Money and Business

1st Timothy 6:1-10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

The Way It Is

Ecclesiastes 10:19 “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”

7:12 “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but . . . wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

Proverbs 18:23 “The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.”

19:4 “Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.”

22:7 “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”


Deuteronomy 8:7-19 “. . . thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.”

8:18 “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

1st Samuel 2:7-8 “The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.”

Psalm 49:6-13 “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches . . . die . . . and leave their wealth to others. . . . yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.”

62:10 “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”

Proverbs 11:28 “He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

28:22 “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”

The Basics of Wealth

Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

20:4 “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”

v. 11 “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”

v. 13 “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.”

21:25 “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”

26:13 “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.”

v. 14 “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.”

Taking Care of Business

Romans 12:11 “. . . not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. . . .”

Proverbs 22:29 “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings. . . .”

By the Woman

Ruth 1:1 — 3:11 “. . . for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” (used only three times)

(#2) Proverbs 12:4 “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. . . .”

(#3) 31:10-31 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

The Money Will Fail

Genesis 47:15-18 “And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.”

Wheeling & Dealing

Proverbs 20:14 “It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.”

v. 17 “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.”

Divers Weights

Proverbs 20:10 “Divers weights, and diverse measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.”

v. 23 “Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.”

Borrowing & Lending Between Nations

Deuteronomy 15:6 “For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”

28:1-12 “. . . and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.”

v. 15-44 “He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”

Borrowing & Lending Between the Lord’s People

Psalm 112:5 “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”

37:25-26 “He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.”

Usury (“Interest” on the loan)

Exodus 22:25 “If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.”

Leviticus 25:35-37 “Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.”

Deuteronomy 23:19 “Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury. . . .”

v. 20 “Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

Psalm 15:5 “He that putteth not out his money to usury . . . shall never be moved.”

The Pledge (The “Collateral”)

Deuteronomy 24:10-13 “When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge. Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.”

Suretiship (You “Co-Signed” for the guy.)

Proverbs 6:1-5 “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend . . . Deliver thyself. . . .”

11:15 “He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.”

17:18 “A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.”

Repaying the Loan

Psalm 37:21 “The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.”

Proverbs 19:17 “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

Isaiah 24:1-23 “And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. . . . Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.”

References To Spiritual Transactions

Isaiah 52:3 “For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.”

55:1-2 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”