The Bible and our Lord have much to say about caring for orphans and widows. One of our favorites is Deut. 24:19. God blesses all the works of those who give a portion of their income to help orphans, widows, and strangers. Consider partnering with Big Family Mission in our outreach to Russian and Eastern European orphans: http://www.bigfamilyministry.org/ .
Here are many of the verses in the Bible that talk about helping orphans.
We have become fatherless orphans; our mothers have become widows.
“I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.
you sent widows away empty-handed, and the arms 1 of the orphans you crushed.
Leave your orphans behind and I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.”
“You must not afflict any widow or orphan.
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
They drive away the orphan’s donkey; they take the widow’s ox as a pledge.
Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or take over the fields of the fatherless,
If I ate my morsel of bread myself, and did not share any of it with orphans,
They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land, and they murder the fatherless.
May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow!
You are to rejoice in your festival, you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows who are in your villages.
to keep the poor from getting fair treatment, and to deprive the oppressed among my people of justice, so they can steal what widows own, and loot what belongs to orphans.
You defend the fatherless and oppressed, so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them.
He is a father to the fatherless and an advocate for widows. God rules from his holy palace. Isa 9:17
So the sovereign master was not pleased with their young men, he took no pity on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless and did wicked things, every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again.
You have taken notice, for you always see one who inflicts pain and suffering. The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; you deliver the fatherless.
and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless.
who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.
You must not pervert justice due a resident foreigner or an orphan, or take a widow’s garment as security for a loan.
The Lord protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked.
They have treated father and mother with contempt within you; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow within you.
You must not oppress the widow, the orphan, the foreigner, or the poor, nor should anyone secretly plot evil against his fellow human being.
Yes, you would gamble for the fatherless, and auction off your friend.
“I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not fear me,” says the Lord who rules over all.
That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. They do not defend the rights of the poor.
Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have lost their fathers, and women who have lost their husbands. Stop killing innocent people in this land. Stop paying allegiance to other gods. That will only bring about your ruin.
for I rescued the poor who cried out for help, and the orphan who had no one to assist him;
but from my youth I raised the orphan like a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow!
May no one show him kindness! May no one have compassion on his fatherless children!
Then the Levites (because they have no allotment or inheritance with you), the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows of your villages may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work you do.
You shall rejoice before him – you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites in your villages, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows among you – in the place where the Lord chooses to locate his name.
When you finish tithing all your income in the third year (the year of tithing), you must give it to the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows so that they may eat to their satisfaction in your villages.
Then you shall say before the Lord your God, “I have removed the sacred offering from my house and given it to the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows just as you have commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten your commandments.
When you gather the grapes of your vineyard you must not do so a second time; they should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow.
‘Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. Do not kill innocent people in this land.
When you beat your olive tree you must not repeat the procedure; the remaining olives belong to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow.
Your officials are rebels, they associate with thieves. All of them love bribery, and look for payoffs. They do not take up the cause of the orphan, or defend the rights of the widow.
Whenever you reap your harvest in your field and leave some unraked grain there, you must not return to get it; it should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow so that the Lord your God may bless all the work you do.
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