The Bible Commands us to Help the Weak and Poor

The Bible is filled with reminders to help the poor and weak. Through these Bible verses, we can can know where God’s concern is and align with His heart more. Our God is a God of justice, and He is looking for faithful servants who can be His hands and feet, as well as those who can administer true justice in this world. 

Below are 16 Bible verses that show where God’s heart is: 

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
— Proverbs 14:31

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
— 1 John 3:17

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
— Proverbs 31:8-9

Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.
— Proverbs 22:22-23

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you"—when you already have it with you.
— Proverbs 3:27-28

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
— Proverbs 19:17

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
— Proverbs 22:9

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
— Proverbs 11:25

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
— Proverbs 28:27

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
— Psalm 9:9

And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
— Zechariah 7:8-10

Then Jesus said to his host . . . When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
— Luke 14:14

The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God. But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
— Psalm 9: 17-18

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
— Psalm 12:5

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.
— Psalm 109:30-31

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
— Psalm 140:12



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