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Isaiah 32:5-8

The vile person shall be no more called liberal,
nor the churl said to be bountiful.

For the vile person will speak villainy,
and his heart will work iniquity,
to practice hypocrisy,
and to utter error against the LORD,
to make empty the soul of the hungry,
and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

The instruments also of the churl are evil:
he deviseth wicked devices
to destroy the poor with lying words,
even when the needy speaketh right.

But the liberal deviseth liberal things;
and by liberal things shall he stand.

 

This prophecy tells us that the vile person shall no longer be called liberal. The vile person here means the pampered and stingy person who will scarcely part with any thing and that which he does give, he gives with an evil expression and a grudging heart. A Liberal is a generous, openhearted and noble person who recognizes that all of their possessions are to be used for both personal benefit and for the benefit of all. The Liberal lives only to use wealth to do good.

The churl is avaricious and interested only in hoarding for themselves, thinking that all is mine, all I have is my own, and all I can get is for myself. Yet these people enjoy nothing, they withhold from themselves, and even their family and acquaintances, any pleasure from their possessions because of a cursed lust for wealth for its own sake. The vile money loving wretches, by their own stingy heart, are first starved in this world; then damned in that to come!

The churl are not bountiful, they are vile. The Bountiful rejoice in their plenty and give to the suffering with a generous liberal hand. The vile person speaks treachery against others and the same fool will be thoughtless regarding the needs of anyone. This way of speaking and feeling is a serious mistake according to the ways of The Lord.

These scheming designs were familiar to the prophet. He frequently dealt those who worked to destroy the poor with lying words and to make the needs of the poor unknown.

The Liberal will live for generous purposes and stand for the principles of generosity.