Will poverty ever end? Devarim 15:4 promises that such a time will come: Yet, there will be no pauper among you, for the LORD will surely bless you…It sounds as if ending poverty is in God’s hands. Mizrachi points out that the next verse begins only if you surely heed the voice of the LORD your God to keep and do all this commandment that I charge you today. This verse, he explains, qualifies the previous verse for only if we keep and do all this commandment will there be no pauper among you. Which commandment? The commandment to give charity, which is a theme of Devarim 15.