Proverbs 30:8
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8  Keep lies and false words far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches, But provide me with my daily bread,

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ח  שָׁוְא וּדְבַר־כָּזָב הַרְחֵק מִמֶּנִּי רֵאשׁ וָעֹשֶׁר אַל־תִּתֶּן־לִי הַטְרִיפֵנִי לֶחֶם חֻקִּי׃

30:8   Give me neither poverty nor riches

We often think how grateful we would be to have wealth or abundance. This verse points out that often, riches do not lead people to gratitude, but rather to smugness and self-satisfaction. If we have too much of a good thing, we may come to believe we have earned it, and forget Hashem’s hand in our lives. In fact, the Bible warns that forgetting the Lord and attributing one’s wealth to his own power and might is one of the dangers of the blessing of bounty in the Land of Israel (Deuteronomy 8:7-18). Conversely, if we lack something in our lives, we may come to curse God, forgetting He has our best interests at heart. Hence, we should hope to always have just enough for our needs – not to feel the strain of lack, but also not the pride of luxury.

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  • Zayit

    The Master said to his talmidim: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." This teaches us that both the rich and the miserable meet the divine purpose of punishing each other. The rich man will have his greedy effort of life erased, and the thief will be sentenced by the men. And in the end, what is worse, the two will be punished by the Judge.

  • Yes, Hashem knows our needs even before we ask. Many think that wealth is not for the believers, and that if believers gain wealth they will walk away from "The Way" some may but many use the blessing in helping others. I look at the wealth that Avraham received and he built a house with four doors which were opened all the time to feed the hungry and cloth the naked. Wealth, if it becomes your aim, you can loose your way. To me for those who love Yeshua will do all they can to follow His example.

  • I recall another verse, 2 Chronicles 1:11, where King Solomon asked G-d for wisdom instead of wealth, honor, revenge of his enemies, ( he had many as king) or a long life. Because he asked for what was best for his kingdom, G-d delighted in granting his request along with all the rest. If that's not cool as grits, I don't know what is!!! The implications for all those who follow G-d is astounding!!!!!!
    What if we ask this for our "Kingdoms" i.e, are families, our jobs, our friendships….wow!!

  • Prov. 30:8 As “danger and might” are related to success and security in the Land of Israel, we can see that there is a continuum of faith reaching from G-d’s provision for our daily needs to atonement on Yom Kippur and to the ultimate redemption itself, as pointed to by Purim. Along this whole continuum we desire the hand of G-d to not appear too lavish nor too severe in providing what we need, in order that our thanksgiving be perfect, without doubts and without confusion, directed entirely and only to G-d.

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Proverbs 30:8

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