Mammon – god of wealth, materialism

“No one can be slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and mammon.”

This deity is found in the New Testament in Matthew 6:19-21.  He is the god of material wealth and greed and is sometimes included in the seven princes of hell along with Lucifer (pride), Beelzebub (envy), and Satan (wrath).   

From the Greek, mamona, mammon means ‘riches’; from the Hebrew mmon, it means wealth, possessions, and money.  It also has the underlying meaning of ‘that in which one trusts.’  In the Scriptures, mammon is personified as a false god representing excessive materialism or greed.   During the Middle Ages, mammon was the god of gluttony, riches, and injustice.

 

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