A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
1 Timothy 6:9
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy [dedicate something],” and to reflect only after making vows.
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Old Testament “Amounts.”
- Lev 27:30-33; Num 18:8-22 – Tithe (Levites and Priests)
- Deut 12:17-18; 14:22-23 – Party!
- Exod 30:11-16 – Temple Tax
- Deut 12:6 – Volunteer Offerings
- Lev 19:9-10 – Gleanings for poor
New Testament “Amounts”
- Sacrificially – Mark 12:41-44; 2 Cor 8:2-3; 2 Corinthians 8:2-3
For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, (ESV)
- Cheerfully -2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
- Generously – 2 Corinthians 9:6
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
- Household – 1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
- Church – Galatians 6:6 [Mal 3:10; Prov 3:9-10]
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
- Opportunity – Gal 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
- Primary – Prov 3:9
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce
- Periodic, Planned, and Progressive – 1 Cor 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. (NIV)
- Private – (Matt 6:3-4)