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Can disobedience to God’s Word bring financial loss?

Tracing Financial Loss to Violations of God’s Word
far-reaching consequences for personal sins

Financial losses can be consequences of selfish attitudes, immorality, a lack of diligence, or other failures, such as we find described in the following proverbs.

  • Forsaking wisdom and succumbing to immorality

    “My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: that thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. . . . Remove thy way far from her [an immoral woman], and come not nigh the door of her house: lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labors be in the house of a stranger” (Proverbs 5:1–2, 8–10).

  • Slothfulness

    “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 6:9–11).

  • Wickedness

    “The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:3).

  • Failing to be diligent

    “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich” (Proverbs 10:4).

  • Co-signing a note

    “Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure” (Proverbs 11:15, ESV).

  • Having a stingy attitude

    “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24).

  • Provoking your family to anger

    “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind” (Proverbs 11:29).

  • Getting money without labor

    “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase” (Proverbs 13:11).

  • Refusing to listen to reproofs

    “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored” (Proverbs 13:18).

  • Talking too much

    “In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury” (Proverbs 14:23).

  • Idleness

    “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger” (Proverbs 19:15).

  • Rejecting the cry of the poor

    “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13).

  • Loving pleasure, wine, and oil

    “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich” (Proverbs 21:17).

  • Oppressing the poor and giving to the rich

    “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want” (Proverbs 22:16).

  • Drunkenness and gluttony

    “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags” (Proverbs 23:21).

  • Charging usury on loans

    “He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor” (Proverbs 28:8).

  • Following vain persons

    “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough” (Proverbs 28:19).

  • Trying to get rich quickly

    “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22).

This material was adapted from page 91 of the Men’s Manual, Volume II.

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