Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
– Proverbs 3:27
This verse is variously interpreted to command consideration of the needy (Deuteronomy 24:14-15) or the upholding of justice in personal dealings (Leviticus 19:13). We can see both in the verse. They go together. The phrase “to whom it is due” could refer to an owner. In this sense, justice comes to the fore. We also have an obligation to the poor and needy, which suggests that acts of charity also have a sense of justice (Deuteronomy 26:13; 1 John 3:17-18). Overall the verse has a sense of urgency. Whether we give in acts of charity or of justice, we are to do it quickly, or be soon to do it. Withhold not is saying do not put it off. We should be quickly just and considerate in our personal dealings.