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Matthew 25:14-30 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. ...

Ecclesiastes 11:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.

Proverbs 24:27 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Luke 19:11-27 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. ...

Luke 6:38 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Matthew 25:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

1 Corinthians 14:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Luke 19:1-48 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” ...

Luke 12:33-34 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 25:19 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

Matthew 25:1-46 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

Proverbs 28:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 28:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 22:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 16:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 13:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

1 John 3:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

1 John 2:15-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

James 4:13-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

James 2:26 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James 1:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

1 Corinthians 12:1-31 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; ...

Romans 12:6-8 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Luke 19:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Luke 16:1-31 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ...

Luke 14:28-30 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Mark 12:41-44 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 8:36 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Matthew 25:30 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 25:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.

Matthew 25:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

Matthew 25:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Matthew 24:44 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:42 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:1-25:46 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ...

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ...

Matthew 22:1-46 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, ...

Matthew 6:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

Malachi 3:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Malachi 3:1-18 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. ...

Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Proverbs 30:24-25 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 21:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Psalm 112:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest. You may charge a foreigner interest, but you may not charge your brother interest, that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

Leviticus 19:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.

Genesis 41:34-36 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

Genesis 6:1-22 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ...

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

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