Filthy lucre

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What is filthy lucre?

The phrase "filthy lucre" includes two ideas gain and filthy or gain that is the result of people who "deal fraudulently". Gain itself is not bad. If you plant a seed you may get many seeds back and there is nothing wrong with that.

The term "filthy lucre" is certainly not the same as "money" besides there all kinds of money. Anything can be money. While some things may be used as money that does not make it Real Money. There is even Debt Money that may involve the idea of filthy lucre.

The apostles were told to take their purse with them, the widow was praised because she gave a mite.

The apostles often used money and Paul and Barnabas both took up collections of money to be used to bring aid to different churches in need saving lives.

Mammon is not money either although some things used as money can create the Mammon of unrighteousness.

So where is this phrase "filthy lucre" actually use and in what context?

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1 Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Filthy lucre is from two words aischros [1] and the word kerdos [2].

The word aischros comes from or is the same as aischunomai[3]

The Corban of the Pharisees was a source of a dishonorable benefit for it made the word of God to none effect. Any benefit that comes from Wantonness or Greed would qualify as filthy Lucre.

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Footnotes

  1. 150 ~αἰσχρός~ aischros \@ahee-skhros’\@ from the same as 153; adj AV-filthy 1; 1 1) filthy, baseness, dishonour
  2. 2771 ~κέρδος~ kerdos \@ker’-dos\@ of uncertain affinity; n n AV-gain 2, lucre 1; 3 1) gain, advantage
  3. 153 ~αἰσχύνομαι~ aischunomai \@ahee-skhoo’-nom-ahee\@ from aischos (disfigurement, i.e. disgrace); v AV-be ashamed 5; 5 1) to disfigure 2) to dishonour 3) to suffuse with shame, make ashamed, be ashamed


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So filthy lucre would be dishonest gain or benefit or a gain or benefits that was obtained dishonorably.