Republican front-runner Donald Trump made an apparent reference to Scripture at a rally Monday — but ended up repeating a common misquote of a famous verse.
The businessman was criticizing rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for allegedly being beholden to campaign donors while campaigning Monday in Wisconsin, and appeared to quote from the Bible to make his point.
"Money is the root of all evil," Trump said.
However, the idea that "money is the root of all evil" doesn't actually appear in the Bible.
Instead, the apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to Timothy in the New Testament that the "love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
It's a small difference, but one that Biblical scholars argue changes the verse's meaning.
"Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction," Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:9-10, according to the New International Version's translation of the text. "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
Monday was not the first time Trump has misspoken when referencing the Bible itself or popular phrases derived from the Bible. Speaking at Liberty University's convocation in January, Trump mispronounced the name of Paul's second letter to the ancient Church at Corinth, commonly referred to as "Second Corinthians."
"I hear this is a major theme here, but Two Corinthians, right, Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ball game,” Trump said. "Where the spirit of the Lord, right, where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And here there is liberty too, but Liberty University. It is so true."
Trump later blamed the "two Corinthians" pronunciation on Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.
The Manhattan billionaire also makes a point of bragging about his own personal wealth on the campaign trail, starting with his announcement speech.
"I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich," Trump said. "That’s the kind of mindset, that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country ... because we got to make the country rich."
Trump also argues that he "can't be bought" because he's self-funding his campaign, a claim that Politifact rated as half true due to the fact that the "vast majority of Trump’s contributions to his own campaign — about $12.6 million — are loans rather than donations."
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