Logos Tech Tip: Discover What God Says about the Poor with One Search

By Chris Pennington

If you’re like most people, you notice only things that are important to you and miss things that don’t resonate with your life experience. It’s only natural; humans are limited by their humanity, after all.

But what happens when you miss something that’s important to God? What if you’re minimizing something God cares about? Logos Bible Software helps you quickly gather verses on any topic or theme with powerful searches across your library so you’ll always know what God says.

For example, how would you discover what God says about the poor? You could look it up in a concordance, but you’d be limited to the exact word “poor.” You could find entries in a Bible dictionary or encyclopedia, but you’d primarily be reading what other people say God says. While that kind of study is both necessary and valuable, it’s crucial to read and understand God’s words for yourself.

With a simple search in Logos, you can easily learn what God says about the poor. Here’s how:

1. Open a Bible search.

2. Limit the range to the Old Testament, and set the Bible to your preferred translation.

3. Search for all passages in which God is the speaker by entering: {Speaker<Person God>}.

Note: If you’re manually entering your search terms, make sure you’ve used title casing (capitalization) for all of your terms (ie. Speaker, Person, A Poor Person, etc.).

4. Add the topic (in this case, the poor) by entering: INTERSECTS <Person A Poor Person>.

Note: This search makes use of the Reported Speech and Biblical People datasets, both of which are included in Logos Starter and above.

If you have the Logos Desktop app installed, click here to run this search.

The resulting verses include many important concepts: 

  • We should not be partial to someone because of their wealth status (Exod. 23:3, 6; Lev. 19:15, etc.)
  • God expects us to personally care for the poor rather than profit from them (Lev. 23:22; 25:35–43)
  • God sees when people oppress the poor (Ps. 12:5; 82:3–4; Ezek. 22:29)
  • God takes up the cause of the poor and cares for them (Isa. 41:17; Zeph. 3:12)

Find out what God says about other words—like peace, love, or justice—by opening the search tool and running your own searches.

Check out The Lexham Cultural Ontology for more information about poverty and its cultural context in the Bible. Open the Cultural Concepts section of the Factbook, where you can see selected biblical passages about poverty, along with dictionaries and secondary literature, like the Dead Sea Scrolls or other ancient Near Eastern texts.

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To learn more about God’s heart for the poor, consider these resources:

Visit the Logos Help Center for more on how to get the most out of your Logos Bible Software.

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Comments

  1. I tried this and got nothing. I copied the search parameters and nothing came up. Do you have to have a particular level for this to work?

    • Adam Shaeffer says

      I’m sorry to hear that Adrian. This search makes use of two different datasets (Reported Speech and Biblical People), both of which are included in Logos Starter and above. I’ve revised the post to make that clear.

      However, if you have Logos Starter or above, the search should work with the parameters described.

  2. Admittedly very powerful capability, but why would the search function be designed to require each word be capitalized?

    This doesn’t work:
    {Speaker } INTERSECTS
    but this does:
    {Speaker } INTERSECTS

    If the objective is to teach how to use the search function, that seems like an important distinction to call out. If your objective is to teach God’s view regarding a believer’s interaction with the poor, the article seems pretty shallow.

    In addition, what other major key words are available in addition to Speaker and Person? What other operators in addition to INTERSECTS are there? Can you provide a link?

    • Adam Shaeffer says

      Hello Kevin,

      Unfortunately, the comment field here doesn’t work well with code, so it’s not displaying the difference between the search that works and the search that doesn’t. I’m guessing you mean that each word in “A Poor Person” needs to be capitalized, and you’re right, that is important to call out. I’ve amended the post to make that clear. If that’s not what you mean, can you explain the issue in a bit more detail?

      For a more complete list of search operators, you can browse the Operators section of “Advanced Searching” in the Logos Help file or you can check out the training videos on using search operators at the Logos Help Center.

      The Advanced Searching section of the Help File is also a helpful place to look for more search terms in addition to Speaker and Person. You can also explore other search capabilities by using Search Templates, which are accessible by expanding the navigation menu Navigation menu in a search panel.

      I hope that helps!

  3. Yes I saw that the text inside “” was dropped but didn’t know how to change the comment once I submitted it.

    The only difference was that I had “a Poor Person” vs “A Poor Person”.

    Thanks for the follow-up links. I’m looking forward to understanding more.

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