10 Bible Verses about Money That Will Change Your Life

Do you know how many bible verses are on the topic of “money”?

I was curious, so I did some research.

10 Bible Verses about Money That Will Change Your LifeWhat I found is shocking to say the least.  Here’s a few of the highlights from my reading:

  • Money is mentioned about 2,000 times in the bible.
  • Jesus spoke about money more than any other subject.
  • In the New Testament, money is mentioned more times than heaven and hell combined.

I was sceptical, so I decided to head over to biblegateway.com to do my own keyword search.  Here’s the list of the “money” related terms that I used for the search: Money, Gold, Silver, Finances, Borrow, Debt, Lend, Buy, Sell, Tithe, Wage, Wealth, Riches, Greed, Poor, Talent.

The Bible Says a Lot About Money

Believe it or not, this list of words returned 1,346 verses using the New Living Translation.  Add in a few more terms that I probably left out, and it’s not such a far stretch to believe money really is mentioned about 2,000 times in the bible.

I know what you’re probably thinking.  “Why are you talking about 1,346 verses?  This post is supposed to be about 10 verses that will change my life!”

God Cares a Lot About Your Finances

The reason I bring this up is to show you that God is very concerned with our view of money.  If the topic wasn’t important, or if it was easy to grasp, 1,000+ verses would not be necessary.

I realize you’re probably not interested in going through the full list of verses right now.  So, I’ve tried my best to narrow the field.  It wasn’t easy.

My goal was to touch on each “money principle” found in the bible.  If more than one verse focused on the same principle, I picked the more popular and memorable verse.  You may have heard a few (or all) of these verses before, but that’s a good thing!

The purpose of this post is to give you a resource that you can read, remember, and apply to change your financial life for the better.

While you’re reading through this list, think about your personal situation.  If you find a certain verse that really impacts you, write it down and save it for future reference.

Top 10 Life Changing Verses

1. 1 Timothy 6:9-11

People who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life…

“Money is the root of all evil” is one of the most commonly misquoted verses from the bible.  Do you see what is missing?  The words “the love of…” and the context.

By itself, you get the impression that money is always bad.  It’s not.

Paul is writing this to Timothy, who has been sent to Ephesus.  The city has seen an uprising of false teachers and people preaching as a means to become wealthy.  These “preachers” were so motivated to make money, they turned their backs on Jesus and the truth of the Gospel.

This is a scary example of evil that came directly from the love of money.

It all comes down to priorities.  You must put your trust in God and pursue a godly life.  If you find yourself loving money, watch out.  It’s a root that will cause all kinds of evil.

2. Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Again, it comes down to priorities.  Are you going to love God or love money?  Are you going to serve God or serve money?

You have a choice and you can’t choose both.

3. Hebrews 13:5

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

If you haven’t picked it up by now, here’s a third verse with the same phrase.  Don’t love money.

This verse takes it a step further by explaining why you should choose to trust God, not money.  Why?  Because God has made a promise to never fail you.

Can money fail you?  You better believe it.  I’m sure you can come up with a long list of reasons not to trust money.  Stock markets crash, people lose their jobs, unexpected medical bills can send someone into bankruptcy…  The list goes on.

Since it’s true God will never fail you, you are free to be content and satisfied, regardless of your financial situation.

4. Matthew 6:31-33

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Someone once told me, “90% of what you worry about will never happen and worrying about the other 10% doesn’t help the problem anyway!”  As believers we know that God is in control.

If we seek him first, he will take care of the rest.

5. Proverbs 13:11

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
Wealth from hard work grows over time.

Here’s the same verse from the NASB, which refers to fraud rather than get-rich-quick schemes:

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

To avoid any confusion, it’s important to understand being satisfied with your circumstances does not mean you can be lazy.   As you may expect, hard work leads to wealth.

Lying, cheating, and taking advantage of people are not sustainable ways to increase your wealth.  Over time these things will catch up with you and before you know it your money will be gone.  Honest, hard work will lead to increasing wealth.

6. Proverbs 21:5

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

While you’re working hard, you may as well work smart.  Careful planning is also important to building wealth.

7. Proverbs 22:7

Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck with bills piling up, you can relate to this verse.  Debt can trap you and control your life.

Unless you want to become a “slave to debt”, you need to work hard, be honest, plan ahead, and spend less than you earn.

8. Matthew 6:19-21

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

One more verse about priorities.  It’s ok, we need it.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of storing your treasure on here earth, especially with the pressures of today’s society.

The next time you’re trying to decide between a) buying something you don’t really need, like new clothes or a fancy new car, or b) giving your money back to God or to someone in desperate need, think of this verse.

Store your treasures in heaven, not here on earth.  Moths eat clothes.  Rust destroys cars.  Treasure in heaven is everlasting.

9. Malachi 3:9-12

You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

It’s not everyday that God tells you to put him to the test.  In fact, this is the only place in the bible this happens.  I believe God does this to make a point.

Tithing is a touchy subject, but the bible consistently says those that give generously and cheerfully will be blessed.  Unfortunately, when times are tough and we need God’s blessing the most, giving is usually the first thing to be cut out of our budgets.

We need to remember, it all belongs to God in the first place.  He doesn’t need our money, but he wants us to be faithful in giving and surrendering our possessions to him.

10. Luke 16:10-12

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

We have a responsibility to be faithful with the things we have been trusted with.  Our life on earth is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Similar to this verse is the parable found in Matthew 25:20-30 (which deserves it’s own post).  This parable is about the master who divided his money among his servants.  The servants who took the money they were given and used it to earn more were told, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  The servant that did nothing with the money was called wicked and lazy.

With wealth comes responsibility.  If you are faithful with the money, opportunity, and skills given to you, you were be rewarded here on earth as well as in heaven.

Top 10 Recap

  1. Love God.  Don’t love money.
  2. You cannot love both God and money.
  3. Be satisfied.  God has promised to never fail you.
  4. Seek God first.  He has promised to give you everything you need.
  5. Work hard.  Be honest.
  6. Plan your work.   No shortcuts.
  7. Stay out of debt.  The borrower is servant to the lender.
  8. Store your treasures in heaven.  Not here on earth.
  9. Be generous and cheerful with giving.  God will bless you in this.
  10. Be a good steward of what you have been given here on earth.

What Do You Think?

Remember, this is the list of verses that have impacted my financial life the most.  Now I want to hear from you.

Which one of these verses has made an impact on your life?  Would you add any other verses to this list?

Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Comments

  1. I would say that Matthew 6:19-21 is the most challenging verse for our current culture…especially in America. Let’s face it, there are a lot of churches here where everyone is essentially middle class or above (sometimes much farther above). How are we supposed to apply this verse? You could spend a lifetime just pondering that question and what the appropriate course of action should be.

    • Zach says:

      It is challenging. A similar verse that applies to modern America is Matthew 19:21.

      Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

      America is a rich, but there are people on this planet living today that don’t have enough to survive. There are disturbing stats that show we could all do better giving to the poor, myself included.

      • I totally agree. It’s hard, though, because capitalism IS good. Charity can’t be administered through the government, it needs to be done by individuals choosing to make a difference.

        The choices are endless…should you sell everything and move abroad for a few years (or for life) to be a missionary? How should we spend our time? What is the RIGHT way to handle our finances? The variety of opinions is endless….

        • Zach says:

          Yes, now I see your point. It makes me think of a couple C.S. Lewis quotes.

          I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusement, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little.

          If our giving does not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say it is too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot because our commitment to giving excludes them.

          Good discussion DC!

      • lizette R says:

        the point is that when we give to the Lord, or because He told us to give to other’s, We will receive back- what we do for others God will do for us. God is faithful and he will give back in abundance- funny is that when He does give us in abundance, it(material things) has usually lost the importance in our heart and we continue to give it away. there is joy in giving……

        • Candace Falkner says:

          Lizette, your post had the most impact/depth (in my opinion). As, based on your words, you have discovered the internal, (and eventual tangible) blessing one’s receives in giving. Futhermore, you also realize that material gain offers temporary satisfaction. Great post.

  2. Peter says:

    Lots of great verses there, very challenging on a lot of fronts. Money has a way of quietly becoming the most important thing in our lives – becoming an all encompassing idol, and it can be very easy to allow ourselves to think that we don’t need God. I think in some respects we in the western world are handicapped by our wealth because it keeps us from relying on God.

    One of my favorite verses that I read this week, reminding us of just how unimportant, and fleeting worldly riches are:

    Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.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.

    Great post!

    • Zach says:

      Thanks Peter!

      I agree. A Christian needs to be cautious with their finances. It’s a tricky subject (which is why we’re still writing about it!)

      That’s a great verse. Solomon comes to mind as a great example of not keeping your eyes on Jesus.

  3. Martina says:

    Thank you for your great article on Worries bible verse. I really appreciate your work on that one. Cheers, Martina.

  4. Zach,
    Love your top 10 choices of Bible verses to help others with their finances.. Keep up the writing.
    Jeff

  5. Bradley nirmalparsad says:

    Thank you for putting theses versus together, appreciated

  6. Zach, my brother, I am speechless because you are confirming what I always tell people and they though I am crazy, well done. Especially No. 10 just did not know it was in the bible… God bless you and all our readers.

  7. Thanks a lot for putting up these verses and the recaps. It sure is a great blessing to know that we’re fighting the battle with so many people across the earth :)

    The love of money is the root of all evil, just like the love of self or other fleeting, worldly objects. Thanks. God bless u

  8. connie says:

    u did a wonderful job know I have to put it to work

  9. Gena says:

    Matthew 6:31-33 stood out to me the most. Being a single mother of 3 children in this day and time with the worries of how to maintain a household and stay afloat with the financial responsibilities these verses remind me that God knows my need and He is always in control. I must seek Him first. Trust Him and not money. Everything else will come if I seek and trust God.

  10. johnnie hall says:

    put god first u will have no worries like they say money is the ruler of all evil so don’t store up treasures here on earth, store your treasures in heaven because god know your whole heart desires he will be with you for ever and ever never forsake.

  11. Kevin Roberts-Fields says:

    Zach, thank you for the time and prayers you have committed to creating this. God can’t bless something that is out of order, or another way I heard it put is that God can’t bless your mess. So I’ve been working diligently to bring my finances in order so that I will be debt free and go beyond tithing by giving in order to bless others as I have been blessed. I have applied many of the verses you provided to help me to accomplish this already but you have provided additional verses to further help. I would like to share this with my church family by including it in a sermon if it is okay with you. Thank you again for blessing me in this way and I pray that your giving attitude will result in increase for you.

  12. J.E.G. says:

    It is such fun to give that I wonder why more people don’t.
    Having/making money can be important and good, too. Without it you cannot give it away. A good example is the Pamplin family (of OR. & VA.). Every week this Christian family gives away more than most of us make in a year. Just think of the joy they share. And they earn it the hard way. I pray that God continues to bless their work, so that He will be praised for what is done in His name!

  13. crystal says:

    Im only 15 years old. And my relationship with god is complicated ? . for some reason i don’t really have a connection per say, he doesn’t talk to me or anything but i feel him watching over me, lettin me make my own decisions and find my own way out this society. I go to church but i dont really believe eveything they say i dont really follow everything the church does, i feel like their just a bunch of wannabes , like they dont wanna be there they just go, because they feel like they have too. i have my own belief my own connection with him. It’s like i go through so much stuff but i realize -it all happens for a reason at first i get mad at him since i try so hard to be good i have straight A’s , i take college classes, i pretty much have no social life, im so stressed out with school ( i have no special talents but knowledge, im pretty smart not everyones thinks i am cus of my looks . therefore i feel like that’s the only way i can make him and my family proud ) i pretty much give more than receive. im generous and have a really strong conscience. This society drives me crazy, ok i dont love money but when i grow up i wanna be an oncologist because i wanna help people, i heard they get paid really good and i wanna be able to maintain a family and have no worries . but oviously i will work very hard for this. i loooove love love clothes, and style . it’s what keeps me happy and keeps my selfesteem going. but then i keep hearing that just to focus in god like it is said here “Seek God first. He has promised to give you everything you need.” but i do really need clothes its what makes me happy,i also want to be a designer, clothes and style is one of the things i live for. and it makes me upset knowing tht the bible says that i should just seek good not materialism. i feel like im not worthy of him. i hope its just a phase im going thru im only 15 all i think about is school clothes makeup and such things. i dont wanna be like every other teenage girl though. i wanna be good . but it’s hard for me all this peer pressure. i feel when i do something bad , i feel like im goin to be forgiven anyways and i know that’s bad. but i feel like it’s life. and god is helping me along the way and i will collapse at times. i love god. his my best friends. i sometimes imagine him to be my mute best friend that just by his facial expression i figure my way to him and his heart ? i really need some advice..

    • Esther says:

      i am so blessed by your write up, and also given scriptures on money. i so much love hebrews 13;5 which U gave. May God continue to bless u.

    • Debra Cullars says:

      You seem to be an amazing young lady and a typical teenager.I really hope Zach replys soon, Sweet girl i think its ok to love clothes and we all do.Gods not gonna be angry by this, he loves us unconditionally.And i know Zach can give you the advice you need. God bless you.

    • PCY says:

      I realize this reply is very late, but this is the first time I read the post. However God’s word is never late. Continue to trust and believe God. Keep your unique relationship with Him because we all are unique. You are on the right track to achieve you dreams. As you continue to give your life to God, he will continue to guide you. Be blessed

  14. yuh ernest mah says:

    Dear people of God ,l want to help people , l want money , so that l can help other , bless me God to bless my people

  15. Federico says:

    Crystal,
    Amazingly the years of adolensance are quite complicated and it is part of growing up, this make up of the teen tears 13 thru 19 are for sure a struggle of identity recognition and a belonging into society. Your are not alone, But you have one GREAT advantage working in you side and that is your Relationship with Christ, weak or strong you Know He is real. If you are honest with your walk and talk with Christ ( your personal relationship with Him ) you will begin to know the true purpose of your existence and the years ahead will come as a fresh as the morning sun ray’s.
    This time of life is to be careful not to rush remember your 15 is beautiful to be young but be cautious who influence your decisions, Remember every action has a reaction, your choice will mark you for life, I think this will help you make your choice, ask your self will this be pleasing to God ?, building your reputation starts now and only you have to live with it’s outcomes . I have found it helpful to read the Proverbs , their are 31 proverbs in the bible and they are 31 days to a month, every morning I read the appropriate one corresponding that day, Crystal I can tell you with all honestly that if you do this and believe that you are reading is Gods word, you will be come one amazing young woman and worthy of all your talents so richly given.
    May the Lord Christ give you strength to endure His will.

  16. Ruth Atodo says:

    I read the richest man in Babylon and wanted to know Gods full position on wealth and riches, And I feel enriched after reading the 10 points from the bible. I am blessed and it is well with my soul.

  17. andrea says:

    Crystal,
    Thank you for your post. What I got out of it? Is that I am a lady in my 30′s and still into dressing up something nice and trendy and what not and as a Christian with faith in Christ and learning the word the difference is the people around us we might be into the same thing we wear the same cut of clothing, similar shades of make up but the difference is who we are inside who do we believe in and lets us guide our lives (through his word). Clothing and make up is just small part of our lives we just don’t see it as a human. Practically though lately I feel like I dress up a little more what’s considered modest in our culture maybe because its wiser.

  18. Jo says:

    Thank you so much for this well written article. My bible study leader asked us to go look up verses in the bible in regards to money (some of us are having financial issues) and I had a bit of trouble looking them up in my bible. I’m still learning how to find passages etc. So I decided to google “Money Verses in NLT bible” and came across your article. You really put everything into perspective for me. For a long time I felt “money is root of all evil” or simply just felt money is bad. I’ve always struggled with money so I’ve never had a positive relationship with money. Being 28 years old and over 50K in student loans- living paycbeck to paycheck is not fun. You always worry about money. But after reading your top ten bible verses I’ve come to realize that money isn’t ALL bad. It only becomes bad when you idolize money or wealth. Even worrying about having lack of money is idolizing it in a way because you aren’t trusting God with your worries. God says to trust him. Also, Money becomes bad when it changes your character- like when you become greedy and prideful. Or when you allow money to rule your life and make awful decisions that lead you to debt like living beyond your means. I know I have to make some tough decisions about my spending and impulsive shopping. I’ve been praying for wisdom and strength to overcome these issues. Slowly I’ve been making these changes. But I now see how important it is to GIVE back to our church-tithe weekly. I try to give 10% but lately its been under but now I want to make sure that I at least give that 10% each week. Regardless of where I am financially. I see now that it all belongs to God anyway. And all he is asking is that we give what is his and to feed the poor. How can he trust us with more if we don’t make good decisions with what he has already given us? This it itself has made me take a look at my own financial decision. It forced me to ask myself…Am I trustworthy with more money? The real answer right now is….no. I’m ashamed that I’ve done a poor job of handling HIS money but I have the wisdom now to learn to be better. Thank you again. Your article has been a Godsend. Can’t wait to share this article with my bible study group!!

  19. Lynette Landfear says:

    In the Luke account, there seems to be a link between how money is handled and God trusting us with “spiritual wealth”. By withholding spiritual wealth, I wonder what exactly that refers to. Ministry? Spiritual blessing? The fullness of Christ working in our lives similar to other sin? Is this a special category? Time for more study! Comments?

  20. bro owuna g says:

    i’m impressed,u really opened my mind eyes but my biggest problem is that i’m an hand to mouth financial status person. i’m believing God for upliftment. Bless u

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