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Poor as Job. The allusion is to Job, who was by Satan deprived of everything he possessed.

Poor as Lazarus. This is the beggar Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at the rich man’s gate, and desired to be fed from the crumbs that fell from Divēsʹ table (Luke xvi. 13–31).

Poor as a church mouse. In a church there is no cupboard or pantry, where mice most do congregate.

There are none poor but those whom God hates. This does not mean that poverty is a punishment, but that the only poverty worthy of the name is poverty of God’s grace. In this sense Divēs may be the poor man, and Lazarus the beggar abounding in thatblessing of the Lord which maketh rich.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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