There’s no denying it, when it comes to tithing there are many opinions and doubts among Christians: What is tithing? What is the meaning of tithing? Are there verses about tithing in the New Testament? Is tithing a commandment? Was tithing abolished by Jesus?
To help you clarify these (and other) questions, we decided to select 16 powerful verses about tithing in the New Testament.
These verses were carefully chosen taking into account their order of appearance in the Holy Bible.
So, if you want to answer questions about tithing or even increase your repertoire of verses on this subject, this article was made for you.
List of Verses About Tithing in the New Testament
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In addition to the 16 verses I promised, I left a super bonus at the end of this article containing the 5 most asked questions about tithing and their respective answers.
That said, let’s go to the 16 verses about tithing.
1. The giving in the early church (Acts 4:34,35)
There were no needy people among them, for those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sale, and laid it at the feet of the apostles, who distributed it according to each one’s need.
This biblical text tells us that among the early church more than 10% of the sale, the brothers delivered 100% of their sales at the feet of the apostles.
Notice the grace and heart that the first Christians had when it came to delivering values to the Lord.
2. Tithes and Offerings for Needs (Acts 11:27-29)
In those days prophets went down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
And one of them, named Agabus, stood up and indicated by the Spirit that there would be a great famine in the whole world, and this happened in the time of Claudius Caesar.
And the disciples determined to send, each one according to what he could, help to the brethren who dwelt in Judea.
This passage reveals to us that the prophet Agabus was ministering to the church and received from the Lord the prophecy that there would be a great famine in the whole world.
The prophet then raised among the brother’s tithes, voluntary offerings, and seeds of the people and left on a missionary journey to help other brothers who lived in Judea.
3. We must be careful where we put our money (Matthew 6:21)
Because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Yes, we can learn thousands of teachings on different topics from this brief text.
But, starting from the revelation that treasure speaks of goods, money, value, and something very precious – we can learn that our heart is stuck where we give our treasure.
That is, if we tithe or offer in a church that is doing something wrong in the eyes of the Lord, we will have our hearts anguished and contrite.
4. Tithing does not relieve you of other responsibilities (Matthew 23:23)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! since you tithe mint, dill and cumin, and despise the weight of the law, judgment, mercy and faith; but you must do these things and not omit those.
Here Jesus is rebuking scribes and Pharisees who tithe everything but forget the most important Christian responsibilities.
Note that at no time does Jesus not rebuke the tithe, but the attitude of the person who tithes!
5. As we give, we receive (Luke 6:38)
Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; for with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you again.
The truth is, this verse is so profound that it encompasses tithes, offerings, and so much more that a Christian should give!
6. Tithe payers must love (Luke 11:42)
But woe to you, Pharisees, who tithe mint and rue and every herb, and despise the judgment and love of God. He cared to do these things, and not leave the others.
The disciple Luke, when quoting the same passage that is in Matthew, emphasizes the love of God.
Understand, it’s no use being the biggest decimist in the church if you’re not the one who loves and reflects God the most.
The church will receive its tithes and offerings for sure, but what about God – will he? Reflects!
7. He who is faithful in little is also faithful in much (Luke 16:10)
If he is faithful in the least, he is also faithful in much; he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much.
Hey, it’s no use thinking you receive very little and it’s no use tithing. Once a brother said: “When God gives me a better job I will tithe…”
And I asked if you are not being faithful to God in little, why will he put you in much?
8. Don’t be a servant of money (Luke 16:13)
No servant can serve two masters; for he will either hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.
If you are attached to money ( you cannot tithe or offer ) you are his slave and only you can free yourself from this lord.
9. Don’t boast about tithing (Luke 18:9-14)
And he also spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves, believing that they were righteous, and despised others:
Two men went up into the temple to pray; one a Pharisee and the other a publican.
The Pharisee, standing, prayed with himself in this way: O God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers; nor yet like this publican.
I fast twice a week, and I give tithes of all that I possess.
The publican, however, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his chest, saying: O God, have mercy on me, a sinner!
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Beloved, if you understand the revelation of tithing, don’t do like the Pharisee boasting about his work of justice, he has already lost his reward.
10. Without love, nothing is worth (1 Corinthians 13:3)
Even if I give everything I own to the poor and surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it will not help me.
Again the bible emphasizes that greater than any tithe or offering is love.
11. Give each one his due (Romans 13:7)
Give to each one his due: to whom tribute, tribute; of tax, to whom is the tax; to whom fear, fear; of honor, who deserves honor.
If you believe that the Kingdom of God does not deserve honor, nor to grow and win souls, I understand why you don’t want to tithe…
12. Example of tithes and offerings collected in advance (1 Corinthians 16:1,2)
Now as for the collection that is made for the saints, do as I commanded the churches in Galatia.
On the first day of the week, each one of you set aside what he can gather, according to his prosperity, so that collections may not be made when I arrive.
In addition to collecting tithes, the early church stipulated a date for this (every first day of the week).
13. Contributions used to support those who administered the temple (1 Corinthians 9:13,14)
Do you not know that those who administer what is holy eat what belongs to the temple? And that those who serve at the altar participate in the altar?
So also the Lord ordained that those who preach the gospel should live on the gospel.
Now I ask you: ‘ If the Lord ordered that whoever preaches the gospel should live full time on the gospel, how will this be done without tithers in the church? ‘
14. Contributions of the church in Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Also, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia;
As in much trial of tribulation there was an abundance of his joy, and as his deep poverty abounded in the riches of his bounty.
For according to their power (which I myself testify) and even above their power, they gave willingly.
Asking us with many prayers to accept the grace and communication of this service, which was done for the saints.
And not only did they do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and then to us, by the will of God.
Even though they were in the midst of tribulation and great poverty, the brothers of the Macedonian churches gave voluntarily and begged the apostles to receive their tithes and offerings.
15. Don’t get tired of doing good (Galatians 6:9)
And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Don’t stop doing good, and don’t stop tithing, no matter the circumstance, in God’s time your harvest will come.
16. Beware of the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10)
For the love of money is the root of all evil. Some people, because they coveted money, have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves with many sufferings.
Beloved, run away from the love of money, being attached to earthly values is not God’s project for your life.
These are some verses about tithing in the New Testament
These tithing verses were carefully chosen to build your life. But it is worth mentioning: text out of context becomes an excuse!
So, if you really believe that you need to improve your financial life when it comes to tithing, take a few minutes during the week to read at least the entire chapter of some of these verses, so you will have a much broader understanding.
Question and Answers on Tithing in the New Testament
Now let’s go to the bonus. I separated the 5 doubts that I receive the most when the theme is tithes and answered them below, check them out.
We will answer questions like: Can I give my Tithes to the Poor? Is tithing commanded in the New Testament? Am I Required to Tithe? And others.
Can I donate my Tithes to the Poor and Widows?
Many insist on questioning themselves this:
Is it not nobler and more beautiful for me to take my tithes and give to the needy, to feed the widow and the orphan? Why do I have to give my tithes to the church?
Beloved, you’ve been listening to a lot of rubbish on the internet, because that’s not what the bible teaches us! The word of God states that the tithe is from Jesus.
Then Mary, taking a pint of ointment of pure nard, very expensive, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and she filled the house with the smell of the ointment.
Then one of her disciples, Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, who was to betray him, said:
Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?
On one occasion (John 12: 3-5) a woman brought Jesus a large offering, a very expensive perfume, she arrived and poured it at the Master’s feet.
But Judas, upon seeing this scene, was indignant and said, ‘What? We could have taken this offering, sold it, and given it to the poor…’
That was the diplomatic speech of Judas. But, you can’t have the same heart as him.
Why do you need to take what belongs to Jesus to help the poor? Why don’t you take what’s yours to do charity?
Understand that tithing is NOT charity!
This business of giving tithes to the poor is nothing more than ‘Judas’ speech, who actually loves mammon (money) and doesn’t care about being faithful to Jesus.
Why did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek?
When we read the old testament, we notice that the first man to tithe in the bible was Abraham.
Abraham was the one who received bread and wine from Melchizedek and gave tithes to him.
The context was that Abraham was in the fight to free Lot and won by taking the spoils of 9 kings – Abraham defeated 4 kings who had defeated another 5 – so I say that Abraham took the spoils of the 9.
The next day Abraham met Melchizedek who came towards him bringing bread and wine – this speaks of covenant, body, and blood.
Melchizedek lays his hands on Abraham’s head and blesses him. And after receiving the blessing Abraham returns the tithe to Melchizedek (who was king and priest).
Now I ask you: ‘Have you ever seen a poor king?’
But come on, know why Abraham gave the tithe to the king and priest Melchizedek, because the tithe is delivered into the hands of the one who has the authority and power to bless you.
This then is the principle laid down in the bible!
Am I Obligated to Give or Return the Tithe?
Beloved, tithing is not a law (in the New Testament) but a principle, so if you don’t understand the revelation of tithing, don’t, because the bible doesn’t oblige you.
Even because your salvation does not depend on the fulfillment of principles, for example:
The vast majority of people break spiritual principles every day, that’s why earthly life doesn’t move forward and gets stuck in all areas!
But please, if you don’t understand the tithing revelation, don’t come and tell those who understood that they are wrong…
When everything is aligned in your life, then yes, you have the authority to talk to us.
To recap, just to be clear, tithing is not an ordinance, commandment, or law—no one is obligated to tithe!
My husband doesn’t go to church, can I tithe?
Understand, the greatest authority over a woman’s life is not the pastor of the church but the husband.
Therefore, the blessing comes from the husband, so the bible warns: never submit to an unequal yoke!
There are women who are cursed for a lifetime and don’t know why…
However, there are cases in which the woman submits to the unequal yoke before converting and knowing Christ.
In that case, the greatest weapon is prayer, I even recommend tithing, not to attract blessings, but to the Lord’s mercy on your house.
I’m not congregating, can my wife tithe?
Men in this situation need to be ashamed of themselves and take the position that God has given them – as priests of the house.
What do you mean, women seek God and men don’t? The woman tithes and the man does not…
Men, be responsible, be the man of the house you have to be!
For you who must bring the blessing on your home and not just your wife.