1 Timothy 6:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Timothy 6:17, NIV: "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."

1 Timothy 6:17, ESV: "As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy."

1 Timothy 6:17, KJV: "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;"

1 Timothy 6:17, NASB: "Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy."

1 Timothy 6:17, NLT: "Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment."

1 Timothy 6:17, CSB: "Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy."

What does 1 Timothy 6:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After giving praise to God in the prior two verses, Paul briefly transitions from commands specifically meant for Timothy to how Timothy should instruct wealthy Christians. Wealthy believers are to be reminded not to be overly proud, or arrogant. They should be taught not to put their trust in "the uncertainty of riches." In contrast, they were to set their focus on God, the one who provides all that we have.

Interestingly, Paul notes that God "richly provides us with everything to enjoy." His attitude towards wealth reflected Ecclesiastes 5:19: "Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God." This is the consistent message of the Bible: wealth is not bad, and can be a gift from God. However, it is be used for God's honor rather than to make a person proud. It also comes with its own set of temptations (1 Timothy 6:9–10) and drawbacks (Matthew 19:22–23).