Proverbs 3:9
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9  Honor Hashem with your wealth, With the best of all your income,

ka-BAYD et a-do-NAI may-ho-NE-kha u-may-ray-SHEET kol t’-vu-a-TE-kha

ט  כַּבֵּד אֶת־יְהֹוָה מֵהוֹנֶךָ וּמֵרֵאשִׁית כָּל־תְּבוּאָתֶךָ׃

3:9   With the best of all your income

The seven species from which the first fruit offering was brought

Reisheet kol t’vuatecha (ראשית כל תבואתך), translated here as ‘the best of all your income,’ literally means ‘the first of your grain.’ Offering the first of our crops to God reminds us how much we owe Him. It is easy to forget how much Hashem has given us, as we get caught up in our own efforts towards success. God commands us to bring the first of our harvest each year to the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim (see Deuteronomy 26:2), to remind us that He is behind everything that happens to us, and the constant source of our success.

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  • Success is so often in measured dollars these days. When in reality our abilities, talents, compassion and love are also to be given. The Lord has given so much and asks for so little, just a sign that we truly love and honor Him.

    • Your comment reminds me of Jeremiah 9:22-23: “Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, nor the strong man boast of his strength, nor the rich man boast of his riches. But let him that boasts exult in this, that he understands and knows me, for I am the Lord Who practices kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord.”

 

Proverbs 3:9

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