Scriptures about Poverty

  • Proverbs 20:13 - Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
  • Proverbs 21:5 - The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
  • Proverbs 22:2 - The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
  • Proverbs 28:6 - Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
  • Proverbs 31:8-9 - Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
  • Proverbs 17:5 - Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
  • Proverbs 29:7 - A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
  • Amos 5:24 - But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

SERVING THE POOR

  • Proverbs 19:17 - Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
  • 1 John 3:17-18 - 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? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
  • Isaiah 58:10 - If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.  (blessings are promised to those who help the poor.  It makes you happy.)
  • Acts 20:35 - In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • Proberbs 28:27 - Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
  • 1 Timothy 5:8 - But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
  • Matthew 26:11 - For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
  • Matthew 25 - 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’
Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.