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2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,

But righteousness delivers from death.

3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,

But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son;

He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

Proverbs 10:2-5 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

10:3 – This verse speaks of God’s gracious provision of food for the righteous and His retributive justice on the wicked. Proverbs such as this emphasize (1) circumstances as they ought to be and (2) the end of the wicked (see Ps. 73:17). They do not necessarily indicate circumstances as they always are, nor what the wicked are experiencing right now.

10:4 – slack hand…poor: Proverbs often link laziness with poverty, and hard work with riches, but not always (see v.2). This proverb states the norm.

10:5 – Gather in summer contrasts a skillful person with a shameful person, based on whether he works hard during the harvest season. The description of the second person is particularly critical: “he who snores away during the harvest.”

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11 “As a partridge that broods but does not hatch, So is he who gets riches, but not by right; It will leave him in the midst of his days, And at his end he will be a fool.”

Jeremiah 17:11 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

The teaching of 17:1-10 is supported by a proverb based on the common belief that the partridge hatched eggs other than its own. When the young birds recognized that the partridge was not their mother, they would leave her. Similarly, a man who unjustly gains wealth will be abandoned by that wealth and then be known as a fool. Fool here refers to a person without moral, ethical, or spiritual character.

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35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25:35-40 (NLT)

When you are generous and truly help those in need, you are actually doing so to Jesus. When you do it to the least of these, it is as if you’re helping Jesus Himself! Let this be encouragement to you the next time you see someone in need. When you help those who most need it, you are pleasing God.

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6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

Galatians 6:6 (NLT)

From the Life Application Bible:

Paul says that students should take care of the material needs of their teachers (1 Corinthians 9:7-12). It is easy to receive the benefit of good Bible teaching and then to take our spiritual leaders for granted, ignoring their financial and physical needs. We should care for our teachers, not grudgingly or reluctantly, but with a generous spirit, showing honor and appreciation for all they have done (1 Timothy 5:17, 18).

From the Nelson Study Bible:

One important way to bear other believers’ burdens is to share in all good things, including financial support, with one who teaches God’s word. After all, teacher and preachers work hard in their ministry (see 1 Tim. 5:17).

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22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 18:22-25 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor: This was a radical test of the ruler’s concern for others (12:33, 34). Jesus was determining whether the ruler’s treasure (see Matt. 6:19-21) lay with God or money (16:13). Jesus was not establishing a new requirement for being saved. He was examining the ruler’s orientation to God by directly confronting him with the very thing that was hindering him – namely, his wealth. By contrast, Zacchaeus was a wealthy man who responded to Jesus (19:8-10).

How hard it is for those who have riches: A wealthy person is easily tempted to depend on earthly riches rather than on God. easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle: Jesus used this figure of speech to emphasize the difficulty of turning from wealth to find salvation. Because many Jewish people believed that wealth was evidence of God’s blessing, Jesus’ statements would have been shocking to His audience.

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32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

Acts 4:32-35 (NKJV)

From the Life Application Bible:

The early church was able to share possessions and property as a result of the unity brought by the Holy Spirit working in and through the believers’ lives. This way of living is different from communism because (1) the sharing was voluntary; (2) it didn’t involve all private property but only as much as was needed; (3) it was not a membership requirement in order to be a part of the church. The spiritual unity and generosity of these early believers attracted others to them. This organizational structure is not a biblical command, but it offers vital principles for us to follow.

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Want to know where you rank as far as your annual income or salary? Many people just don’t realize how well off and blessed we are in the United States compared to many of the the world’s poor. Even if you were making the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour (which equates to about $10,712 annually) and is definitely not a livable wage, you would actually be the 789,723,668th richest person in the world. Not only that, you are richer than 86.84% of the entire world! Doesn’t that put some perspective to your money? A person making $40,000 a year would rank in the top 3.17% in the world! A person making $100,000 a year, which is possible in the U.S., would rank in the 0.66% in the world! That’s right, it’s in the top 2/3’s of a percent! How about you? Check it out!

Source: http://www.globalrichlist.com/index.php

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