A Hebrew sage once asked of the Lord: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD ?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30) The balance is not an easy one. It seems the poor easily remain poor.