Every day in America, 27 children die from poverty. (Source:
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Worldwide, 24,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes. That's one
every 3.6 seconds -- 74% of whom are children.
The majority of hunger-related deaths are caused by chronic malnutrition. An estimated 800 million individuals
simply cannot get enough to eat. (Source: The Hunger Site)
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Copyright 2000 by Diane S. Dew
I. Poverty is an ongoing problem, universal to every society.
Deuteronomy 15:11 "For the poor
shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee,
saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy
poor, and to thy needy, in thy land."
Matthew 26:11 (cp. Mark 14:7; John 12:8) "...the poor ye have
always with you..."
II. The causes of poverty and hunger can vary considerably.
A. Natural or circumstantial disaster.
1 Kings 17:1, 10-12
Acts 3:2, 3
Loss of income due to death of family breadwinner.
1 Kings 17:10-12
Mark 12:42, 43 (Luke 21:2, 3)
Acts 6:1; 9:39, 41
1 Timothy 5:3-16
B. Personal irresponsibility.
Proverbs 13:18a "Poverty and shame [shall be to] him
that refuseth instruction..."
Proverbs 13:23 "Much food [is
in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is] destroyed
for want of judgment."
Proverbs 6:10, 11 "A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty
come as one that travelleth, and thy want (lack) as an armed
Proverbs 10:4 "He becometh poor that dealeth [with]
a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh
Proverbs 19:15 "Slothfulness casteth into a deep
sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger."
Proverbs 20:13 (Proverbs 24:33, 34) "Love not sleep,
lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt
be satisfied with bread."
2 Thessalonians 3:10 "For even when we were with
you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work,
neither should he eat."
2. Drunkenness and gluttony.
Proverbs 21:17 "He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a
poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be
Proverbs 23:21 "For the drunkard and the glutton
shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man]
Luke 15:13-17 "And not many days after the younger
son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far
country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in
that land; and he began to be in want... And he would fain
have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat:
and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he
said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread
enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!"
Proverbs 11:24 "There is that
scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that
withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to
4. Poor judgment; gambling; vain pursuits.
Proverbs 13:23 "Much food [is
in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is]
destroyed for want of judgment."
Proverbs 28:19, 22 "He that
tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that
followeth after vain [persons] shall have poverty
Proverbs 28:22 "He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an
evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon
Luke 15:13-17 "...wasted his substance with riotous
D. Greed and oppression of the rich and powerful.
Proverbs 22:16 "He that
oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that
giveth to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want."
Proverbs 28:15 "[As] a
roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler
over the poor people."
Amos 2:6, 7 "...they sold the
righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; That
pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor,
and turn aside the way of the meek..."
Amos 4:1 "Hear this word, ye
kine of Bashan, that [are] in the mountain of Samaria, which
oppress the poor, which crush the needy..."
Amos 5:11, 12 "Forasmuch
therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and ye take
from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn
stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted
pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For
I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins:
they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn
aside the poor in the gate [from their right]."
Amos 8:4-6 "Hear this, O ye
that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land
to fail, ...falsifying the balances by deceit. That we may
buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;
[yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?"
E. Poverty itself. (It is a vicious cycle. Many born
into poverty lack the opportunity afforded others.)
Proverbs 10:15 "The rich
man's wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the
poor [is] their poverty."
F. Punishment; judgment or chastening of God (to teach dependence
Deuteronomy 8:3 "And he humbled thee, and suffered
thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest
not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee
know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every
[word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man
G. Affliction of Satan.
Revelation 6:8 "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his
name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power
was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with
sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the
III. Responsibility to care for the poor rests upon all.
Luke 10:29-37 (even for strangers)
A. The church.
Acts 2:44, 45
B. The individual believer.
Leviticus 19:10 (cp. 23:22) "And thou shalt not glean
thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather [every] grape of thy
vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I
[am] the LORD your God."
Proverbs 31:20 "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy." (the
Acts 20:35 "...ye ought to support the weak, and to
remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more
blessed to give than to receive."
1 Corinthians 13:3
C. The family of the needy.
Leviticus 25:25, 35, 39
Deuteronomy 15:7-11, 13, 14
1 Timothy 5:3-16
D. Even our enemies.
E. Rulers; those in governmental position.
NOTE: The Bible says so much about Poverty and Hunger, that
I cannot post the entire outline on this page. For a complete copy of
the 30-page booklet, send $3.00 to Diane Dew, P.O. Box 340945,
Milwaukee, WI 53234 USA.