Power to Get Wealth

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Remember the Eternal One your God. He’s the One who gives you the power to get wealth, so He can keep the covenant promises He made to your ancestors, as He is doing now. Deuteronomy 8:18 Voice

The Eternal your God promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that He would give you this land. When He brings you into it, you’ll live in beautiful and spacious cities you didn’t build. 11 You’ll have houses filled with good things waiting for you—cisterns to hold water already dug out of the rock for you, and vineyards and olive orchards that you didn’t plant. You’ll have all you want to eat and more. Deuteronomy 6:10-11 Voice

After reading Deuteronomy 6:10-11 last Sunday, I was struck by the blessing (material wealth and security) God promised to His people – “large and beautiful cities that you did not build, houses full of good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant” – was a ready-made fortune!

The Hebrew word for power

What does the word Hebrew word for power used in the power to get wealth mean?

So I looked it up in Strongs. The transliteration of the Hebrew word used is koach. The literal definition is force which can be used in a good or bad sense. The figurative definition is capacity or means to produce. The word is additionally translated as might, power, strength, ability, substance, wealth.

From there I looked up Deuteronomy 8:18 in various translations:

  • strength to produce all this wealth – Message Bible
  • power to be successful – NLT
  • power to become rich – NCV
  • power to make wealth – Young’s Literal Translation
  • ability to produce wealth – NIRV – “But remember the Lord your God. He gives you the ability to produce wealth. That shows he stands by the terms of His covenant. He promised it with an oath to Your people long ago. And He’s still faithful to His covenant today.”

The same word is used in Isaiah 40:29 – He gives power to the weak.
Many of the other scriptures that use the same word are referring to the power of God such as, “He stirs up the sea with His power…” Job 26:12

It causes me to look at the power God gives us in a whole new light.

Assuredly, this does not mean it is unnecessary to be diligent. Possessing the Promised Land required considerable effort. But as long as they followed instructions, it went very well.

It wasn’t as if they had a resume of previous conquests. Nor did they have a business plan outlining the process.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or think according to the power that works within us” Ephesians 3:20 

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 (+) valiant (-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 stronger.”

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

UPDATE: The comments are great!

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13 thoughts on “Power to Get Wealth

    • I remember reading this sometime ago. The bible teaches us so many great things about money and security. I have learned in my self-talk to re-mind myself of these words. It’s ok to have these things as long as they don’t have you. I’m walking in my wealth everyday.

      Thanks for re-minding me!

  1. Our God keeps His word. He is a covenant keeper. Our ability to create wealth comes from Him. The ability to make money may seem illusive, but we simply have to yield to His guidance. There are times when other factors such as our limited knowlege and self-interest get in the way, but He is ever merciful. We simply have to get back and track and put Him first in everything we do.

  2. Will Someone please explain to me why so many people who are not christians prosper and live by this principle, and many christians today take a vow of poverty. They believe God wants us poor and broken down. I believe we can have what we want, but you will only get what you expect. Listen, this universe was create for me! I take full ownership of it. God had me in mind when He made the universe. Trust me, I know what to do with it!
    Money, power and wealth is in my hands and I know exactly what to do with it. This my daily affirmation!

  3. This power to get wealth has been promised to those who honor and keep the covenant . Those who are actively engaged in reaching out to others for the sake of the covenant being established in their hearts and minds. Therefore God gives that power to those who understand I am blessed to be a blessing not to consume on my lusts. But God says the children must remember where that power comes from, not just have memories or to just say so, but they must demonstrate that God is their source, by continuously giving and recognizing that all that I have are seeds to be sown into the gospel. Therefore the power to get wealth is the power of seed time and harvest.
    As we continue to sow towards the gospel with that understanding. God begins to transfer the wealth of the sinner to us His children for the sake of the gospel. We cannot out-give our God, He takes from those who do not understand and gives to those who understand that it is He who gives us the power to wealth for the covenant sake . Brethren be encouraged and continue to sow into the gospel, harvest time is around the corner. To you who hear(understand more of seed-time and harvest), more( harvest) will be given to you .Mark4:25. This, my friends, is the secret to manifesting God”s abundant covenant blessings in the earth.

  4. i have read everyones comment and we all have our own opinions but for a fact God word does not change. I believe that when we allow and that is our will to want the power to get wealth he will release it in the earth that his word be manifested in that persons life. It is actually I believe on us to want what HE said we can have in his word. Now some of us believe in Christ BUT do we trully believe in his WORD because POWER is in the tongue, we can give life by it or we can produce death by speaking out something negative. All people desire to be rich, but do we really desire to wealthy(spirit,mind,health etc) I believe in the realm of obtaining that power we have to first ask GoD for revelation of it. I know sometimes I can read the same verse over and over agian but at different times he gives me a new revelation on how that word is being used for me or someone else at that time. When CHRIST put ALL power in his hand, I believe that it gave us POWER because HE died for ALL of us. Even when God word said he chose us we did not choose him I believe that he chose those who can handle that so called Power we all desire to have to be like CHRIST,that’s POWER. We should know that even when we recieve that Power we are enlightened to release that wealthy knowledgeto the others who follow in the kingdom to do the samething. That is when he said go out and spread the gospel,HIS power!


  6. this is a great subject (about power to get wealth)
    infact i believe it is one of the most important subjects
    related directly to the growth of God’s kingdom here on earth, much confusion n debate has prevailed on the
    “prosperity gospel”
    i strongly believe that God’s children must first
    “GROW SPIRITUALLY” before they can be trusted with wealth.
    please continue publishing more on this subject which will be blessing to believers everywhere

  7. I agree. about the definitive word force. Is that kinda like star wars; may the force be with you? Im not saying it to be funny. But it would kinda make it make more sense. When I think of the “force” I think of the anointing to work and do of His good pleasure. So are you trying to say there is an anointing for wealth? I hope so because I am doing all the tithe, sow, work, steps but no reaping. Its like Im hitting a brick wall when I try to get ahead. Pray that my wineskin (mindset) will break so that I can let this wine (anointing of wealth) can start flowing.

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