Is it true that “charity begins at home” according to the Bible?

The phrase “charity begins at home” does not appear in the Bible. According to Bible or Not, the phrase “charity begins at home” was coined by Sir Thomas Browne, an English theologian, physician, and writer, in 1642.

However, John Wycliffe and Charles Dickens are both credited as expressing similar statements in 1383 and 1844, respectively. While the term “charity begins at home” is not found in the Bible, Bible or Not claims that the concept could have derived from 1 Timothy 5:4, where Paul advises Timothy to make sure widows are cared for by their own families before calling on the church.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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