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32 Bible Verses about Materialism

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For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.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.”
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.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.”
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
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