GOD GIVES INSIGHT TO THOSE WHO FEAR HIM

O you who believe! If you have fear of God, He will give you a criterion [by which to judge between right and wrong] and erase your bad actions from you and forgive you. God's favor is indeed immense. (Qur'an, 8:29)

Old Testament

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10)


NOT HOARDING WEALTH

... As for those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in the Way of God, give them the news of a painful punishment. On the Day it is heated up in the fire of Hell, and their foreheads, sides, and backs are branded with it: "This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you were hoarding!" (Qur'an, 9:34-35)

[He] who has amassed wealth and hoarded it! He thinks his wealth will make him live for ever. No indeed! He will be flung into the Shatterer. And what will convey to you what the Shatterer is? The kindled Fire of God reaching right into the heart. It is sealed in above them in towering columns. (Qur'an, 104:2-9)

God expands provision to anyone He wills and restricts it. They rejoice in the life of this world. Yet the life of this world, compared to the Hereafter, is only fleeting enjoyment. (Qur'an, 13:26)

Those who are tight-fisted with the bounty God has given them should not suppose that that is better for them. No indeed, it is worse for them! What they were tight-fisted with will be hung around their necks on the Day of Rising. God is the inheritor of the heavens and Earth, and God is aware of what you do. (Qur'an, 3:180)

New Testament

[Now listen, you rich people!] Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the Last Days. (James 5:3)

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, Who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17)

Old Testament

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11)

Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath. (Zephaniah 1:18)

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:3-4)

This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, Who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)


SHUNNING AVARICE

God has made a metaphor for them of a man owned by several partners in dispute with one another and another man wholly owned by a single man. Are they the same? Praise be to God! The fact is that most of them do not know. (Qur'an, 39:29)

To mankind the love of worldly appetites is painted in glowing colors: women and children, and heaped-up mounds of gold and silver, and horses with fine markings, and livestock and fertile farmland. All of that is merely the enjoyment of the life of this world. The best homecoming is in the presence of God. (Qur'an, 3:14)

New Testament

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

For the love of money is the root of all evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:10-11)


TO BE HUMBLE

O you who believe! If any of you renounce your religion, God will bring forward a people whom He loves and who love Him, humble to the believers, fierce to the unbelievers, who strive in the Way of God and do not fear the blame of any censurer. That is the unbounded favor of God, which He gives to whoever He wills. God is Boundless, All-Knowing. (Qur'an, 5:54)

...Your God is One God, so submit to Him. Give good news to the humble-hearted. (Qur'an, 22:34)

New Testament

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

Old Testament

Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. (Jeremiah 13:15)

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility... (Zephaniah 2:3)


ARROGANCE ON EARTH LEADS TO DEBASEMENT IN GOD'S PRESENCE

He [God] said: "Descend from Heaven [O Iblis(Satan)]. It is not for you to be arrogant in it. So get out! You are one of the abased." (Qur'an, 7:13)

Do not strut arrogantly about the land. You will certainly never split the land apart nor will you ever rival the mountains in height. (Qur'an, 17:37)

Do not avert your face from people out of haughtiness, and do not strut about arrogantly on the land. God does not love anyone who is vain or boastful. (Qur'an, 31:18)

New Testament

The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)

Old Testament

To the arrogant I say: "Boast no more," and to the wicked: "Do not lift up your horns. Do not lift your horns against Heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck." No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God Who judges: He brings one down, He exalts another. (Psalms 75:4-7)

 

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