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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5414 money, stewardship of
5414 money, stewardship of

5414 money, stewardship of

The righteous handling of money is an important practical test of godliness.

Money must be obtained honestly

Not by theft Ex 20:15 pp Dt 5:19 See also Pr 10:2; Pr 19:26; Mk 10:19

Not by fraudulent practices Lev 19:13 See also Pr 11:1; Pr 13:11; Pr 20:10; Eze 28:18

Not by usury Ex 22:25 See also Ps 15:5; Pr 28:8

Not at the expense of justice Ex 23:8 See also Pr 15:27; Pr 16:8; Jer 17:11

Not by extortion Lk 3:13 See also Eze 22:12

Not by oppression Jas 5:4 See also Pr 22:16; Eze 18:7-8; Am 5:11; Mal 3:5

Not at the expense of health Pr 23:4

Not at the expense of witness Ge 14:22-23; 3Jn 7

Not at the expense of spiritual well-being Mt 16:26 pp Mk 8:36 pp Lk 9:25; Lk 12:16-21; 1Ti 6:9

By work, trade, investment or inheritance 2Th 3:12 See also Ge 15:2; Ge 34:21; Pr 13:11,22; Pr 14:23; Pr 19:14; Mt 25:27 pp Lk 19:23

Money must be cared for diligently

Personal money Pr 27:23-24

Money held on trust 2Ki 22:4-7; Mt 25:14-27; Lk 16:10-12; 1Co 4:2

Money must be used in a God-honouring way

For the support of the family 1Ti 5:8 See also 1Ti 5:16

For benefiting the poor, especially God’s people Gal 6:10 See also Pr 19:17; Pr 28:27; Mt 6:3-4; Lk 12:33; Jn 13:29; Ac 2:45; Ro 15:26; Gal 2:10; 1Ti 6:18

For the work of God’s kingdom Gal 6:6 See also Pr 3:9-10; Mal 3:10; Lk 8:3; Lk 16:9; Php 4:14-19; 1Ti 5:17-18

Examples of godly people who have used their money well

Those who were wealthy but godly Ge 13:2; Ge 26:14; Ge 30:43; 2Sa 19:32; 2Ch 9:22; Job 1:3; Mt 27:57; Ac 4:34-36

Those who had little but gave much Mk 12:41-44 pp Lk 21:1-4; 2Co 8:1-4

See also

5446poverty
5475property
5556stewardship
5628work
5703inheritance
7784shepherd
7939ministry
8260generosity
8434giving
8488tithing

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