A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Pr 11:25). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
These verses encourage generosity. By giving freely a person has plenty, a seeming paradox. Conversely a person who is miserly, failing to help others in obvious need, will himself always be in need.
By being generous a person prospers and is in turn helped. Grain in a farming society was a major medium of exchange; hoarding it could drastically affect prices. But a person who sold his grain and did not hoard it was a blessing to others.
- 2 Corinthians 8:7–9 (CSB) — 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us—excel also in this act of grace. 8 I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love. 9 For you know the grace of our Master Jesus the Messiah: Though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
- 1 John 3:16–18 (CSB) — 16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.