1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith…
For the love of money is the root of all evil. This almost proverbial saying is intended to support the statement of the previous verse.
I. THE LOVE OF MONEY AS A ROOT OF EVIL.
1. The assertion is not concerning money, which, as we have seen, is neither good nor bad in itself, but concerning the love of money.
2. It is not asserted that there are not other roots of evil besides covetousness. This thought was not present to the apostle's mind.
3. It is not meant that a covetous man will be entirely destitute of all virtuous feeling.
4. It means that a germ of all evil lies in one with the love of money; that there is no kind of evil to which a man may net be led through an absorbing greed for money. It is really a root-sin, for it leads to care, fear, malice, deceit, oppression, envy, bribery, perjury, contentiousness.
II. UNHAPPY EFFECTS OF THE LOVE OF MONEY. "Which some having coveted after have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
1. It led to apostasy. They made shipwreck of their Christian principles. They surrendered the faith. The good seed of the Word was choked by the deceitfulness of riches, and, like Demas, they forsook the Word, having loved this present world.
2. It involved the Tangs of conscience, to the destruction of their own happiness. They felt the piercings of that inward monitor who forebodes the future destruction. - T.C.
Parallel VersesKJV: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.