A A A A A
Bible Book List
Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8701 affluence
8701 affluence

8701 affluence

Literally, “flowing” with prosperity. Wealth is not condemned in Scripture but is seen as a good gift of God. However, affluence has its dangers.

Godly affluence

Ex 3:8 See also Dt 28:1-6,11; Ps 1:3; Ps 112:3; Pr 8:18-21; Pr 22:4; Isa 60:5; Isa 61:6; Isa 66:12; Mic 4:4

Examples of affluence Ge 2:8-12 Eden; Ge 13:2 Abraham; Ge 26:12-13 Isaac; Ge 33:11 Jacob; Job 42:10-12 Job Solomon: 1Ki 3:13; 1Ki 10:23-29
2Ch 32:27-29 Hezekiah; Mt 27:57 Joseph of Arimathea

The dangers of affluence

Pride Dt 8:17-18; 1Ti 6:17 See also Ps 10:4-6; Ps 73:3-6

Reliance upon riches Pr 11:28; 1Ti 6:17 See also Ps 62:10; Pr 23:5; Ecc 10:19; Mk 10:24 fn; Lk 12:16-21

Over-attachment to riches Mt 19:22 pp Mk 10:22 pp Lk 18:23

Greed for more riches Ecc 5:10

Temptation 1Ti 6:9-10

Cares and anxieties Mt 13:22 pp Mk 4:19 pp Lk 8:14

Spiritual complacency Rev 3:17

Contempt for God See also Pr 30:8-9

Contempt for the poor or unfortunate Job 12:5; Pr 22:16; Am 2:6-8; Am 4:1; Am 5:11; Lk 16:24-31; Jas 5:1-6

Affluence is temporary

It is for this life only 1Ti 6:7 See also Job 1:21; Ps 37:35-36; Ps 49:10-12,16-20; Ecc 5:15

It is often lost Job 1:13-15; Ecc 5:13-14

Spiritual affluence

The riches of God Php 4:19 See also Ps 36:7-9; 2Co 9:9; Eph 3:8

Spiritual wealth Eph 1:3; 1Pe 1:4; Rev 2:9

The shared wealth of the church Mk 10:29-30; Ac 4:34-35; Php 4:18

The wealth of heaven Mt 6:20; Lk 12:33; Rev 7:16-17

See also

1050God, goodness of
5399luxury
5413money, attitudes
5446poverty
5810complacency
5858fat
6248temptation
8261generosity, God’s
8778materialism
8808riches
8848worldliness

Bible Gateway Recommends

Manual Bíblico Nelson  (The Nelson Bible Companion)
Manual Bíblico Nelson (The Nelson Bible Companion)
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $35.99Save: $4.00 (10%)Buy Now
Advanced Learners' Dictionary
Advanced Learners' Dictionary
Retail: $7.99
Our Price: $7.19Save: $0.80 (10%)Buy Now
Dictionary of Synonyms & Antonyms
Dictionary of Synonyms & Antonyms
Retail: $7.99
Our Price: $3.59Save: $4.40 (55%)Buy Now