1 Timothy 6:10 - 11
KJV - 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. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
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The love of money--not money itself--is the root of all these evils of 1Tim. 6:9-10. Even the love of it is not the root of all evil that has ever been. Neither Lucifer nor Adam fell because of love for money (Gen. 3 Isa. 14:12-14 Ezek. 28:11-17 1Tim. 3:6). Cain (Gen. 4); Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19); David (2Sam. 12) and many others in Scripture went into sin for reasons other than the love of money. Not all men love money. Only some covet it and reap these evils of 1Tim. 6:9-10. ✿ Ten Dangers of Coveting Riches: 1. Many temptations of the devil (1Tim. 6:9) 2. Many snares of the devil (1Tim. 6:9) 3. Many foolish lusts (1Tim. 6:9) 4. Many hurtful lusts (1Tim. 6:9) 5. Destruction and perdition (1Tim. 6:9) 6. The root of evil to grow (1Tim. 6:10) 7. One to err from the faith (1Tim. 6:10) 8. Many sorrows (1Tim. 6:10) 9. High-mindedness (1Tim. 6:17) 10. Wrong trust (1Tim. 6:17) Riches in Scripture are considered the cause of much sin and rebellion against God; and, for this cause, there are many warnings to men, especially converted men, to shun all covetousness of such (Dt. 6:10-17 Ps. 52:1-7; 73:1-22 Prov. 23:4-5; 28:20-22; 30:8-9 Jer. 9:23; Ezek. 28:5; Mt. 6:19; Lk. 6:24; 12:15-20; 16:13-31 1Tim. 6:4-19 Jas. 1:9-11; 5:1-3).
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