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What the scriptures say about
LIBERAL
Carrying a blessing, generous, noble, bountiful, offerings, willing to help, ready to give
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[The philosophy classical libralism has a different meaning - not always clear whether it means situational ethics, economic freedom, or minimal government. Wikipedia]

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NIV:
2 Corinthians 8:20 - "We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift."
KJV
Proverbs 11:25 - "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself."
Isaiah 32:5 - "The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful."
Isaiah 32:8 - "But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand."
2 Corinthians 9:13 - "Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;"


LIBERAL [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

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LIBERAL [Smith's Bible Dictionary]

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LIBERAL, LIBERALITY, LIBERALLY [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

lib'-er-al, lib-er-al'-i-ti, lib'-er-al-i:

The different forms of the word all refer to one who is generous, bountiful, willing and ready to give and to help.

Both the Hebrew words of the Old Testament and the Greek words of the New Testament translated into the English word "liberal" have a deeper and nobler meaning than is generally conveyed by the English word.

In Proverbs 11:25, the liberal soul (nephesh berakhah) means a soul that carries a blessing.

In Isaiah 32:5, the American Standard Revised Version has "bountiful" where the King James Version has "liberal,"

and in Isaiah 32:8 "noble" takes the place of "liberal" (nadhibh).

The principal Greek words are haplotes literally, "simplicity," "sincerity," and charis, "grace," "favor."
In 1 Cor 16:3, "bounty" substitutes "liberality."
It is well to bear in mind that a Biblical liberality can spring only out of a noble soul, and is Godlike in its genesis and spirit.

G. H. Gerberding


LIBERALITY [Thompson Chain Reference]
    Examples of (Select Reading, Deuteronomy 26:1 Malachi 1:6-14 Malachi 3:4-12 Matthew 6:1-4)
        Deuteronomy 26:1-19
        Malachi 1:6-14
        Malachi 3:4-12
        Matthew 6:1-4
    Gifts of Israel for the Tabernacle
        Exodus 35:22
    Over-plus of Gifts
        Exodus 36:5
    Offerings at the Dedication
        Numbers 7:3
    David's Gifts for the Temple
        1 Chronicles 29:3
        1 Chronicles 29:4
    Gifts for the Repairing of God's House
        2 Chronicles 24:10
    Offerings for the Rebuilding of the Temple
        Ezra 1:6
        Ezra 2:69
        Ezra 8:25
        Nehemiah 7:70
        Luke 19:8
    The Poor Widow's Offering
        Luke 21:1-4
    Liberality in the Early Church
        Acts 4:34
        Acts 4:35
        Acts 11:29
        2 Corinthians 8:2
        Philippians 4:16
    Of Women
        SEE Liberality 
    Promise for
        SEE Liberality
        SEE Kindness
    Liberality of women
        Exodus 35:25
        Proverbs 31:20
        Luke 8:2
        Luke 8:3
        Luke 21:2-4
        John 12:3
        Acts 9:39
    Promises Concerning
        To the Liberal
            Psalms 41:1
            Proverbs 3:9
            Proverbs 3:10
            Proverbs 11:25
            Proverbs 22:9
            Proverbs 28:27
            Ecclesiastes 11:1
            Isaiah 58:10
            Luke 6:38
            Luke 14:14
            2 Corinthians 9:7
            SEE Benevolence
            SEE Plenty Promised