The Bible and Giving

What The Bible Says about Giving

Have you ever wondered what The Bible says about giving? It’s a topic that comes up from time to time; believers in The Elohim of Israel must be clear on what we are to do when it comes to giving.

SIRACH 3:30 (KJV APOCRYPHA) 30 WATER WILL QUENCH A FLAMING FIRE; AND ALMS MAKETH AN ATONEMENT FOR SINS.

PROVERBS 3:9 (KJV) 9 HONOUR THE LORD WITH THY SUBSTANCE, AND WITH THE FIRSTFRUITS OF ALL THINE INCREASE:

PROVERBS 3:9 (NLT) 9 HONOR THE LORD WITH YOUR WEALTH AND WITH THE BEST PART OF EVERYTHING YOU PRODUCE.

ALMS MEANING = G1654 ἘΛΕΗΜΟΣΎΝΗ ELEĒMOSUNĒ
el-eh-ay-mos-oo’-nay From G1656; compassionateness, that is, (as exercised towards the poor) beneficence, or (concretely) a benefaction: – ALMS (-DEEDS).


SUBSANCE MEANING = H1952
from the same as h1951 in the sense of h202; wealth; by implication enough: – enough, + for nought, riches, substance, wealth.
Proverbs 3:9 (KJV) 9 Honor The Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
PROVERBS 3:9 (NLT) 9 Honor the lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

ALMS
Romans 12:4-13 (KJV) 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV) 1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.


THE SIN OF SODOM BECAME GREAT BEFOR YAHUSHA
NOTE: Sodom, for they had abundance of food, and had tranquility amongst them, and still would not sustain the poor and the needy, and in those days their evil doings and sins became great before the Lord.
JASHER 19:24 At that time the wife of Lot bare him a daughter, and he called her name Paltith, saying, Because God had delivered him and his whole household from the kings of Elam; and Paltith daughter of Lot grew up, and one of the men of Sodom took her for a wife.25 And a poor man came into the city to seek a maintenance, and he remained in the city some days, and all the people of Sodom caused a proclamation of their custom not to give this man a morsel of bread to eat, until he dropped dead upon the earth, and they did so. 26 And Paltith the daughter of Lot saw this man lying in the streets starved with hunger, and no one would give him any thing to keep him alive, and he was just upon the point of death. 27 And her soul was filled with pity on account of the man, and she fed him secretly with bread for many days, and the soul of this man was revived. 28 For when she went forth to fetch water she would put the bread in the water pitcher, and when she came to the place where the poor man was, she took the bread from the pitcher and gave it him to eat; so she did many days. 29 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah wondered how this man could bear starvation for so many days.
JASHER 19:30 And they said to each other, This can only be that he eats and drinks, for no man can bear starvation for so many days or live as this man has, without even his countenance changing; and three men concealed themselves in a place where the poor man was stationed, to know who it was that brought him bread to eat. 31 And Paltith daughter of Lot went forth that day to fetch water, and she put bread into her pitcher of water, and she went to draw water by the poor man’s place, and she took out the bread from the pitcher and gave it to the poor man and he ate it. 32 And the three men saw what Paltith did to the poor man, and they said to her, It is thou then who hast supported him, and therefore has he not starved, nor changed in appearance nor died like the rest. 33 And the three men went out of the place in which they were concealed, and they seized Paltith and the bread which was in the poor man’s hand. 34 And they took Paltith and brought her before their judges, and they said to them, Thus did she do, and it is she who supplied the poor man with bread, therefore did he not die all this time; now therefore declare to us the punishment due to this woman for having transgressed our law. 35 And the people of Sodom and Gomorrah assembled and kindled a fire in the street of the city, and they took the woman and cast her into the fire and she was burned to ashes. 36 And in the city of Admah there was a woman to whom they did the like.
1 John 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 If someone has worldly possessions and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can he be loving God? 18 Children, let us love not with words and talk, but with actions and in reality!  
JASHER 19:37 For a traveler came into the city of Admah to abide there all night, with the intention of going home in the morning, and he sat opposite the door of the house of the young woman’s father, to remain there, as the sun had set when be had reached that place; and the young woman saw him sitting by the door of the house. 38 And he asked her for a drink of water and she said to him, Who art thou? and he said to her, I was this day going on the road, and reached here when the sun set, so I will abide here all night, and in the morning I will arise early and continue my journey.39 And the young woman went into the house and fetched the man bread and water to eat and drink. 40 And this affair became known to the people of Admah, and they assembled and brought the young woman before the judges, that they should judge her for this act. 41 And the judge said, The judgment of death must pass upon this woman because she transgressed our law, and this therefore is the decision concerning her. 42 And the people of those cities assembled and brought out the young woman, and anointed her with honey from head to foot, as the judge had decreed, and they placed her before a swarm of bees which were then in their hives, and the bees flew upon her and stung her that her whole body was swelled. 43 And the young woman cried out on account of the bees, but no one took notice of her or pitied her, and her cries ascended to heaven. 44 And the Lord was provoked at this and at all the works of the cities of Sodom, for they had abundance of food, and had tranquility amongst them, and still would not sustain the poor and the needy, and in those days their evil doings and sins became great before the Lord.
PROVERBS 14:31 (BBE) 31 he who is hard on the poor puts shame on his maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.
JASHER 19:45 And the Lord sent for two of the angels that had come to Abraham’s house, to destroy Sodom and its cities. 46 And the angels rose up from the door of Abraham’s tent, after they had eaten and drunk, and they reached Sodom in the evening, and Lot was then sitting in the gate of Sodom, and when he saw them he rose to meet them, and he bowed down to the ground. 47 And he pressed them greatly and brought them into his house, and he gave them victuals which they ate, and they abode all night in his house. 48 And the angels said to Lot, Arise, go forth from this place, thou and all belonging to thee, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of this city, for the Lord will destroy this place. 49 And the angels laid hold upon the hand of Lot and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hands of his children, and all belonging to him, and they brought him forth and set him without the cities. 50 And they said to Lot, Escape for thy life, and he fled and all belonging to him. 51 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah and upon all these cities brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. 52 And he overthrew these cities, all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground; and Ado the wife of Lot looked back to see the destruction of the cities, for her compassion was moved on account of her daughters who remained in Sodom, for they did not go with her. 53 And when she looked back she became a pillar of salt, and it is yet in that place unto this day. 
2 ENOCH 44:3 “Blessed is the man who does not direct his heart with malice against any man, and helps the injured and condemned, and raises the broken down, and shall do charity to the needy, because on the day of the great judgment every weight, every measure and every makeweight (will be) as in the market, that is to say (they are)hung on scales and stand in the market, (and every one) shall learn his own measure, and according to his measure shall take his reward.” –
PROVERBS 22:9 (BBE) 9 He who is kind will have a blessing, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19 (KJV) 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living god, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
TOBIT 4:7-8 (KJV APOCRYPHA) 7 Give alms of thy substance; and when thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of god shall not be turned away from thee. 8 if thou hast abundance give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little: 9 for thou layest up a good treasure for thyself against the day of necessity11 for alms is a good gift unto all that give it in the sight of THE MOST HIGH.

Acts 10:1-8 (NLT) 1 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, (ELOHIM)God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to (Elohim) God. 3 one afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” The angel said. 4 Cornelius stared at him in terror. “what is it, sir?” He asked the angel. And the angel replied, “your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!
Acts 10:5 (NLT) 5 Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.” 7 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. 8 He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
Acts 10:21-23 (NLT) 21 So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” 22 They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and (ELOHIM)God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” 23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa. 24 They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
Acts 10:25-23 (NLT) 25 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” 27 So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled. 28 Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But (ELOHIM)God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. 29 So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me.”
Acts 10:30 30 Cornelius replied, “Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me. 31 He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by (ELOHIM)God! 32 Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before (ELOHIM) God to hear the message the Lord has given you.”
34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that (elohim)god shows no favoritism. 35 in every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) 25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Tobit 12:8-10 (KJV Apocrypha) 10 But they that sin are enemies to their own life. 8 Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold:
Psalm 41:1-2 (NLT) 1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble. 2 The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies.
Proverbs 11:4 (BBE) 4 Wealth is of no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness keeps a man safe from death.
Tobit 4:10 (KJV Apocrypha) 10 Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness.
Proverbs 16:6 (NLT) 6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.

BY FEARING THE LORD, PEOPLE AVOID EVIL
James 1:27 (NLT) 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of (ELOHIM)God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Exodus 22:21-24 (KJV) 21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.


ALMS DELIVER FROM DEATH
Tobit 4:16 (KJV Apocrypha) 16 Give of thy bread to the hungry, and of thy garments to them that are naked; and according to thine abundance give alms: and let not thine eye be envious, when thou givest alms.
Tobit 12:9 9 For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life:
Acts 9:36-42 (KJV) 36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms (deeds) which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
Acts 9:38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

Acts 9:39 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.


NEGLECT NOT TO GIVE ALMS.
Tobit 14:8-11 (KJV Apocrypha)
8 And now, my son, depart out of Nineve, because that those things which the prophet Jonas spake shall surely come to pass. 9 But keep thou the law and the commandments, and shew thyself merciful and just, that it may go well with thee. 10 And bury me decently, and thy mother with me; but tarry no longer at Nineve. Tobit
Sirach 7:10 (KJV Apocrypha) 10 Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms.
TOBIT14:10 Remember, my son, how Aman handled Achiacharus that brought him up, how out of light he brought him into darkness, and how he rewarded him again: yet Achiacharus was saved, but the other had his reward: for he went down into darkness. Manasses gave alms, and escaped the snares of death which they had set for him: but Aman fell into the snare, and perished. 11 Wherefore now, my son, consider what
Tobit 14:10 alms doeth, and how righteousness doth deliver. When he had said these things, he gave up the ghost in the bed, being an hundred and eight and fifty years old; and he buried him honourably.
Sirach 12:2-4 (KJV Apocrypha) 2 Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High. 3 There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms. 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.
Sirach 3:30 (KJV Apocrypha) 30 Water will quench a flaming fire; and ALMS MAKETH AN ATONEMENT FOR SINS.
Sirach 17:17-24 (KJV Apocrypha) 17 For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is the Lord’s portion: 18 Whom, being his firstborn, HE NOURISHETH WITH DISCIPLINE, and giving him the light of his love doth not forsake him. 19 Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways. 20 None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord
Sirach 17:21 But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared them. 22 The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and daughters. 23 Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads.
24 But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
Isaiah 58:3-10 (KJV) 3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
Isaiah 58:6-10 (KJV) 6 IS NOT THIS THE FAST THAT I HAVE CHOSEN? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Isaiah 58:9 9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
1 Timothy 5:3 (KJV) 3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.

YE SHALL NOT AFFLICT ANY WIDOW
Exodus 22:22-24 (KJV) 22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
Isaiah 1:16-17 (NLT) 16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. DEFEND THE CAUSE OF ORPHANS. FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF WIDOWS.
alms maketh an atonement for sins.
Galatians 6:9-10 (KJV) 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 0 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Hebrews 13:16 (NLT) 16 AND DON’T FORGET TO DO GOOD AND TO SHARE WITH THOSE IN NEED. THESE ARE THE SACRIFICES THAT PLEASE GOD.
SIRACH 3:30 (KJV APOCRYPHA) 30 WATER WILL QUENCH A FLAMING FIRE; AND ALMS MAKETH AN ATONEMENT FOR SINS.

I WILL ALSO LEAVE IN THE MIDST OF THEE AN AFFLICTED AND POOR PEOPLE
Zephaniah 3:8-13 (KJV) 8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
Zephaniah 3:10-13 (KJV) 10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. 11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13 the remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.


IF THERE BE AMONG YOU A POOR MAN THOU SHALT OPEN THINE HAND WIDE UNTO HIM,
Deuteronomy 15:6-11 (KJV)
6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
Deuteronomy 15:6-7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
1 John 3:17-19 (CJB) 17 If someone has worldly possessions and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can he be loving (ELOHIM) God? 18 Children, let us love not with words and talk, but with actions and in reality! 19 Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence:
James 3:17 (KJV) 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Psalm 68:4-6 (KJV) 4 Sing unto (ELOHIM) God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Jeremiah 22:16 (KJV) 16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
THIS PLACE, O ENOCH, IS PREPARED FOR THE RIGHTEOUS
2 ENOCH 9
“This place, o Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who endure all manner of offence from those that exasperate their souls, who avert their eyes from iniquity, and make righteous judgment, and give bread to the hungering, and cover the naked with clothing, and raise up the fallen, and help injured orphans, and who walk without fault before the face of the lord, and serve him alone, and for them is prepared this place for eternal inheritance.” –
MATTHEW 25:31-46 “Come, you whom my father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For i was hungry and you gave me food, i was thirsty and you gave me drink, i was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me… then he will say to those on his left hand, “go away from me…”… And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’”

Marc Anderson

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