Matthew 6:19-24

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 1"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where 2moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves 3break in and steal,
20 4but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 5"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
23 6but if 7your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 8"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and 9money.[b]

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Matthew 6:19-24 In-Context

17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Cross References 9

  • 1. Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:21, 33, 34; Luke 18:22; 1 Tim. 6:9, 10, 17-19; Hebrews 13:5
  • 2. James 5:2, 3
  • 3. Matthew 24:43
  • 4. [See ver. 19 above]
  • 5. Luke 11:34, 35
  • 6. [See ver. 22 above]
  • 7. Matthew 20:15; Deuteronomy 15:9; Proverbs 28:22
  • 8. Luke 16:13; [Romans 6:16; James 4:4]
  • 9. Luke 16:9, 11, 13

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or worm; also verse 20
  • [b]. Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions
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