Wealth in the Bible

Wealth as a Blessing
– Abraham’s servant celebrates his master’s wealth in Genesis 24:34-36
– Solomon’s kingdom is blessed with riches according to 1 Kings 10:23-25

The Dangers of Wealth
– Living under the influence of money can be dangerous according to Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:2

Criticism of Wealth
– The prophet Jeremiah speaks out again injustice in Jeremiah 17:5-13
– “the borrower is the slave of the lender” is among the warnings of Proverbs 22:1-16


Poverty in the Bible

The reality of poverty:
– Nathan raises the problem of Wealth Inequality in 2 Samuel 12:1-4
– Elisha helps a widow in financial distress according to 2 Kings 4:1-7

The fight against poverty
– Laws to protect slaves and borrowers in Deuteronomy 23:9-25
– Protection for Orphans, widows and aliens according to Deuteronomy 24:5-22
– Remission of debts during the Sabbatical Year according to Deuteronomy 15:1-18


Life Abundant

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.