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10 key Scriptures to follow when managing your money

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The Scriptures provide guidelines for all areas of our lives, including our finances. By browsing books like Ecclesiastes or Proverbs, we can find real pearls on money management! Here are 10 key verses that constitute rules to follow in our finances!

1) Give a share of your income to God!

“Honor the Lord with your goods and with the first of all your products! (Proverbs 3:9)

2) Don’t idolize money.

“No servant can serve two masters. For either he will hate one and love the other; or he will cling to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (deity of money and material wealth).” (Luke 16:13)

3) Make money legally.

“An ill-gotten fortune diminishes, but he who accumulates little by little increases his wealth.” Proverbs 13:11

4) Anticipate your needs for difficult times by saving!

“Go to the ant, sloth. Consider his ways and become wise. It has neither chief nor inspector nor master. She prepares her food in the summer. She gathers during the harvest what to eat.” Proverbs 6:6-8

5) Make money grow wisely.

“He who had received the five talents came near, bringing five more talents, and he said: Lord, you have given me five talents; behold, I have won five more. His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will entrust you with much; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20-21)

6) Learn contentment.

“Let your conduct not be guided by the love of money, be content with what you have. Indeed, God himself said: I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

7) Avoid borrowing

“The rich rules over the poor, And he who borrows is slave to him who lends.” (Proverbs 22:7)

8) Be generous and give to people in need.

“I have shown you in any case that it is by working in this way that you must support the weak, and remember the words of the Lord, who himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive. .” (Acts 20:35)

9) Pay debts or taxes.

Is it lawful for us to pay tribute to Caesar or not? Jesus perceiving their cunning, answered them:  Show me a denarius. Whose effigy and inscription does it bear? From Caesar, they answered. Then he said to them, Render therefore to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. (Luke 20:22-25)

10) See yourself as manager of God’s money because it is He who provides!

“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Old 2:8)

 

Contrary to what some speeches might imply, money is not bad in itself. We have to learn to look at it according to divine principles. So, let’s try to follow these 10 verses: our financial management will only be better for it!

 

60 Powerful Bible verses about money

Whether we like it or not, money is essential. And while managing our finances can be stressful, we should try to keep a healthy perspective by remembering that God created money for a particular purpose.

Fortunately, many Bible verses about money provide us with a biblical view of money and possessions! They reveal God’s purpose in providing us with material possessions, as well as how he wants us to manage our money.

Studying these scriptures can give us a healthy view of money, turning our selfishness into selflessness and greed into generosity. (Note: The Bible verses cited in this blog are from the New International Version.)

What does the Bible say about money?

Did you know more than 2,000 scriptures about money in the Bible? To help you find the verses you’re looking for, we’ve organized them into six categories.

As you dive into these scriptures on money, ask God to help you gain a deeper understanding of how to handle your money. As James 1:5 promises us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Bible verses about provision

It’s easy to worry about money. We often ask ourselves questions like, “Will I have enough money to pay my bills this month?” or “What will I do if I lose my job?”

To reduce financial stress, it’s important to put your hope in God rather than in money. We do this because God is the source of all that we have. He is our Heavenly Father, and as a good Father, he takes responsibility for providing for us.

The following scriptures about provision include promises that when we seek and trust the Lord, he will provide for all of our needs.

  • Psalm 20:7
    Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
  • Psalm 37:4
    Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  • Matthew 6:25–26
    “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
  • Matthew 6:33–34
    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
  • Luke 12:28
    “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
  • Romans 8:32
    He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
  • Philippians 4:19
    And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Timothy 6:17
    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.

Bible verses about contentment

Once we appreciate God’s provision and become grateful for what we have, we can then experience a true sense of contentment. Many benefits are associated with contentment, including reduced anxiety and increased happiness.

Being content also helps us stop comparing ourselves to others. Helen Keller once expressed her perspective on contentment this way: “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

Here are several scriptures about contentment that can help change our outlook on what we have—or don’t have.

  • Job 36:11
    If they obey and serve him [God], they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
  • Psalm 37:16–17
    Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
  • Proverbs 30:8b
    Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
  • Luke 3:14
    Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
  • Philippians 4:11–12
    I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
  • 1 Timothy 6:6–8
    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.
  • Hebrews 13:5
    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Bible verses about finances

When the Bible mentions finances, it’s usually related to being a good steward of all that God has given to us.

Check out the following scriptures about finance, which are focused on three main categories: money management, debt, and saving money.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT MONEY MANAGEMENT

All that we have, including our wealth, is a gift from God (Psalm 24:1; Job 41:11). Reading the following verses, you will notice a major biblical theme about managing money—we are expected to grow what God has given us! In the end, we will be accountable for how we have invested what was entrusted to us.

  • Matthew 25:14–30
    One of the most compelling examples of this biblical truth is found in Jesus’ parable of the bags of gold

    Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

    The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

    The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

    Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
    His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
    ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Jesus told a similar parable in Luke 19:11–26, and its conclusion was the same:

  • Luke 19:26
    “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.'”

In addition to Jesus’ parables, here are some more examples of scriptures about finance.

  • Proverbs 27:23
    Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6
    Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
  • 1 Peter 4:10
    Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
    Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT DEBT

Scripture provides us with multiple verses that teach about debt, loans, borrowers, and lenders, for example:

  • Proverbs 22:7
    The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
  • Proverbs 22:26–27
    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.
  • Habakkuk 2:7
    Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.
  • Matthew 5:42
    Give to the one who asks you, and does not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
  • Luke 7:42
    “Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
  • Romans 13:7–8
    Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT SAVING MONEY

The Bible even talks about the importance of saving money for the future!

  • Proverbs 6:6–8
    Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
  • Proverbs 13:11
    Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
  • Proverbs 13:22
    A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
  • Proverbs 21:5
    The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
  • Proverbs 21:20
    The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Bible verses about generosity & giving

One of the primary biblical themes about money centers around giving to others. Generosity, sacrificing, tithing, and being selfless are foundational values found in scriptures about money that Christians have been living out for thousands of years.

Today, scientific studies have even confirmed that there are many positive effects from being genuinely generous, including better overall health and quality of life, increased happiness and self-esteem, and more feelings of contentment!

  • Deuteronomy 16:17
    Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
  • Proverbs 3:9
    Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.
  • Proverbs 3:27
    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.
  • Proverbs 14:31
    Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
  • Proverbs 22:9
    The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
  • Malachi 3:10
    “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
  • Matthew 19:21
    Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
  • Luke 6:33–36
    “And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
  • Luke 6:38
    “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
  • Luke 12:33-34
    “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  • Acts 4:32–35
    All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power, the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales, and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
  • Acts 20:35
    In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7
    Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  • Galatians 6:7–10
    Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
  • 1 Timothy 6:18–19
    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.

Bible verses about money & greed

The opposite of generosity is greed. Studies show that greed causes stress, depression, despair, and anxiety, leading people into vices such as gambling, hoarding, and theft.

But what does the Bible say about greed? Let’s take a look.

  • Psalm 62:10
    Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Proverbs 23:4
    Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
  • Ecclesiastes 5:10
    Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
  • Matthew 6:21
    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  • Matthew 6:24
    “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
  • Matthew 19:23-24
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
  •  Luke 12:15
    Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
  • Ephesians 5:5
    For of this, you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • 1 Timothy 6:9–11
    Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  • James 5:1–6
    Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last few days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
  • 1 John 2:15–17
    Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
  • Revelation 3:17
    You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

Proverbs about money

The book of Proverbs provides us with biblical wisdom and an understanding of what is right and wrong. Here are some bonus money-related verses from Proverbs in addition to the ones already listed in the sections above.

  • Proverbs 10:4
    Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
  • Proverbs 10:22
    The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.
  • Proverbs 12:11
    Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
  • Proverbs 18:11
    The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
  • Proverbs 22:1
    A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
  • Proverbs 23:5
    Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.