417. Raiment as Wealth

Job 27:16; Matthew 6:19; Acts 20:33; 1 Timothy 2:9; James 5:2
Job 27:1616Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; (Job 27:16). Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay.
The Eastern people have always reckoned collections of raiment among their choice treasures, and estimate them in the accounts of their wealth along with gold and silver. This is seen in the text, and is also to be found in the injunction of the Saviour in Matthew 6:1919Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (Matthew 6:19), where, in speaking of the uncertain character of worldly wealth, he refers to the ravages of the moth upon the treasures of raiment. So Paul in his address at Miletus to the elders of Ephesus, says, “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel” (Acts 20:3333I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. (Acts 20:33)). He also refers to the value of garments in 1 Timothy 2:99In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; (1 Timothy 2:9), where he speaks of “costly array.” James likewise says in his epistle, James 5:22Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. (James 5:2), “Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.”