Proverbs 28:27

Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

Matthew Henry’s commentary states, "He that gives to the poor shall himself be never the poorer. If he have but little, let him give out of his little. If he have much, let him give much out of it, he and his shall not want what is given in pious charity." So much depends on what we treasure and hold tightly for ourselves. If we are grateful for God’s good gifts, we will be zealous in our giving to those in need. Acts of love and kindness are responses to God’s mercy and grace.

Jesus put it this way: if you help those in need, he says, "You did it to me" (Matthew 25:40). Again, from Matthew Henry’s commentary, "Woeful is the condition of that man who has the word of God and does not heed them."

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