“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.”
“If I have put my confidence in gold,
And called fine gold my trust,
Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
Their eye bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart run riot.
Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
“Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will ponder over you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
He loves to oppress.
Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate *said to them, “Behold, the Man!”
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.