In a recent post I wrote about 1 Timothy 6:10, where St. Paul tells us that the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Again, as I did in that post, I must stress that Paul says the LOVE of money.
So today I thought I would follow up with a post that deals with the three verses which precede 1 Timothy 6:10.
1 Timothy 6:6-9
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
In these three verses St. Paul confirms what King Solomon had said thousands of years prior to Saul’s conversion to Paul.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
At which he toils under the sun?
Or better yet, the one phrase that King Solomon wrote numerous times in his book of Proverbs:
…all is vanity and striving after wind.
Both King Solomon, an Old Testament guy, and Paul, a New Testament guy, understood the total unimportance of worldly gains. They knew the sheer folly in the love of money, wealth and material gain. They understood how this leads to covetousness and sin.
King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:24: There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.
And St. Paul further explains this life lesson in 1 Timothy 6:6-8: But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
If Solomon were around to hear Paul say this I’m sure he would say, “Amen, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.”
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