What exactly does the Bible say about the rich? What does it want men and women of means to do?
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
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. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
1 Peter 5:2
Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried,
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
1 John 3:17
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?
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.