What Does the Bible Say About Money?
The Bible contains some verses that discuss money, including advice, guidance, and general principles for managing money on a personal or wider level. There were many instances in which Jesus spoke about material possessions, and money specifically, throughout the New Testament. These famously include the Parable of the Rich Fool, and the Parable of Rich Talents.
The Parable of the Rich Fool
The Parable of the Rich Fool is a Bible verse about money. It appears in Luke 12:13-21, and it is a story that looks at the foolishness of a person believing their wealth is more important than anything else. In Luke, it is said that an audience member who was listening to Jesus as he preached, piped up and asked Jesus to provide financial help.
In the Bible, it says that one of the multitude had asked “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
In return, Jesus replied:
“Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you? Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.”
To make his point, Jesus recited a parable. In Luke 12:16-21, it reads as follows:
He spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. He reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I don’t have room to store my crops?’ He said, ‘This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. I will tell my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.”‘
“But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared—whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
The Parable of the Talents
The Parable of the Talents is another story about money in the Bible. The parable appears in the New Testament twice, in Matthew 25:14-25:30 and Luke 19:12-19:27. The story is largely the same in each, though there are slight differences.
In both of the parables, a master puts servants in charge of his goods when he goes away on a trip. When he returns, the master judges each servant based on how well they managed his goods. Those who made wise investments and generated a profit, he rewarded – whereas those who played it safe were given negative compensation.
Traditionally, the parable has been seen as a way of teaching Christians that it is good to take risks for the good of the Kingdom of God. The parable is used not only to refer to wealth, but also to the talents of an individual. When failing to use one’s own gifts, the parable says that the individual will be judged by God.
Other Verses About Money in the Bible
There are other Bible verses on money, which come in the form of words from prophets, as well as parables.
In Matthew 6:21, it reads:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
In Malachi 3:10, it reads:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me this”, says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”