Power to Get Wealth Part 2

The purpose of Power to Get Wealth Part 1 was to seek out a clearer understanding the Hebrew word for power.

In Part 2, the focus will be understanding the Hebrew word for wealth.

Deuteronomy 8:18
But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Amplified Version)

Wealth – Strongs 2428 – Chayil khah’yil – probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength – able, activity (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train (+) valient (-ly) valour, virtuous (-ly) war, worthy (ily)

Chayil is translated the following ways in the King James version: army 56, man of valour 37, host 29, forces 14, valiant 13, strength 12, riches 11, wealth 10, power 9, substance 8, might 6, strong 5, misc 33

All of the versions available on Bible Gateway, follow the King James translation except one which uses the word successful.

The verse is actually part of a warning not to allow pride to cause us to pat ourselves on the back when we obtain wealth.

It’s fascinating to me that the word translated power and the word translated as wealth can both be translated as force and power.

So the verse could be translated as  the force to get power or the force to get force” or “the power to get strength.”

All of the definitions would apply to the Israelite kings in the Old Testament. Many of them did not heed the warnings and neglected the first commandment to love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

David is one who followed the first commandment. He had a “band of men”—which could be called an army—before he had riches.

The definition “means or other resources” carries the greatest meaning to me. Wealth or riches carries a negative connotation to some. Also, money can’t always buy what we need. There are many so-called wealthy people who are bankrupt when it comes to love, joy, peace, freedom, health, satisfaction, and other desirable things.