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Fervent love and real sacrifice describe the widow’s giving. What else but the fervent love and sacrifice of Christ can empower that kind of giving in money-loving sinners like you and me?

BibleGateway: Luke 21:1-4

ESV Text: Luke 21:1-4

Luke 21:1–4 (Listen)

The Widow’s Offering

21:1 Jesus1 looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.2 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”


[1] 21:1 Greek He

[2] 21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)


KJV Text: Luke 21:1-4

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1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 788 :
Lord, You Love the Cheerful Giver

1. Lord, You love the cheerful giver
Who with open heart and hand
Blesses freely, as a river
That refreshes all the land.
Grant us, then, the grace of giving
With a spirit large and true
That our life and all our living
We may consecrate to You.

2. We are Yours Your mercy sought us,

Found us in death’s dreadful way,
To the fold in safety brought us,
Nevermore from You to stray.
Your own life was freely given
As an off’ring on the cross
For each sinner,now forgiven

From eternal shame and loss.

3. Blessed by You with gifts and graces,

May we heed Your Spirit’s call,
Gladly in all times and places
Give to You who gives us all.
You have bought us; now no longer
Can we claim to be our own;
Ever free and ever stronger
We shall serve You, Lord, alone.