This word is used in Scripture occasionally in the Elizabethan and primary sense of 'well-being' (e.g. 1Sa 2:32; Es 10:3 etc.), but generally in the more usual sense of affluent possessions (e.g. Ge 34:29; De 8:17-18; Ac 19:25 etc.).
1. Palestine is described in De 8:7-8 as rich not only in cereal but also in mineral wealth; but this may be a description more poetic than literal. It is, however, frequently spoken of as 'flowing with milk and honey' (Ex 3:8, etc. etc.)
For after all these things the gentiles seek; and your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first righteousness and his kingdom, and all these things shall be added to you.
for narrow is the gate, and compressed the way which leads to life, and few are those who find it.
nor a provision sack for the way, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor staves; for the laborer is worthy of his support;
the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news preached to them;
For, as a man going abroad called his servants, and delivered to them his estates;
And when it was evening a rich man came from Arimathea, by the name of Joseph, who himself also was a disciple of Jesus;
Is not this the carpenter? the son of Mary? and a brother of James, and Joset, and Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended with him.
And Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, One thing you lack; go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have a treasure in heaven; and come and take up your cross and follow me.
who shall not receive a hundred fold now at this present time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the life to come eternal life.
And he lifted up his eyes upon his disciples and said, Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
and Joanna the wife of Chusa, Herod's steward, and Susannah, and many others, who served them with their property.
Carry neither a purse, nor provision sack, nor sandals; and salute no one by the way.
But God said to him, Foolish man, this night they shall require your soul from you; and who then will have the goods which you have provided? So is every one that lays up treasures for himself and is not rich in God.
And I tell you, Make yourselves friends of the riches procured by injustice, that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.
There was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day.
And behold, there was a man called Zaccheus, and he was chief publican, and was rich.
And Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, Behold, half of my property, Lord, I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of any thing, I restore fourfold. And Jesus said to him, To-day has salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;
He said, therefore, A certain nobleman went into a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and to return.
Then he said to them, But now let him that has a purse take it, and a provision sack likewise; and he that has not a sword, let him sell his cloak and buy one.
for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy provisions.
No one of those reclining knew for what purpose he said this to him,
And all who believed were together and had all things common; and they sold their possessions and estates, and distributed them to all as any one had need;
For no one among them was needy; for those who possessed lands or houses sold and brought the prices of the things sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and distribution was made to each as any one had need. read more. And Joseph, called Barnabas by the apostles, which is interpreted, A son of consolation, a Levite, a Cyprian by birth, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.
Continuing unsold was it not yours, and when it was sold was it not at your disposal? Why did you propose this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.
assembling them together and laborers of like employments, said, Men, you know that our prosperity is derived from this employment,
for bodily exercise profits little; but piety is profitable in all things, having a promise of the present life and of the life to come.
But those who wish to be rich fall into trial and a snare, and many foolish and injurious desires, which plunge men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all evils, which some having desired have been misled from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Charge the rich in the present life not to be high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who gives us all things richly to enjoy, to perform good works, to be rich in good works, to be liberal, benevolent, read more. treasuring up for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold on the true life.
My brothers, have not the faith of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with a respect of persons. For if there comes into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in splendid clothing, and there also comes in a poor man in vile clothing, read more. and you look upon him who wears the splendid clothing, and say to him, Sit here in a good place, and say to the poor man, Stand there, or sit under my footstool, are you not condemned in yourselves and judges of evil thoughts? Hear, my beloved brothers. Has not God chosen the poor of the world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you to tribunals? And do they not blaspheme the good name by which you are called? If you keep indeed the royal law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well;
Come now, rich men, weep and lament for the miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have decayed, and your garments are moth-eaten, read more. your gold and silver are destroyed with rust, and their rust will be a witness against you, and consume your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasures for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who harvested your fields, kept back by you, cry, and the loud calls of the reapers have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. You have lived in luxury on the earth and in pleasure, you have nourished your hearts in a day of slaughter.
For you say, I am rich and have become rich and have need of nothing, and know not that you are miserable, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked.