The last few weeks we’ve been doing a series on what the Bible says about money.
This week, we’re closing out that series with a list of Bible verses about money, covering topics such as budgeting, debt, stewardship, taxes, investing, giving, and everything in between.
If you’ve ever wondered if the Bible has practical advice on how to handle your money and possessions, look no further.
I tried to categorize these Bible verses about money as best I could, but you’ll notice that several of them could actually fit into multiple categories.
So, without further ado…
101 Bible Verses About Money
Table of Contents
Unless otherwise noted, scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 27:23-24 (NASB)
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
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?
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms with injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages…
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
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.”
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
Children and family
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
2 Corinthians 12:14
For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
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.
Choosing advisors and seeking wise counsel
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers, they succeed.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Plans are established by wise counsel…
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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.”
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
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.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
Proverbs 22:26-27 (NIV)
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
Debt and credit
The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives…
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
1 Corinthians 7:23
You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.
Estate planning and inheritances
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.
‘Get rich quick’ schemes
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
Giving and generosity
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 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.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
1 John 3:16-18
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 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.
God’s role in our finances
1 Samuel 2:7
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
Psalm 24:1 (NASB)
The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.
For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Investing, saving, and retirement
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”
And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Lawsuits and litigation
What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!
Planning and organization
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion.
1 Corinthians 14:40
But all things should be done decently and in order.
Rich and poor
Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Stewardship and our role as stewards
You have given him (man) dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. (emphasis added)
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Taxes and government
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
“Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.
And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
1 Corinthians 3:7
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.