On Alms Giving …

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: The Good Book |

In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening, withhold not your hand. Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty. Store alms giving in your treasury; and it will rescue you from all affliction. More than a mighty sword and more than a mighty spear, it will fight on your behalf with your enemy.

 

Kindness is like a garden of blessings and alms giving endures forever. Brothers and help are for a time of trouble, but alms giving rescues better than both.

 

Water extinguishes a blazing fire, so alms giving atones for sin. Whoever requites a favor, gives thought to the future; at the moment of his falling he will find support.

Do not keep needy eyes waiting, nor grieve the one who is hungry, nor anger a man in want, nor delay your gift to a beggar, nor turn your face away from the poor. For if, in bitterness of soul, he calls down a curse on you, his Creator will hear his prayer.

Do not with hold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go and come again, tomorrow I will give it”, when you have it with you. And behold the tears of the oppressed and they had no one to comfort them.

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all who are desolate. A righteous man knows the rights of the poor. He who gives to the poor will not want. He who is kind to the needy, honors their maker.

Give graciously to all the living; and with hold not your kindness from the dead. Do not fail those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn.

Do not hesitate from visiting a sick friend, because for such deeds you will be loved. Be like a father to orphans. Not like a husband to their mother. You will then be like a son of the Most High and He will love you more than does your mother.

Be good to a godly man and you will be repaid, if not by him, then certainly by the Most High. No good will come to the man who persists in evil or to him who does not give alms.

From the dead as from one who does not exist thanksgiving has ceased. He who is alive will sing the Lords praises.

From the Good Book.

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