100 Bible Verses about Humility

James 4:6 ESV / 338 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:3-11 ESV / 338 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.

Luke 14:11 ESV / 258 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:4 ESV / 186 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:6 ESV / 173 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 / 117 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:3 ESV / 91 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 / 82 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.”

James 4:10 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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

John 3:30 ESV / 80 helpful votes

He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 70 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,

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

Romans 11:18 ESV / 59 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 12:5-12 ESV / 57 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 / 55 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.”

2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

Micah 6:8 ESV / 43 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?

Psalm 131:1 ESV / 43 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.

Luke 14:10 ESV / 39 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.

Psalm 147:6 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:1-8 ESV / 35 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,

Matthew 5:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:12 ESV / 34 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.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:10 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Luke 22:24-27 ESV / 32 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.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 31 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.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 30 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.

Jeremiah 45:5 ESV / 29 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 Peter 3:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 34:27 ESV / 26 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.

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 24 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.

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 23 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.

Mark 10:43 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:2-4 ESV / 21 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.

Isaiah 57:15 ESV / 21 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.

John 13:14-16 ESV / 20 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.

Luke 10:30-37 ESV / 20 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.

Psalm 25:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:2-3 ESV / 19 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.

Galatians 5:26 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 3:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Matthew 11:29 ESV / 19 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.

1 Corinthians 1:29 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 17 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.

Proverbs 27:2 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Luke 18:14 ESV / 16 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.”

1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

James 4:1-10 ESV / 15 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”?

James 2:12-13 ESV / 15 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.

Galatians 6:14 ESV / 15 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.

2 Samuel 7:18-29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

James 1:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Romans 14:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Matthew 25:37-40 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 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.’

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

James 4:11-12 ESV / 12 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?

Romans 14:10-12 ESV / 12 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.

Luke 9:46-48 ESV / 12 helpful votes

An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

Matthew 20:27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And whoever would be first among you must be your slave,

Matthew 18:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Proverbs 16:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 138:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 8:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Job 7:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,

Genesis 32:10 ESV / 12 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.

Luke 1:52 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 13:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:34 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Psalm 144:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes

O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?

Ezra 9:13 ESV / 11 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,

Acts 3:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?

Luke 7:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.

Matthew 20:26 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 6:5 ESV / 10 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!”

Psalm 73:22 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Job 22:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

James 1:19-20 ESV / 9 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 Corinthians 15:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Job 40:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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.

1 Corinthians 15:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:1-3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,

Romans 2:1-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 8 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.”

Zephaniah 3:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.

Psalm 22:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!

Matthew 8:1-34 ESV / 7 helpful votes

When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him,

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