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But select capable men from all the people,men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain,and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Exodus 18:21
 
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
Exodus 20:17
 
"You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
Deuteronomy 5:21
 
I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, "You are exacting usury from your own countrymen!" So I called together a large meeting to deal with them
Nehemiah 5:7
 
He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
Job 20:15
 
"If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'
if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,
Job 31:24-25
 
then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
Job 31:28
 
He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
Psalms 10:3
 
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Psalms 119:36
 
Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it. Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom
Proverbs 1:19
 
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
Proverbs 11:24
 
People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.
Proverbs 11:26
 
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
Proverbs 15:27
 
The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
Proverbs 21:25-26
 
He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich,both come to poverty. Sayings of the Wise
Proverbs 22:16
 
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
Proverbs 23:4
 
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD ?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:8-9
 
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
Ecclesiastes 1:8
 
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless, a miserable business!
Ecclesiastes 4:8
 
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
Ecclesiastes 5:10-11
 
Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.
Isaiah 1:23
 
Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.
Isaiah 5:8
 
They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.
Isaiah 56:11
 
I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.
Isaiah 57:17
 
"From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
Jeremiah 6:13
 
Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
Jeremiah 8:10
 
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. When his life is half gone, they will desert him, and in the end he will prove to be a fool.
Jeremiah 17:11
 
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."
Jeremiah 22:17
 
You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be cut off.
Jeremiah 51:13
 
In you men accept bribes to shed blood; you take usury and excessive interest and make unjust gain from your neighbors by extortion. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign LORD.
" 'I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have made and at the blood you have shed in your midst.
Ezekiel 22:12-13
 
My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.
Ezekiel 33:31
 
Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
Hosea 4:18
 
Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.
Hosea 10:1
 
They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home, a fellowman of his inheritance.
Micah 2:2
 
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."
Micah 3:11
 
Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire, they all conspire together.
Micah 7:3
 
The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.
Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.
Habakkuk 1:15-16
 
indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.
"Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, " 'Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?'
Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim.
Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
"Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
Habakkuk 2:5-9
 
You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."
Haggai 1:6
 
"Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you," says the LORD Almighty, "and I will accept no offering from your hands.
Malachi 1:10
 
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21
 
"No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.Do Not Worry
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:24-25
 
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:31-33
 
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
Matthew 13:22
 
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26
 
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
Matthew 19:24
 
"But they paid no attention and went off,one to his field, another to his business.
Matthew 22:5
 
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Mark 4:19
 
For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
Mark 7:21
 
Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
Luke 7:14
 
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Luke 12:15
 
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Watchfulness
Luke 12:33-34
 
"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'
Luke 14:18
 
Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
Luke 18:24-25
 
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."
John 6:26-27
 
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
Romans 1:29
 
The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Romans 13:9
 
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
1 Corinthians 5:11
 
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:10
 
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
Ephesians 5:3
 
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
Philippians 3:18-19
 
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:2
 
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
Colossians 3:5-6
 
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed,God is our witness.
1 Thessalonians 2:5
 
not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1 Timothy 3:3
 
and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.Paul's Charge to Timothy
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:5-11
 
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17
 
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2 Timothy 3:2
 
Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless,not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
Titus 1:7
 
They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach,and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Titus 1:11
 
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5
 
You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
James 4:2
 
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:13-14
 
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers,not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;
1 Peter 5:2
 
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
2 Peter 2:3
 
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed,an accursed brood!
They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.
2 Peter 2:14-15
 
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.
Jude 1:11
 
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