Gambling Unproductive of Wealth
Matthew 27:33-37
And when they were come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,…

In honest business you give an equivalent for so much received. It may be a service, or it may be the result of service. The farmer gives his farm produce, the result of his toil; the mechanic renders his skill; the pilot his knowledge of the channel; the lawyer his acute knowledge required to navigate channels more intricate. In any one of these cases money is earned by the performance of actual service, and in every case the body politic is the richer for the service. But gambling is unproductive, the wealth of the whole body is not increased. The only result is the circulation of moneys, and even that is a questionable benefit seeing that the cash is but transferred from the pocket of the fools to the pocket of the knaves, always with a contingent reversion to the publican. The community is no more enriched by the mere circulation of gold than the level of a pool is raised by a tempest blowing upon it; gain in one direction is balanced by loss in another.

(B. J. Snell, M. A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

WEB: They came to a place called "Golgotha," that is to say, "The place of a skull."

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