Gospel of Luke Poverty Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. (NRSV 18:22)
[…] sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. (KJV 18:22)
Sure, God will compensate the poor for their miseries in the future, but Jesus also wants people in the here and now to do something.
Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." (NRSV 19:8)
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. (KJV 19:8)
Being rich didn't really pay off for Zacchaeus, and now he's trying to backpedal.
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on." (NRSV 21:1-4)
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. (KJV 21:1-4)
Jesus, the Mathlete. And you know, in terms of proportion, he's got a point. And people say religion and logic don't mix.