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The New Testament

Selected extracts



"You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6, 24

"If anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help, how can God's love be in that person?" 1 John 3, 17


"[Jesus] told him: Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Mark 10, 21

"Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money-changers and the stalls of those selling doves. He said: the scriptures declare that my Temple will be called a place of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves." Matthew 21, 12-17

"Tell those who are rich in the world not to be proud and not to trust their money, which will soon be gone... tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others." 1 Timothy 6, 17-18

"...people who owned land and houses sold them and brought money to the Apostles to give to others in need." 1 John 2, 36

"The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this world and the lure of wealth." Matthew 13, 22

"If you have money, share it generously." Romans 12, 8

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." Matthew 19, 24

"[An elder] must be gentle, peace-loving and not one who loves money." 1 Timothy 3, 3

"People who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." 1 Timothy 6, 9-10

"You have dishonoured the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court?" James 2, 6

"Look here, you rich people... your wealth is rotting away and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags... the very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh in hell. The treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence againt you on the Day of Judgement. For listen! Hear the cries of the field-workers who you have cheated of their pay... the cries have reached the ears of the Lord almighty... you have condemned good people who had no power to defend themselves against you." James 5, 1-6