New American Standard Bible
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
King James Bible
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Darby Bible Translation
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust spoils, and where thieves dig through and steal;
World English Bible
"Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;
Young's Literal Translation
'Treasure not up to yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust disfigure, and where thieves break through and steal,
Matthew 6:19 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth - Treasures, or wealth, among the ancients, consisted in clothes or changes of raiment, as well as in gold, silver, gems, wine, lands, and oil. It meant an abundance of "anything" that was held to be conducive to the ornament or comfort of life. As the Orientals delighted much in display, in splendid equipage, and costly garments, their treasures, in fact, consisted much in beautiful and richly-ornamented articles of apparel. See Genesis 45:22, where Joseph gave to his brethren "changes of raiment;" Joshua 7:21, where Achan coveted and secreted "a goodly Babylonian garment." Compare also Judges 14:12. This fact will account for the use of the word "moth." When we speak of "wealth," we think at once of gold, and silver, and lands, and houses. When a Hebrew or an Orientalist spoke of wealth, he thought first of what would make a "display;" and included, as an essential part, splendid articles of dress. The "moth" is a small insect that finds its way to clothes and garments, and destroys them. The "moth" would destroy their apparel, the "rust" their silver and gold; thus all their treasure would waste away. The word rendered "rust" signifies anything which "eats into," and hence, anything which would consume one's property, and may have a wider signification than mere rust.
And where thieves break through and steal - The houses in the East were not unfrequently made of clay hardened in the sun, or of loose stones, and hence it was comparatively easy, as it was not uncommon, for thieves to "dig through" the wall, and effect an entrance in that way. See the notes at Job 24:16.
LibraryJune 16. "Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon" (Matt. vi. 24).
"Ye cannot serve God and Mammon" (Matt. vi. 24). He does not say ye cannot very well serve God and mammon, but ye cannot serve two masters at all. Ye shall be sure to end by serving one. The man who thinks he is serving God a little is deceived; he is not serving God. God will not have his service. The devil will monopolize him before he gets through. A divided heart loses both worlds. Saul tried it. Balaam tried it. Judas tried it, and they all made a desperate failure. Mary had but one choice. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
June 10. "Your Heavenly Father Knoweth Ye have Need" (Matt. vi. 32).
Hearts and Treasures
"If the thief is caught while breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account.
"In the dark they dig into houses, They shut themselves up by day; They do not know the light.
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
"Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
Jump to PreviousBreak Consume Corrupt Destroy Dig Disfigure Dust Earth Force Lay Moth Rust Spoils Steal Store Stores Thieves Treasure Treasures Turned Wealth Wear-And-Tear Weather Worms Yourselves
Jump to NextBreak Consume Corrupt Destroy Dig Disfigure Dust Earth Force Lay Moth Rust Spoils Steal Store Stores Thieves Treasure Treasures Turned Wealth Wear-And-Tear Weather Worms Yourselves
LinksMatthew 6:19 NIV
Matthew 6:19 NLT
Matthew 6:19 ESV
Matthew 6:19 NASB
Matthew 6:19 KJV
Matthew 6:19 Bible Apps
Matthew 6:19 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 6:19 Chinese Bible
Matthew 6:19 French Bible
Matthew 6:19 German Bible
Matthew 6:19 Commentaries