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Mammon definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MAM'MON, n. Riches; wealth; or the god or riches.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: wealth regarded as an evil influence
2: (New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit; "ye cannot serve God and Mammon"

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mam?na, from Aramaic m?m?n? riches Date: 15th century material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence <you cannot serve God and mammon Matthew
6:24 (Revised Standard Version)
> mammonism noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 wealth regarded as a god or as an evil influence. 2 the worldly rich. Derivatives: Mammonish adj. Mammonism n. Mammonist n. Mammonite n. Etymology: ME f. LL Mam(m)ona f. Gk mamonas f. Aram. mamon riches: see Matt.
6:24, Luke
16:9-13

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mammon Mam"mon, n. [L. mammona, Gr. ? riches, Syr. mam?n[=a]; cf. Heb. matm?n a hiding place, subterranean storehouse, treasury, fr. t[=a]man to hide.] Riches; wealth; the god of riches; riches, personified. Ye can not serve God and Mammon. --Matt. vi. 24.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

You can use Mammon to refer to money and business activities if you want to show your disapproval of people who think that becoming rich is the most important thing in life. It is not every day that one meets a business-person who is not obsessed with Mammon. [disapproval]

Hitchcock Bible Dictionary

riches

Easton's Bible Dictionary

a Chaldee or Syriac word meaning "wealth" or "riches" (Luke 16:9-11); also, by personification, the god of riches (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9-11).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

mam'-un (Mamonas): A common Aramaic word (mamon) for riches, used in Mt 6:24 and in Lu 16:9,11,13. In these passages mammon merely means wealth, and is called "unrighteous," because the abuse of riches is more frequent than their right use. In Lu 16:13 there is doubtless personification, but there is no proof that there was in New Testament times a Syrian deity called Mammon. The application of the term in Matthew is apparent and requires no comment. In Lk, however, since the statement, "Make to yourselves friends out of the mammon of unrighteousness," follows as a comment on the parable of the Unjust Steward, there is danger of the inference that Jesus approved the dishonest conduct of the steward and advised His disciples to imitate his example. On the contrary, the statement is added more as a corrective against this inference than as an application. `Do not infer,' He says, that honesty in the use of money is a matter of indifference. He that is unfaithful in little is unfaithful in much. So if you are not wise in the use of earthly treasure how can you hope to be entrusted with heavenly treasure?' The commendation is in the matter of foresight, not in the method. The steward tried to serve two masters, his lord and his lord's creditors, but the thing could not be done, as the sequel shows. Neither can men serve both God and riches exalted as an object of slavish servitude. Wealth, Jesus teaches, does not really belong to men, but as stewards they may use wealth prudently unto their eternal advantage. Instead of serving God and mammon alike we may serve God by the use of wealth, and thus lay up treasures for ourselves in heaven. Again, the parable is not to be interpreted as teaching that the wrong of dishonest gain may be atoned for by charity. Jesus is not dealing with the question of reparation. The object is to point out how one may best use wealth, tainted or otherwise, with a view to the future.

Russell Benjamin Miller

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Syrian god of riches. 2. Riches, wealth.

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