Humility is an essential quality in the human being, basic to fostering an environment of love and understanding. Humility helps us admit our limitations and recognize when we are wrong or need help.
For the children of God, humility helps us to accept that we need him. Humility allows us to be guided by God in the search for harmony and the well-being of others.
What the Bible says about humility
1. Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the Lord imparts wisdom;
humility precedes honour.
2. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:6-7)
3. Ephesians 4:1-2
That is why I, who am in prison for the cause of the Lord, beg you to live in a manner worthy of the calling you have received, always humble and kind, patient, tolerant with one another in love.
4. Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the humble because they will receive the earth as an inheritance.
5. 2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who bear my name, humble themselves and pray, and seek me out and abandon their misdeeds, I will hear them from heaven, forgive their sin, and restore their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
6. Colossians 3:12-13
Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, saints and loved ones, clothe yourselves with tender affection and goodness, humility, kindness and patience, so that you bear with one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord forgave you, forgive you too.
7. Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfishness or vanity; rather, humbly regard others as superior to yourselves. Each one must look out not only for their own interests but also for the interests of others.
8. Philippians 2:5-8
Your attitude should be like that of Christ Jesus, who, being God by nature, did not consider equality with God something to cling to. On the contrary, he voluntarily lowered himself, taking on the nature of a servant and making himself similar to human beings. And, by manifesting himself as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, and death on a cross!
9. James 4:6
But he gives us greater help with his grace. That is why the Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.”
10. Romans 12:3
By the grace given to me, I say to all of you: Let no one think of himself higher than he ought to think of himself, but rather think of himself with moderation, according to the measure of faith that God has given him.
11. Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord, all the humble of the earth, those who have put his rules into practice.
Seek justice, seek humility; perhaps they will find refuge in the day of the Lord’s wrath.
12. Proverbs 22:4
The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
are riches, honour and life.
13. Proverbs 11:2
With pride comes reproach; with humility, and wisdom.
14. Psalm 25:9
He guides the humble in justice and teaches them his way.
15. James 4:10
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
16. Matthew 18:3-4
Then he said: I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
17. Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with each other. Do not be arrogant, instead, make yourselves supportive with the humble. Don’t believe the only ones who know.
18. Proverbs 29:23
The proud will be humbled, but the humble will be exalted.
19. Psalm 34:2
My soul glories in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
20. 1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, young men, submit to the elders. Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, because “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
(1 Peter 5:5)
21. Luke 14:11
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
22. Matthew 11:29-30
Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
23. Micah 6:8
It has already been declared to you what is good!
You have already been told what the Lord expects of you:
Practice justice, love mercy, and humble yourself before your God.
24. Proverbs 18:12
Failure is preceded by human pride;
honours are preceded by humility.
25. Colossians 2:18-19a
Do not let any of those who pride themselves on feigning humility and adoration of angels deprive you of this reality. Such boast of what they have not seen; and, puffed up by their human reasoning, they do not hold fast to the Head.
26. James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him demonstrate it with his good behaviour, through works done with the humility that his wisdom gives him.
27. Psalm 138:6
The Lord is exalted, but he takes into account the humble and looks from afar at the proud.
28. Proverbs 3:34
The Lord mocks the mockers but shows favour to the humble.
29. Proverbs 16:19
It is better to humble yourself with the oppressed than to share the spoils with the proud.
30. Mark 9:35
Then Jesus sat down, called the twelve and said to them: If anyone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all.
31. Isaiah 57:15
Because the lofty and lofty one says so, the one who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I dwell in a holy and lofty place, but also with the contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble and encourage the heart of the broken.”
32. Proverbs 27:2
Don’t brag about yourself;
Let others praise you.
33. 1 Peter 3:8
In short, live in harmony with each other; share sorrows and joys, practice brotherly love, and be compassionate and humble.
(1 Peter 3:8)
34. Isaiah 66:2
It was my hand that did all these things; that is how they came to be, declares the Lord.
I esteem the poor and contrite in spirit, those who tremble at my word.
35. Psalm 149:4
For the Lord delights in his people; to the humble, he bestows the honour of the victory.