Does the Bible Say that Money Is the Root of All Evil?

The saying "money is the root of all evil" is often accredited to the Bible. Is that what the Bible says though?

The verse being referred to here is 1 Timothy 6:10
"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."

Looking at the verse, we see that a few important words are left out of the commonly heard quote. It is not money itself that is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money that causes so many problems. When people are obsessed with becoming rich or staying rich, they often will do anything and everything in order to increase and protect their wealth, no matter who it hurts.

The love of money does not only affect people who have money, but it also affects those who are poor and desire what others have. This jealousy often causes bitterness.

Lastly, it can become easy to delight and trust in our wealth and what we own rather than in God. We need to remember that God is our provider and He is where we should put our trust. He is also our delight and our joy!