'Treasure not up to yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust disfigure, and where thieves break through and steal,
Matthew 6:19 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth - What blindness is it for a man to lay up that as a treasure which must necessarily perish! A heart designed for God and eternity is terribly degraded by being fixed on those things which are subject to corruption. "But may we not lay up treasure innocently?" Yes.
1st. If you can do it without setting your heart on it, which is almost impossible: and
2dly. If there be neither widows nor orphans, destitute nor distressed persons in the place where you live.
"But there is a portion which belongs to my children; shall I distribute that among the poor?" If it belongs to your children, it is not yours, and therefore you have no right to dispose of it. "But I have a certain sum in stock, etc.; shall I take that and divide it among the poor?" By no means; for, by doing so, you would put it out of your power to do good after the present division: keep your principal, and devote, if you possibly can spare it, the product to the poor; and thus you shall have the continual ability to do good. In the mean time take care not to shut up your bowels of compassion against a brother in distress; if you do, the love of God cannot dwell in you.
Rust - Or canker, βρωσις, from βρωσκω, I eat, consume. This word cannot be properly applied to rust, but to any thing that consumes or cankers clothes or metals. There is a saying exactly similar to this in the Institutes of Menu: speaking of the presents made to Brahmins, he says, "It is a gem which neither thieves nor foes take away, and which never perishes." Chapter of Government, Institute 83.
Where thieves do not break through - Διορυσσουσι, literally dig through, i.e. the wall, in order to get into the house. This was not a difficult matter, as the house was generally made of mud and straw, kneaded together like the cobb houses in Cornwall, and other places. See Clarke on Matthew 7:27 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job 31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;
Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.
Psalm 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
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 rather to be chosen than silver!
Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail...
Ecclesiastes 5:10-14 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity...
Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath...
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 shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
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 such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you...
James 5:1-3 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...
1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...
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