no man can serve two masters

it is impossible to pursue two goals that oppose each other
—My friend wants to move to Hollywood to become a famous pop singer, but he also wants to keep his small-town values. I don’t think he can do both. No man can serve two masters.

While teaching about wealth and possessions, Jesus said,

No one can serve two masters [No man 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 [mammon]. (Matthew 6:24)

Mammon comes from an Aramaic word meaning “riches.” (Aramaic was the common language of the Jewish people in Jesus’ day.) Today, mammon means “wealth that causes corruption.”

Advertisements
Comments are closed.
  • All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://bible.org. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

    Scripture in brackets is from the King James Bible.

  • Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed by Craig Thompson under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

    Any reproduction of this content using passages from the NET Bible must follow NET Bible's copyright policy for use of those passages.

    For information on creating translations of Putting Words in Our Mouths, please go here.

  • Visit My Blog: Clearing Customs

    Hackneys, Mews, and a Trap-Pumping Mouse (you’ll, uh, see what I mean)

    So after a long hiatus, I went back to the Bellerby and Co. Globemakers’ website (I’ve written about them here and here), and I saw they’d posted a Great Big Story video that CNN had made about them. It’s a cool video, but what really caught my attention was Bellerby’s address posted on the outside of their […]

    Steps, 2, 3, 4

    “The World’s Longest Staircase Is in Switzerland” In 1910, a funicular railway was completed from the village of Mülenen up to the peak [of Mount Niesen in the Swiss Alps]. . . . But more interesting than the funicular, in my opinion, is what runs up the mountain right alongside it: a two-mile staircase with […]

  • Advertisements