25+ Great Scripture References to Generosity & Stewardship

Old Testament

 

Leviticus 27:30 “All tithes of the land, whether in grain from the field or in the fruit from the trees, belong to the Lord, as sacred to Him.”

Deuteronomy 14:22,29 “Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the fields you have sown...so that the Lord, your God, may bless you in all that you undertake.”

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If there are poor among you, in one of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be selfish or greedy toward them.”

Deuteronomy 16:10-17 “...No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, God has bestowed on you.”

Deuteronomy 26:1-4 “...you shall take some first fruits of the various products of the soil which you harvest...and putting them in a basket...you shall go to the priests…[who will] set it in front of the altar of the Lord, your God.”

1 Chronicles 29:14 “…For everything is from you, and we only give you what we have received from you.”

Psalm 24:1 “The earth belongs to the Lord, and everything in it, the world and all its people.”

Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Proverbs 11:24 “Some people give much but get back even more. Others don’t give what they should and end up poor.”

Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will have everything he needs, but the one who ignores the poor will receive many curses.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10ff “Whoever loves money will never have enough money; whoever loves wealth will not be satisfied with it.”

Sirach 35:7-10 “...Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means.”

Malachi 3:8-10 “...Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in the house, and try me in this, says the Lord of Hosts.”

 

New Testament

 

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…”

Matthew 6:25-34 “...therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat…”

Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given to you… For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.”

Acts 4:34 “...to be distributed each according to his needs.”

Acts 20:35 “...recall the words of Jesus. There is more happiness in giving than receiving.”

Romans 12:6-8 “We have gifts that differ according to the favor bestowed on each of us.”

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 “Men should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God… Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful to his gifts.”

1 Corinthians 16:1 “Now I will write about the collection of money for God’s people. Do the same thing I told the Galatian churches to do.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-12 “Each one should give as you have decided in your heart. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give.”

Philippians 4:11-12 “...I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor and I know how to live when I am happy.”

1 Timothy 6:7-9 “We brought nothing into the world, nor have we the power to take anything out…”

James 2:14-17 “...if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. If you hope for a person to stay warm and get plenty to eat but you don’t give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing.”

James 4:2-3, 13-15 “You want things but you do not have them. You do not get what you want, because you do not ask God. ...You do not know what will happen tomorrow. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.”

1 Peter 4:8-10 “...As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received.”

1 John 3:17-18 “...We should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”

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