Proverbs 19:17

17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Read Proverbs 19:17 Using Other Translations

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.
If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD — and he will repay you!

What does Proverbs 19:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 19:17

He that hath pity unto the poor lendeth unto the Lord
A man, whose heart is full of compassion to the poor, and whose hands distribute to their necessities, from a true principle of love and charity to men, and with a view to the glory of God, and not from any selfish principle and with a end; such a man's gift to the poor is a loan to the Lord; it is not cast away upon the creature, but is a "depositum" in the hands of God, and shall be returned with advantage; and that which he hath given will, he pay him again;
either in this life, in things temporal and spiritual, increasing his worldly substance, blessing his posterity, granting him larger measures of grace, indulging him with his gracious presence, and giving him peace of mind, which passeth all understanding; or in the world to come; not as a reward of debt, but of grace; see ( Ecclesiastes 11:1 Ecclesiastes 11:2 ) ( Matthew 10:42 ) ( 25:35 ) .

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