Bible Verses About Money: 21 Helpful Scriptures

by Daryl Evans on January 21, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

The Bible has much to say about money.  Many would be surprised that Jesus spoke about money more times than he spoke about heaven and hell.  In fact, He talked about money more than any topic except the kingdom of God.  Eleven of the thirty-nine parables in Scripture talk about money.  Money is on our minds most of the time. One of the biggest “worries” that many have is surrounding the topic of money.  Money seems to be the universal symbol for greed.  Jesus used this topic because we all can relate.  We need money to survive.  We all have an inner desire to have more and more.

Tithing and giving is also a popular topic in Scripture .  Why all of this talk about money?  Well there are many reasons but issues about money often will show what things are important or have control of our lives.  Jesus knew that.  He didn’t talk about money because He needed it to build His kingdom.  Never.  No Jesus knew that money and the love of money would control us in many circumstances.  Sometimes money will affect us in a business sense too.  We may make a wrong decision about money (often closely associated with greed) and that decision may hinder and affect us for many years to come.  The verses listed below are divided into three categories.

1 Corinthians 16:2  On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

Verses About Business Principles

Leviticus 19:13  You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him.  The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.

Deuteronomy 25:13-15 You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small.  A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Psalms 112:5  It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

Proverbs 11:1    A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 13:11   Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Proverbs 16:8   Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 22:16  Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich,  will only come to poverty.

Colossians 4:1  Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and,  “The laborer deserves his wages.”

James 5:4 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.

Bible Quotes About Budgeting Principles

Jesus knew that money and the love of money would control us in many circumstances.

Jesus knew that money and the love of money would control us in many circumstances.

Proverbs 22:3   The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 24:3-4  By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;  by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 27:23    Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Scriptures About Money and Greed

Matthew 6:24  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.

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Luke 16:14   The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.

1 Timothy 3:6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

1 Timothy 6:10 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.

1 Peter 5:2  shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly

We all know that we can’t take it (money) with us when we die but we sure don’t live that way.  One bumper sticker that I saw recently said “The one with the most toys wins.” It could not be further from the truth.  God wants our heart first and foremost.  When He has our heart, He will have our entire life.  Concerning money, when we live life understanding that everything we have belongs to God, it can free us.  We don’t have to try to keep up with others around us but live in such a way that shows that we depend on God.  Just as God takes care of the lilies of the field so he will take care of you.  Use whatever resources that God has given you for His glory.  Praise Him!

For a related article with more money scriptures check out these: Additional Bible Verses About Money

Interested in some more Bible verses by topics articles? Take a look at these:

Bible verses about love

Bible verses about pride 

24 Pro-life verses

 

Resources:  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.”



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Patricia Schneider January 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

Hello, Pastor Daryl!
Enjoyed reading above article and the Scriptures, since I’m the budgetor in our family. Could you explain what Deuteronomy 25:13-15 means? Read over it several times, can’t begin to fathom what it means!
Also in Psalms 11: 1, what is meant by ‘balance?’
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Daryl Evans January 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hi Patty, I found some helpful words from Matthew Henry about the Deut passage. I could not find the “balance” in Psalm 11.1…what translation are you using? “A law against deceitful weights and measures: they must not only not use them, but they must not have them, not have them in the bag, not have them in the house (v. 13, 14); for, if they had them, they would be strongly tempted to use them. They must not have a great weight and measure to buy by and a small one to sell by, for that was to cheat both ways, when either was bad enough; as we read of those that made the ephah small, in which they measured the corn they sold, and the shekel great, by which they weighed the money they received for it, Amos viii. 5. But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, v. 15. That which is the rule of justice must itself be just; if that be otherwise, it is a constant cheat. This had been taken care of before, Lev. xix. 35, 36. This law is enforced with two very good reasons:— 1. That justice and equity will bring down upon us the blessing of God. The way to have our days lengthened, and to prosper, is to be just and fair in all our dealings Honesty is the best policy. 2. That fraud and injustice will expose us to the curse of God, v. 16. Not only unrighteousness itself, but all that do unrighteously, are an abomination to the Lord. And miserable is that man who is abhorred by his Maker. How hateful, particularly, all the arts of deceit are to God, Solomon several times observes, Prov. xi. 1; xx. 10, 23; and the apostle tells us that the Lord is the avenger of all such as overreach and defraud in any matter, 1 Thess. iv. 6.

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Patricia Schneider January 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Pastor Daryl, I’m so, so sorry for the confusion! I meant to type PROVERBS 11:1. (Which was part of your article above.)
You must think I’m a real ninny~!
However, your latest reply DID answer my original question about the word, ‘balance.’ Thank you so very much!!!
Just started seriously re-reading God’s Word about a month ago, have an online daily Bible study I go to. One passage from New Testament, one from Old Testament, for Proverbs & Psalms, too.
This site, WCWTK, which I discovered last year, has been a
TREMENDOUS aide in my daily walks with Jesus. Also helping in comprehending God’s Word better. Too many passages were leaving me bewildered or ignorant when I would read before.
I honestly thought The Holy Spirit was hiding things from me ’cause I wasn’t ‘ready’ for understanding! Pastor Jack Wellman straightened me out on that!!
Blessings from Jesus for you and your family, Pastor Jack!
Patty

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JAYAPAL August 12, 2013 at 3:12 am

Dear Pastor,
This week i am gone to speak in a Debate, about the importance of money in ministry. Can please help me out in this.

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