Money and Wisdom

Psalms 49:6 “They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches.”

Proverbs 3:5-10 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self. 9 Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

Proverbs 8:21 “that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, and that I may fill their treasuries.”

Proverbs 13:7 “There is one who pretends to be rich and yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor and yet possesses great wealth.”

Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.”

Proverbs 13:13 “The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded. 14 Instruction from the wise is like a life-giving fountain, to turn a person from deadly snares.”

Proverbs 13:16-18 “Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly. 17 An unreliable messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 The one who neglects discipline ends up in poverty and shame, but the one who accepts reproof is honored.”

Proverbs 13:20-21 “The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. 21 Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.”

Proverbs 19:2-5 “It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices. 3 A person’s folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD. 4 Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.”

Proverbs 22:2-4 “The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the creator of them both. 3 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself, but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it. 4 The reward for humility and fearing the LORD is riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 22:16 “The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich -both end up only in poverty.”

Proverbs 23:4-5 “Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. 5 When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle!”

Proverbs 28:11 “A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.”

Proverbs 28:13 “The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.”

Proverbs 28:22 “The stingy person hastens after riches and does not know that poverty will overtake him.”

Proverbs 28:26-27 “The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape. 27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them will receive many curses.”

Haggai 1:4-11 “Is it right for you to live in richly paneled houses while my temple is in ruins? 5 Here then is what the LORD who rules over all says: ‘Think carefully about what you are doing. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. Your eat, but are never filled. You drink, but are still thirsty. You put on clothes, but are not warm. Those who earn wages end up with hole in their money bags.’ 7 Moreover, the LORD who rules over all says: ‘Pay close attention to these things also. 8 Go up to he hill country and bring back timber to build the temple. Then I will be pleased and honored, says the LORD. 9 ‘You expected a large harvest, but instead there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. Why?’ asks the LORD who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house! 10 This is why the sky has held back its dew and the earth its produce. 11 Moreover, I have called for a drought that will affect the fields, the hill country, the grain, new wine, fresh olive oil, and everything they produce.”

Haggai 1:13-14 “Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, spoke the LORD’s word to the people:“I am with you!” says the LORD. 14 So the LORD energized and encouraged Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son Jehozadak, and the whole remnant of the people. They came and worked on the temple of their God, the LORD who rules over all.”

Job 36:18 “Be careful that no one entices you with riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.”

Isaiah 10:1-4 “Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead,those who are always instituting unfair regulations,2 to keep the poor from getting fair treatment, and to deprivethe oppressed among my people of justice, so they can steal what widows own, and loot what belongs to orphans.3 What will you do on judgment day,when destruction arrives from a distant place? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your wealth? 4 You will have no place to go, except to kneel with the prisoners, or to fall among those who have been killed. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again.”

Isaiah 45:3 “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stashed away in secret places, so you may recognize that I am the LORD, the one who calls you by name, the God of Israel.”

Habakkuk 2:9 “The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. He does this so he can build his nest way up high and escape the clutches of disaster.”

Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Timothy 6:9-10 “Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the truth and stabbed themselves with many pains.”

2 Timothy 3:13 “But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.”

Luke 12:15-21 Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. 16 He thentold them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man producedan abundant crop, 17 so he thought to himself,‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to myself,“You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your lifewill be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”

Matthew 13:12; 25:29 “For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”


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