Bible Verses About Humility: 20 Scriptures on Being Humble

by Pamela Rose Williams on December 28, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Humility is something that is gained and practiced as we grow in wisdom and grace. Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary defines “humility” as: a prominent Christian grace. It is a state of mind well pleasing to God; it preserves the soul in tranquility and makes us patient under trials [1] Biblically speaking, humility is the opposite of pride. And according to one thesaurus source, some other antonyms for humility are: arrogance, assertiveness, egoism, pretentiousness, and self-importance.[2]  Take a look at these 20 Scriptures about being humble.

The Lord Causes and Expects Humility 

Deuteronomy 8:2-3 And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Psalms 55:19 God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humility Prophesied and Exhibited in Jesus

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey,  on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

Examples of Humility in other People of the Bible

Genesis 18:27 (Abraham) Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes…”

Genesis 41:16 (Joseph) Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Exodus 3:11 (Moses) But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

1 Kings 21:29 (Ahab) “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.” 

Luke 1:43 (Elizabeth) And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Mark 1:7 (John the Baptist) And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 

2 Corinthians 10:1 (Paul)  I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—

Results of Humility

2 Chronicles 12:12 And when he humbled himself the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction. Moreover, conditions were good in Judah.

Job 22:29 For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly.

Psalms 18:27 For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.

Psalms 149: 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. 

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Who Am I

Oh that we could have humility like Abraham and Joseph and Moses. Humility comes from God as displayed by His humble Son, Jesus. Don’t forget to listen to the video “Who Am I” in the upper right of this page. Selah

Sources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

YouTube: “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns

[1] http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionaries

[2] http://thesaurus.com/browse/humility

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman December 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

You are the epitome of humility Pam. I love your work as God is truly guiding your hand through the Holy Spirit. My compliments my good friend.

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Pam December 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks Jack, but truly all glory belongs to God. He has saved me from certain death and I praise Him with the talent that He has given to me; it is my reasonable service. I am honored to share His Word with whomever visits us here at WCWTK. Your words of encouragement are so very appreciated brother. Blessings!

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Choddz November 14, 2012 at 4:59 am

i salute you Ma’am Pam, inspite of your hectic time with your kids and assisting ur husband in his ministries, still, you have time to study and write as this for us who is just a neophyte in the service for God. Glory to God in your life. GOD bless u Sister.

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Pamela Rose Williams November 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thank you for the encouraging words Choddz, I am so glad you took the time to leave your comment.

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Ruth Maata February 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

Nice article truly God uses your life ..God bless you more Pam…

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Pam February 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi Ruth, God has blessed me abundantly and continues to bless me with lovely comments like this from our readers. Thanks for taking the time to leave yours here and be sure to come back again soon!

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CHIJI MICHAEL June 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

I’m very much happy hearing the word of the Lord from you. Keep it up and God bless, amen.

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michelle August 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

i am really blessed with this article today. I was fasting this morning and it just hit me that i should pray and ask God to humble me, so i decided to google “bible passages in the bible that talks about humility” and viola’ i came across this great article which really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you. .

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Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Praise God for leading you to study today. I am glad that Google was good to us to lead you here. All glory to God for His words that I simply shared here. Thank you for leaving your comment, I am encouraged by it.

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Michael August 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

Wow, I too just googled for bible verses on this and found your work. I have been struggling with Maintaining a humble heart for a very long time. It just keeps leaving me and coming back on and on like that, and I really need it to become permanent. Today I came back from the office and needed someone to sermon me on it a little more, and I found you, so thank you.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hi Michael. I am so pleased that you found WCWTK. we are writing about all kinds of things. If you would like an index of our Bible Topics, take a look at this:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-by-topic-inspirational-scriptures-by-subject/

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Rita January 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

Just discovered your work on humility and found this good revelation.Will meditate more .thank you .

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Deborah Dauda September 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Bless be to God

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Sunjai Harilall October 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi Pamela,

God had laid upon my heart to share on humility at our weekday evening Grace Group, which we call Family Connexions. I googled Humility in Jesus Christ and your article popped up. Thank you for sharing with us. I will use the article as part of my teaching. Be Blessed.

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Wale Adebanjo December 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thanks a lot for this. I am taking bible study in church for the very first time in my life next Wednesday and I am sharing humility. THIS HAS INDEED BEEN OF GREAT HELP. God bless you

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lindalee December 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

The faithfulness of God has never failed me. I recently acted in a very impetuous way and have been struggling ever since, even questioning my salvation because surely a Christian would not behave as such. But this morning I prayed about my lack of humility and wanted to find scripture on the topic of humility and came to your site and now have sensed a sweet release in my spirit. Pro. 11:2 really hit me or should I saw pierced and penetrated me. Thank you for being ‘in His service for His glory’ lindalee

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Gary December 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I want to say God bless you for what you are doing! Awesome work.

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Chief Apostle Bonnie Blair Cowan January 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I give God all the praise and glory for this website it’s a blessing amen.

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VICTOR SANDE January 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

Thanks Pam, I have been lifted by your article on humility. May the Lord daily expand your Ministry.

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Tiara January 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

I thank God for the work He has given to you. It is important to maintain a humble heart. I’ve been tested in this as I continue to endure a trial that has torn my life apart utterly… Truly the strength of God is the only thing that gets me through each day.

We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair… Persecuted, but not abandoned… struck down, but not destroyed…
Through our suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in us. 2Corinthians 4:8-10

If you permit, I’d be blessed to share my testimony here…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQwZ6gUBPUc

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Pamela Rose Williams January 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hello Tiara, I just viewed your testimony in your video. I just want to encourage you to hang in there. God has a perfect plan for you. I praise God for the strength that He has given to you. You truly need Him and as long as you continue to remember that, you will be “broken but not abandoned”. You have blessed me beyond words sister.

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Pamela Rose Williams January 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I am touched by all these words of encouragement. Thank you to all.

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Chinas Nkotolane May 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Hi all

Last night I needed scripture that will talk to me about humble to share with my brethren on sunday. It is by the grace of our Lord the person withing us can still guide us to righteuseness. My our Father lead & teach us to huble our self to every humankind. Be blessed,Amen.

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elisabeth April 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

hi Pam ,thank you so much .i could know about humility through life of Abraham,Elizabeth,Joseph.its like a reminder to me about my life to make humble and follow our god Jesus.thanks again.

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Travis April 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Great article needed these verses to remind me of who i and who He is! God Bless

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rahab macharia June 21, 2013 at 1:24 am

Praise the Lord Jesus pastor Pamela Rose William.Today in our students morning devotion, the word shared was about HUMILITY.I realized I lack this virtue and decided to do a bible study, by searching bible verses speaking about HUMILITY.I am blessed to find your article.It has really helped me.The Lord bless u.I am from Africa Kenya.I would also request you to visit our websites on www. repentandpreparetheway. org and www. jesusislordradio. org Shalom!!!!!!!

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Pamela Rose Williams June 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hello Rahab, thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that this article was helpful to you today. All glory to God!

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Felipe Santos January 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Wonderful article, thank you for sharing.

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pius October 25, 2014 at 2:12 am

Dear Mama Pamella,
I didn’t just stop at the article, i read your reply to Jack. you said “Thanks Jack, but truly all glory belongs to God. He has saved me from certain death and I praise Him with the talent that He has given to me; it is my reasonable service.”
You made my day with this. I have received more than i could ever write down in testimony. Simply God bless you Mama Pamella. I thank God who made it possible for me to read your article.
Pius.

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