A while back I published a post on this site that gave hundreds of Bible verses about money.
The verses were all in some way related to one financial topic or another.
A few of the subjects covered in the post included greed, saving, debt, hard work, honesty, planning, stewardship, worry and where we can find true wealth.
When I look back on the post I’m glad I wrote it and I think it gives a pretty good picture of how we’re told to view money and how it relates to our spiritual lives.
One thing that I thought I could rectify with another post, however, is to give the verses a bit more focus. I wanted to write a shorter post giving a few of what I thought were the more important and impactful scriptures, along with a bit of explanation as to why I think they’re so important.
So today I want to give 8 of my favorite Bible verses about money, and talk about why I think they’re important for all Christians to know and understand.
8 Important Bible Verses About Money
I’ve read that there are over 2000 Bible verses about money and related topics.
Why is that?
I think in part because our financial lives can quickly consume us, our money and wealth becoming an idol that can overtake our lives.
In other words, if we’re not careful about how we view money it can take God’s place in our lives, and lead to ruin.
I think it’s important that we are always aware of where we place our hope. It needs to be in Christ Jesus, and not money.
So with that said, let’s look at 8 Bible verses about money that I’ve cherry picked from hundreds available. Why? I think they’re representative of some of the most important themes running through all the verses.
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.
This touches on the theme I’ve already mentioned, how money can quickly begin competing for our attentions with God.
Money, in some ways, allows us to be more self sufficient and to allow ourselves to think that we don’t really need God. Once we begin to serve money, and do anything to get more of it – it won’t be long before money becomes your master.
Be on guard about your need for a savior!
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
One idea that runs through a lot of the verses is that true contentment doesn’t come from having money or possessions, but instead through having a personal relationship with Christ.
I’ve found it to be true in my own life. Whether you’re going through life with a lot, or a little, true meaning and contentment comes not from your circumstances or the things you have, but from above.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
There are a lot of verses about greed, I think because it’s such an important topic. It is constantly stressed how we need to guard against allowing our money and possessions to become our life’s defining goal and pursuit.
Greed never ends well, the Bible makes that abundantly clear with tens of verses on the topic (examples include Mark 8:36, Proverbs 15:27, Proverbs 1:19). Ephesians 5:5 says, “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God“
Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
This is a short verse, but to me it says a lot. It tells us how it’s important to stand by our word, and to follow through when we’ve said we’re going to do something.
If we borrow money, we need to repay it. We shouldn’t be deceitful in our dealings.
It also tells us what we need to do in order to be righteous. We need to be merciful to others, and live with a spirit of giving. In other words we need to live a Christ-like life.
1 Timothy 6:6-12 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 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. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
This verse is one of the most often mis-quoted, but still most illuminating scriptures about money.
Many people quote this verse, wrongly, as saying that money is the root of all evil. In fact, the verse says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. In other words, it’s not the money itself that is evil, but the love of money. It also says the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, not that it is the root of all evil. Big difference.
In any event, it is just as easy for someone with $100 in their bank account to fall prey to the love of money as it is for someone with 1 million dollars. It’s an issue of the heart and where our focus lies.
No matter whether you are rich or poor a love of money will lead to “many foolish desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction“.
It tells us that we need to flee from the love of money, and instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. All of which we need God’s help to do because of our inherently selfish natures.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
This verse once again focuses on the importance of being generous to a fault, to be “rich in good deeds” and never allowing your focus to waver from where it needs to be.
Don’t put your hope in wealth because it never satisfies.
Matthew 6:25, 33 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
I know that worry is a big problem for a lot of people, always worrying about whether they’ve got enough for retirement, if they’ll be able to make next month’s mortgage payment or send their kids to college. One worry replaces the next.
While it’s a good idea to plan for your future, there’s also a danger of allowing yourself to worry too much, not trusting in God’s provision – and instead trusting in wealth.
We’re told that God will provide for us because he knows we need these things, but there are more important things to do, like seeking His kingdom and His righteousness. When we do that we’ll find that we’re always in his care, no matter what. He will provide.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This last verse, while it doesn’t speak directly to the topic of money, does talk about where we can find true riches, in God’s son Jesus Christ.
Jesus came down to earth, lived a blameless life and then died for our sins. Despite all the bad things we’ve done, He forgives our sins as long as we believe in Him and acknowledge our need for Him.
We are forgiven and have an inheritance in heaven that we haven’t earned, but are freely given. It truly is amazing!
When I read these scriptures a lot of them come back to the idea of making sure of where our focus in life is.
Are our eyes fixed on temporal things of this world like money and possessions, or is our gaze focused on an eternal treasure that never rusts, fades or disappears?
Do you want to change your focus today and find your inheritance in Christ? You can. Just pray a prayer like this one:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Thanks Peter – This is always a great reminder.
It’s amazing how much the Bible has to say about money.
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Sean H says
Peter, thank you so much for writing this, and also providing the link to the verses in the Bible referring to finance. Awesome.
Brian Jewell says
The passage in Matthew 6 is one of the important things I’ve ever learned in my financial life as a Christian. Given the opportunity, money will make a slave of you — and it happens in many ways besides just greed or debt. I learned so much about this that I’ve dedicated a whole section to the idea on my blog “God, Money & Me” — http://godmoneyme.com/category/are-you-a-slave/.
Financial coaching with glenn says
great article and thanks for sharing…
So, I was worried because I don’t know if my parent are right about having more money than they receive in the income tax. I told them that enough because God gives you this money but they said it’s not enough. Can you pray for my parent and me?
That is what i needed to read or hear. Like the song says. “Cant buy me looooove.” now how about this one for u Pete. Did u know that one day in the very near future, we will all be confronted by the “system” aka “beast” in revelation, with an order to worship on sunday or die??? We are with amazing speed seeing prophecy being fulfilled. And also are you a new age christian? meaning do u beleive that faithful christians will not go through the Great Tribulation and be as they say caught up in the “rapture”? I belong to the church of the Holy Bible!!! And for me it tells me that all “churches” are fallen. Look it up! I bet it will only help u get even stronger in the faith we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. O also stick to the King James version brother. Its the closest to the original Scriptures!!! God bless you n urs bro!!!
Psalms does teach some practical applications of how to handle one’s finances. Consider for example the Bible making references to one’s keeping track and making an account of one’s possessions which is a “wise” thing to do. Jesus’s parable (I think) about the servants given money to invest for their master. Being frugal is something the Bible makes references to as well.
To simply say that God will take care of us and that’s that, and not earnestly seeking his guidance towards financial security is in my opinion pure folly.
Pastor Udoh innocent Udoh says
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I Love all of this.Is it rite for some one to accept money from a lier?
It’s amazing…… It’s amazing how much the Bible has to say about money.
Joan Dahlberg says
Thankyou! I do need to get out of debt and have been chipping away on it but also my teeth need fixing. I’m a Senior and really have no retirement but ssi which is so small. I do need Jesus as Savior and have prayed. I also get so much mail asking for help and do give and want to help!
Thank you for your scriptures on money. I’ve been a christian nearly 18 yrs now and still get stuck on the issues if money. I’ve tithed faithfully for most of the 18 yrs . Following Malachi 3 and other scripture references. I just recently decided to stop tithing and just give from my heart as I felt it was under the law and we were in debt. Once I stopped we recieved an inheritance from father in law to pay off debts. Now we can finally save for a downpayment on a house. Bu it seems like whenever I try to save money, something always comes up and my efforts are thrwatred. It’s so frustrating to me . Am I suppose to try saving or not? I know bible says to be good stewards of our money but it also says to not store up for yourselves but treasures in heaven..I get confused. God always provides in the end I have noticed but am I wasting my time trying to save my money!? I want to do my part but when I do it almost always falls apart and I’m praying to God why can’t I seem to do this? Am I NOT to TRY providing for myself ?
James mnaro says
Really you had inspired me am really in a dilemma need prayers even house rent is a problem my living standards is very poor what I need is a job to clear my debts which are all over me.
Need prayers even where I do volunteer to work no payments at all since the school was corrupted and has carried many opherns who have no Sooners to look after them so we survive under debts plz wee need the hand of God to take us through
Paolo Lloren says
All Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you as i was blessed with this Article.
Ramona Reeves says
Well, I get it now
Many thanks for your help.
Godwill Patrick says
I have a problem with financial thoughts when i read the word. Sometimes i get thoughts that make me feel guilty whenever i invest and get a lot of money from my investments or i receive money that is in other people’s standards plenty!. I start to stumble and feel like i have made a sin for having alot of money
Ini Olaposi says
Well said. Having money is not truly the problem, but covetousness and lust are. Money can easily become an idol to man. We must keep our gaze on true riches per time.
Raphael mulu says
Thanks for sharing the wisdom in the 8 verses they clearly define the basis of sin in our persuit of material things which are given to us by God freely if do his will.
Daniel Jaime says
I know Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel followers are cringing.