<<good works>>

An old term meaning the voluntary giving of one’s resources to the poor and needy, the modern term is good works or welfare. These acts of righteousness are featured several times in the teachings of Jesus who commended the motivation over the amount of the gift (Mt 6:1-4, 25:34-46; Mk 9:41, 12:41-44). Those who do them will be blessed by the Lord (Prov 19:17, 28:27).

See also: benevolence, good works, welfare.