Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain

If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted. … If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, “You are my security,” if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, … If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him, … then let briers come up instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. Continue reading

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So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. Continue reading

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I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder

Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. … Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Continue reading

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God will not forget the love you have shown him as you have helped his people

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Continue reading

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The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him

They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough … they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. … From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain. Continue reading

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I rejoice greatly that at last you have renewed your concern for me

Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. … I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. Continue reading

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From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain

Prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. … Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. … Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. Continue reading

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Whoever sows generously will also reap generously

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. … Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Continue reading

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For where you have selfish ambition, there you find disorder

I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. … They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. Continue reading

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We want you to know about the grace that God has given

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. Continue reading

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