34 Bible Verses about Poverty

Leviticus 25:35 ESV / 155 helpful votes

“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 70 helpful votes

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Ecclesiastes 9:16 ESV / 60 helpful votes

But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.

Proverbs 22:2 ESV / 58 helpful votes

The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.

Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Psalm 82:1-8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

A Psalm of Asaph. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

Luke 6:20-21 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

Proverbs 24:33-34 ESV / 29 helpful votes

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 29:7 ESV / 27 helpful votes

A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

Proverbs 22:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

Proverbs 17:5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 19:4 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

Amos 5:24 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Luke 12:32-34 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

Proverbs 28:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

Psalm 103:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

Luke 4:16-21 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Isaiah 58:1-14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?

Proverbs 14:20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 15:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 30:7-9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

1 John 3:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

Matthew 5:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Acts 16:31 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Acts 11:27-30 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Ezekiel 4:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and rot away because of their punishment.

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