Have you ever heard that saying, “Money is the root of all evil”? Where does that come from? Shakespeare? Let’s see, maybe it’s Benjamin Franklin. He left behind a lot of words of wisdom. Or is it from the Bible? Just might be that you are nodding your head and saying, “O, yeah, that’s a quote from the Bible!” It’s not from Shakespeare or Franklin or the Bible. But if you said the Bible, your answer is closer to being right than the other two.
The correct quotation is “The love of money is the root of all evil.” And it comes from 1 Timothy 6:10 in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. So, having money and making money are not intrinsically evil. The problem is whether you possess the money, or the money possesses you! Lots of people with a small amount of money or a great deal of money have used it to help the lives of others and the world we inhabit.
I hope you will enjoy reading and reflecting on 1 Timothy 6:10 as my blog post topic for today. You will find it written below in English, French, Spanish, and German. Maybe one of these is your native tongue or a language you know or are studying. If you are a linguaphile (lover of language) like me, you just may be interested in making comparisons.
I’ve discovered a great place to listen to the Bible in multiple languages. It is https://www.bible.com which is the YouVersion website. Click on the language English, Français, Español or Deutsch and follow the directions. You do not have to download an app to read, listen and enjoy.
English: For the love of money is the root of all evil. KJV (King James Version)
Français: Car l’amour de l’argent es une racine de tous les maux. LSG (La Sainte Bible par Louis Segond 1910)
Español: Porque raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero. RVR95 (Biblia Reina Valera 1995)
Deutsch: Denn Geiz ist eine Wurzel alles Übels. DELUT (Lutherbibel 1912)
The Connection Between Money and Evil
Connie Carlisle Polley, 2022
2 thoughts on “Money Is . . .”
I couldn’t help but remember a sign in the window of a stockbroker in a building where I used to work which said: “The LACK of money is the root of all evil.”
Obviously, the sign was the broker’s comeback to “The love of money…….”
Your long-lost sister-in-law in PA,
Wow! Thanks for sharing, Nancy. It goes to show how a quotation can be twisted and take on an entirely different message than the original. Connie