Friday, January 21, 2011

Proverbs on Money

In preparation for my Connect Group this week (we are studying the book of Proverbs), I went through Proverbs and pulled out all of the verses that dealt with money in some fashion or another.

Look through this list... How much better off would we all be if this became the guiding influence in how we managed our money?

Pastor Noel

Proverbs 3:9–10

9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Proverbs 6:1–5

1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— 2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— 3 follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. 4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. 5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.

Proverbs 6:10–11

10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Proverbs 10:4

Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 11:4

Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.

Proverbs 11:15

There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt; it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.

Proverbs 11:24

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:28

Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.

Proverbs 13:4

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Proverbs 13:7

Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.

Proverbs 13:8

The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened.

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Proverbs 13:18

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored.

Proverbs 13:22

Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.

Proverbs 14:23

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!

Proverbs 15:16

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

Proverbs 17:18

It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for a friend.

Proverbs 19:1

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.

Proverbs 19:4

Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.

Proverbs 19:14

Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.

Proverbs 19:17

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!

Proverbs 20:13

If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

Proverbs 20:21

An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.

Proverbs 21:5

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverbs 21:13

Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.

Proverbs 21:20

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

Proverbs 22:7

Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:16

A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

Proverbs 22:26

Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else.

Proverbs 23:4–5

4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. 5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

Proverbs 27:23

Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,

Proverbs 28:6

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.

Proverbs 28:8

Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.

Proverbs 28:22

Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.

Proverbs 28:27

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

Proverbs 30:8–9

8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Proverbs 30:24–25

24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: 25 Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!