Solomon’s Proverbs: Money

Everyone needs money, and most could use more left over after paying the bills! King Solomon was incredibly rich, and he gave inspired advice to his children and citizens to be financially wise. Some of his rules for success are well known, but others are not taught in any business school. If you want to make the most of your labor and income, then read on.

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Money Proverbs of Solomon: Audio Commentaries


Proverbs 10:4

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:
but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”

Before you can save or invest money, you must earn it. Solomon emphasized diligence as a key to financial success. A lazy person will be poor, and most poor are relatively lazy. But the labors of the diligent man will acquire riches.

Proverbs 13:23

“Much food is in the tillage of the poor:
but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.”

Is the idiom true, A fool and his money are soon parted? It is, and it was. Solomon saw the poor gather large harvests, but they never had anything left at the end of the year. Their lack of financial judgment cost them their income.

Proverbs 21:20

“There is treasure to be desired and oil
in the dwelling of the wise;
but a foolish man spendeth it up.”

A man who works hard, saves some of all income, and restrains his spending will have an estate. But a fool cannot resist the urge to blow his income on things he does not need. He will never have an estate or anything nice in life.

Proverbs 11:24

“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth;
and there is that withholdeth more than is meet,
but it tendeth to poverty.”

A great way to get ahead is to give your money away! It is true! Business schools are not smart enough to know it, but Solomon did. If you stingily hold back to protect assets, you will lose; if you throw it away, you will prosper!

Proverbs 14:15

“The simple believeth every word:
but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”

Bernie Madoff made off with $50 billion of other’s money. The next Bernie may scam you, unless you learn to think critically. Solomon knew more about frauds and hoaxes than any man, and he gave a simple rule to protect you.

Proverbs 11:15

“He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it:
and he that hateth suretiship is sure.”

Most financial loss and risk can be avoided, if you are strict about your commitments. Risk is the danger of something else taking your money from you. But you can be sure in your estate, if you hate the right things that Solomon teaches.

Proverbs 30:25

“The ants are a people not strong,
yet they prepare their meat in the summer;”

Saving money is not just a good idea or possible use of income. It is a commandment of God, and He created a little creature to teach you the lesson – the ant! They work hard all summer, and they save much food for winter.

Proverbs 21:17

“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:
he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

Are you a spendthrift? You cannot prosper. It is not the high cost of living hurting you, but rather the cost of high living. Stop spending beyond your income. Wise men do not spend all they make, but fools do and die poor.

Proverbs 3:9

“Honour the LORD with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

You can honor God by obedience, worship, prayer, and singing. But you can also do it by firstfruits giving (no other kind will work). If you put Him first this way, He will put you first in line for financial blessings. Read it.

Proverbs 12:11

“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread:
but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”

Hard work works! Talking about a business opportunity does not! Called multi-level marketing or direct sales, they rely on rah-rah meetings to get you to buy overpriced products in hope you might become a millionaire.

Proverbs 14:4

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”

You have to spend money to make money. If you have heard this before, it was taken from this proverb. Wise men invest savings in income-producing assets to leverage their ability and time to get ahead faster than others.

Proverbs 28:22

“He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye,
and considereth not that poverty
shall come upon him.”

Slow down! Especially with money! Haste makes waste! God and Solomon order you to slow down, because ambitious and impulsive decisions reveal a covetous and greedy man, and poverty is coming to those hasty to be rich.

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