Thought for Today


Proverbs regarding abjection, bankruptcy, beggary, dearth, debt, deficiency, destitution, emptiness, famine, hardship, impecuniousness, impoverishment, inadequacy, insolvency, insufficiency, lack, meagerness, need, paucity, pennilessness, poor, poverty, scarcity, shortage, starvation, straits, underdevelopment, want

  1. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,
    and your poverty will come like a robber, and your need like an armed man.

    Prov. 6:10-11 (read whole chapter)

  2. The wealth of a rich person is like a fortified city, but the poor are brought to ruin by their poverty.

    Prov. 10:15 (read whole chapter)

  3. Prov. 11:24 (read whole chapter)

  4. There is one who pretends to be rich and yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor and yet possesses great wealth.
    The ransom of a person's life is his wealth, but the poor person hears no threat.

    Prov. 13:7-8 (read whole chapter)

  5. There is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.

    Prov. 13:23 (read whole chapter)

  6. A poor person is disliked even by his neighbors, but those who love the rich are many.

    Prov. 14:20 (read whole chapter)

  7. The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.

    Prov. 17:5 (read whole chapter)

  8. A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly.

    Prov. 18:23 (read whole chapter)

  9. Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.
    It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.
    A person's folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.
    Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.

    Prov. 19:1-4 (read whole chapter)

  10. The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.

    Prov. 19:17 (read whole chapter)

  11. The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the creator of them both.

    Prov. 22:2 (read whole chapter)

  12. A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

    Prov. 22:9 (read whole chapter)

  13. Do not exploit a poor person because he is poor and do not crush the needy in court,
    for the LORD will plead their case and will rob those who are robbing them.

    Prov. 22:22-23 (read whole chapter)

  14. The one whose appetite is satisfied loathes honey, but to the hungry mouth every bitter thing is sweet.

    Prov. 27:7 (read whole chapter)

  15. A poor person who oppresses the weak is like a driving rain without food.
    Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law contend with them.
    Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
    A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.
    The one who keeps the law is a discerning child, but a companion of gluttons brings shame to his parents.
    The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest gathers it for someone who is gracious to the needy.
    The one who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
    The one who leads the upright astray in an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
    A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.

    Prov. 28:3-11 (read whole chapter)

  16. The one who gives to the poor will not lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them will receive many curses.

    Prov. 28:27 (read whole chapter)

  17. The righteous person cares for the legal rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

    Prov. 29:7 (read whole chapter)

  18. The poor person and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gives light to the eyes of them both.
    If a king judges the poor in truth, his throne will be established forever.

    Prov. 29:13-14 (read whole chapter)

  19. Remove falsehood and lies far from me; do not give me poverty or riches, feed me with my allotted portion of bread,
    lest I become satisfied and act deceptively and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I become poor and steal and demean the name of my God.

    Prov. 30:8-9 (read whole chapter)


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