Giving • Giving to God
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GIVE([נָתַן‎, nathan], [יָהַב‎, yahabh], [שׂוּם‎, sum]; [δίδωμι, didomi]): “Give” is a very common word in the Old Testament. It is most frequently the translation of nathan, “to give” (Gen 1:29; 3:6; Ex 2:9; Dt 18, 20, etc., over 800 instances); nathan is also translated “to give up” (Dt
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
GIVING.—The duty of giving springs naturally out of the gospel fact. Jesus Christ is God’s gift (Jn 3:16), and when St. Paul associates the liberality of the Christians of Corinth and this grace of God (2 Co 9:15), he is true to the mind of Christ. Giving and receiving are correlatives: ‘freely ye received,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gift, Giving
GIFT, GIVING Favor or item bestowed on someone. Gifts were given on numerous occasions for a variety of purposes: as dowry for a wife (Gen. 34:12); as tribute to a military conqueror (2 Sam. 8:2); as bribes (Exod. 23:8; Prov. 17:8; Isa. 1:23); as rewards for faithful service and to ensure future loyalty
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
GIVE (נָתַן‎, nāthan, יַהַב‎, yāhabh, שׂוּם‎, sūm; δίδωμι, dídōmi): “Give” is a very common word in the OT. It is most frequently the tr of nāthan, “to give” (Gen 1:29; 3:6; Ex 2:9; Dt 1:8, 20, etc, over 800 instances); nāthan is also trd “to give up” (Dt 23:14; Isa 43:6; Hos 11:8); of yāhabh,
Key passages
Mal 3:8–10

Will a human dare to rob God? Yet you are robbing me! And you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In the tithes and the contributions! You are being cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, so that there will be food in my …

Mt 6:1–4

“And take care not to practice your righteousness before people to be seen by them; otherwise you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Therefore whenever you practice charitable giving, do not sound a trumpet in front of you, as the hypocrites …

Mt 19:21

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give the proceeds to the poor—and you will have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me.”

2 Co 9:6–7

Now the point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one should give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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