{Bonus Post} Proverbs for a Godly Perspective on Money

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God encourages us to, “Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.” (Proverbs 2:3-4) Biblical Proverbs can be a big help to us as we strive for a Godly perspective on money, work and managing our lives. 

Below are several Biblical Proverbs divided into categories. Try reading all the Proverbs in one of the categories each day over the next seven days.


Day 1: The Riches of Wisdom

“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.”  Proverbs 3:13-14

“Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.”  Proverbs 8:10-11

“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”  Proverbs 9:10

“Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.”  Proverbs 15:16

“Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.”  Proverbs 16:8

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16

“It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.”  Proverbs 17:16

“Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.”  Proverbs 20:15


Day 2: Work Ethic

“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”  Proverbs 6:6‐8

“A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”  Proverbs 6:10-11

“Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.”  Proverbs 10:4

“A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”  Proverbs 10:5

“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.”  Proverbs 12:11

“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”  Proverbs 13:4

“Wealth from get‐rich‐quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.”  Proverbs 13:11

“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”  Proverbs 14:23

“If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!”  Proverbs 20:13

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”  Proverbs 21:5

“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.”  Proverbs 28:19


Day 3: Greed

“Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.”  Proverbs 1:19

“Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.”  Proverbs 15:27

“A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.”  Proverbs 22:16

“Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. For the Lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them.”  Proverbs 22:22‐23

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.”  Proverbs 23:4

“Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.”  Proverbs 28:8

“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.”  Proverbs 28:20

“Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.”  Proverbs 28:22

“Greed causes fighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.”  Proverbs 28:25

“O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”  Proverbs 30:7‐9


Day 4: Giving & Generosity

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”  Proverbs 3:27

“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.”  Proverbs 11:24

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11:25

“It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.”  Proverbs 14:21

“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.”  Proverbs 14:31

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!”  Proverbs 19:17

“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9

“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”  Proverbs 28:27


Day 5: Debt & Lending

“There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt; it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.”  Proverbs 11:15

“It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for a friend.”  Proverbs 17:18

“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.”  Proverbs 22:7

“Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.”  Proverbs 22:26-27

“Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.”  Proverbs 27:13


Day 6: Investments

“The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.”  Proverbs 10:16

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”  Proverbs 13:22

“An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.”  Proverbs 20:21

“Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.”  Proverbs 27:23-24

“She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.”  Proverbs 31:16

“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.”  Proverbs 31:20


Day 7: Money & Godly Living

“Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.”  Proverbs 10:2

“Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.”  Proverbs 11:4

“Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.”  Proverbs 11:18

“Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.”  Proverbs 13:21

“There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.”  Proverbs 15:6

“Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”  Proverbs 17:3

“Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.”  Proverbs 19:1

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”  Proverbs 22:1

 

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