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. (NIV)
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. (KJV)
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.(NASB)
1 Timothy 6:10Commentary
Paul ridicules the idea that God is in the business of dispensing material gain in exchange for spiritual cooperation (1 Tim. 6:5). That launches him into a discussion of money that modern believers would do well to study carefully, given the emphasis on money in our culture.
Paul warns us strongly against "the love of money" (1 Tim. 6:10). But let's be sure we interpret his words correctly. He does not say that money itself is evil. Neither does he say that money is the fundamental root of evil, or that money lies at the root of every evil. Rather, the love of money (something inside people, not money itself) can be a root (but not the only root) of all kinds of evil (but not of all evil).
But don't let those qualifications soften the blow: people who love money are vulnerable to all kinds of evil, the worst of which, Paul points out, is straying from the faith. Given this danger, believers should avoid greed.
Thomas Nelson Publishers: What Does the Bible Say About-- : The Ultimate A to Z Resource Fully Illustrated. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, 2001 (Nelson's A to Z Series), S. 271
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