the tongue of a poor man

… why do we listen to the wealthy in our society, and ignore the poor?

… what is it about the rich that causes us to overlook so many evils that they commit while so many are in such great need?

What peace does a hyena have toward a dog? And what peace does the rich have toward the poor? Wild asses are the prey of the lions in the desert; so the poor are a feeding ground for the rich. Humility is an abomination to the proud, so the poor is an abomination to the rich.

(Sirach 13:18–20, LES)

“For the counsel of evil people will plan lawless things, to ruin lowly people by unjust words and to scatter lowly people’s words in judgment. But pious people have planned intelligent things, and this counsel will remain.”

(Isaiah 32:7–8, LES)

“I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.” The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good.”

(Ecclesiastes 9:13–18, NRSV)

… a question of a fair balance ..

“I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.””

(2 Corinthians 8:13–15, NRSV)