“Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them” Proverbs 22:22-23.
The Bible talks a lot about treating everyone kindly. This also means those who are in need. God is serious about not hurting them, even threatening the very soul of those who do.
However, it’s also about oppressing them. This goes beyond stealing from them, but also treating them poorly. “Powerful people can take advantage of bribery, lies, manipulations, and underhanded tactics to win cases against the defenseless. Scripture soundly condemns such evil; the rich and powerful are charged with caring for others, not exploiting them” (bibleref.com).
“The poor or afflicted cannot defend themselves well. Some think this makes them an easy target, but they forget the most key fact in the universe. God will defend them. Beware!” (Let God Be True).
This means that God is serious about what He says. Instead, what are we to do? We must help them. How can you help those in need today?