wealth

wealth

The abundant possession of various forms of property. In the early period of Middle Eastern culture, wealth consisted of the possession of large and small cattle and slaves as well as silver and gold (Gen 24:35). Wealth is attributed to the patriarchs (Gen 13:2), godly kings (2Chr 32:27-29), and Job (Job 42:10-17). The general view is that wealth is received through God’s blessing (Deut 28:1-14), and that the wealthy ought to use their abundance to assist the poor (Deut 15:10; Job 31:16-20). But wealth came to be viewed more negatively later in the biblical period (Isa 3:13-26; Amos 6:4-7). Wealth is a contrary force competing with God, drawing away one’s basic affections (Matt 6:21; Matt 6:24; Job 22:23-26). A desire to be wealthy can destroy saving faith itself (1Tim 6:9-10). It can lead to trusting oneself rather than God (Prov 30:8-9). Thus, in the teaching of Jesus there is an incompatibility between riches and salvation (Luke 6:24; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 18:18-30); one must choose between a present material reward and a future heavenly reward (Luke 6:24; Luke 14:14; Luke 16:25; Matt 6:19-21).

Gen 24:35

35The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donk ... View more

Gen 13:2

2Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

2Chr 32:27-29

Hezekiah's Prosperity and Achievements
27Hezekiah had very great riches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, ... View more

Job 42:10-17

Job's Fortunes Are Restored Twofold
10And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he ha ... View more

Deut 28:1-14

Blessings for Obedience
1If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments that I am commanding you today, the Lord your God ... View more

Deut 15:10

10Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Job 31:16-20

16“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,17or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the orphan has not eaten ... View more

Isa 3:13-26

13The Lord rises to argue his case;
he stands to judge the peoples.14The Lord enters into judgment
with the elders and princes of his people:
It is you who have ... View more

Amos 6:4-7

4Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
and calves from the stall;5who sing idle songs to the sound ... View more

Matt 6:21

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matt 6:24

Serving Two Masters
24“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. Yo ... View more

Job 22:23-26

23If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored,
if you remove unrighteousness from your tents,24if you treat gold like dust,
and gold of Ophir like the s ... View more

1Tim 6:9-10

9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.10For the ... View more

Prov 30:8-9

8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,9or I shall be full, and deny you,
and say, “Who ... View more

Luke 6:24

24“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

Luke 16:19-31

The Rich Man and Lazarus
19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.20And at his gate lay a poor man ... View more

Luke 18:18-30

The Rich Ruler
18A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”19Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good ... View more

Luke 6:24

24“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

Luke 14:14

14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 16:25

25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted he ... View more

Matt 6:19-21

Concerning Treasures
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;20but store up for y ... View more

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