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Wealth

WEALTH (Heb. hôn, hayil, nekhāsîm, Gr. euporia). Abundance of possessions whether material, social, or spiritual. In the nomadic civilization of the early Hebrews, wealth consisted largely of flocks and herds, silver and gold, brass, iron, and clothing (Josh.22.8). In the days of Job, his sons had houses, but their wealth consisted largely of camels, donkeys, flocks, and herds, and “a large number of servants” (Job.1.3). Wealth can come from sinful endeavors (Acts.19.25). From the beginning of Israel, God taught his people that he was the giver of their wealth (Deut.8.18): “For it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” He taught them to be liberal: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty” (Prov.11.24). NT teaching goes even further: “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” (1Cor.10.24). Some OT passages give the impression that wealth always went with godliness (Ps.112.3) and that poverty was for the