Thursday, July 17, 2014

socialist Bible verses: on Proverbs 13:22 and the wealth of the sinner

The always-interesting Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig cited Augustine citing Proverbs 13:22 in Patristics, Property, Modernity. Here's the King James Version:
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
And here's the New International:
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
The versions are not very different, but I want to be as clear as I possibly can when making this point: There is no right to property. The Jewish and Christian obligation is not to think in terms of acquiring wealth for ourselves, but in terms of providing for the righteous and for generations yet to come, the people who seek to tell the truth and to live in peace.