Sirach 3:30–4:10

Alms for the Poor

(Tob 4:7–11)

30 As water extinguishes a blazing fire,

so almsgiving atones for sin.

31 Those who repay favors give thought to the future;

when they fall they will find support.

Duties toward the Poor and the Oppressed

(Deut 15:7–11)

4 My child, do not cheat the poor of their living,

and do not keep needy eyes waiting.

2 Do not grieve the hungry,

or anger one in need.

3 Do not add to the troubles of the desperate,

or delay giving to the needy.

4 Do not reject a suppliant in distress,

or turn your face away from the poor.

5 Do not avert your eye from the needy,

and give no one reason to curse you;

6 for if in bitterness of soul some should curse you,

their Creator will hear their prayer.

7 Endear yourself to the congregation;

bow your head low to the great.

8 Give a hearing to the poor,

and return their greeting politely.

9 Rescue the oppressed from the oppressor;

and do not be hesitant in giving a verdict.

10 Be a father to orphans,

and be 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.

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