What does the Bible say about wealth? 10 verses on money

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A couple from Scotland have been named as the winners of half of last Saturday's record £66m National Lottery

Mr and Mrs Martin from Hawick in the Scottish Borders have announced some noble causes they intend to support with their new-found wealth, including helping their local town which has been badly affected by recent flooding.

Christians often wonder whether money is a good or bad thing. You can do a lot of good with wealth but it can also cause a lot of harm, and Jesus seemed to have some pretty harsh words for rich people in his day.

But is it as simple as all money and wealth is bad? More often than not, what God actually says is that money itself is fine but it is the love of money that is dangerous and wrong.

Here are ten Bible verses to help you think about what God says about money:

Matthew 6:19-21

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Philippians 4:19

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

Malachi 3:10

"'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'"

Hebrews 13:5

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"

1 Timothy 6:10

"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."

Acts 20:35

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Luke 12:33-34

"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Proverbs 13:11

"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."

Proverbs 22:7

"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

Exodus 22:25

"If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him."