100 Bible Verses about Rich Exploiting The Poor

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 26 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.

Proverbs 14:31 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:22-23 ESV / 21 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.

Proverbs 19:17 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

James 2:2-6 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?

Proverbs 22:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 16:49 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.

Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Psalm 14:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.

Ezekiel 22:29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice.

James 2:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

James 1:27 ESV / 14 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.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Luke 14:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

Luke 12:33 ESV / 13 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.

Matthew 19:21 ESV / 13 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.”

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV / 13 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.’

Leviticus 19:15 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

1 John 3:17 ESV / 11 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?

Jeremiah 22:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 41:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

Proverbs 14:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Psalm 140:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Psalm 40:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 10 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.

Matthew 25:35 ESV / 10 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,

Isaiah 58:10 ESV / 10 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.

Isaiah 25:4 ESV / 10 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,

Isaiah 3:14-15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: “It is you who have devoured the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord God of hosts.

Isaiah 1:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:17-18 ESV / 9 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.

James 5:1-6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. ...

Galatians 2:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 7:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

Jeremiah 22:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 5:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

Isaiah 58:6-7 ESV / 9 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?

Proverbs 29:7 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Psalm 72:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!

Psalm 35:10 ESV / 9 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?”

Psalm 34:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 12:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

Deuteronomy 10:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Leviticus 19:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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.

Revelation 2:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

James 2:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?

Acts 9:36 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.

Luke 6:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

Jeremiah 20:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.

Isaiah 61:1 ESV / 8 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;

Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV / 8 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.

Proverbs 28:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.

Proverbs 22:22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

Psalm 9:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

Deuteronomy 27:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Deuteronomy 24:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow's garment in pledge,

Exodus 23:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

Exodus 23:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit.

2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 7 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.

Luke 14:12-14 ESV / 7 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.”

Luke 4:18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“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,

Matthew 22:39 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Amos 4:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’

Amos 2:6-7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals— those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;

Isaiah 29:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.

Proverbs 23:4-5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 22:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 132:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Psalm 109:31 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Psalm 107:41 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks.

Psalm 68:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

Job 31:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Job 29:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

1 Samuel 2:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world.

Deuteronomy 24:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns.

Deuteronomy 15:7 ESV / 7 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,

Leviticus 25:35 ESV / 7 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.

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV / 6 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.

1 Timothy 5:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Honor widows who are truly widows.

Acts 24:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings.

Acts 10:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.

Luke 3:11 ESV / 6 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.”

Malachi 3:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“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.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.

Proverbs 15:25 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries.

Psalm 82:3-4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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.”

Psalm 74:21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.

Psalm 70:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 69:32-33 ESV / 6 helpful votes

When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

Psalm 68:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Job 30:25 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

Deuteronomy 24:19-21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

Exodus 22:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.

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