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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Smith's Bible Dictionary

Poor:

The general kindly spirit of the law toward the poor is sufficiently shown by such passages as Deuteronomy 15:7 for the reason that (verse 11) "the poor shall never cease out of the land." Among the special enactments in their favor the following must be mentioned:

(1.) The right of gleaning (Leviticus 19:9-10; 24:19; 24:21).

(2.) From the produce of the land in sabbatical years the poor and the stranger were to have their portion (Exodus 23:11; Leviticus 25:6).

(3.) Re‐entry upon land in the jubilee year, with the limitation as to town homes (Leviticus 25:25-30).

(4.) Prohibition of usury and of retention of pledges (Exodus 22:25-27; Leviticus 25:3; 25:5; 25:37 etc.).

(5.) Permanent bondage forbidden, and manumission of Hebrew bondmen or bondwomen enjoined in the sabbatical and jubilee years (Leviticus 25:39-42, 47-54; 15:12-15).

(6.) Portions from the tithes to be shared by the poor after the Levites (Deuteronomy 14:28; 26:12-13).

(7.) The poor to partake in entertainments at the feasts of Weeks and Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:11; 16:14; see Nehemiah 8:10).

(8.) Daily payment of wages (Leviticus 19:13). Principles similar to those laid down by Moses are inculcated in the New Testament, as Luke 3:11; 14:13; Acts 6:1; Galatians 2:10; James 2:15.

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