| Quote #4
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. (NRSV 12:22-23)
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. (KJV 12:22-23)
Well, what is the "more"?
| Quote #5
Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NRSV 12:33-34)
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV 12:33-34)
One way to get yourself some heavenly wealth is to distribute earthly wealth to the poor. For more on Jesus's heavenly economics, see our discussion of "Wealth and Poverty" under "Current Hot-Button Issues and Cultural Debates."
| Quote #6
No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. (NRSV 16:13-14)
No servant 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. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. (KJV 16:13-14)
The Pharisees totally miss how this applies to them, but Jesus wants us to ask: who or what is our master? P.S. Like this saying? Check out Carlo Goldoni's A Servant of Two Masters, an old Italian play that's been transformed to the modern stage.