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A Beggar
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beggar
Beggar. One who asks for charity, especially one who lives by begging; a mendicant.Begging is not an OT concept. Biblical references to begging are limited to such Hebrew verbs as “to seek” or “to ask,” and, as a noun, to “the poor and needy”; in the NT, Greek terms refer to being “poor” or “miserable,”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beg; Beggar; Begging
Beg; Beggar; Begging There are not OT terms for professional begging; the nearest are the expressions (Heb) baqēš leḥem—“ask for bread” (Ps. 37:25) or yenû‘ûn le’eḵōl—“let them wander to eat” (Ps. 59:15 [MT 16]); the NT expressions formed with Gk. aitéō have the root idea of “asking,” while
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beggar
BEGGAR One who asks for charity, especially one who lives by begging, a mendicant.Biblical references to begging are limited to such Hebrew verbs as “to seek” or “to ask,” and, as a noun, to “the poor and needy”; in the NT, Greek terms refer to being “poor” or “miserable,” and to those who “ask for
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beggar
beggar, one who is poor and needy, who begs for food or asks for alms. In biblical narratives, beggars are sometimes described as blind (Mark 10:46–52; John 9:8) or lame (Acts 3:10). One parable of Jesus concerns a poor man named Lazarus (probably a beggar) who, upon death, was received into the bosom
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beggar
BEGGAR. The Gr. word ptōchos has reference to “crouching” or “cringing,” hence to one who was “a beggar.” According to MM, Lexicon, it always had a bad sense before biblical usage (in the Gospels).In the NT, a “beggar” might wail for food scraps (Lk 16:21) or money (Acts 3:2 f.). The word was also
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beggar
BeggarSeveral Hebrew terms are translated “beggar,” most frequently ʿānāw. Greek distinguishes “beggar” (ptōchós), one who lives at subsistence level (the vast majority of the populace), from “poor person” (pénēs), a dependent, destitute person; in the NT ptōchós is usually translated “poor [person].”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beggar
Beggar. The Old Testament contains no specific terminology for professional begging, although there are many references to the poor (e.g., Deut. 15:4, 7) and the practice certainly must have existed (cf. Ps. 59:15). Legal provisions for the poor were so strict that begging was indicative of breaking
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Beggar Begging
Beggar, Begging. The poor among the Hebrews were much favored. They were allowed to glean in the fields, and to gather whatever the land produced in the year in which it was not tilled. Lev. 19:10; 25:5, 6; Deut. 24:19. They were also invited to feasts. Deut. 14:29 and 26:12. The Israelite could not
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Beggar
BEGGAR (Heb. ˒ebyôn, “destitute,” 1 Sam. 2:8, NASB, “needy”; Gk. ptōchos, Luke 16:20, 22; Gal. 4:9; elsewhere “poor”). A beggar, whose regular business it was to solicit alms publicly or to go promiscuously from door to door as understood by us, was unknown to the Pentateuchal legislation. The poor
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Beggar
Beggarbeggar, one who is poor and needy, who begs for food or asks for alms. Frequently the beggar was lame (Acts 3:10), blind (Mark 10:46–52; John 9), or afflicted with sores (Luke 16:19–20). The most famous beggar of the Bible is Lazarus, who, upon death, was received into the bosom of Abraham in
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Beggar, Begging
Beggar, BeggingIn the Bible begging is seen as an extreme condition. The OT spells out careful rules for how the children of Israel are to deal with those who are reduced to begging for their livelihood. While the rules are often designed to protect the poverty stricken from oppression and harm (e.g.,