Here are the 30 most compelling Bible scriptures on poverty.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 8:9
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.
The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
1 John 3:17
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 Samuel 2:8
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.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
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.
“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.”
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?
“They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’”
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.
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?”
“‘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.”
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.