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If You’re Gonna Quote it – GET IT RIGHT!

Ok, so I’m tired today and maybe a little cranky.  I wasn’t even sure what I was going to write about…then, there it was…a blog post that was emailed to me.  And that’s ok, because I signed up for it.  And usually I love to read posts from this gal.  But by the very first sentence, I was irritated.  It was a terrible misquote of a famous line – this time straight from the New Testament in the Bible.  Here’s how she started her post… “Money is the root of all evil”…and it went from there.

Just last week, the famous and beloved Joe Vitale also started off an email with “Money is the root of all evil,” and then he went on to say why this was not so.

Sorry, Joe, and sorry girlfriend, but you both wrote fairly long posts based on a false premise.  What you were trying to say is this:  “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”  Not money itself.  So anything these folks wrote after misquoting the famous Biblical quote was screwed as far as I was concerned.   I even emailed Joe, but didn’t hear back from him. (I didn’t really think I would because he doesn’t know me.)

Here is the actual quote from I Timothy 6:6-10:   It is written by the Apostle Paul to his younger friend and fellow disciple, Timothy.

“Serving God does make us very rich, if we are satisfied with what we have.7 We brought nothing into the world, so we can take nothing out.8 But, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that.910 The love of money is the root cause of all kinds of evil. Some people have left the faith, because they wanted to get more money, but they have caused themselves much sorrow. Those who want to become rich bring temptation to themselves and are caught in a trap. They want many foolish and harmful things that ruin and destroy people.”

I didn’t write it and I don’t need to defend it.

I have one point to make — if you’re going to quote anybody, whether dead or alive, at least get it right.  You lose credibility when you don’t.