Matthew 6:20

New Testament

19 “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and devouring insect destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and devouring insect do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

4 Ezra 7:77

2 Esdras

75 Then I said: ‘If I have won your favor, my lord, make this plain to me: at death, when every one of us gives back his soul, shall we be kept at rest until the time when you begin to create your new world, or does our torment begin at once?’ 76 ‘I will tell you that also’, he replied. ‘But do not include yourself among those who have despised my law; do not count yourself with those who are to be tormented. 77 For you have a treasure of good works stored up with the Most High, though you will not be shown it until the last days. 78 But now to speak of death: when the Most High has given final sentence for a man to die, the spirit leaves the body to return to the One who gave it, and first of all to adore the glory of the Most High. 79 But as for those who have rejected the ways of the Most High and despised his law, and who hate all that fear God, 80 their spirits enter no settled abode, but roam thenceforward in torment, grief, and sorrow. And this for seven reasons.

 Notes and References

"... elsewhere in 4 Ezra the works are only depicted in the positive way of referring to them as 'treasure' which is piled up in front of God (4 Ezra 7:77) or as a reason for eschatalogical reward (4 Ezra 8:33) ... The reference to good works as treasure is also very reminiscent of Matthew 6:19-20, 12:35, and 19:21 ..."

Hoffmann, Matthias Reinhard The Destroyer and the Lamb: The Relationship between Angelomorphic and Lamb Christology in the Book of Revelation (p. 92) Mohr Siebeck, 2005

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