Warnings About Money

Thanks to Dee Bowman

The Book of Proverbs has more warnings about money than all the others combined. It warns that:

  • Money cannot buy peace. “Better is little with fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith,” (15:16).
  • Money cannot buy moral sense. “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right,” (16:8).
  • Money cannot buy a home. “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife,” (17:1).
  • Money cannot buy true security. “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit [imagination, NASV]” (18:11).
  • Money cannot buy an honorable character. “Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich” (28:6).
  • Money cannot deliver from death. “Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivered from death,” (11:4).

 Bowman, D. (1989). Front Lines: Money! Money! Money!. In Christianity Magazine: July 1989, Volume 6, Number 7 (2). Jacksonville, FL: Christianity Magazine.

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