God's View of Widows

God is very specific on how we as the body of Christ are to care for widows. Whether it's you or someone you may know, these Scriptures express the importance God places on the care of widows.

(S) “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword.”

Exodus 22:22-24a NIV

(P) Do not allow anyone to take advantage of ___ Lord. If someone tries to, You said Father You would hear their cry and your anger would come against those who tried to harm ___.

(S) “…the fatherless and widows who live in your towns may come eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the works of your hands.”

Deuteronomy 14:29b NIV

(P) Thank You Father that You care for ___ and bless those who care for ___’s needs.

(S) “He [God] defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”

Deuteronomy 10:18 NIV

(P) Thank You Father for defending ___ and providing for all their needs.

(S) “When you’re harvesting your field, if you forget a sheaf, don’t go back out into the field to get it. Let the foreigners, orphans, and widows take it. If you do this, the Eternal your God will bless everything you do.”

Deuteronomy 24:19 Voice

(P) Thank You God for reminding us of the creative ways in which we all can help provide for those with needs like ___. Thank You for caring for ___’s needs and blessing all that I put my hands to do as well.

(S) “Every third year is the year when you will store a tenth of that year’s crops in your houses. During that year distribute what you have stored to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows in your cities, and they may eat all they want.”

Deuteronomy 26:12 GW

(P) Lord, may You bless our work so that in turn, we can share as You told us to help ___ and those in need so that they too will be satisfied.

(S) “We ask the Lord to put a curse on anyone who keeps the poor from getting justice, whether these poor are foreigners, widows, or orphans.”

Deuteronomy 27:19 CEV

(P) I ask You Lord to stop any who may try to keep ___ from receiving justice.

(S) “And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless. That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you, why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.”

Job 22:9-11 NIV

(P) Remind us continually Lord to care for those like ___ who need us to look after them.

(S) “Everyone was pleased with what I said and did. 12 When poor people or orphans cried out for help, I came to their rescue. 13 And I was highly praised for my generosity to widows and others in poverty.”

Job 29:11-13 CEV

(P) Thank You Lord for the opportunity to help ___ in her need. You have blessed us all with Your goodness… all glory goes to You, provider of all things.

(S) “Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord— rejoice in his presence! 5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy.”

Psalms 68:4-5 NLT

(P) I praise You God and rejoice in Your presence! Thank You for being ___’s defender and father.

(S) “The Lord protects foreigners. The Lord gives relief to orphans and widows. But he keeps wicked people from reaching their goal.”

Psalms 146:9 GW

(P) Thank You Lord for bringing relief to ___.

(S) “The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.”

Proverbs 15:25 Voice

(P) You tear down areas of pride, but thank You Father for protecting ___’s property.

(S) “Learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17 NIV

(P) Help me Father to commit to doing what is right in Your eyes and plead for justice for ___.

(S) “Do not be afraid — you will not be disgraced again; you will not be humiliated. You will forget your unfaithfulness as a young wife, and your desperate loneliness as a widow. Your Creator will be like a husband to you — the Lord Almighty is his name. The holy God of Israel will save you — he is the ruler of all the world.”

Isaiah 54:4-5 GNT