For the sun rises with its heat and dries up the meadow; the petal of the flower falls off and its beauty is lost forever. 1 So also the rich person in the midst of his pursuits will wither away.
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! 1 Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town 1 and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”
And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew 1 Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired 2 in Haran, and they left for 3 the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.
Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, all the people in his household, his livestock, his animals, and all his possessions which he had acquired in the land of Canaan and went to a land some distance away from 1 Jacob his brother
The Lord will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; 1 you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any.
Gilead’s wife also gave 1 him sons. When his wife’s sons grew up, they made Jephthah leave and said to him, “You are not going to inherit any of our father’s wealth, 2 because you are another woman’s son.”
“When a traveler arrived at the rich man’s home, 1 he did not want to use one of his own sheep or cattle to feed 2 the traveler who had come to visit him. 3 Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and cooked 4 it for the man who had come to visit him.”
Hezekiah welcomed 1 them and showed them his whole storehouse, with its silver, gold, spices, and high quality olive oil, as well as his armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 2
Jehoiakim paid Pharaoh the required amount of silver and gold, but to meet Pharaoh’s demands Jehoiakim had to tax the land. He collected an assessed amount from each man among the people of the land in order to pay Pharaoh Necho. 1
Nebuchadnezzar 1 took from there all the riches in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He removed all the gold items which King Solomon of Israel had made for the Lord’s temple, just as the Lord had warned.
King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem and took away the treasures of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace; he took everything, including the gold shields that Solomon had made.
Jehoshaphat and his men 1 went to gather the plunder; they found a huge amount of supplies, clothing 2 and valuable items. They carried away everything they could. 3 There was so much plunder, it took them three days to haul it off. 4
He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in God’s temple that were in the care of Obed-Edom, the riches in the royal palace, and some hostages. Then he went back to Samaria.
“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates the complete costs are to be given to these men, so that there may be no interruption of the work. 1
Therefore do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons, and do not take their daughters in marriage for your sons. Do not ever seek their peace or welfare, so that you may be strong and may eat the good of the land and may leave it as an inheritance for your children 1 forever.’
They captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took possession of houses full of all sorts of good things – wells previously dug, vineyards, olive trees, and fruit trees in abundance. They ate until they were full 1 and grew fat. They enjoyed to the full your great goodness.