Giving to the Needy

Jesus is still speaking to his disciples on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance. And from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

Matthew 6:1-4; Luke 6:38; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18; Matthew 13:12