100 Bible Verses about Humility

Philippians 2:3-11 ESV / 772 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ...

James 4:6 ESV / 735 helpful votes

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Luke 14:11 ESV / 617 helpful votes

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Proverbs 22:4 ESV / 544 helpful votes

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

1 Peter 5:6 ESV / 454 helpful votes

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Matthew 23:12 ESV / 325 helpful votes

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 305 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Romans 12:3 ESV / 300 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

1 Peter 5:5 ESV / 297 helpful votes

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 288 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

James 4:10 ESV / 263 helpful votes

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 234 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

John 3:30 ESV / 207 helpful votes

He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Proverbs 18:12 ESV / 196 helpful votes

Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

Micah 6:8 ESV / 180 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 166 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

Romans 11:18 ESV / 160 helpful votes

Do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV / 147 helpful votes

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 143 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 138 helpful votes

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalm 147:6 ESV / 128 helpful votes

The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 117 helpful votes

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Proverbs 29:23 ESV / 117 helpful votes

One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

2 Corinthians 12:5-12 ESV / 107 helpful votes

On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ...

Mark 9:33-37 ESV / 107 helpful votes

And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Isaiah 57:15 ESV / 106 helpful votes

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 105 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Matthew 5:3 ESV / 104 helpful votes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Psalm 131:1 ESV / 101 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

Philippians 2:1-8 ESV / 97 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...

Proverbs 3:34 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.

Proverbs 27:2 ESV / 86 helpful votes

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Romans 12:16 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Psalm 25:9 ESV / 85 helpful votes

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV / 83 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

Matthew 11:29 ESV / 83 helpful votes

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Philippians 4:12 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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 14:10 ESV / 81 helpful votes

But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

2 Chronicles 34:27 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 70 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Isaiah 66:2 ESV / 68 helpful votes

All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 65 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

James 3:13 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Luke 18:14 ESV / 63 helpful votes

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Proverbs 16:19 ESV / 59 helpful votes

It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Jeremiah 45:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes

And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lord. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.”

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

Philippians 2:2-3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Luke 22:24-27 ESV / 56 helpful votes

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

Matthew 18:2-4 ESV / 56 helpful votes

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Philippians 2:5-8 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

2 Corinthians 3:5 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

Psalm 149:4 ESV / 54 helpful votes

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

Psalm 138:6 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Galatians 5:26 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

John 13:14-16 ESV / 49 helpful votes

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

James 1:19 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Luke 1:52 ESV / 48 helpful votes

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;

Job 22:29 ESV / 48 helpful votes

For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly.

James 4:1-10 ESV / 44 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? ...

Luke 10:30-37 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. ...

1 Corinthians 15:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Psalm 51:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Philippians 2:8 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

1 Kings 21:29 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the disaster upon his house.”

Galatians 6:14 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Mark 10:43 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

Proverbs 25:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,

Acts 20:19 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

Zephaniah 2:3 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Isaiah 6:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Deuteronomy 8:2-3 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Numbers 12:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.

Genesis 32:10 ESV / 35 helpful votes

I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.

James 2:12-13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 33 helpful votes

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 32 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Peter 5:5-6 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Galatians 6:4 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

Colossians 2:23 ESV / 30 helpful votes

These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

1 Corinthians 1:29 ESV / 30 helpful votes

So that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

Job 40:4 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 29 helpful votes

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Proverbs 15:12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Genesis 41:16 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

James 1:19-20 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Jeremiah 13:15 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the Lord has spoken.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Ezra 9:13 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this,

Genesis 18:27 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

Philippians 2:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Romans 14:10-12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

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