Bible study; For The Love Of Money

By Ministry of Hope
using Gill's commentary

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7 april 2005


For the love of money

1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Tim 6:6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great {and} abundant gain.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. By "godliness" is not meant any particular grace, but all the graces of the Spirit of God; as faith, hope, love, fear, &c. the whole of internal religion, as it shows itself in outward worship, and in all acts of holiness of life and conversation; and which the doctrine that is according to godliness teaches and engages to; and this is gain, very great gain indeed.

A man possessed of true godliness is a gaining, thriving, man: such as are godly, or truly gracious, they are come into good and happy circumstances, and are possessor of the true, solid, satisfying, durable, and unsearchable riches of grace.

All their debts are paid, they are richly clothed, and deliciously fed, and are in a good family, even the household of God, who before were in debt, arrayed in rags, were in a starving condition, and strangers and foreigners; yea, they are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, and have both a right and a meetness for the heavenly inheritance.

They are now made kings and priests to God, and, in the present state of things, have God to be their portion, and exceeding great reward.

They have an interest in Christ, and in all spiritual blessings in him, and have the Spirit as the earnest of their future inheritance.

They are rich in faith, and in good works; their souls, which were lost, are gained, and shall be saved with an everlasting salvation; and ere long they will be possessed of all the riches of glory, signified by a house not made with hands, a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God, an incorruptible inheritance, and a kingdom and glory: how great is the gain of godliness!

And what adds to this gain, and now goes along with it, is "contentment"; for this is not to be considered as the condition of godliness being great gain, as if it was not so without it.

But as the effect of godliness, what that produces, and as a part of its gain.

The word here used signifies "sufficiency". It designs a competency of the good things of this life; and what that is, is expressed in 1Ti 6:8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).

And such God gives to them that fear him, his godly ones, who shall lack no good thing convenient for them; for godliness has the promise of this life, as well as of that which is to come.

And God does give to such all things pertaining to life and godliness, even all things richly to enjoy.

The word indeed properly signifies "self-sufficiency," which in its strict sense, only belongs to God, who is "El-Shaddai," God all-sufficient and self-sufficient.

But here it intends such a sufficiency as a man himself judges to be so. For this phrase does not so much design the thing itself, which is a sufficiency, as the opinion, the sense which the godly man has of it, who himself judges it, as Jacob did, to be enough; and such a man is content with what he has, and thankful for it, submits quietly to the will of God, and patiently bears every adverse providence: and this is now the fruit and effect of godliness, or true grace, and is a considerable part of that gain which godliness brings with it; and such a man is a happy man indeed, let his circumstances be what they will. The Jews have a saying {n}, that

"he is a rich man whose spirit rests in, or is contented with his riches;"

In conclusion we will state that, "He who rejoices in his portion, be it little or much: has found the true meaning of godliness, godliness is not gain in material wealth, nor is the material gain godliness, as the false teacher want us to believe, yet is it true gain in a spiritual sense."  

1 Tim 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and {obviously} we cannot take anything out of the world;

For we brought nothing into this world, &c.] Which is a reason both clearly showing that godliness is great gain, since those who have it brought nothing into the world with them but sin, and yet are now in such happy circumstances as before described; and that godly persons should be content with what they have, even of worldly things, seeing they are so much more than they had when they came into the world, into which they came naked; and which should be a quieting consideration under the most stripping providences, Job 1:21 And said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother's womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord!

And it is certain we can carry nothing out: as men come into the world, so will they go out of it; nor will they need their worldly substance after death, any more than they did before they were born, and what they now have, and use not, will then be lost to them, whatever gain it may be to others: wherefore it becomes them cheerfully to use what they have, and be content therewith; see Ec 5:15,16. 15 As [the man] came forth from his mother's womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; and he will take away nothing for all his labor which he can carry in his hand. Eccl 5:16 And this also is a serious {and} severe evil--that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what gain has he who labors for the wind?


1 Tim 6:8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).

And having food and raiment, &c.] "Food" includes all things necessary to be ate and drank, of which there is a great variety, and is here expressed in the plural number; and "raiment" every necessary covering, as the word used signifies, and includes an habitation, which is a cover and shelter from the inclementencies of the weather. And now having all these comforts and necessaries of life, food to eat, and drink to extinguish thirst and refresh, raiment to put on, and a house to dwell in,

let us be therewith content: there is very good reason why the saints should be content; since more than these things cannot be enjoyed; and these they have with a blessing, and as a fruit and token of the love of God to them; these were all that Jacob desired, Agur petitioned for, and Christ directs his disciples daily to pray for; and which to have, is to have enough, a proper sufficiency and competency: the words may be rendered, "we shall be content with them"; which the apostle could say for himself, Timothy, and others, who had been content, even when they wanted these things. The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read, "we are content"; and the Syriac version, "food and raiment are sufficient for us"; and so the apostle sets himself, and others, as examples of contentment to be imitated and followed.

1 Tim 6:9 But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin {and} destruction and miserable perishing.

But they that will be rich, &c.] Not they that are rich; for some rich men are good men; and do much good with their riches; and are as free from temptations and snares, and foolish and hurtful lusts, as other persons, as Abraham, Joseph of Arimathea, Gaius, and others were; but such that would be rich, who labour after, make haste for it, and are resolved upon it, at any rate, right or wrong, as there be thousands, who never attain to it; so that the apostle does not point at rich men particularly, but at such who are determined to be rich, whether they ever are so or not: these

fall into temptation; not in such sense in which the phrase is used in Jas 1:2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in {or} encounter trials of any sort {or} fall into various temptations.

But in such sense as Christ uses it, Mt 6:13 namely, a falling into temptation to sin, so as to be drawn away by it, and overcome with it. Mt 6:13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. {For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.}


And a snare, the Vulgate Latin version reads, "the snare of the devil," Yet it may give the true sense. Satan may be compared to a fowler; his temptations to sin are his nets and snares; and they that will be rich, are the birds that are caught and entangled therein, (where from often is no escape by themselves.)

And into many foolish and hurtful lusts; carnal and worldly lusts, the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, which are the things that are in the world and draw the affections to them; yea, what sin is there but such persons may, and do fall into; as defrauding of the neighbor, oppressing the poor, lying, perjury, theft, murder, rapine, violence, and injustice of every kind? so that they may be said to be "many," and some of them are "foolish".

All sin is folly, and every wicked man is a foolish one, and acts a part quite contrary to reason; but some evil ways are notoriously silly, weak and foolish, and which they that will be rich make use of to get money; though others of them are sly and artful enough, and all of them are "hurtful" to their credit and reputation, or to the health of their bodies, and especially to the welfare of their immortal souls. So the phrase "their foolish lust," is used in Eze 20:25 Wherefore also I gave them [over to] statutes that were not good and ordinances whereby they should not live {and} could not have life,

And the corruption of nature in general is by the Jews called the old and foolish king, in Ec 4:13. Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive counsel (friendly reproof and warning)--

They ask {p}, "why is he called a king? because all obey him; why is he called old? because he is joined to him (a man) from his birth to his old age; and why is he called lyok, "foolish?" because he teaches him an evil way, which he knows not how to warn him of again."

Which drown men in destruction and perdition; that is, in utter ruin, in the ruin both of soul and body; and which is irrecoverable, like that of the drowning of a man in the sea, with a millstone about his neck; such folly and danger do those expose themselves to, who will be rich at any rate.


1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray {and} have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.

For the love of money is the root of all evil, &c.] Of all the evils before mentioned, and of others; not money itself, as silver and gold, which are God's creatures, and his gifts, and may be used to, and answer many good purposes.

But the love of it, and not any love of it; for there may be a lawful love of it, and desire after it, so far as it is requisite to the necessaries of life, to answer the calls of Providence, the duties we owe to God and men, to serve the interest of Christ, and do good to fellow creatures and fellow Christians.

But it is an immoderate insatiable desire after it, and an inordinate love of it, which is here meant, such as is properly idolatry: as when a man loves it, not only besides, but above God; serves it as if it was God, and places his trust and confidence in it, independent of God, and his providence; such love of it is the source and spring of all iniquity, as above; it was the sin of Judas, and the root of all his iniquity.

So idolatry is said to be , "the root of all iniquities" Heb 12:15 Exercise foresight {and} be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from {and} fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble {and} bitter torment, and the many become contaminated {and} defiled by it--


Which while some coveted after; in a greedy and insatiable way:

They have erred from the faith; the doctrine of faith. Observing that the professors of it are generally poor, they have declined that path, and have not so much as heard the word; and if they have heard and embraced it, yet when persecution arises because of it, they drop their profession of it; or else their minds are so filled with worldly cares, and deceitful riches, that the word is choked, and becomes unprofitable, and by and by, Demas like, they forsake it, having loved this present world.

And pierced themselves through with many sorrows; riches are therefore fitly compared to thorns, which give great trouble and uneasiness, both in getting and keeping them; and oftentimes the reflection upon the unlawful ways and means made use of to obtain them, gives very pungent pain and distress; The apostle seem to allude to the Hebrew word eub, used for a covetous man, which signifies one that pierces, cuts, and wounds, as such an one does both himself and others.

Job 20:15-29. J

Job 20:15 He has swallowed down [his ill-gotten] riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly.

Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps [which ill-gotten wealth contains]; the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Job 20:17 He shall not look upon the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter [to enjoy his wealth].

Job 20:18 That which he labored for shall he give back and shall not swallow it down [to enjoy it]; according to his wealth shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice in it.

Job 20:19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; he has violently taken away a house which he did not build.

Job 20:20 Because his desire {and} greed knew no quietness within him, he will not save anything of that in which he delights.

Job 20:21 There was nothing left that he did not devour; therefore his prosperity will not endure.

Job 20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency [in the time of his great abundance] he shall be poor and in straits; every hand of everyone who is in misery shall come upon him [he is but a wretch on every side].

Job 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly [as in the wilderness when God sent the quails], God will cast the fierceness of His wrath upon him and will rain it upon him while he is eating.

Job 20:24 He will flee from the iron weapon, but the bow of bronze shall strike him through.

Job 20:25 [The arrow] is drawn forth and it comes out after passing through his body; yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors march in upon him;

Job 20:26 Every misfortune is laid up for his treasures. A fire not blown by man shall devour him; it shall consume what is left in his tent [and it shall go ill with him who remains there].

Job 20:27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.

Job 20:28 The produce {and} increase of his house will go into exile [with the victors], dragged away in the day of [God's] wrath.

Job 20:29 This is the wicked man's portion from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God.


 1 Tim 6:11 But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at {and} pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike),faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.

But thou, O man of God, &c.] Not only by creation, as every man is; nor merely by special grace, as everyone is, that is chosen of God, redeemed by Christ, and regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit; but by his peculiar office, as an evangelist and minister of the word, being qualified for, and devoted to, and employed in the service of God. The phrase is taken out of the Old Testament, where the prophets, Elijah and Elisha, are so called, 2Ki 1:9 4:7,9, 2 Kin 1:9 Then the king sent to Elijah a captain of fifty men with his fifty [to seize him]. He found Elijah sitting on a hilltop and said, Man of God, the king says, Come down. 2 Kin 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest. 2 Kin 4:9 And she said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God who passes by continually.

Flee these things; the Arabic version reads "these abominations"; namely, all questions and strifes of words, from whence so many evils follow, and all worldly gain, selfish interest, and mercenary views in religion; a wicked resolution to be rich, at any rate, and an immoderate love of the things of the world, and an eager pursuit after them, which expose to great danger, and even utter ruin; things very unbecoming any professor of religion, but much more a minister of the Gospel.

1Ti 6:4,5 He is puffed up with pride {and} stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes {and} strife about words, which result in (produce) envy {and} jealousy, quarrels {and} dissension, abuse {and} insults {and} slander, and base suspicions,

1 Tim 6:5 And protracted wrangling {and} wearing discussion {and} perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness {or} righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. {From such withdraw.}

Follow after righteousness; not for justification before God, that he had followed after, and attained unto, which is the righteousness of Christ, and not of the law; but for the honour of religion before men; and intends the doing of justice between man and man, giving everyone their own, which in undue affection for the world sometimes leads men from:

Godliness; spiritual religion, holiness of heart, and conversation, which has the promise of this life, as well as of the other, and with contentment is great gain; wherefore to pursue this is much better than greedily to run after the riches of this world, or with the false teachers to suppose that godliness lies in worldly gain, or in securing to a man his worldly interest:

Faith; the grace of faith, which looks not to things seen, which are temporal, but to things not seen, which are eternal; and leads off the mind from sublunary enjoyments to God, and Christ, and the glories of another world; and is the leading grace to all others, and the foundation of good works, without which there is no pleasing in acts of moral righteousness, or in any acts of religious worship, which may be called godliness:

Love; to God, which is inconsistent with serving mammon, or with an immoderate love of money; and to Christ, which will put a man on seeking, not his own things, but the things of Christ; and to the saints, which will direct him to serve them by acts of beneficence and liberality:

Patience; in bearing reproaches and indignities; in suffering injuries, loss of goods, imprisonment, and every sort of persecution, for the sake of the Gospel; which a covetous disposition will not admit of: last of all,

Meekness; or humility, not seeking great things, but being content with a lower station of life; for generally it is pride that puts men upon a determination to be rich at any rate: it may also design meekness in instructing the ignorant, in refuting error, and in reproving offenders.

It is my prayer to you, that no one of you, will be trapped into the snare of the fowler, being deceived by many of today's teachings, that will lead many astray and falling into the sin of idolitry.

Jesus warned us !!

Matt 24:11 And many false prophets will rise up and deceive {and} lead many into error.

Matt 24:12 And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness {and} iniquity,

Truly we live in the last days and as if the Son of perdition would try to deceive the elect

Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive {and} lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God's chosen ones).

Anf Paul wrote to the Thessalonians

2 Thess 2:3 Let no one deceive {or} beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

Please be aware of the snare that the enemy of our souls has set up for God's people to deceive them into all kinds of trickery, words so biblical and craftily put together to take the people from their trust and hope in God. The stages are set by the enemy and millions already have bought into the idea that the world's wealth belongs to the righteous and they should start claiming the wealth of the world.

That Abraham was rich, Job and all the Patriarchs and truly they were, but snare is in the getting and not in the wealth itself, new gospel preacher develop the desire for gain greed in a biblical way and persuade its follower to pursue everything that life has to offer, and forgetting that we should make Christ to be our aim and storing up treasure in heaven.

But as for anyone of you, O people of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness, right standing with God and true goodness, godliness, which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike, faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.

God Bless!!

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