Follow those who do Not Ask for Payment and they are Rightly Guided

For the Gift Blinds the Wise and Perverts the Words of the Righteous

Exodus 23:8, Torah
You will take no gift, for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.

[Sirach 31:5 - 7], Torah
[Thus] he who loves gold will not be justified, and he who follows corruption will have enough thereof.  Gold has been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.  It is a stumblingblock to those who sacrifice to it, and every fool will be taken therewith.

[Shepherd of Hermas 43:11 - 12], Gospel
"[So] hear now," he says, "Concerning the earthly and vain spirit, which has no power but is foolish.  In the first place, that man who seems to have a spirit, exalts himself, and desires to have a chief place, and straightaway he is impudent and shameless and talkative and conversant in many luxuries and in many other deceits and receives money for his prophesying, but if he does not receive, he does not prophesy.  Now can a divine Spirit receive money and prophesy?  It is not possible for a prophet of God to do this, but the spirit of such prophets is earthly."

36:21, Qur'an
[So] follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.

11:28 - 29, Qur'an
[Like Noah, who] said, "O my people have you considered if I should be upon clear evidence from my Lord while He has given me mercy from Himself but it has been made unapparent to you, should we force it upon you while you are averse to it?  And O my people, I ask not of you for it any wealth.  My reward is not but from God.  And I am not one to drive away those who have believed.  Indeed, they will meet their Lord, but I see that you are a people behaving ignorantly."

11:50 - 51, Qur'an
And to 'Aad [We sent] their brother Hud.  He said, "O my people, worship God; you have no god other than Him.  You are not but inventors [of falsehood].  O my people, I do not ask you for it any reward.  My reward is only from the One who created me.  Then will you not reason?"

26:161 - 164, Qur'an
[And] their brother Lot said to them, "Will you not fear God?  Indeed, I am to you a trustworthy messenger.  So fear God and obey me.  And I do not ask you for it any payment.  My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds."

26:142 - 145, Qur'an
[And] their brother Salih said to [Thamud], "Will you not fear God?  Indeed, I am to you a trustworthy messenger.  So fear God and obey me.  And I do not ask you for it any payment.  My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds."

26:176 - 180, Qur'an
[And] Shu'ayb said to [the companions of the thicket], "Will you not fear God?  Indeed, I am to you a trustworthy messenger.  So fear God and obey me.  And I do not ask you for it any payment.  My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds."

6:84 - 90, Qur'an
- Those are the ones whom God has guided [as well as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, David and Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron; Zacharias and John, Jesus and Elijah; and Ishmael, Elisha and Jonah], so from their guidance take an example.  Say, "I ask of you for this message no payment.  It is not but a reminder for the worlds."

23:72 - 74, Qur'an
Or do you ask them for payment?  But the reward of your Lord is best, and He is the best of providers.  And indeed, you invite them to a straight path.  But indeed, those who do not believe in the Hereafter are deviating from the path.

34:46 - 47, Qur'an
[So] say [O Muhammad], "I only advise you of one [thing] - that you stand for God, [seeking truth] in pairs and individually, and then give thought."  Your companion is not possessed by any [devils of] jinn  He is only a warner to you before a severe punishment.  Say, "Whatever payment I might have asked of you - it is yours.  My payment is only from God, and He is, over all things, Witness."

Many of the Scholars and Monks Devour the Wealth of the People Unjustly and Avert them from the Way of God

So Beware of Scribes who Love the Highest Seats and Uppermost Rooms at Feasts and to be Called 'Rabbi'

1 Timothy 6:9 - 11, Gospel
Those who will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

[Shepherd of Hermas 43:13], Gospel
[For the vain spirit] never approaches an assembly of righteous men; but avoids them, and cleaves to the doubtful-minded and empty, and prophesies to them in corners, and deceives them, speaking all things in emptiness to gratify their desires; for they too are empty whom it answers.  For the empty vessel placed together with the empty is not broken, but they agree with one another.

Micah 3:11, Torah
[Thus] the heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money, [and] yet they will lean upon the Lord, and say, "[Is] the Lord not among us?  No evil can come upon us."

Jeremiah 7:8, Torah
[Thus the Lord says, of hosts, the God of Israel,] "Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit.

*Jeremiah 7:10 - 11, Torah
[Will you] come and stand before Me in this House, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations?'  Has this House, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?  Behold, even I have seen [it]," the Lord says.

Jeremiah 7:4, Torah
"[So] do not trust in lying words, saying, 'The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, [are] these.'"

John 2:14, Gospel
[For Jesus] found in the temple, those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.

Luke 19:45, Gospel
And [so] he went into the temple, and began to cast out those who sold therein, and those who bought;

*Matthew 21:13, Gospel
And said to them, "It is written, 'My House will be called the House of prayer;' but you have made it a den of thieves.

Luke 20:46, Gospel
[So] beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts -

Matthew 23:5 - 7, Gospel
[For] they do all their works to be seen of men - they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'

Luke 20:47, Gospel
[And they] devour widows' houses, and make long prayers for a show, the same will receive greater damnation -

9:34, Qur'an
[For] indeed, many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of God -

Isaiah 56:11, Torah
Indeed, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand, they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter.

9:34, Qur'an
[Thus] those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of God - give them tidings of a painful punishment -

8:36 - 37, Qur'an
[For] indeed, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert [people] from the way of God.  So they will spend it; then it will be for them regret; then they will be overcome.  And those who have disbelieved - unto Hell they will be gathered.  [This is] so that God may distinguish the wicked from the good and place the wicked some of them upon others and heap them all together and put them into Hell.  It is those who are the losers -

[Shepherd of Hermas 103:2], Gospel
[Whereby among them are those] priests who exercised their office [in] ill, and plundered the livelihood of widows and orphans, and made gain for themselves from the ministrations which they had received to perform.  [And] if they then abide in the same evil desire, they are dead and there is no hope of life for them; but if they turn again and fulfill their ministrations in purity, it will be possible for them to live.

Taste what you used to Hoard

Their Rust will be a Witness Against you, for you have Heaped Treasure Together for the Last Days

3:180, Qur'an
Let not those who [greedily] withhold what God has given them of His bounty ever think that it is better for them.  Rather, it is worse for them.  Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection.  And to God belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth.  And God, with what you do, is [fully] Acquainted.

James 5:1 - 3, Gospel
[So] go now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that will come upon you.  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver are cankered; and their rust will be a witness against you, and will eat your flesh as it were fire.  You have heaped treasure together for the Last Days -

9:35, Qur'an
The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, [it will be said], "This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard."

Luke 16:23 - 24, Gospel
[So] in Hell [the rich man] lifts up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cries and says, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."

7:50, Qur'an
And [so] the companions of the Fire will call to the companions of Paradise, "Pour upon us some water or from whatever God has provided you."  They will say, "Indeed, God has forbidden them both to the disbelievers."

Luke 16:27 - 28, Gospel
Then he said, "I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, unless they also come into this place of torment."

23:99 - 100, Qur'an
[For such is the state of the disbelievers], until, when death comes to one of them, he says, "My Lord, send me back that I might do righteousness in that which I left behind."  No!  It is only a word he is saying; and behind them is a barrier until the Day they are resurrected.

Luke 16:26, Gospel
[So Abraham said to the rich man,] "Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that they who would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, those who [would come] from there."

35:37, Qur'an
[But] they will [continue to] cry out therein, "Our Lord, remove us; we will do righteousness - other than what we were doing!"  But did We not grant you life enough for whoever would remember therein to remember, and the warner had come to you?  So taste [the punishment], for there is not for the wrongdoers any helper.

Luke 16:29, Gospel
[Thus] Abraham says to him, "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."

Luke 16:30 - 31, Gospel
[But the rich man] said, "No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent."  And he said to him, "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rose from the dead."

6:111, Qur'an
[For] even if We had sent down to them the angels [with the message] and the dead spoke to them and We gathered together every [created] thing in front of them, they would not believe unless God should will.  But most of them, [of that], are ignorant.

9:55, Qur'an
So let not their wealth or their children impress you.  God only intends to punish them through them in worldly life and that their souls should depart [at death] while they are disbelievers.

63:10 - 11, Qur'an
[So] spend [in the way of God ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, "My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous."  But never will God delay a soul when its time has come.  And God is Acquainted with what you do.

64:16, Qur'an
So fear God as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of God]; it is better for yourselves.  And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul - it is those who will be the successful.

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