New Bible Translation For Gospel of Wealth

4278335002_3e90e703c3_zGospel of Wealth preachers have commissioned a new Bible translation, and one of its notable features is the inserting of the word ‘wealthy’ where the word ‘poor’ had appeared for the past many thousands of years.

Here are some representative passages:

  • Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your wealthy neighbor. (Deuteronomy 15:7)
  • Did I not weep for those whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the wealthy?  (Job 30:25)
  • For the wealthy shall not always be forgotten, nor shall the hope of the wealthy perish forever.  (Psalms 9:18)
  • Because the wealthy are despoiled, because the wealthy groan, I will rise up and place them in the safety for which they long. (Psalms 12:5)
  • God delivers the wealthy when they call. (Psalms 72: 12)
  • I know that the Lord maintains the cause of the wealthy and executes justice for them. (Psalms 140:12)
  • Happy are those who are kind to the wealthy. (Proverbs 14:21)
  • Those who oppress the wealthy insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the wealthy honor Him.  (Proverbs 14:31)
  • Whoever is kind to the wealthy lends to the Lord. (Proverbs 19:17)
  • Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the wealthy. (Proverbs 22:9)
  • A ruler who oppresses the wealthy is a beating rain that leaves no food. (Proverbs 28:3)
  • Speak out, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the wealthy. (Proverbs 31:9)
  • Lord, You have been a refuge to the wealthy. (Isaiah 25:4)
  • Jesus said, If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the money to the wealthy. (Matthew 19:21)
  • Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring good news to the wealthy.  (Luke 4:18)
  • Jesus said, Blessed are you who are wealthy, for yours is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20)

These new renderings come closest to the original meanings of these passages, no doubt. The new work is aptly named the Gospel of Wealth Bible (GWB) and is offered with a kid leather cover and gilt edges.

Without exegetical subterfuge, without irony, and with straight-faced sincerity, Gospel of Wealth preachers may now etch the following GWB motto onto the cornerstone of their churches and the panels of their pulpits:

Jesus said,  ‘Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.’ (Matthew 6:21—unaltered)

 

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