Riches

Matthew 19:21-30  Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  (22)  When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  (23)  And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.  (24)  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  (25)  When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  (26)  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (27)  Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”  (28)  Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  (29)  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.  (30)  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Mark 10:21-31  And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  (22)  Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  (23)  And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  (24)  And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!  (25)  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  (26)  And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”  (27)  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”  (28)  Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”  (29)  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,  (30)  who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.  (31)  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Mark 12:41-44  And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.  (42)  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  (43)  And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  (44)  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Luke 6:24-25  “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  (25)  “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

Luke 12:15-21  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  (16)  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  (17)  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  (18)  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  (19)  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  (20)  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  (21)  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:32-34  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  (33)  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  (34)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 16:19-31  “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  (20)  And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,  (21)  who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.  (22)  The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried,  (23)  and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.  (24)  And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’  (25)  But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.  (26)  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’  (27)  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house—  (28)  for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’  (29)  But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’  (30)  And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’  (31)  He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Luke 18:22-30  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  (23)  But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.  (24)  Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!  (25)  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  (26)  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  (27)  But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  (28)  And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.”  (29)  And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,  (30)  who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Luke 19:2-10  And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  (3)  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  (4)  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  (5)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  (6)  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  (7)  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  (8)  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  (9)  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 21:1-4  Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,  (2)  and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  (3)  And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  (4)  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”