God's Word: Almsgiving

Give alms from your substance, and do not turn away your face from any pauper. For so it shall be that neither will the face of the Lord be turned away from you. In whatever way that you are able, so shall you be merciful. If you have much, distribute abundantly. If you have little, nevertheless strive to bestow a little freely. For you store up for yourself a good reward for the day of necessity. For almsgiving liberates from every sin and from death, and it will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. Almsgiving will be a great act of faith before the most high God, for all those who practice it. (Tobit 4:7-12)

Prayer with fasting is good, and almsgiving is better than hiding away gold in storage. (Tobit 12:8)

Blessed is he who shows understanding toward the needy and the poor. The Lord will deliver him in the evil day. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth. And may he not hand him over to the will of his adversaries. (Psalms 41:2-3)

Water extinguishes a burning fire, and almsgiving withstands sins. And God is the watchman for him who repays a kindness. He remembers him afterwards, and in the time of his fall, he will find a firm support. (Sirach 3:33-34)

Son, you should not cheat the poor out of alms, nor should you avert your eyes from a poor man. You should not despise the hungry soul, and you should not aggravate a poor man in his need. You should not afflict the heart of the needy, and you should not delay an offer to someone in anguish. (Sirach 4:1-3)

You should not be unwilling to beg, nor to give alms. (Sirach 7:10)

Many have refused to lend, not because of wickedness, but because they were afraid to be defrauded without cause. Yet truly, be more steadfast toward the humble, and you should not delay in acts of mercy toward them. Assist the poor because of the commandment. And you should not send him away empty because of his dire need. Lose your money to your brother and your friend. For you should not hide it under a stone to be lost. Let your treasure be in the precepts of the Most High, and it will benefit you more than gold. Store your alms in the hearts of the poor, and it will obtain help for you against all evil. (Sirach 29:10-15)

“Pay attention, lest you perform your justice before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you shall not have a reward with your Father, who is in heaven. Therefore, when you give alms, do not choose to sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the towns, so that they may be honored by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. (Matthew 6:1-4)

Do not choose to store up for yourselves treasures on earth: where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)

Then Jesus, gazing at him, loved him, and he said to him: “One thing is lacking to you. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” But he went away grieving, having been greatly saddened by the word. For he had many possessions. And Jesus, looking around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus, answering again, said to them: “Little sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.” And they wondered even more, saying among themselves, “Who, then, can be saved?” And Jesus, gazing at them, said: “With men it is impossible; but not with God. For with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:21-27)

Give, and it will be given to you: a good measure, pressed down and shaken together and overflowing, they will place upon your lap. Certainly, the same measure that you use to measure out, will be used to measure back to you again.” (Luke 6:38)

Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that will not wear out, a treasure that will not fall short, in heaven, where no thief approaches, and no moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:33-34)

Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of the cohort which is called Italian, a devout man, fearing God with all his house, giving many alms to the people, and praying to God continually. This man saw in a vision clearly, at about the ninth hour of the day, the Angel of God entering to him and saying to him: “Cornelius!” And he, gazing at him, was seized by fear, and he said, “What is it, lord?” And he said to him: “Your prayers and your almsgiving have ascended as a memorial in the sight of God. (Acts 10:1-4)

I have revealed all things to you, because by laboring in this way, it is necessary to support the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20:35)

each one giving, just as he has determined in his heart, neither out of sadness, nor out of obligation. For God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)


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