100 Bible Verses about Helping Those In Need

Acts 20:35 ESV / 3,318 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 19:17 ESV / 3,220 helpful votes

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV / 2,397 helpful votes

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 2,359 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:9 ESV / 2,323 helpful votes

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Matthew 25:35-40 ESV / 2,270 helpful votes

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 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?’ ...

Matthew 5:42 ESV / 2,222 helpful votes

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Luke 6:38 ESV / 2,138 helpful votes

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 14:31 ESV / 2,014 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 1,941 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 1,817 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:33-34 ESV / 1,613 helpful votes

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.

Philippians 2:4 ESV / 1,570 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 / 1,486 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?

Romans 12:13 ESV / 1,247 helpful votes

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

James 1:27 ESV / 1,185 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

1 John 3:17-18 ESV / 1,128 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? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Galatians 2:10 ESV / 1,076 helpful votes

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 1,038 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

James 2:14-17 ESV / 1,034 helpful votes

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 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? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

John 15:12 ESV / 936 helpful votes

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Isaiah 25:4 ESV / 930 helpful votes

For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

Romans 15:1 ESV / 921 helpful votes

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Proverbs 21:13 ESV / 896 helpful votes

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

Matthew 10:8 ESV / 879 helpful votes

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Proverbs 14:21 ESV / 862 helpful votes

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Psalm 82:4 ESV / 842 helpful votes

Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 ESV / 839 helpful votes

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 834 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Isaiah 1:17 ESV / 825 helpful votes

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Proverbs 3:27 ESV / 815 helpful votes

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Luke 3:10-11 ESV / 812 helpful votes

And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Acts 20:35-38 ESV / 775 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.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 763 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Matthew 25:40 ESV / 732 helpful votes

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.’

John 3:16 ESV / 721 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Proverbs 29:7 ESV / 708 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:25 ESV / 695 helpful votes

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Matthew 19:21 ESV / 686 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.”

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 652 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. ...

Mark 12:31 ESV / 636 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 633 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.

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 611 helpful votes

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

Matthew 25:31-46 ESV / 611 helpful votes

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ...

Proverbs 22:22-23 ESV / 610 helpful votes

Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the Lord will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.

2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 600 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.

Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV / 591 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.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 589 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

John 3:17 ESV / 587 helpful votes

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 12:8 ESV / 563 helpful votes

The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

John 15:13 ESV / 556 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Exodus 17:12 ESV / 553 helpful votes

But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 549 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

1 John 4:19-20 ESV / 532 helpful votes

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Luke 3:11 ESV / 520 helpful votes

And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Isaiah 58:6-7 ESV / 517 helpful votes

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

James 1:5 ESV / 515 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 1:17 ESV / 510 helpful votes

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Isaiah 58:10 ESV / 490 helpful votes

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

Leviticus 25:35 ESV / 486 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.

Jeremiah 22:16 ESV / 485 helpful votes

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the Lord.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 467 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Psalm 68:5 ESV / 462 helpful votes

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

Psalm 35:10 ESV / 462 helpful votes

All my bones shall say, “O Lord, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 462 helpful votes

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Hebrews 4:16 ESV / 460 helpful votes

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 6:1-4 ESV / 460 helpful votes

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Isaiah 58:10-11 ESV / 456 helpful votes

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Luke 14:12-14 ESV / 448 helpful votes

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 431 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 61:1 ESV / 431 helpful votes

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

John 10:10 ESV / 430 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Proverbs 31:9 ESV / 429 helpful votes

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Galatians 6:10 ESV / 421 helpful votes

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Psalm 41:1-3 ESV / 419 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 406 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

2 Corinthians 9:12 ESV / 402 helpful votes

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

Luke 10:25-37 ESV / 395 helpful votes

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” ...

Mark 10:21 ESV / 385 helpful votes

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.”

Exodus 22:25 ESV / 385 helpful votes

“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 382 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 378 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 21:26 ESV / 372 helpful votes

All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 369 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. ...

Deuteronomy 15:10-11 ESV / 364 helpful votes

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Psalm 140:12 ESV / 362 helpful votes

I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 360 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.

1 John 4:7-8 ESV / 359 helpful votes

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

James 2:15-16 ESV / 353 helpful votes

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 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?

Luke 6:20-21 ESV / 351 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.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 343 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Deuteronomy 15:7 ESV / 318 helpful votes

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,

Isaiah 32:17-18 ESV / 314 helpful votes

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 313 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Matthew 26:11 ESV / 311 helpful votes

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

Jeremiah 32:27 ESV / 304 helpful votes

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 293 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 23:1 ESV / 284 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 275 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

James 4:7 ESV / 267 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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