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A preacher friend occasionally posts bible trivia questions, and a recent one was, “What is a root of all evil?” The answer is, “money” (1 Timothy 6:10). Deciding to be a bit pedantic, I pointed out that the verse actually says, “all kinds of evil.” My friend responded that the original Greek didn’t have the word “kinds” in that verse. I looked, and sure enough, he was right. To me, there’s a significant difference between “all kinds” and “all.” In that verse, “all kinds” seems to imply that there are kinds of evil that do not find their root in a love of money. “All” implies totality. There’s no exclusions. If you go to a zoo and they have “all kinds” of animals, then one would expect quite a variety of animals. But if they had “all” the animals, then one would envision a zoo with literally every species in existence.

What’s the big deal? Why does this matter? It’s opened my eyes to a number of passages.
Matthew 5:11 says “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” It’s really “all evil”. The antagonists are holding nothing back. They are
throwing ALL evil at you.
 
Ephesians 6:18 says “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” We
are to pray in the Spirit with ALL prayers.
 
Colossians 1:19-20 says, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to
reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his
blood, shed on the cross.” The original language of verse 20 is essentially: “and through Him to
thoroughly reconcile the ALL in Him. . .” God is working to reconcile ALL to Himself.
 
You may think I’m a nerd (and you would be right!), but I love to have my understanding of scripture expanded even in these tiny little words, like “ALL.”