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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:6-12

From the mention of the abuse which some put upon religion, making it to serve their secular advantages, the apostle, I. Takes occasion to show the excellency of contentment and the evil of covetousness. 1. The excellency of contentment, 1 Tim. 6:6-8. Some account Christianity an advantageous profession for this world. In the sense they mean this is false; yet it is undoubtedly true that, though Christianity is the worst trade, it is the best calling in the world. Those that make a trade of... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Timothy 6:9-10

6:9-10 Those who wish to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many senseless and harmful desires for the forbidden things, desires which swamp men in a sea of ruin and total loss in time and in eternity. For the love of money is a root from which all evils spring; and some, in their reaching out after it, have been sadly led astray, and have transfixed themselves with many pains. Here is one of the most misquoted sayings in the Bible. Scripture does not say that money is the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil ,.... Of all the evils before mentioned, and of others; not money itself, as silver and gold, which are God's creatures, and his gifts, and may be used to, and answer many good purposes; but the love of it, and not any love of it; for there may be a lawful love of it, and desire after it, so far as it is requisite to the necessaries of life, to answer the calls of Providence, the duties we owe to God and men, to serve the interest of Christ, and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:10

The love of money is the root of all evil - Perhaps it would be better to translate παντων των κακων , of all these evils; i.e. the evils enumerated above; for it cannot be true that the love of money is the root of all evil, it certainly was not the root whence the transgression of Adam sprang, but it is the root whence all the evils mentioned in the preceding verse spring. This text has been often very incautiously quoted; for how often do we hear, "The Scripture says, Money is the root... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:10

Verse 10 10For the root of all evils is avarice (124) There is no necessity for being too scrupulous in comparing other vices with this. It is certain that ambition and pride often produce worse fruits than covetousness does; and yet ambition does not proceed from covetousness. The same thing may be said of the sins forbidden by the seventh commandment. But Paul’s intention was not to include under covetousness every kind of vices that can be named. What then? He simply meant, that innumerable... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:1-10

I. DUTIES OF CHRISTIAN SLAVES . 1. Toward unbelieving masters . "Let as many as are servants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the Name of God and the doctrine be not blasphemed." Paul had to legislate for a social condition which was, to a considerable extent, different from ours. In the early Christian Churches there were not a few whose social condition was that of slaves. They are pointed to here as being under the yoke as servants. To... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:6-21

The contrast . There is no more effectual way of bringing out the peculiar beauties and excellences of any system or character than by contrasting with it the opposite system or character. Let us do this in regard to the two characters which are here brought before us, and the uses of money by them respectively. I. THE MONEY - LOVER . The love of money sits at the helm of his inner man. It is the spring of all his thoughts, desires, and actions. Observe what is his ruling... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:10

A root for the root, A.V.; all kinds of for all, A.V.; some reaching after for while some coveted after, A.V.; have been led astray for they have erred, A.V.; have pierced for pierced, A.V. Love of money ( φιλαργυρία ); only here in the New Testament, but found in the LXX . and in classical Greek. The substantive φιλάργυρος is found in Luke 16:14 and 2 Timothy 3:2 . A root . The root is better English. Moreover, the following πάντων τῶν κακῶν (not πόλλων κακῶν )... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil - That is, of all kinds of evil. This is evidently not to be understood as literally true, for there are evils which cannot, be traced to the love of money - the evils growing out of ambition, and intemperance, and debasing lusts, and of the hatred of God and of goodness. The expression here is evidently a popular saying - “all sorts of evils grow out of the love of money.” Similar expressions often occur in the classic writers; see Wetstein, in... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Timothy 6:6-10

1 Timothy 6:6-10. But godliness The genuine fear and love of God, and obedience to his will; with contentment The inseparable companion of vital piety; is great gain Brings unspeakable profit in time as well as in eternity, and indeed is the only true abiding gain; for all other gain is perishing. For we brought nothing into this world But were thrown naked upon the indulgent provision which our gracious Creator has been pleased to make for us; and it is certain Whatever treasures... read more

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