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Top 25 Bible Verses About Poverty (NIV)

This is a hand-curated and ranked list of 25 of the most relevant Bible verses about Poverty (NIV). Verses are ranked by number of votes.

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Leviticus 25:35

232 votes
35 "'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.

Proverbs 22:2

129 votes
2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.

2 Corinthians 8:9

124 votes
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Proverbs 20:13

116 votes
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 31:8-9

100 votes
8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

Proverbs 28:6

96 votes
6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.

Ecclesiastes 9:16

76 votes
16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

Luke 6:20-21

74 votes
20 Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Proverbs 17:5

68 votes
5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 29:7

61 votes
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

1 John 3:17

60 votes
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

Proverbs 22:7

59 votes
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 28:11

56 votes
11 A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

Luke 12:32-34

53 votes
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Proverbs 24:33-34

53 votes
33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Psalm 103:6

53 votes
6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Proverbs 19:4

50 votes
4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.

Leviticus 19:9-10

49 votes
9 "'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.

Psalm 81:1-82:8

46 votes
1 Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! 2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. 3 Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand. 6 He says, "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. 7 In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 8 "Hear, O my people, and I will warn you- if you would but listen to me, O Israel! 9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. 11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. 13 "If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, 14 how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." 17 undefined 18 undefined 19 undefined 20 undefined 21 undefined 22 undefined 23 undefined 24 undefined 25 undefined 26 undefined 27 undefined 28 undefined 29 undefined 30 undefined 31 undefined 32 undefined 33 undefined 34 undefined 35 undefined 36 undefined 37 undefined 38 undefined 39 undefined 40 undefined 41 undefined 42 undefined 43 undefined 44 undefined 45 undefined 46 undefined 47 undefined 48 undefined 49 undefined 50 undefined 51 undefined 52 undefined 53 undefined 54 undefined 55 undefined 56 undefined 57 undefined 58 undefined 59 undefined 60 undefined 61 undefined 62 undefined 63 undefined 64 undefined 65 undefined 66 undefined 67 undefined 68 undefined 69 undefined 70 undefined 71 undefined 72 undefined 73 undefined 74 undefined 75 undefined 76 undefined 77 undefined 78 undefined 79 undefined 80 undefined 81 undefined 82 undefined

Amos 5:24

36 votes
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Proverbs 21:5

36 votes
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 15:16

36 votes
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

1 Samuel 2:8

36 votes
8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world.

Proverbs 29:13

35 votes
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

Matthew 8:20

33 votes
20 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."


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