An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Profit without Honor?

(Pro 10:2 KJV) Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

The KJV is translated a bit different here. For "treasures of wickedness" the NASB has "ill gotten gains." The Hebrew words are the same, it is the translation that is different. It is easy to jump on this verse and make it an indictment of any attempt to make a profit. That is not the focus. Note that “wickedness/ill-gotten” (7562) and “treasures/gains” (214) are two different words. This is not an indictment of profits, business or capitalism.

The problem is not making money. The problem is making it in an evil way. Private property is a Biblical concept. Profit is a Biblical concept. The meaning changes though if you use evil methods.

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