If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
a. NLT: And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
b. NIV: So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
c. YLT: if, then, in the unrighteous mammon ye became not faithful -- the true who will entrust to you?
d. Amplified Bible: Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?
e. Worrell Translation: If, therefore, ye were not faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
f. Wuest Translation: Since you therefore were not faithful in the use of the riches which are the object and desire if the unrighteous world, who will entrust you with that wealth which is genuine?
g. Peshitta Eastern Text: If therefore, you are not faithful with the wealth of iniquity, wo will believe that there is any truth to you?
1. “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon…”
a. if [Strong: 1487 ei i a primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.:--forasmuch as, if, that, (al-)though, whether. Often used in connection or composition with other particles, especially as in 1489, 1490, 1499, 1508, 1509, 1512, 1513, 1536, 1537.]
b. therefore [Strong: 3767 oun oon; apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly:--and (so, truly), but, now (then), so (likewise then), then, therefore, verily, wherefore.]
c. you have…been [Strong: 1096 ginomai ghin'-om-ahee; a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.):--arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.]
d. faithful [Strong: 4103 pistos pis-tos'; from 3982; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful:--believe(-ing, -r), faithful(-ly), sure, true.]
e. in [Strong: 1722 en, en; a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537); "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.:--about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.]
f. the unrighteous [Strong: 94 adikos ad'-ee-kos; from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1349; unjust; by extension wicked; by implication, treacherous; specially, heathen:--unjust, unrighteous.]
g. mammon [Strong: 3126 mammonas mam-mo-nas'; of Chaldee origin (confidence, i.e. wealth, personified); mammonas, i.e. avarice (deified):--mammon.]
2. “…who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
a. who [Strong: 5101 tis tis; probably emphatic of 5100; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions):--every man, how (much), + no(-ne, thing), what (manner, thing), where (-by, -fore, -of, -unto, - with, -withal), whether, which, who(-m, -se), why.]
b. will commit…trust [Strong: 4100 pisteuo pist-yoo'-o; from 4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ):--believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.]
c. to your [Strong: 5213 humin hoo-min'; irregular dative case of 5210; to (with or by) you:--ye, you, your(-selves).]
d. the true [riches] [Strong: 228 alethinos al-ay-thee-nos'; from 227; truthful:--true.]
1). The material wealth of this world is not true riches. True riches is described in the Bible.
a). Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
b). Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
c). Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
d). Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
e). Ephesian 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
f). Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
g). Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
h). Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;