The admonition of Tobit about almsgiving (Tob 4:7-4:11)

The admonition of Tobit about almsgiving (Tob 4:7-4:11)

“To all those who practice righteousness,

Give alms from your possessions.

Do not let your eye begrudge the gift when you make it.

Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor.

Then the face of God will not be turned away from you.

If you have many possessions,

Make your gift from them in proportion.

If you have few possessions,

Do not be afraid to give according to the little you have.

So you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself

Against the day of necessity.

Almsgiving delivers from death.

Almsgiving keeps you from going into the darkness.

Indeed, almsgiving for all who practice charity

Is an excellent offering in the presence of the Most High.”

Tobit wanted his son to give to the poor people who are righteous. He wanted him to give ungrudgingly from his possession. He wanted him to never turn his face away from the poor because then God would never turn his face away from him. His gifts should be proportionate. If he has a lot, give a lot. Otherwise, he should give out of the little that he has. This almsgiving will be a good treasure against death and darkness. He wanted his son to always practice charity as an excellent offering to the Most High God. This is an excellent prayer presentation about helping the poor.

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