I read this verse in the Bible maybe a few years ago. But I only realized the true meaning of it recently. Don’t believe me? Here’s the evidence, in different Bible versions.Ecclesiastes 10:19
“A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.” – NIV
“Laughter and bread go together, And wine gives sparkle to life — But it’s money that makes the world go around.” – The Message Bible
“[Instead of repairing the breaches, the officials] make a feast for laughter, serve wine to cheer life, and [depend on tax] money to answer for all of it.” – Amplified Bible
“Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.” – NASB
“”Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.” – ESV
Whether you are aware of it or not, like it or not, money does indeed makes the world go around. Think about how many decisions you make in a day that revolve around whether to spend money or keep it. This may seem uncomfortable to talk about, but as we live in a modern world where we make decisions every day, whether big or small, and how limited the formal education really is about money and finances, isn’t it time to think about your finances and budgeting once and for all?
Is there someone you know asking for help and that he or she would like to borrow money from you?
If only the Catholic Church discussed this up in one of the Sunday masses, people would be in a much better place about money. I mean, the difference between Christian and Catholic churches is the idea that God wants us to be prosperous, happy, and spiritual at the same time. There are many people in the Bible who are rich and prosperous, yet they pray to God and acknowledge Him for giving them the ability to become wealthy. Notable people in the Bible include Abraham, David, Solomon, Job.
I am aware though of other Biblical scriptures that warn against worshiping money and making money our sole focus in our lives instead of focusing our eyes on God, the Universe, or a Higher Power. Because the fact is, money is actually merely a tool invented primarily to replace barter as a way of exchanging goods in the old days. Many people will say that money is good or bad, but actually it’s us people who put meaning and emotion into money. It is neither good nor bad. What we really are on the inside will be magnified when it comes to handling, keeping, saving, spending, investing money. It’s in our intentions behind money that will determine whether our intentions and actions are good or bad.