteousness abides for ever. And he that supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, shall supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness: you being enriched in everything to all liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God. For the ministration of this service not only fills up the measure of the wants of the saints, but abounds also through many thanksgivings to God; seeing that through the proving of you by this ministration they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all; while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift
Galatians 6 : 6 - But let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.
Sowing to Reap (Old Testament)
Genesis 33 : 1 - And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two handmaids. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are these with you? And he said, The children whom God has graciously given your servant. Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. And he said, What mean you by all this company which I met? And he said, To find favor in the sight of my lord. And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; let that which you have be yours.
2 Samuel 16 : 1 - And when David was a little past the top of the ascent, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. And the king said to Ziba, What mean you by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink. And the king said, And where is your master’s son? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he abides at Jerusalem; for he said, To-day will the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, yours is all that pertains to Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I do obeisance; let me find favor in your sight, my lord, O king.
2 Samuel 16 : 5 - And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out thence a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out, and cursed still as he came. And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Begone, begone, you man of blood, and base fellow: Jehovah has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead you have reigned; and Jehovah has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son; and, behold, you are taken in your own mischief, because you are a man of blood. Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray you, and take off his head. And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Because he curses, and because Jehovah has said to him, Curse David; who then shall say, Wherefore have you done so? And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeks my life: how much more may this Benjamite now do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for Jehovah has bidden him. It may be that Jehovah will look on the wrong done to me, and that Jehovah will requite me good for his cursing of me this day. So David and his men went by the way; and Shimei went along on the hill-side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary; and he refreshed himself there.
Psalm 126 : 1 - ( A song of Ascents) - When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, We were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing: Then said they among the nations, Jehovah has done great things for them. Jehovah has done great things for us, Whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Jehovah, As the streams in the South. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Proverbs 22 : 8 - He that sows iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail. He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he gives of his bread to the poor. Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out; Yes, strife and ignominy will cease. He that loves pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend. The eyes of Jehovah preserve him that has knowledge; But he overthrows the words of the treacherous man. The sluggard says, There is a lion without: I shall be slain in the streets. The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He that is abhorred of Jehovah shall fall therein.
Job 4 : 8 - According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same. By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are they consumed. The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions, are broken. The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad. Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes: There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker? Behold, he puts no trust in his servants; And his angels he charges with folly: How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth! Betwixt morning and evening they are destroyed: They perish for ever without any regarding it. Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.
Isaiah 3 : 11 - Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for what his hands have done shall be done to him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they that lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths. Jehovah stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples. Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders of his people, and the princes thereof: It is you that have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses: what mean you that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts. Moreover Jehovah said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet; therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, and the cauls, and the crescents; the pendants, and the bracelets, and the mufflers; the headtires, and the ankle chains, and the sashes, and the perfume-boxes, and the amulets; the rings, and the nose-jewels; the festival robes, and the mantles, and the shawls, and the satchels; the hand-mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the veils. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle, a rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty. Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit upon the ground.
Hosea 10 : 12 - Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek Jehovah, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity; you have eaten the fruit of lies; for you did trust in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men.
Sacrifice - (New Testament)
Philippians 4 : 14 - Howbeit you did well that you had fellowship with my affliction. And you yourselves also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you only; for even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my need. Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account. But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 13 : 13 - Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us therefore go forth to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have not here an abiding city, but we seek after the city which is to come. Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Sacrifice - (Old Testament)
Genesis 4 : 3 - And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to Jehovah. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect to Abel and to his offering: but to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Jehovah said to Cain, Why are you wroth? and why is your countenance fallen? If you doe well, shall it not be lifted up? and if you donot well, sin couches at the door; and to you shall be its desire; but do you rule over it. And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And Jehovah said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood criets to me from the ground. And now cursed are you from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand; when you tillthe ground, it shall not henceforth yield to you its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shall you be in the earth. And Cain said to Jehovah, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; and from your face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whoever finds me will slay me. And Jehovah said to him, Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him.
Genesis 13 : 5 - And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land. And Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? separate yourself, I pray you, from me: if you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the Plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before Jehovah destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of Jehovah, like the land of Egypt, as you go to Zoar. So Lot chose him all the Plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
Genesis 30 : 14 - And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray you, of your son’s mandrakes. And she said to her, Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? and would you take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with you to-night for your son’s mandrakes. And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, You must come in to me; for I have surely hired you with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. And God hearkened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. And Leah conceived again, and bore a sixth son to Jacob. And Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah. And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bore a son: and said, God has taken away my reproach: and she called his name Joseph, saying, Jehovah Jehovah add to me another son.
Genesis 36 : 1 - Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is Edom). Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, and Basemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebaioth. And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Basemath bore Reuel; and Oholibamah bore Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, that were born to him in the land of Canaan. And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his possessions, which he had gathered in the land of Canaan; and went into a land away from his brother Jacob. For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle. And Esau dwelt in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
Exodus 12 : 1 - And Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak you to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household: and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next to his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man’s eating you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: you shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even (6).
Exodus 22 : 29 - You shall not delay to offer of your harvest, and of the outflow of your presses. The first-born of your sons shall you give to me. Likewise shall you do with your oxen, and with your sheep: seven days it shall be with its dam; on the eighth day you shall give it me. And you shall be holy men to me: therefore you shall not eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; you shall cast it to the dogs.
Leviticus 2 : 1 - And when any one offers an oblation of a meal-offering to Jehovah, his oblation shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: and he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests; and he shall take thereout his handful of the fine flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof. And the priest shall burn it as the memorial thereof upon the altar, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor to Jehovah: and that which is left of the meal-offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of Jehovah made by fire .And when any one offers an oblation of a meal-offering to Jehovah, his oblation shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: and he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests; and he shall take thereout his handful of the fine flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof. And the priest shall burn it as the memorial thereof upon the altar, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor to Jehovah: and that which is left of the meal-offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of Jehovah made by fire. And when you offer an oblation of a meal-offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil. And if your oblation be a meal-offering of the baking-pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.
Leviticus 14 : 1 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest: And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days. But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean. And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil. And the priest that makes him clean shall present the man that is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest’s, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy:( 14 ) And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD: And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering: And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD. And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering: And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean. And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering. And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD. And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD ( 25 ) And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD: And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the LORD. And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get; Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD. This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertains to his cleansing. And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, When you be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; And he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seems to me there is as it were a plague in the house: Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: ( 38 ) Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place. Moreover he that goes into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. And he that lies in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eats in the house shall wash his clothes. And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague has not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: ( 51 ) And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean. This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, And for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house, And for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot: To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.
Leviticus 22 : 17 - And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them, Whoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the sojourners in Israel, that offers his oblation, whether it be any of their vows, or any of their freewill-offerings, which they offer to Jehovah for a burnt-offering; that you may be accepted, you shall offer a male without blemish, of the bullocks, of the sheep, or of the goats. But whatever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you. And whoever offers a sacrifice of peace-offerings to Jehovah to accomplish a vow, or for a freewill-offering, of the herd or of the flock, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, you shall not offer these to Jehovah, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar to Jehovah.Either a bullock or a lamb that has anything superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest you offer for a freewill-offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted. That which has its stones bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut, you shall not offer to Jehovah; neither shall you do thus in your land. Neither from the hand of a foreigner shall you offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption is in them, there is a blemish in them: they shall not be accepted for you.
Numbers 15 : 1 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come into the land of your habitations, which I give to you, And will make an offering by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour to the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock: Then shall he that offers his offering to the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil. And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shall you prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb. Or for a ram, you shall prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil. And for a drink offering you shall offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour to the LORD. And when you prepare a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings to the LORD: Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil. And you shall bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD. Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid. According to the number that you shall prepare, so shall you do to every one according to their number. All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD. And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD; as you do, so he shall do. One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourns with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. ( 16 ) One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourns with you.
Deuteronomy 15 : 19 - All the firstling males that come of your herd and of your flock you shall sanctify to the LORD your God: you shall do no work with the firstling of your bullock, nor shear the firstling of your sheep. You shall eat it before the LORD your God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, you and your household. And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God. You shall eat it within your gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart. Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it upon the ground as water.
Deuteronomy 16 : 13 - You shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in your corn and your wine: And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates. Seven days shall you keep a solemn feast to the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice. Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
1 Samuel 15 : 22 - And Samuel said, Has Jehovah as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of Jehovah, he has also rejected you from being king.
1 Kings 8 : 62 - And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before Jehovah. And Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, which he offered to Jehovah, two and twenty thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Jehovah. The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of Jehovah; for there he offered the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the peace-offerings, because the brazen altar that was before Jehovah was too little to receive the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the peace-offerings. So Solomon held the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before Jehovah our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Jehovah had showed to David his servant, and to Israel his people.( 66 End )
1 Kings 18 : 36 - And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening oblation, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Hear me, O Jehovah, hear me, that this people may know that you, Jehovah, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again. Then the fire of Jehovah fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
Ezra 3 : 1 - And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. And they set the altar upon its base; for fear was upon them because of the peoples of the countries: and they offered burnt-offerings thereon to Jehovah, even burnt-offerings morning and evening. And they kept the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt-offerings by number, according to the ordinance, as the duty of every day required; and afterward the continual burnt-offering, and the offerings of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of Jehovah that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill-offering to Jehovah. From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt-offerings to Jehovah: but the foundation of the temple of Jehovah was not yet laid.
Nehemiah 12 : 43 - And they offered great sacrifices that day, and rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great joy; and the women also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
Ezekiel 45 : 13 - This is the oblation that you shall offer: the sixth part of an ephah from a homer of wheat; and you shall give the sixth part of an ephah from a homer of barley; and the set portion of oil, of the bath of oil, the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is ten baths, even a homer; (for ten baths are a homer;) and one lamb of the flock, out of two hundred, from the well-watered pastures of Israel;--for a meal-offering, and for a burnt-offering, and for peace-offerings, to make atonement for them, says the Lord Jehovah. All the people of the land shall give to this oblation for the prince in Israel. And it shall be the prince’s part to give the burnt-offerings, and the meal-offerings, and the drink-offerings, in the feasts, and on the new moons, and on the sabbaths, in all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin-offering, and the meal-offering, and the burnt-offering, and the peace-offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord Jehovah: In the first month, in the first day of the month, you shall take a young bullock without blemish; and you shall cleanse the sanctuary. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin-offering, and put it upon the door-posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court. ( 20 ) And so you shall do on the seventh day of the month for every one that errs, and for him that is simple: so shall you make atonement for the house. In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. And upon that day shall the prince prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bullock for a sin-offering. And the seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt-offering to Jehovah, seven bullocks and seven rams without blemish daily the seven days; and a he-goat daily for a sin-offering. And he shall prepare a meal-offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and a hin of oil to an ephah. ( 25 End ) In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, in the feast, shall he do the like the seven days; according to the sin-offering, according to the burnt-offering, and according to the meal-offering, and according to the oil.
Micah 6 : 6 - Wherewith shall I come before Jehovah, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does Jehovah require of you, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Malachi 1 : 6 - A son honours his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, that despise my name. And you say, Wherein have we despised your name? You offer polluted bread upon my altar; and you say, Wherein have we polluted you? In that you say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now to your governor; will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? says the LORD of hosts.
Generosity (New Testament)
Matthew 5 : 42 - Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.
Luke 6 : 33 - Give to every one that asks you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again. And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise. And if you love them that love you, what thank have you? for even sinners love those that love them. And if you do good to them that do good to you, what thanks have you? for even sinners do the same. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks have you? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much. But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.
Acts 20 : 34 - You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Corinthians 8 : 8 - I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich. And herein I give my judgment: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do, but also to will. But now complete the doing also; that as there was the readiness to will, so there may be the completion also out of your ability. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man has, not according as he has not. For I say not this that others may be eased and you distressed; but by equality: your abundance being a supply at this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become a supply for your want; that there may be equality: as it is written, He that gathered much had nothing over; and he that gathered little had no lack.
1 John 3 : 14 - We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need, and shuts up his compassion from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth. Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before him:
Generosity (Old Testament)
Genesis 32 : 13 - And he lodged there that night, and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother: two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and whither go you? and whose are these before you? then you shall say They are your servant Jacob's; it is a present sent to my lord Esau: and, behold, he also is behind us. And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall you speak to Esau, when you find him; and you shall say, Moreover, behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept me. So the present passed over before him: and he himself lodged that night in the company. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had.
Genesis 42 : 25 - Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with grain, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provisions for the way: and thus was it done to them. And they laded their asses with their grain, and departed thence. And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. And he said to his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God has done to us?
.Exodus 36 : 5 - and they received of Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, wherewith to make it. And they brought yet to him freewill-offerings every morning. And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they wrought. And they spoke to Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which Jehovah commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
Deuteronomy 15 : 10 - You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him; because that for this thing Jehovah your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your hand to. For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor, in your land.( 12 ) And if your brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold to you, and serve you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. And when you send him out free from you, you shall not let him go away empty: You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, and out of your floor, and out of your winepress: of that wherewith the LORD your God has blessed you you shall give to him. And you shall remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing to day. And it shall be, if he say to you, I will not go away from you; because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you; Then you shall take an aul, and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant for ever. And also to your maidservant you shall do likewise. It shall not seem hard to you, when you send him away free from you; for he has been worth a double hired servant to you, in serving you six years: and the LORD your God shall bless you in all that you do. ( 18 )
Deuteronomy 23 : 15 - You shall not deliver to his master the servant which is escaped from his master to you: ( 16 ) He shall dwell with you, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of your gates, where it likes him best: you shall not oppress him. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. You shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God for any vow: for even both these are abomination to the LORD your God. You shall not lend upon usury to your brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: To a stranger you may lend upon usury; but to your brother you shall not lend upon usury: that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you set your hand to in the land whither you go to possess it. (21) When you shall vow a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not slack to pay it: for the LORD your God will surely require it of you; and it would be sin in you.
1 Samuel 18 : 3 - And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his apparel, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
1 Chronicles 29 : 1 - And David the king said to all the assembly, Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for Jehovah God. Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the things of silver, and the brass for the things of brass, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, stones for inlaid work, and of divers colors, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. Moreover also, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, wherewith to overlay the walls of the houses; of gold for the things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. Who then offers willingly to consecrate himself this day to Jehovah? Then the princes of the fathers’ houses, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers over the king’s work, offered willingly; and they gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and of iron a hundred thousand talents. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of Jehovah, under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to Jehovah: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed Jehovah before all the assembly; and David said, Blessed be you, O Jehovah, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Jehovah, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of you, and you rule over all; and in your hand is power and might; and in your hand it is to make great, and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding. ( 16 ) O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to build you a house for your holy name comes of your hand, and is all your own.
Nehemiah 7 : 70 - And some from among the heads of fathers’ houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury a thousand darics of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests’ garments. And some of the heads of fathers’ houses gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pounds of silver. And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and threescore and seven priests’ garments. So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinim, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities. And when the seventh month was come, the children of Israel were in their cities.
Job 31 : 16 - If I have withheld the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the fatherless has not eaten thereof (Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And her have I guided from my mother’s womb); If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering; If his loins have not blessed me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep; If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, Because I saw my help in the gate: Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And my arm be broken from the bone. For calamity from God is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing
Psalm 51 : 14 - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation; And my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open you my lips; And my mouth shall show forth your praise.For you delight not in sacrifice; else would I give it: You have no pleasure in burnt-offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Do good in your good pleasure to Zion: Build you the walls of Jerusalem. Then will you delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt-offering and in whole burnt-offering: Then will they offer bullocks upon your altar.
Psalm 112 : 5 - Praise Jehovah. Blessed is the man that fears Jehovah, That delights greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: The generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house; And his righteousness endures for ever. To the upright there arises light in the darkness: He is gracious, and merciful, and righteous. Well is it with the man that deals graciously and lends; He shall maintain his cause in judgment. For he shall never be moved; The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: His heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, Until he see his desire upon his adversaries. He has dispersed, he has given to the needy; His righteousness endures for ever: His horn shall be exalted with honor. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: The desire of the wicked shall perish.
Psalm 136 : 1 - Oh give thanks to Jehovah; For he is good; For his lovingkindness endures for ever. Oh give thanks to the God of gods; For his lovingkindness endures for ever. Oh give thanks to the Lord of lords; For his lovingkindness endures for ever: To him who alone does great wonders; For his lovingkindness endures for ever: To him that by understanding made the heavens; For his lovingkindness endures for ever: To him that spread forth the earth above the waters; For his lovingkindness endures for ever: To him that made great lights; For his lovingkindness endures for ever: The sun to rule by day; For his lovingkindness endures for ever; The moon and stars to rule by night; For his lovingkindness endures for ever:To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endures for ever: And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endures for ever: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endures for ever. To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endures for ever: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endures for ever: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endures for ever. To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endures for ever. To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endures for ever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endures for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endures for ever: And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endures for ever: And gave their land for a heritage: for his mercy endures for ever: Even a heritage to Israel his servant: for his mercy endures for ever. Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endures for ever: And has redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endures for ever. Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever. O give thanks to the God of heaven: for his mercy endures for ever.
Proverbs 11 : 24 - There is that scatters, and increases yet more; And there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends only to want. The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that waters shall be watered also himself. He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it. The desire of the righteous is only good; But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. He that diligently seeks good seeks favor; But he that searches after evil, it shall come to him. He that trusts in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf. He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.
Proverbs 18 : 16 - A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. He that pleads his cause first seems just; But his neighbor comes and searches him out. The lot causes contentions to cease, And parts between the mighty. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; And such contentions are like the bars of a castle.A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men .( 20 )
Proverbs 22 : 10 - He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he gives of his bread to the poor.
Proverbs 28 : 20 - Whoso walks uprightly shall be delivered; But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough. A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that makes haste to be rich shall not be unpunished. To have respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread. he that has an evil eye hastes after riches, And knows not that want shall come upon him ( 22 ).
Ecclesiastes 11 : 1 - Cast your bread upon the waters; for you shall find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, yes, even to eight; for you know not what evil shall be upon the earth. If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth; and if a tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there shall it be. He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap. As you know not what is the way of the wind, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child; even so you know not the work of God who does all. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand; for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good
Song of Solomon 7 : 10 - I am my beloved’s; And his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; Let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded, And its blossom is open, And the pomegranates are in flower: There will I give you my love. The mandrakes give forth fragrance; And at our doors are all manner of precious fruits, new and old, Which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.(13 End)
Haggai 1 : 3 - Then came the word of Jehovah by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lies waste? Now therefore thus says Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus says Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says Jehovah. You looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? says Jehovah of hosts. Because of my house that lies waste, while you run every man to his own house.
Pay the Workers (New Testament)
1 Corinthians 9 : 7 - What soldier ever serves at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, and eats not the fruit thereof? Or who feeds a flock, and eats not of the milk of the flock? Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or says not the law also the same? For it is written in the law of Moses,You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God cares or says he it assuredly for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written: because he that plows ought to plow in hope, and he that threshes, to thresh in hope of partaking. If we sowed to you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things? If others partake of this right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. Know you not that they that minister about sacred things eat of the things of the temple, and they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar? Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel. But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorifying void. For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel. For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
2 Corinthians 11 : 7 - Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them that I might minister to you; and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so will I keep myself.1 Timothy 5 : 17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his hire.
6 : 6 - But let him that is taught in the
word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.
1 Timothy 5 : 17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. For the scripture says, you shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his hire. Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at the mouth of two or three witnesses. Them that sin reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear. I charge you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
Pay the Workers (Old Testament)
Numbers 7 : 1 - And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle. And the LORD spake to Moses, saying, Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and you shall give them to the Levites, to every man according to his service. And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them to the Levites. Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service: And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But to the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging to them was that they should bear upon their shoulders ( 9 ).
Deuteronomy 25 : 4 - If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.
1 Kings 5 : 6 - Now therefore command you that they cut me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with your servants; and I will give you hire for your servants according to all that you shall say: for you know that there is not among us any that knows how to cut timber like to the Sidonians. And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be Jehovah this day, who has given to David a wise son over this great people. And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have heard the message which you have sent to me: I will do all your desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place that you shall appoint me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and you shall receive them; and you shall accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household. So Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of fir according to all his desire. And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. And Jehovah gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.
2 Kings 12 : 9 - But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of Jehovah: and the priests that kept the threshold put therein all the money that was brought into the house of Jehovah. And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags and counted the money that was found in the house of Jehovah. And they gave the money that was weighed out into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of Jehovah: and they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders, that wrought upon the house of Jehovah, and to the masons and the hewers of stone, and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the breaches of the house of Jehovah, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. But there were not made for the house of Jehovah cups of silver, snuffers, basins, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of Jehovah; for they gave that to them that did the work, and repaired therewith the house of Jehovah. ( 15 ) Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to give to them that did the work; for they dealt faithfully.
Nehemiah 5 : 1 - Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. For there were that said, We, our sons and our daughters, are many: let us get grain, that we may eat and live. Some also there were that said, We are mortgaging our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses: let us get grain, because of the dearth. There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute upon our fields and our vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage already: neither is it in our power to help it; for other men have our fields and our vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and contended with the nobles and the rulers, and said to them, You exact usury, every one of his brother. And I held a great assembly against them. And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, that were sold to the nations; and would you even sell your brethren, and should they be sold to us? Then held they their peace, and found never a word. Also I said, The thing that you do is not good: ought you not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies? And I likewise, my brethren and my servants, do lend them money and grain. I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their fields, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, that you exact of them. Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do, even as you say. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they would do according to this promise.
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