46 Bible Verses about Greed

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 502 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 28:25 ESV / 314 helpful votes

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 295 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Timothy 6:9 ESV / 294 helpful votes

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

Luke 12:15 ESV / 172 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Proverbs 11:24 ESV / 144 helpful votes

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 141 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 111 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Proverbs 15:27 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

James 4:3 ESV / 97 helpful votes

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Proverbs 20:21 ESV / 82 helpful votes

An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

John 12:6 ESV / 66 helpful votes

He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

Matthew 19:21 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 57 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Jeremiah 6:13 ESV / 57 helpful votes

“For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.

Psalm 10:3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV / 55 helpful votes

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Matthew 13:44 ESV / 49 helpful votes

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Ephesians 5:5 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

James 5:1-6 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

2 Peter 2:14 ESV / 36 helpful votes

They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Proverbs 11:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Ephesians 5:3-5 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

1 Corinthians 3:11 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 1:12-13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Malachi 3:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

1 Thessalonians 2:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Exodus 20:11-18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal.

Proverbs 28:22 ESV / 17 helpful votes

A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

John 11:48 ESV / 16 helpful votes

If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Matthew 23:25 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Jeremiah 5:26-29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”

Matthew 25:40-46 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’

Proverbs 22:16-17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,

2 Peter 2:3 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Habakkuk 2:6-8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own— for how long?— and loads himself with pledges!” Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them. Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.

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