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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT:    'POWERFUL PEOPLE'

[Scripture in red indicates wisdom or instruction from our Savior and God's only Son, Jesus Christ.]

Deuteronomy 8: 10-18 Thank God for what He has given you. Be careful when you have achieved wealth or stature. Do not become proud or forget your God. He provided everything for you. You did nothing yourself. If you forget your God or follow other gods, you will be destroyed

1 Samuel 12: 20-21 Serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.

1 Chronicles 29: 11-14 Everything in the heavens and on earth is God's. Riches and honor come from God alone. It is at God's discretion that people are made great and given strength. Everything we have comes from Him.

2 Chronicles 1: 11 Learning from the prayer of Solomon: When you pray, ask for wisdom and knowledge. Pray to understand and help achieve what God wants, rather than what you want.

Job 8: 11-19 The hope of those who forget God comes to nothing. Everything they count on will collapse, as if they were leaning on a spider web. When the godless are gone, they aren't even missed. Others simply replace them.

Job 36: 18-19 Don't be seduced by wealth. Don't let yourself be bribed into sin.

Psalms 24: 1 The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it is His. All the people are His, and all of their talents are gifts from Him. All good fortune and success comes from Him.

Psalms 37: 7-14 Don't worry about evil people who prosper. Don't envy others. It only leads to harm. The wicked will disappear, and those who are gentle will possess the land. They will live in prosperous security.

Psalms 37: 16-24 It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and possess much. The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Psalms 39: 4-7 Lord, remind me how brief my time is here. All of our busy rushing ends in nothing. Fame dies quickly, and we merely build up wealth for someone else to spend. Our one hope is in the Lord. Nothing else really matters.

Psalms 49: 10-20 People who boast of their wealth don't understand that they will die like animals, taking nothing with them. God will snatch the righteous from the power of death.

Psalms 52: 7 Those who trust in their own power and wealth rather than trusting in God will continue to grow more bold in their wickedness. Inevitably, they will be destroyed.

Psalms 62: 9-12 The gain of fame and material goods on earth are nothing in God's eyes. Don't get rich dishonestly. And don't make wealth the center of your life. Everything belongs to God, and He will judge people according to what they have done.

Psalms 73: 2-20 Don't envy the proud and prosperous. God has put them on a slippery path of testing. Their life is only a dream that will disappear when they awake.

Psalms 73: 27 Those who desert God, thinking that they succeed on their own, will perish.

Psalms 92: 5-7 Only a fool would not see God's miracles. Although the wicked flourish and evildoers blossom with success, there is only eternal destruction ahead for them.

Psalms 138: 6 Though the Lord is great, He cares for the humble, but He keeps His distance from the proud.

Psalms 146: 3-5 Don't put your faith in powerful people; there is no help for you there. In a moment, their plans will come to an end. But happy are those who have almighty God as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord.

Proverbs 1: 10-19 If sinners entice you, turn your back, and don't throw in your lot with them. Sinners set a trap for themselves and booby-trap their own lives. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for gain. It ends up robbing life.

Proverbs 11: 4 Riches won't help on the day of judgment.

Proverbs 11: 18 Evil people can get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last forever.

Proverbs 11: 28 Trust in your money, and down you go! But the godly will flourish like leaves in spring.

Proverbs 16: 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver!

Proverbs 16: 32 It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to have self-control than to be overbearing.

Proverbs 19: 4 Wealth makes many 'friends,' but poverty drives them away.

Proverbs 19: 6 Many beg favors from a wealthy or popular person. Everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts or special favors.

Proverbs 22: 1 Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than wealth.

Proverbs 22: 2 The rich and poor have this in common; the Lord made them both.

Proverbs 22: 4 True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor and long life.

Proverbs 23: 1-3 When mingling with a rich or powerful person, think carefully why he is treating you so well. Deception may be involved.

Proverbs 23: 4-5 Don't worry about becoming rich, for riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird.

Proverbs 25: 6-7 Do not give the appearance of being superior to those over you, for it is better to be invited to a higher position by your superior than to be forced to a lower standing in front of your peers.

Proverbs 28: 6 It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked.

Proverbs 28: 20 The person who wants to get rich quick will only get into trouble.

Proverbs 28: 22 A greedy person tries to get rich quick, but it only leads to poverty.

Proverbs 29: 13 The rich and the poor have this in common - the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

Proverbs 30: 8 Keep me in my place. Help me never to tell a lie. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.

Ecclesiastes 5: 10 Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness!

Ecclesiastes 5: 11 The more money you have, the more people will come to help you spend it.

Ecclesiastes 5: 13-15 People who live only for wealth come to the end of their lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day they were born.

Ecclesiastes 6: 9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have.

Ecclesiastes 10: 5-7 People in high positions make a costly error if they give fools great authority and if they fail to give people of proven worth their rightful place of dignity.

Isaiah 50: 10-11 Those who do not fear the Lord but rely only on themselves, thinking they have achieved everything without the Lord's help, will soon lie down in great torment.

Jeremiah 9: 23-24 Never boast about wisdom, might nor riches. Boast only that you truly know the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that the Lord delights in these things.

Jeremiah 12: 1-5 Why do the wicked prosper? Why are evil people so happy? But the Lord asks: Why is that a problem? How does that affect you? Why does it matter? The Lord will abandon all who disobey Him. Worship and trust in the Lord.

Jeremiah 17: 5-8 Cursed are those who trust in mere humans and turn away from the Lord. They have no hope for the future. But blessed are those who have made the Lord their hope and confidence. Their roots run deep.

Jeremiah 17: 9-11 The Lord searches all hearts and examines secret motives. He gives people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Sooner or later, those who get their wealth by unjust means will lose their riches and become poor old fools.

Daniel 2: 20-22 God alone has all wisdom and power. God alone determines the course of the world's events. God alone knows the future. God alone grants wisdom and knowledge. To fulfill His will, God alone decides who will rise and who will fall.

Habakkuk 2: 4-5 Look at the proud! They trust only in themselves, and their lives are crooked. Wealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. The greedy are never satisfied.

Habakkuk 2: 9 How terrible it will be for those who get rich by unjust means!

Malachi 3: 14-18 You may wonder why those who do evil get rich and why those who dare God to punish them go free of harm. God thinks in ways different from us. Those who fear God will one day see the difference between those who serve God and those who don't.

Matthew 6: 19-21 Jesus said, 'Don't store up treasures here on earth. Store your treasures in Heaven, and they will always be yours. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.' [Whatever is your focus, that is where your heart will be.]

Matthew 6: 24 No one can serve two masters, for you will hate one and love the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 19: 16-26 Jesus said to a rich man who asked how he could have eternal life, 'Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Humanly speaking though, it is impossible to be saved, but with God, all things are possible.'

Matthew 20: 23 Jesus said to His disciples, 'Those in power lord it over the people beneath then. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant. I came here to serve others and to give My life as a ransom for many.'

Mark 10: 17-27 Jesus said to a rich man who asked how he could have eternal life, 'Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Humanly speaking though, it is impossible to be saved, but with God, all things are possible.'

Mark 10: 42-45 Jesus said to His disciples, 'Those in power lord it over the people beneath then. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant. I came here to serve others and to give My life as a ransom for many.'

Luke 6: 24-26 Jesus said, 'What sorrows await you who are rich or are satisfied and prosperous or laugh carelessly or are praised by crowds, for you have your only happiness now. Even false prophets have been praised.'

Luke 9: 23-25 Jesus said, 'Put aside your selfish ambitions and follow Me. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life, you will find true life. For what if you gain the whole world but forfeit your soul?'

Luke 10: 21 Jesus said, 'God hides the truth from those who think themselves wise and clever. God reveals the truth to the childlike.'

Luke 11: 41-42 Jesus said to the Pharisees, 'Give to the needy what you greedily possess, and you will be clean all over. Tithe as you do, but don't leave undone the more important things.'

Luke 12: 13-21 Jesus said of hoarding, 'What good are earthly possessions? You could die this very night. Then who would get it all? A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth and not have a rich relationship with God.'

Luke 12: 34 Jesus said, 'Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.' Whatever is your focus, that is where your heart will be. Make the Kingdom of Heaven your primary concern.

Luke 16: 11-13 Jesus said, 'No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.'

Luke 16: 15 Jesus said that although a person may look good in public, God knows the evil heart. Jesus said, 'What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God.'

Luke 18: 18-27 Jesus said to a rich man who asked how he could have eternal life, 'Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Humanly speaking though, it is impossible to be saved, but with God, all things are possible.'

Luke 22: 24-27 As His disciples began to argue at the Last Supper who was greater, Jesus said, 'Among you (His followers), those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.' Jesus, the Master, served His disciples.

John 15: 18-25 Jesus said that if you reject worldly things and follow Him, the world will hate you. This is evidenced by the mocking of Christians who are true to their faith.

Romans 2: 28-29 We are not saved because of a birthright or physical connection with God, but by our change of heart produced by God's spirit. Whoever has that kind of change seeks praise from God, not from people.

Romans 12: 1-2 Serve God in everything you do. Don't aspire to worldly things, and don't copy the behavior and customs of this world. Rather, be your own person. Let God transform the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.

1 Corinthians 1: 26-29 God chose: things the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise; the powerless to shame the powerful; things despised to make meaningless what the world considers important. He did this so that no one can boast in God's presence.

1 Corinthians 7: 29-32 Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God's work. Make good use of the things of the world without becoming attached to them, for this world will pass away. In everything you do, be free from the concerns of this life.

Galatians 5: 16-24 Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh.

Galatians 5: 26 Seeking honor and popularity only leads to jealousy and hard feelings.

Ephesians 5: 5 You can be sure that no immoral or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of God, for a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world.

Colossians 3: 5-7 In a new life with Christ, fill your mind with pure and heavenly thoughts. Don't be greedy for the material things in life, for that is idolatry. God's terrible anger will come upon those who do such things.

1 Timothy 6: 6-10 Great wealth is being content in your Christian faith. We didn't bring anything into this world, and we cannot take anything with us when we die. A desire to be rich leads into temptation and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evil.

2 Timothy 2: 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Hebrews 12: 16-17 Don't risk losing God's blessing by surrendering to the temptations of earthly pleasures, like Esau, who traded his birthright to Jacob for a single meal.

Hebrews 13: 5 Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.' That is why we can say, 'The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'

James 1: 9-11 Christians who are poor should be glad. God honors the poor and humbles the rich. Wealth and earthly achievements will fade away, but spiritual health endures forever.

James 4: 1-4 Jealousy and envy cause unrest, making you an enemy of God. You want what you don't have, yet you don't ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don't get it because your whole motive is wrong. You want only what gives you earthly pleasure.

James 5: 1-6 For those who have acquired their wealth by cheating others, their riches will stand as evidence against them of the day of judgment.

2 Peter 3: 11-13 At the end of the world, everything around us is going to melt away in flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world where everyone is right with God.

1 John 2: 15-17 Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. This world is fading away, along with everything it craves.

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Note to Readers: This is a condensed representation derived from several versions of the Christian Bible. Scripture and other information are presented here so readers can refer to and interpret the same passages in their preferred versions.
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