For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.
They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.
Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
“ The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be gratified against them; I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’
I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.
It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.’
“ The Lord saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
Saul said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, for you have had compassion on me.
“If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,
You destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
They opened their mouth wide against me; They said, “ Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.
Though while he lives he congratulates himself— And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—
For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.
Yet it does not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to cut off many nations.
“Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice And haughtily lifted up your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!
“Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
“But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion.”
A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, He loves to oppress.
“Is there yet a man in the wicked house, Along with treasures of wickedness And a short measure that is cursed?
“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
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 said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
Then He said to them, “ Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’
Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.
being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
Come now, you who say, “ Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.
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.