Scriptures on Property

So God Created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God Blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over eery living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. – Genesis 1:26-31

You shall not steal. – Exodus 20:15; See also, Lev 19:11; Deut 5:19; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Rom 2:21; Rom 13:9

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house…or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbors. – Exodus 20:17

And Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an alter to the Lord,….” Then Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take … what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” … But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from your for a price….” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. – 2 Samuel 24:21-24

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot among us we will all have on purse” – my son do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. – Proverbs 1:10-19

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go and come again, tomorrow I will give it”, when you have it with you. – Proverbs 3:28

“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts. – Proverbs 20:14

A just balance and scales are the Lord’s… – Proverbs 16:11

Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord. – Proverbs 20:10

A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight. – Proverbs 11:1

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. – Proverbs 20:17

Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor. – Proverbs 28:8

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. – Proverbs 21:6

Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. – Proverbs 22:28

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. – Proverbs 21:13

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. – Proverbs 11:28

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. – Proverbs 23:4

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds… – Proverbs 27:23

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. – Proverbs 10:4

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. – Proverbs 28:19

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children… Prov. 13:22

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth. – Proverbs 11:27

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. – Proverbs 13:4

Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. – Proverbs 19:15

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. – Proverbs 20:4

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. – Proverbs 20:13

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. – Proverbs 13:11

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 28:20

Whoever insults the poor insults his Maker… – Proverbs 17:5

Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the Lord will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them. – Proverbs 22:22-23

Better a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. – Proverbs 19:1

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. – Proverbs 22:1

For it [the Kingdom of Heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid this master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more saying, “master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set your over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, “Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man…so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master answered him, “you wicked and slothful servant! …. you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest… And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  – Matthew 25:14-29