The Bible makes many pronouncements about money, instructing its followers to adhere to several meta ideas when it comes to taking care of the poor, giving, and who ultimately owns wealth. The quotes below are from three translations (ESV, NASB, NIV) and are meant to suggest some of the dominate themes from the Bible concerning money and its use.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
- Matthew 6:24 (ESV)
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or [...]
If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed [...]
Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.
- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (ESV)
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NASB)
A feast is made for laughter,
and wine makes life merry,
but money is the answer for everything.
- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV)
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [...]
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors [...]
You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest.