Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire.”
The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus *answered again and *said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had promoted him above the princes and servants of the king.
“If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,
Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
The rich man’s wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Thus says the Lord, “ Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
“By your wisdom and understanding You have acquired riches for yourself And have acquired gold and silver for your treasuries.
And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me No iniquity, which would be sin.”
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.”’
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.