Hun·ger / həngər/– Noun: discomfort or weakness caused by lack of nourishment.
Food / fo͞od/ – Noun: material taken for nourishment.
Food in·se·cur·i·ty – /insiˈkyo͝oritē/ -Compound Noun: inconsistent access to adequate food, due to lack of money or other resources.
Select Bible Verses on Spiritual Hunger
- Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6
- As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? – Psalm 42:1-2
Scripture on Helping the Hungry Poor
- And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. – Leviticus 25:35 (Redemption of the Poor)
- Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? – Isaiah 58:7
- A person that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which was given God will repay. – Prov 17:17
- Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. – Prov 21:13
- He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. – Prov 22:9
- The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it – Prov 29:7
- When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of his glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see Thee hungering, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When did we see Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when did we see Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25: 33-40
- If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? – James 2:15-16
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