100 Bible Verses about Priorities

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 472 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 203 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Luke 12:34 ESV / 185 helpful votes

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Exodus 20:3 ESV / 114 helpful votes

“You shall have no other gods before me.

Luke 12:22-34 ESV / 104 helpful votes

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? ...

1 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 100 helpful votes

For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

Luke 10:38-42 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV / 75 helpful votes

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Mark 8:36-37 ESV / 60 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?

John 14:15 ESV / 51 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 43 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.

Matthew 22:37-38 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

Philippians 4:6-8 ESV / 35 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. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 24:27 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 33 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Colossians 1:16-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Proverbs 21:21 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Haggai 1:9-11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.”

Micah 6:8 ESV / 25 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?

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

Mark 12:28-31 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

1 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 23:23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 6:19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

Mark 9:35 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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.”

James 4:1-2 ESV / 14 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.

Psalm 16:8-11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Mark 12:31 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Matthew 23:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

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.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

Acts 6:1-7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. ...

Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Psalm 111:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Colossians 1:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

1 Corinthians 15:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

Romans 13:1-7 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...

Romans 1:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

1 John 3:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Acts 20:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Mark 12:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

3 John 1:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.

2 Peter 3:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,

1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Luke 22:29 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,

Mark 12:28-34 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. ...

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Philippians 2:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

John 3:6-7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Luke 10:42 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 6 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 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. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Ecclesiastes 2:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Proverbs 8:12-13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 8:10-11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

Revelation 2:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

1 John 3:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

2 Peter 2:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 7:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

John 5:44 ESV / 5 helpful votes

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Luke 16:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Hosea 9:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. But they came to Baal-peor and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame, and became detestable like the thing they loved.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. ...

Proverbs 28:25-26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 22:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

Proverbs 8:20-22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.

Proverbs 8:14-19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. ...

Psalm 23:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 9:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Mark 10:17-31 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” ...

Matthew 5:24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Malachi 3:1-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. ...

Proverbs 8:10-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. ...

Psalm 91:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 45:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 5:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

2 Corinthians 8:10-12 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

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