Proverbs on Money
Several months ago my wife asked one of our teenage boys to find out verses in Proverbs in the Bible that have to do with money. Then we studied those verses in our family devotion time.
One of the things we did was to make an outline for the verses.
The following outline is approved by the Reverend Dad and is shared with you with the thought of encouraging you to do the same with a different topic; for example, time, work, family relationship etc. I guarantee you and your family will learn something from doing it. Besides, the exercise will provide an excellent opportunity for communicating with one another. I hope you will try it.
I. Benefits of Giving
3:9,10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
II. God’s Word is More Important than Wealth
8:10, 11 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.
III. Attitude of Acquiring Wealth
23:4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
28:20 A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
28:22 A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
IV. Methods of Acquiring Wealth
10:4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
21:6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
22:4 Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.
22:16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich -- both come to poverty.
V. Limitations of Wealth
11:4 Wealth is worthless in the days of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
11:28 Whoever trust in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
22:2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.
VI. Usefulness of Wealth
13:8 A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat.
19:4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.
19:7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives – much more do his friends avoid him!
22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
VII. Inheritance is Guaranteed by Righteousness
13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
VIII. Misconception of Wealth
18:11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
IX. A Good Reputation is More Important than Wealth
22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
X. Transience of Wealth
27:23, 24 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
XI. Wealth is a sign of God’s Blessing
10:22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.