62 Bible Verses about Selfishness

Philippians 2:4 ESV / 246 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:17 ESV / 154 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?

1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

2 Timothy 3:2-4 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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,

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 90 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.

Philippians 2:21 ESV / 66 helpful votes

For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

James 4:1-2 ESV / 48 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.

Romans 15:1-3 ESV / 45 helpful votes

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

Haggai 1:9 ESV / 40 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.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 33 helpful votes

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Galatians 5:26 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 30 helpful votes

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Proverbs 21:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

Luke 6:32-34 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.

Galatians 5:24 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

James 2:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

2 Corinthians 5:15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

James 1:13-15 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Matthew 19:21 ESV / 17 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.”

James 3:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Romans 2:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Proverbs 18:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 5:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

2 Peter 2:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Luke 9:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Ephesians 5:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Romans 12:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Luke 13:1-17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Romans 14:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 8:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Micah 3:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.”

Proverbs 21:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 7 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.

Romans 13:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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.

Romans 6:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Luke 14:26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Malachi 1:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.

Haggai 1:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

Proverbs 26:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Matthew 19:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Ezekiel 34:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?

Psalm 38:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.

Genesis 4:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”

1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Romans 8:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 14:1-31 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Luke 21:8-9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Zechariah 7:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves?

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:1-22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

2 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Proverbs 24:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Proverbs 11:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 3 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.

Acts 1:7-8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Haggai 1:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce.

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