"All your males are to appear three times a year before the LORD your God in the place He chooses: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths. No one is to appear before the LORD empty-handed.
"But if he cannot afford an animal from the flock, then he may bring to the LORD two turtledoves or two young pigeons as restitution for his sin-- one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering.
But if she doesn't have sufficient means for a sheep, she may take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Then the priest will make atonement on her behalf, and she will be clean."
If a man has no family redeemer, but he prospers and obtains enough to redeem his land,
Set aside a tribute for the LORD from what belongs to the fighting men who went out to war: one out of [every] 500 humans, cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats.
and the tribute to the LORD was 675 from the sheep and goats;
Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Everyone [must appear] with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the LORD your God has given you.
The LORD's blessing enriches, and struggle adds nothing to it.
Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, [so you can] offer grain and wine to the LORD your God.
"Now, reflect back from this day: Before one stone was placed on another in the LORD's temple,
what state were you in? When someone came to a [grain] heap of 20 measures, it [only] amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it [only] amounted to 20.
I struck you-- all the work of your hands-- with blight, mildew, and hail, but you didn't turn to Me"-- the LORD's declaration.
"Consider carefully from this day forward; from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid; consider it carefully.
Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you."
Bring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way," says the LORD of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.
I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your ground, and your vine in your field will not be barren," says the LORD of Hosts.
On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save to the extent that he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it.
For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not an extortion.
Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.
Each person should do as he has decided in his heart-- not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
As it is written: He has scattered; He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.
Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness,
as you are enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.