"If you ever take your neighbor's cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset.
For it is his only covering; it is the clothing for his body. What will he sleep in? And if he cries out to Me, I will listen because I am compassionate.
Without clothing, they spend the night naked, having no covering against the cold.
Drenched by mountain rains, they huddle against the rocks, shelterless.
When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.
For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.
If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow's eyes go blind,
if I have eaten my few crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it--
for from my youth, I raised him as [his] father, and since the day I was born I guided the widow--
if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,
if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,
He doesn't oppress anyone but returns his collateral to the debtor. He does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing.
and [when] he oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, and does not return collateral, and [when] he raises his eyes to the idols, commits abominations,
He doesn't oppress anyone, hold collateral, or commit robbery. He gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing.
he returns collateral, makes restitution for what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without practicing iniquity-- he will certainly live; he will not die.
They stretch out beside every altar on garments taken as collateral, and they drink in the house of their God wine obtained through fines.
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me.
May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from the Lord on that day. And you know how much he ministered at Ephesus.
You are to pay him his wages each day before the sun sets, because he is poor and depends on them. Otherwise he will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be held guilty.
Through the proof of this service, they will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others.
And in their prayers for you they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God on you.
Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger,
Righteousness will be ours if we are careful to follow every one of these commands before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.'
Be careful that there isn't this wicked thought in your heart, 'The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,' and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him [nothing]. He will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty.
Give to him, and don't have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.
Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stopped.
It was credited to him as righteousness throughout all generations to come.
He distributes freely to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. His horn will be exalted in honor.
Then your light will appear like the dawn, and your recovery will come quickly. Your righteousness will go before you, and the LORD's glory will be your rear guard.
Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity."
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn't shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food,
and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it?
In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself.
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.
You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe-- and they shudder.
Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?
Wasn't Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was perfected.
So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, and he was called God's friend.