Devotions for the Poor

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Opening

I can't help but notice how often treatment of the poor comes up in the Bible, so I decided to start this project to try to collect verses on the topic. The project has a couple of purposes. First, it is meant to help give an overview of how God feels about the poor and what we should do about that. Second, it is meant to be an accountability tool for me. My goal this year is to read the entire Bible. I placed markers at the beginning of Genesis, I Samuel, Ezra, Isaiah, and Matthew. Five days a week I'll choose three chapters to read, and twice a week I'll read four. The markers are in different places to provide some flexibility, so I don't get discouraged reading nothing but Deuteronomy for a month. As I come across verses that apply to this project, the idea is that I post them here. If I haven't posted in a while, that means either (a) all my markers are in geneology sections, or (b) my priorities have slipped out of place and I'm not keeping up with reading. Feel free to gently remind me by email or comment should this happen.

Verses will be in KJV because that's what I like to read. Maybe next year I'll branch out and read NASB or ESV or something. I just like the poetry and grace of the language in KJV, and it's what I'm used to.

2 Comments:

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you plan on reading the entire Bible, make sure to use one that includes ALL the books (some of the ones Luther arbitrarily threw out are actually excellent)!

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Becca said...

All right. You recommend a good version of the Apocrypha and I'll read it. I'm sure it's valuable for informational purposes, and I've thought before it would be a good thing to have read just so I know what's in it, if nothing else.

 

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