economics and the bible

As my retirement plans disappear with the crazy markets, I thought it would be good to take a quick look at "money" in the Bible – and take a deep breath:

  • Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. – Proverbs 13:11
  • Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. – Ecclesiastes 5:10
  • Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you r soul will delight in the richest of fare. – Isaiah 55:1-2
  • 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. – Matthew 6:24
  • So Judas threw the money into the temple and left.  Then he went away and hanged himself. – Matthew 27:5
  • Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay. – Luke 3:14
  • Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. – Luke 9:3
  • With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. – Acts 5:2
  • On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. – 1 Corinthians 16:2
  • 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. – 1 Timothy 6:10
  • Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will leave you; never will I forsake you." – Hebrews 13:5


  1. Huh? I didn’t realize we had retirement plans that could disappear… 🙂 Just kidding – sort of. 🙂 Thanks for your reminders about the woes of putting money in a place where it was never meant to be. I love you!

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