Money Answers All Things

08 Jun

Ecclesiastes 10:19, “… But money answereth all things.”

Ever have someone say something to you and it doesn’t sit well?  I have and I hate to admit it but this is one of those “somethings”.  It wasn’t just anyone who said it.  It was spoken by King Solomon but inspired by God.  The problem with this is that when just anybody says something I don’t like, I can dismiss it but this isn’t just anybody. This is the One who loves me and if He saw fit to include this in His Word for my life, then I can’t live without it, now can I?

With that in mind, I began searching.  God, how can you say this? 

When I pulled in my driveway last night and shut the car off, I sat there, seat belt on and wrestling. 

I was prompted (with this question screaming in the background), to read Psalm 49:6-20…

Those who trust in their wealth 
And boast in the multitude of their riches, 
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, 
Nor give to God a ransom for him— 
For the redemption of their souls is costly
And it shall cease forever– 
That he should continue to live eternally, 
And not see the Pit. 

For he sees wise men die; 
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, 
And leave their wealth to others. 
Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever
Their dwelling places to all generations
They call their lands after their own names
Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;  
He is like the beasts that perish. 

This is the way of those who are foolish
And of their posterity who approve their sayings.Selah 
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; 
Death shall feed on them; 
The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; 
And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling. 
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, 
For He shall receive me.Selah 

Do not be afraid when one becomes rich
When the glory of his house is increased
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; 
His glory shall not descend after him. 
Though while he lives he blesses himself 
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself), 
He shall go to the generation of his fathers
They shall never see light. 
A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, 
Is like the beasts that perish.

Clearly, money does not answer all things.  It doesn’t. 

I know God doesn’t contradict Himself.  A lie cannot be in Him. 

So, God, how can you say this?

Money, in the context of this passage, is the Hebrew word keceph, meaning silver from it’s pale color, money or price.

Price.  It speaks of value and worth and induces consideration.

So, could we then interpret Ecclesiastes 10:19 like this?  “There is a price for all things.”

Digging a little deeper, the Hebrew word money, keceph is rooted in the word kacaph, which means to pine after, long for, to fear or desire.

Is it safe to perhaps interpret a little further?

Desire determines the “things” we have.  Are we willing to pay the price?

There is a personal standard that each of us set, whether knowingly or not, the worth of a “thing”.  In fact, even society sets certain standards.  If it meets our standards, we give to it. 

For example, say I’m a millionaire and I am looking for a particular car.  Not a brand new one.  This one’s a bit dated.  I find that car and the book price (the standard) is $4,500 but the asking price is $7,000. 

Just because I’m a millionaire doesn’t mean that I should foolishly invest and pay that kind of price for something, when it is not worth that much.  That’s wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 & 12 says,  Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun.  For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.

Luke 14:28-30 speaks to this end.

 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

There is a cost that must be counted.  What’s beautiful is that Jesus was warning them that we must take into consideration the complete work, the whole matter. 

Not coincidentally, the word “all”, that is seemingly insignificant; that one little word that we take for granted that we know what it means.  It means, just what Jesus was trying to get at.  All means the whole, to make perfect and complete.

Money does answer all things.  Consider the cost.  What is it worth to you?  What is it worth to God?


Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Money, Wisdom


21 responses to “Money Answers All Things

  1. Melissa Flores

    June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love your exegesis of this passage. “Contradictions” make us dig for truth, causing things to spring forth. Thank you for revelating this so carefully, it’s new and wonderful to me.

  2. Melvin Kaabwe (@Kaabwe)

    March 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, this troubled me as well. I heard it and felt, at first blush that it was an exoneration for greed. Then I looked at the wjole of Ecclesiastes and the message was that all things are vanity except one true thing. All things pass away, even money…except one thing which grants eternal reward. So in the context of Ecclesiastes (all things are vanity) this verse makes perfect sense. You cannot serve God and Mammon simultaneously as Jesus said. So in this context, the verse “fits” in an explanation of what happens here on Earth which we know is the place of men who are sinful by nature…But I like your explanation better!:)

    • Kimberly

      July 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I like your explanation thank you. I came to this page because when I hear others quote this scripture it seemed out of context. I am compelled to search it further based on what you shared.
      Thanks for sharing


    August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am


  4. Heath

    February 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Good article. These things make us search. While I do agree with you I would like to add something to it. I believe the way a person handles finances speaks volumes of their character. A person that borrows money and takes vacations on credit cards, but is loosing the house because the mortgage isn’t being paid has zero business preaching and telling others how to live. I’ve known them to have bad credit and bad reputations from manipulating funds and cheating in business while hiding behind the vial of ministry. I do believe that this would certainly be a meaning . I have tried to do work for my pastor and donate or give a discount. He asked me, “what do you normally charge?” When I tell him, he says, “thats what I’m paying you”.

    • Stacey Blubaugh

      February 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Your pastor sounds like a wonderful, Godly example of what you are sharing. I would guess he is a very blessed man. And yes, I certainly agree on this aspect as well. Money speaks volumes about our character. Thanks for reading!

  5. Damion

    May 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm


    I like your explanation, as i like others have struggled with this verse. The problem i run into is that the word Keceph is used 4 additional times in Eccl. (2:8, 5:10, 7:12, 12:6) and its not translated into “price”. Do you have any thoughts on that? thanks!


    • Stacey Blubaugh

      June 12, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Damion, thanks for reading and engaging me to look into this a bit more. I’ve read through those particular passage and indeed, keceph could be applied as actual sliver or money in all of those, rather than price. In the verse mentioned above however, price seemed most applicable to me. The “cost” will answer all things. How much is it worth to us? Ecclesiastes 5:10 could also coincide with such a thought process. If the price is too high for the things which money can buy, and we indebt ourselves to it… we will never have enough. We live in a world riddled with inflation, unfortunately and in which the economic systems have turned upside down. Because of debt, many are not satisfied with their income. I hope that answers your question but believe me, I’m not the end all on this subject! No scripture is of private interpretation. It’s for all of us to discover together!

      • Damion

        August 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        I just read your reply, thanks again for sharing!

  6. swansparkle

    June 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    i really love this article….thank you
    read too

  7. Tony

    June 30, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I like to see that people still have a sense of truth within themselves. For many read and just accept regardless how they feel. Although are feeling can be confusing and even not true at times ultimate truth still exist within, (God exist within us).

    My take on this verse was this….

    Although the verse says “….money answereth all things.”, when put into proper context by reading some verses before it and after it, they seem to be showing the different between Wisdom & Folly. And as we review that verse (Ecclesiastes 10:19) starts off referring to the ladder…folly. it states
    ” A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.” (New International Version) But verse 10:17 tell us that food & drink is for strength. Strength for the body is the reason we eat and drink. That is its purpose.

    The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure.

    Lesson…. “Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

    • Stacey Blubaugh

      June 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Amen! Thanks for the insight!

    • Pastor Iris Lovelace

      October 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      This was great. I love it when we dig deeper into the scriptures. Great insight and I agree.

  8. Lesego Dlamini

    August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Great article. I liked this part: “There is a price for all things. Desire determines the “things” we have. Are we willing to pay the price?”. I t made my day. Nothing is impossible if my ways are committed to the Lord. Life without wisdom is dead. Thank you for sharing your hard earned wisdom. I know better now

  9. Luke

    January 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    That was wonderfully broken down. To many times, we take the word at face value. Simply just to say, Well the Bible said it. But also, we have to remember, we sometimes have to search. I thank you for that synopsis. Keep on keeping on. God Bless you.

  10. Keeley Body

    April 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I just heard someone quote this verse this morning, and it didn’t sit right with me. I couldn’t focus on anything else until I got some clarity on the meaning. Thank you for your comments and for those of your other readers. It truly helped me this morning and gave me new perspective.

  11. N. Lynes

    May 13, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Thank u Mrs. Blubaugh, for your wise insight on this verse. You have just confirmed what I was thinking. Blessed Love…………

  12. Kimberly

    July 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    As I pondered upon this scripture …I believe God has given me further insight.
    Reading it previously it troubled me because I thought to myself … Jesus is the answer to all things not money.
    But considering the word “answer” I realize this scripture is comparing how a feast is specially for laughter and wine is specificly for merry….. But money covers(answers) more of a general use.
    So money is NOT the SOLUTION to all things but can be USED (answer) in all things.

    However I have experience my Heavenly Father bypass money and meet a need in my life. Yes money was needed for the need But God met the need without money.. Because He is awesome like that!

  13. Eben k Dadzie

    September 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Good to understand. Money can only answers what is natural, but has no capacity to deal with what is supernatural. To those that goes on to say their souls are sold out to the devil for the sake of money. I want you to key into the the scripture red from Psalm 49 well. It is true, money is a defense, but to a limit. It is only the wisdom of God that can take you over the fence.

  14. Star

    December 22, 2015 at 4:13 am

    The only problem with money is the Love of money, putting money before God and His kingdom. Apart from that money is a blessing from God for His work and for His children for He has called us to prosper in all things including Money.

  15. Pst. Ikpotokin S.A.

    December 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the expository. More grace to you.

    My Contribution to the explanations of the statement “money answereth all things” in Ecclesiastics 10:19 “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things”
    The “all things” is referring to all that is requires to sponsor such flamboyant feast with varieties of food and assaulted drinks to the point of making all the invitees to be in euphoria of laughter and merriment. All these cannot be made possible without money.
    There are things money can not answer. Once your life is ‘used off ‘ your cannot keep it on earth. The richest man on earth may not be the happiest man.


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