KJV seems to indicate that it is, but ESV/NIV say its the root of all kinds of evil. 1 Tim 6:10 (NIV) 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. 1 Tim 6:10 (ESV) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Tim 6:10 (KJV) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. How can the love of money be the root of all evil? Would not the root of all evil be the total depravity of man and the wickedness of his heart? What of a serial killer that DOES NOT love money? What of Adam Lanza and James Holmes? These men did not love money but loved killing. These were/are wicked men so it would not make sense that the love of money would be the root of all evil.