Matthew 6:19
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New International Version
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

New Living Translation
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

English Standard Version
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

New American Standard Bible
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

King James Bible
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

International Standard Version
"Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

NET Bible
"Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not place treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moths and corrosion disfigure and where thieves break in and steal.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal;

King James 2000 Bible
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

American King James Version
Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

American Standard Version
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.

Darby Bible Translation
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust spoils, and where thieves dig through and steal;

English Revised Version
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through and steal:

Webster's Bible Translation
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Weymouth New Testament
"Do not lay up stores of wealth for yourselves on earth, where the moth and wear-and-tear destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

World English Bible
"Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;

Young's Literal Translation
'Treasure not up to yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust disfigure, and where thieves break through and steal,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:19-24 Worldly-mindedness is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy, for by no sin can Satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of a profession of religion. Something the soul will have, which it looks upon as the best thing; in which it has pleasure and confidence above other things. Christ counsels to make our best things the joys and glories of the other world, those things not seen which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them. There are treasures in heaven. It is our wisdom to give all diligence to make our title to eternal life sure through Jesus Christ, and to look on all things here below, as not worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it. It is happiness above and beyond the changes and chances of time, an inheritance incorruptible. The worldly man is wrong in his first principle; therefore all his reasonings and actions therefrom must be wrong. It is equally to be applied to false religion; that which is deemed light is thick darkness. This is an awful, but a common case; we should therefore carefully examine our leading principles by the word of God, with earnest prayer for the teaching of his Spirit. A man may do some service to two masters, but he can devote himself to the service of no more than one. God requires the whole heart, and will not share it with the world. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve both. He who holds to the world and loves it, must despise God; he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the world.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19-Matthew 7:12. -

(3) General principles regarding the relation of the disciples to wealth and to men. Verses 19-34. -

(1) The principle of regarding God alone in our religious actions is also to be maintained in the relation that we hold to wealth in the broadest sense. Vers. 19-21: seek true wealth, because earthly wealth, though gathered, may be rendered useless by earth's chances. Vers. 22, 23: further, because it is the single eye that receives the light. Ver. 24: in fact divided service is impossible. Vers. 25-34: place God first, and he will provide. Verses 19-21. - Ver. 19 comes here only, but vers. 20, 21 have much in common with Luke 12:33, 34. They are there in the middle of a long discourse (vers. 22-53), which immediately follows the parable of the rich fool, itself spoken on the occasion when a man wished his brother to divide the inheritance with him. There seems no reason to believe that that discourse is at all necessarily in historical position, and that our verses belong originally to it and to its occasion rather than to the present place in Matthew. Verse 19. - Lay not up... but lay up (ver. 20). Lay up treasure indeed, but in the right place (cf. a still more striking case in John 6:27); observe that in both cases it is "for yourselves." Lightfoot ('Hor. Hebr.,' on ver. 1) quotes an interesting Haggada from Talm. Jeremiah,' Peah,' 15b (equivalent to Talm. Bob., 'Baba Bathra,' 11a), in which "Monobazes, the king," when blamed for giving so much to the poor, defends himself at length: "My fathers laid up their wealth on earth; I lay up mine in heaven," etc. But our Lord here does not mean to limit his reference to almsgiving. He thinks of all that has been mentioned since Matthew 5:3 (cf. Weiss) as affording means of heavenly wealth. Upon earth; upon the earth (Revised Version). Our Lord here wishes to emphasize the locality as such (ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς): in ver. 20 rather the nature and quality of the locality (ἐν οὐρανῷ). Where moth (cf. James 5:2, 3; Isaiah 51:8, especially LXX.). Either directly or by its larvae, whether the treasure be clothes or food. Or rust. Any power that eats, or corrodes, or wastes (βρῶσις). Doth corrupt; Revised Version, doth consume. "Corrupt" "has now a moral significance, which does not in any degree appertain to the Greek" (Humphry). Ἀφανίζει (ver. 16, note) is here used of the complete change in the appearance or even of the complete destruction caused by these slow but sure enemies of earthly wealth. And where thieves. Before, physical or non-responsible agents; here, human beings. Break through (διορούσουσιν); "dig through" (cf. Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39; cf. Job 24:16, LXX.). Where the houses are so frequently made of mud or sun-burnt bricks, this would be comparatively easy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,.... Meaning either treasures that are of an earthly nature and kind, the more valuable and excellent things of the earth, worldly wealth and riches; or the things and places, in which these are laid up, as bags, chests, or coffers, barns and other treasuries, private or public. Christ here dissuades from covetousness, and worldly mindedness; an anxious care and concern, to hoard up plenty of worldly things for themselves, for time to come, making no use of them at present for the good of others: and this he does, from the nature of the things themselves; the places where they are laid up; the difficulty of keeping them; and their liableness to be corrupted or lost.

Where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal. Garments, formerly, were a considerable part of the treasures of great men, as well as gold and silver; see Job 27:16. So according to the (m) Targumist, Haman is bid to go , "to the king's treasury", and take from thence one of the purple garments, the best, and raiment of the best silk, &c. and these were liable to be eaten with the moth, James 5:2. The word translated rust, does not here signify the rust of metals, as gold and silver; by which there is not so much damage done, so as to destroy them, and make them useless; but whatever corrupts and consumes things eatable, as blasting and mildew in corn, or any sort of vermin in granaries: for gold and silver, or money, with jewels and precious stones, which make a very great part of worldly treasure, seem to be more particularly designed, by what thieves break through into houses for, and carry away. So that here are three sorts of earthly treasures pointed at, which are liable to be corrupted, or taken away: garments, which may be destroyed, and rendered useless for wearing; provisions of things eatable, as all sorts of corn and grain, which may be so corrupted by smut and vermin, as not to be fit for use; and money and jewels, which may be stolen by thieves: so that no sort of worldly riches and treasure is safe, and to be depended on; and therefore it is a great folly and vanity to lay it up, and trust in it.

(m) Targum Sheni. in Esth. vi. 10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Mt 6:19-34. Concluding Illustrations of the Righteousness of the Kingdom—Heavenly-Mindedness and Filial Confidence.

19. Lay not up for ourselves treasures upon earth—hoard not.

where moth—a "clothes-moth." Eastern treasures, consisting partly in costly dresses stored up (Job 27:16), were liable to be consumed by moths (Job 13:28; Isa 50:9; 51:8). In Jas 5:2 there is an evident reference to our Lord's words here.

and rust—any "eating into" or "consuming"; here, probably, "wear and tear."

doth corrupt—cause to disappear. By this reference to moth and rust our Lord would teach how perishable are such earthly treasures.

and where thieves break through and steal—Treasures these, how precarious!

Matthew 6:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Treasures in Heaven
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;…
Cross References
Exodus 22:2
"If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;

Job 24:16
In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.

Proverbs 23:4
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

Matthew 6:20
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 19:21
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Luke 12:21
"This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."

Luke 12:33
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

Luke 12:39
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

Luke 18:22
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

James 5:2
Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
Treasury of Scripture

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Job 31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are …

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Psalm 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches …

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, …

Ecclesiastes 5:10-14 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Luke 12:21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luke 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly …

1 Timothy 6:8-10,17 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content…

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

James 5:1-3 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

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