What does the Bible
say about money?

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The word money is used at 140 times in the King James Bible. Synonyms for it like gold are mentioned 417 times by name while silver is directly referenced 320 times. If we include still other references to wealth, we find that God has inspired a great deal to be written about money.

Throughout history, money has served many purposes. It has been used to fulfill the many lusts of people and as a tool to worsen the lives of countless humans. The pursuit of wealth has caused untold suffering and pain on the planet through all kinds of sinful behavior such as stealing, lying, cheating, gambling, murder, wars and so on. Greed is considered by some to be one of seven chief "deadly sins" that leads to still other sinful behavior. Money has also be used to alleviate the suffering of others and to extend mercy with hope to those who lack.

Some people believe it is a sin for a Christian to have more money than what they need to afford life's most basic necessities. While many believers do not have much, others are fairly well off. God, as the richest Being in existence, is not necessarily against Christians having more prosperity than what is needed simply to exist. His concern is how we use money and whether having an abundance of it would ultimately build up or tear down righteous character in us. He knows it was pride, and the lust to have more, that turned righteous Lucifer into his chief adversary.

Those who had significant amounts of money in Scripture include Abraham, who was so wealthy that he could afford to support 318 highly trained men as his servants and personal military force (Genesis 14:12 - 14). Job possessed great riches before numerous trials stripped him of everything. After his trials were over, however, God personally blessed him to have DOUBLE the wealth he previously owned (Job 42:10). King David and especially Solomon (arguably the wealthiest person ever) enjoyed a life of abundance. Many other individuals such as Jacob, Joseph, Daniel and Queen Esther had riches at their disposal.

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It is interesting to note that God's definition of a "good man" includes attaining enough wealth to leave an inheritance for future generations.

22. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22).

Another reason for attaining money is so that we can help those in need, like the poor, who many times lack resources due to circumstances beyond their control (Proverbs 19:17, 28:27). When we are generous and give to others, we make God our "partner" and benefit in a variety of ways (Proverbs 3:9 - 10, 11:25, 22:9).

Money, although it can be used as a tool to do great good, can also cause us harm. Riches can many times be deceiving and lead us to focus our lives away from God. It can lead us to believe the illusion that possessing it will protect us from adversity like a fortress (Proverbs 10:15) and a high protective wall (Proverbs 18:11). All that we own will not protect us when a day of wrath comes to us (Proverbs 11:4). Those who place an inordinate trust in money will fall (Proverbs 11:28) and their pursuits will be shown as vanity (Proverbs 18:11, see also 11:4, 28).

Christians who have been blessed with an abundance of money should use it to perform as much good in the world as they can. They should also be mindful that some things, like a faithful mate (Proverbs 19:14), a good name and reputation (22:1) and wisdom (16:16) can never be purchased no matter how much they offer.

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