TITHE (from Old English teogotha "tenth") is a one-tenth part of
something, paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax or levy,
usually to support a Jewish or Christian religious organization.
Today, tithes (or tithing) are normally voluntary and paid in cash,
checks, or stocks, whereas historically tithes could be paid in
kind, such as agricultural products.
Abraham pays tithes
to Melchizedek (see verses below)
Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek
king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of
the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram
of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 And blessed
be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy
hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
Leviticus 27:30 And all the
tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit
of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD.
Numbers 18:20 And the LORD
spoke unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land,
neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine
inheritance among the children of Israel. 21 And, behold, I have
given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an
inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of
the tabernacle of the congregation.
1Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not
know that they which minister about holy things live of the things
of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with
the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach
the gospel should live of the gospel.
1Timothy 5:18 For the
Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the
corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.
God asks if we will
rob him in tithes and offerings and instructs us to prove him. He
promises a blessing that there is not room enough to receive to
those that pay tithes to God. (see verses below)
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob
God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?
In tithes and offerings. 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have
robbed me, even this whole nation. 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me
now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the
windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not
be room enough to receive it.
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