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Matthew 6:1 (b) The word is used in a general sense here. It represents good deeds done for the blessing and benefit of others, regardless of who they were, but particularly for the poor. The lesson is that we should not be advertising our good deeds expecting that men will give us rewards. If we do tell what we do for GOD, then the plaudits that we receive from man is all the reward we shall have. If, however, we do these good deeds for the glory of GOD, then He will give us the reward in due time.

Acts 10:4 (b) In this place the word is used in regard to gifts of money given particularly for GOD's work and GOD's people. The angel carries the gift up to Heaven, presents it before the Lord, and before the rest of the heavenly group so that all will know that the money placed in the collection and the money sent to missions and the money given to assist otherwise in GOD's work represents your interest in it.

Acts 24:17 (b) These alms refer to the sacrifices, the money, the gifts and the dues which belong to the priestly service of Israel. It may represent also those gifts which are given to preachers, missionaries and others engaged in Christian work, which is for their personal use. It may also refer to any gifts given to GOD's people for their relief and blessing.


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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Alms'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wdt/a/alms.html. 1957.

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