The loss of the Apocrypha, particularly the book of Sirach (or The Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach) has done great harm to Protestantism.  The only real reason it was tossed out is because Sirach 15 references Deut about “behold I set before you life and death, choose life that you may live” and expands it into a little mini-treatise in favor of freewill, which the magisterial reformers hated. Anyway, the loss of the following is why Protestants are such ninnies when it comes to helping the poor:

Sirach 12
1: When thou would do good, first know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.
2: Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High.
3: There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.
4: Give to the godly man, and help not the wicked.
5: Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.
6: For the most High hateth the wicked, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.
7: Give unto the good, and help not the wicked.

Anyone who gives indiscriminately to the so-called “the poor” is immoral.

Those clamoring against Capitialism want us to give to the wicked, but they want to crush the righteous. The reason our society is a moral swamp is because our government steals our money and uses it to subsidize the income of the wicked giving them the financial means to overmaster us. This must end; it is immoral.

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