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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 34, August 20, 2000, Article 6

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL 

   Paul Schultz writes: "I found the "Something About Coins" 
   pamphlet interesting, but I think the pamphlet contains and 
   perpetuates a common misquote. It cites the proverb of 
   money as the root of all evil, and goes on to defend its 
   (money's) use. The original quote is from the Bible, and it 
   states that the  LOVE of money is the root of all evil 
   (First letter of Paul to Timothy (i.e.1st Timothy), Chapter 6 
   verse 10.  Here are verses 9 and 10 together to maintain 
   the context: 

   9.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, 
        into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires 
        that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 

  10.  For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is 
         through this craving that some have wandered away 
         from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs. 

   Since this is about 1,950 years old, I think we can probably 
   regard it as the original source of the saying.  Obviously, 
   money is not being called evil here, but the love of it above 
   other things that are more important. The misquote, however, 
   is a very common one, and it leads to a very different meaning 
   which can easily be disputed, like in the pamphlet." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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