The Old Testament contains numerous commands for tithing. Two different portions of ten percent are set aside every year, along with an additional tithe every three years. Other laws provided social welfare benefits. Because ancient Israel operated as a theocracy, the tithe system is not a good model to translate to New Testament giving. However, principles of generosity, provision for the poor, and God's ownership of everything have clear implications. As a parent establishes rules for their young children, Old Testament laws can be understood as general principles spelled out for people who need explicit commands.