Beggar • Begging
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
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
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BegThat the poor existed among the Hebrews we have abundant evidence (Ex. 23:11; Deut. 15:11), but there is no mention of beggars properly so called in the Old Testament. The poor were provided for by the law of Moses (Lev. 19:10; Deut. 12:12; 14:29). It is predicted of the seed of the wicked that they
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.,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Beg, Beggar
beg, beggar. Biblical references to begging are scanty. The piel participle of the common Hebrew verb baqaš H1335 (piel, “to seek”) is rendered “begging” in a familiar passage: “I was young and now I am old, / yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken / or their children begging bread” (Ps. 37:25;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Beg, Beggar, Begging
BEG, BEGGAR, BEGGING: It is significant that the Mosaic law contains no enactment concerning beggars, or begging, though it makes ample provision for the relief and care of “the poor in the land.”