The First Isaianic Woe!

By Kuyper Abraham

Love of Money

The well-known “Woe unto you’s!” of the prophet Isaiah are six in number, with the “Woe unto you!” against the service of Mammon, i.e., against the love of money, the mania to have and to save, as starting point of national self-weakening.

Of loose capital there was almost none in Isaiah’s days. There was no other great possession thinkable than in fixed goods, i.e., in houses and in lands.

This gave to the first Woe unto you! a peculiar tint.

Just listen. Thus sounded the Woe unto you! against the eagerness for riches: “Woe unto them, that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth” (Is. 5:8) . . . .

c o n t i n u e . . .

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