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“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
King James Version (KJV)
¶ No man can serue two masters: for either he will hate the one and loue the other, or else hee will holde to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serue God and Mammon.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original Matthew chapter 6
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- American Standard Version (1901)
No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.
- Basic English Bible
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- Darby Bible
No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
- Douay Rheims Bible
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- Webster's Bible
No man can be the bondservant of two masters; for either he will dislike one and like the other, or he will attach himself to one and think slightingly of the other. You cannot be the bondservants both of God and of gold.
- Weymouth Bible
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon.
- World English Bible
No man may serue tweyn lordis, for ethir he schal hate `the toon, and loue the tother; ethir he shal susteyne `the toon, and dispise the tothir. Ye moun not serue God and richessis.
- Wycliffe Bible
`None is able to serve two lords, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one, and despise the other; ye are not able to serve God and Mammon.
- Youngs Literal Bible
Shaun's comment on 2015-07-26 11:59:06:
be grateful for whatever u have or don't have how my i best serve thee thou will be done i have been in 4 comas 3 my own foolish ways 1 a hammer to the back of my head i took zero with me and brought zero back spread the word acceptance of people places and things not easy his will his time God bless u and yours
Opara's comment on 2015-07-23 22:19:14:
Whatever your soul recognizes most seems to be where your heart is. Serve God wholeheartedly, allow His spirit to lead you and you will leave a focus life in God.
john's comment on 2014-10-11 08:03:46:
God provides...God loves us all as we are, never give up and think we doomed because of our sin. Pray daily and dialogue with our father, confess our sins to him and ask him for strengh so we may turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.Money is a tool or a means to own a home,buy food, etc but the Lord provides if it is his will for our lives. Amen
dharam's comment on 2014-07-10 05:57:58:
Mammon properly defined is worldly wealth. When we serve God he will ensure that all our needs are supplied. When we do our own thing we have to supply our own needs. Remember, what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet lose his own soul.
MockingBird's comment on 2014-07-10 02:42:04:
We are going to serve something. The love of money is the root of all evil. Money is not evil we need money to get by on. The love of the money is the evil. Money is the primary goal for the love of it at what you think it can buy you. Money answereth all things and it will get you up on the ladder in this world. When the money runs out so will your friends . You will love the one and count the other as little as nothing !!!
Olabode's comment on 2014-07-10 01:07:59:
Mammon in this context means 'money ' that is, we cannot serve money and God at the same time. Is either we serve money forget about God or serve God forget about money.But, i will advice you to serve God, he is the giver of all things.
Patrick's comment on 2013-10-26 04:06:18:
When God prompts me to go on a missions trip but I can't because a co-worker already has that time off...at that moment, I realize that I am serving Mammon...yes, I am loving God and despising my job. Now it is up to me to believe for God's wisdom and to find "knowledge of witty inventions" with the ultimate goal of creating enough passive residual income so that I can be financially free, no longer trading my time for money and able to be available every time the Master calls.
Ricky's comment on 2013-09-13 16:52:35:
Tom, I like your comment and agree wholeheartedly!
Jim M's comment on 2013-08-01 09:14:19:
Jesus isn't condemning Money; rather the LOVE of money. You can only serve (LOVE) one Master...
Fiona Carty's comment on 2013-07-24 09:12:46:
Why should we not acknowledge people who excel at their fields, whatever that field. I do not feel it is my place to judge if someone should take money or how much they should take for the sport they play. I believe God is loving and gave us many beautiful gifts in life. I believe one of the gifts he gave us is the ability to take a skill level above that of other creatures and I believe that to truly acknowledge and serve God I need to acknowledge this. I do not believe it is up to me to judge what that person is paid or if their heart is clean in their acceptance of this pay. It is my job in my opinion to ensure that I am settled in my heart with the monies that I receive and that I act in a way personally to honour to God.
Ray's comment on 2013-02-15 20:51:40:
Amen Wayne! It seems to me that the desire for success in this world has seeped into the hearts. We have lost the context of scriptures.
tom's comment on 2013-01-31 08:24:11:
When we do not place God first in our lives, when we do not allow his spirit to rule our thoughts, when we do not apply his word to every choice we make, what are we truly seeking? Seek first the kingdom of God and all this will be added to you. It amazes me how far the world has fallen away, just look around, pride everywhere, entertainment has taken over every aspect of our lives, our idol is the life we live in this flesh. God says love this life and you will lose life, well then the vast majority alive today are dead, and do not even know it. It like a spiders web consisting of every facet of life, all based on the all mighty dollar, the holly wood industry calls it being creative, aka talented, same with the music industry, sports too with their hall of fame, all being paid astronomical amounts of money, and we call them STARS. No one considers themselves lost because they are rich, but just how rich are they? What do you think Jesus thinks about everything I have mentioned? The world is spinning out of control, people really have no concept of what a treasure is, being rich is, FOR WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN (OR WOMAN) IF HE(OR SHE) GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD BUT LOSES HIS SOUL?
Wayne Fisher's comment on 2012-10-08 03:40:11:
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