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That the poor existed among the Hebrews we have abundant evidence (Exodus 23:11; Deut. 15:11), but there is no mention of beggars properly so called in the Old Testament.
The poor were provided for by the law of Moses (Lev. 19:10; Deut. 12:12; 14:29).
It is predicted of the seed of the wicked, that they shall be beggars (Ps. 37:25; 109:10).
In the New Testament we find not seldom mention made of beggars (Mark 10:46; Luke 16:20-21; Acts 3:2), yet there is no mention of such a class as vagrant beggars, so numerous in the East.
“Beggarly,” in Gal. 4:9, means worthless.