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67 Bible Verses About Poverty

Here are 67 Bible verses about poverty from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

Leviticus 25:35 KJV

And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

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Proverbs 22:2 KJV

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

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2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

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Proverbs 20:13 KJV

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

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Proverbs 31:8-9 KJV

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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Proverbs 28:6 KJV

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

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Ecclesiastes 9:16 KJV

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

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Luke 6:20-21 KJV

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

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Proverbs 17:5 KJV

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

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1 John 3:17 KJV

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

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Proverbs 29:7 KJV

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

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Proverbs 22:7 KJV

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

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Luke 12:32-34 KJV

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Proverbs 28:11 KJV

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

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Proverbs 24:33-34 KJV

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

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Psalms 103:6 KJV

The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

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Proverbs 19:4 KJV

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

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Proverbs 21:5 KJV

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

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Amos 5:24 KJV

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

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Proverbs 15:16 KJV

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

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1 Samuel 2:8 KJV

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

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Matthew 8:20 KJV

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

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Proverbs 29:13 KJV

The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

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Psalms 140:12 KJV

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

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James 2:5 KJV

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

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Luke 1:53 KJV

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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Isaiah 41:17 KJV

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

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Proverbs 30:7-9 KJV

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

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Proverbs 20:4 KJV

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

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Deuteronomy 15:11 KJV

For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

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Isaiah 25:4 KJV

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

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Isaiah 1:17 KJV

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

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Psalms 35:10 KJV

All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

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1 Timothy 5:18 KJV

For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

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Mark 11:24-25 KJV

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall havethem. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

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Galatians 2:10 KJV

Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

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Proverbs 31:20 KJV

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

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Psalms 14:6 KJV

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

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2 Chronicles 32:25 KJV

But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

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Psalms 37:25 KJV

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

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Esther 9:22 KJV

As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.

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Nehemiah 1:5 KJV

And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

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Ephesians 4:28 KJV

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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Revelation 2:9 KJV

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

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Matthew 19:21 KJV

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

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Philippians 4:12 KJV

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

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Proverbs 31:9 KJV

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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Proverbs 14:23 KJV

In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

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Psalms 82:3 KJV

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

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2 Corinthians 6:10 KJV

As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

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Romans 8:35 KJV

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

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Zechariah 7:9-10 KJV

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

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1 Samuel 2:7 KJV

The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

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Psalms 34:6 KJV

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

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Proverbs 30:8 KJV

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

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1 Corinthians 13:3 KJV

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

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Luke 3:11 KJV

He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

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Luke 4:18 KJV

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

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Job 29:12-13 KJV

Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

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Proverbs 19:22 KJV

The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

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Isaiah 61:1 KJV

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

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Proverbs 13:8 KJV

The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

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Job 1:21 KJV

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

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Proverbs 28:19 KJV

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

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Job 34:19 KJV

How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

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Proverbs 23:21 KJV

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

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