Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar.
for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come then, curse this people for me.’”
Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.
2 Kings 5:20
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by not receiving from his hands what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.”
He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.
The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field,
Until there is no more room,
So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
He loves to oppress.
Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
Those who buy them slay them and go unpunished, and each of those who sell them says, ‘Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich!’ And their own shepherds have no pity on them.
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
2 Peter 2:15
forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 Timothy 1:9
realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers
They killed the kings of Midian along with the rest of their slain: Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the five kings of Midian; they also killed Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.
Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
2 Peter 2:3
and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together.
Will not their livestock and their property and all their animals be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will live with us.”
Now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the Lord will speak to me.”
‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’
“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,
When God requires his life?
We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.