15 Verses About Money
What does the Bible say about money? Quite a bit, actually. Here are 15 of my favorite verses about money:
The Lord Establishes Wealth and Poverty for His Glory
- 1 Samuel 2:7 – The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
- Psalm 37:16-17 – Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
- Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
A wise person understands that the amount of wealth we have access to is less important than how we honor God with it.
The Love of Money Is Destructive
- Ecclesiastes 5:10 – Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
- Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Matthew 6:24 – No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.
- 1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
- 1 Peter 5:2-3 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
The love of money is idolatry — plain and simple. It can never satisfy. There’s never enough money, power, or security that can fulfill or reciprocate that misplaced love.
Act Justly with Your Wealth
- Deuteronomy 15:7 – If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.
- Deuteronomy 23:19 – Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.
- Proverbs 17:16 – Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
- Proverbs 10:4 – Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
- Luke 3:14 – Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”
- Luke 14:28 – Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
- Revelation 3:17 – You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
How we use money testifies to our righteousness. Money is often a litmus test for the heart — it enables us to act upon inward desires.