widow's mite


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widow's mite

A small monetary contribution made by one who is poor. Edna hardly has any money, and she still gives the church a widow's mite.
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a widow's mite

a small monetary contribution from someone who is poor.
This phrase comes from a story recounted in Mark 12:41–4. A poor widow donated two mites (coins of very low value) to the treasury of the Temple in Jerusalem, a sum which constituted all the money she possessed. Witnessing this act, Jesus told his disciples that she had given more than the richest contributor because she had given all that she had.
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Among their number are the stories of the widow's mite and the rich young ruler, and Jesus' anti-family-values speech here in Luke 12.
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For you Biblical scholars, the parallel is the widow's mite, or in Doris's case, the widow who well might with pounds 50 up her kilt.
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I do think that not having any kind of biblical education is unfortunate if children want to read English literature and understand the provenance of phrases like "through a glass darkly," "all flesh is as grass," "the race is not to the swift," "crying in the wilderness," "reaping the whirlwind," "amid the alien corn," Eyeless in Gaza," "Job's comforters," and "the widow's mite."
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According to the source, the politician, like a few other philanthropists visit the hospital almost annually to give their widow's mite in support of the poor.
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Contrary to popular principles, Jesus praised the awe-inspiring value of the widow's mite, taught that a truly strong person can turn the other cheek, and warned his disciples to avoid being impressed by fancy religious garb and titles.
As he rightly points out, we render our greatest service when it costs the full price of facing up to challenges; service has reduced value if (unlike the widow's mite) it comes only from our surplus.