Labour not to be rich
In an immoderate over anxious way and manner, to a weariness, as the word F21 signifies, and even as to gape for breath men ought to labour, that they may have wherewith to support themselves and families, and give to others and: if they can, lay up for their children; but then persons should not toil and weary themselves to heap up riches when they know not who shall gather them and much less make use of indirect and illicit methods to obtain them; resolving to be rich at any rate: rather men should labour for durable riches, lay up treasure in heaven, seek those things which are above, and labour to be accepted of God both here and hereafter; which only is in Christ. The Targum is,
``do not draw nigh to a rich man;''and so the Syriac version; to which agree the Septuagint and Arabic versions; cease from thine own wisdom;
``but by thine understanding depart from him;''the rich man; and to the same purpose the Syriac and Arabic versions.