the mammon of unrighteousness

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the mammon of unrighteousness

Unjustly or illicitly gained money or wealth. "Mammon" is an Aramaic term meaning "money" or "wealth," used in the Bible to refer to the idolization of money over faith in God. It galls me that the man claims to be a servant of the Lord and of the people, yet he lives in a giant mansion and flies in a private jet, clearly all attained from the mammon of unrighteousness.
See also: Mammon, of

the mammon of unrighteousness

wealth ill-used or ill-gained.
This biblical expression comes from Luke 16:9: ‘And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations’. Mammon ultimately comes from Hebrew mamon meaning ‘money or wealth’. In early use, it was used to refer to the devil of covetousness; it later was used as the personification of wealth regarded as an idol or an evil influence.
See also: Mammon, of
References in classic literature ?
added Prince John, without heeding him, ``and there is my Mammon of unrighteousness too the Marquis of Marks, the Baron of Byzants, contesting for place with penniless dogs, whose threadbare cloaks have not a single cross in their pouches to keep the devil from dancing there.
So Rebecca, during her stay at Queen's Crawley, made as many friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness as she could possibly bring under control.
taking to ourselves this mammon of unrighteousness or in trying to gain
Toward the end of his life he turned to realistic fiction: The Mammon of Unrighteousness (1891), The Golden Calf (1892), and The Social Strugglers (1893).