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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5450 poverty, spiritual
5450 poverty, spiritual

5450 poverty, spiritual

The lack of spiritual riches and gifts is seen by Scripture as an especially distressing cause of poverty. Awareness of spiritual poverty leads to a turning towards God in order to receive the riches he graciously offers through the gospel.

The ungodly are spiritually poor

They lack faith Mt 13:58 pp Mk 6:6

They lack understanding Pr 10:21; Isa 5:13; Isa 56:10-11; Jer 5:4; Hos 4:6; 1Ti 6:5

They lack God Eph 2:12

They lack eternal life Mt 16:26 pp Lk 9:25; Lk 12:20-21; Lk 16:22-23; Jas 5:1-6

They lack knowledge of their spiritual poverty Rev 3:17

Spiritual poverty may be a judgment

Am 8:11 See also Ps 51:11; Ps 74:9; La 2:9; Eze 7:26; Mt 13:14-15; Rev 2:5

The godly are aware of their poverty

David recognised that he was poor and needy Ps 40:17 See also Ps 34:6; Ps 35:10; Ps 70:5; Ps 86:1; Ps 109:22

Others recognise their spiritual poverty Ro 7:18 See also Job 42:6; Ps 8:3-4; Lk 5:8; Lk 7:6; Ro 7:24

Those who know that they are poor will be blessed by God

God will satisfy the poor in spirit Mt 5:3 pp Lk 6:20-21 See also Mt 5:6

God will save the poor in spirit Ps 116:6

God will accept the poor in spirit Ps 51:17; Isa 66:2

God will be close to the poor in spirit Ps 34:18; Isa 57:15

God will hear the prayers of the poor in spirit Ps 102:17

God will give grace to the poor in spirit Jas 4:6,10; 1Pe 5:5-6; Pr 3:34

God will meet the needs of the poor in spirit Isa 61:1; Lk 1:53

Spiritual riches are better than material riches

Poverty with righteousness is better Ps 37:16; Pr 15:16-17; Pr 16:8; Pr 19:1,22; Pr 28:6

Poverty with wisdom is better Pr 16:16; Pr 19:1,22; Pr 28:6

Poverty with humility is better Pr 16:19

Poverty with peace and quiet are better Pr 17:1

Spiritual riches exalt the poor Jas 1:9

Spiritual riches endure Heb 10:34; Heb 11:37-40; 1Pe 1:4

Spiritual riches more than compensate for material poverty 2Co 6:10; Jas 2:5; Rev 2:9

See also

1620beatitudes, the
5580thirst
5801brokenness
8276humility
8808riches

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