Proverbs 22:22, 23 Justice for the Poor

Do not exploit the poor   because they are poor     and do not crush the needy in court, 23 for the Lord will take up their case     and will exact life for life. 

Justice for the Poor

It is about time that the poor realised they live in the land of opportunity in the western world.  Welfare and Social Security are neo-marxist tools to keep the lazy masses poor.  Welfare also supports many other kinds of social ills like teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, and apathy.  Parents and churches need to take responsibility to educate children that a strong work ethic is a sure road to health, prosperity and happiness.  State sponsored institutions create more of the ills that they seek to solve.  They create a victim mentality where passive millions rely on government handouts rather than seeking to be productive and creative.

There may be some truth to the ideas of the previous paragraph.  However, I have heard these views parroted too many times by those who understand very little about poverty.  Maybe we should try and truly understand the causes of poverty in our world and do something about it.


  1. Do you know anyone who is poor?
  2. Why are they poor?
  3. What would God do through people to reach out to the poor people you know?
  4. How might God use you to reach out for him?
  5. What did your parents teach you about the welfare system?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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