Key Verses

While much has been said on the subject, the best place to look for sound teaching on generosity is the Bible itself. Both the Old and the New Testament present generosity as fundamental to the life of God’s people—not as a deadening duty but as a joyful opportunity to obediently seek first God’s kingdom.

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God is exceedingly generous

2 Corinthians 8:9—“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

Genesis 1:29-30—“And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

Psalm 65:9-10—“You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it… You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.”

Psalm 136:25—“[The LORD] gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.”

Matthew 8:11 — “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Acts 17:24-25—“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth… gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”

John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 8:32 — “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Romans 11:36 — “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

Ephesians 2:4-8—“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ… so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you
have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”

1 Timothy 6:17c — “…God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”

Titus 3:4-7—“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us… by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of
eternal life.”

James 1:17—“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…”

1 John 5:11—“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

God’s ownership and our stewardship

Psalms 24:1 — “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof”

Genesis 1:28— “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Leviticus 25:23 — “The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 8:18 — “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 10:14—“Behold, to the LORD your God belong the heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.”

Job 41:11—“Who has first given to me [God], that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.”

Psalm 8:6—“You have given him [mankind] dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet”

Psalm 89:11-12—“The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.”

Psalm 100:3—“Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Haggai 2:8 — “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts.”

1 Corinthians 4:7—“What do you have that you did not receive? If you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Romans 11:36 — “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

1 Corinthians 4:2 — “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (NIV)

Matthew 25:21 — “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

Colossians 1:25—“I became a minister of the according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.”

1 Peter 4:10—“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”

God’s heart for the poor

Luke 6:20—“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

Deuteronomy 10:18—“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”

1 Samuel 2:8—“He raises the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.”

Psalm 68:5—“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”

Psalm 69:33—“For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.”

Psalm 113:7-9—“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren women a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!”

Proverbs 14:31— “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”

Proverbs 15:25— “The LORD tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries.”

Proverbs 19:17—“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Proverbs 29:14—“If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.”

Jeremiah 22:16—“He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.”

Matthew 25:40—“Truly, I say to you, as you did it t one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Luke 4:18—“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”

1 Corinthians 1:28— “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are”

2 Corinthians 8:9—“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

Galatians 2:10—“Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”

James 1:27—“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

James 2:5—“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?”

1 John 3:17—“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Revelation 2:9—“I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!” (NIV)

Faith and finances

Luke 12:34—“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Deuteronomy 8:18—“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth”

Psalm 37:21—“The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives”

Psalm 62:10— “Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.”

Proverbs 13:22—“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.”

Proverbs 15:6—“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.”

Proverbs 15:16—“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.”

Proverbs 28:20—“A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”

Matthew 6:19-21 —“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:24 —“No one can serve two masters, for either he will 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.

Matthew 13:44— “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Matthew 22:21—“They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Romans 13:6—“For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.”

Romans 13:8—“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (ESV)

1 Timothy 6:7—“[W]e brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.”

Hebrews 11:23, 26—“By faith Moses… considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”

Revelation 2:9—“I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!” (NIV)

Blessings of wealth

Proverbs 10:22— “The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”

Genesis 1:31— “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

1 Chronicles 29:12—“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.”

Psalm 112:1, 3— “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD… Wealth and riches are in his house…”

Proverbs 15:6—“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.”

Proverbs 19:4—“Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.”

Proverbs 21:20—“Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”

Proverbs 22:4—“The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 24:3-4—“By wisdom a house is built… by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19— “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.”

1 Timothy 6:17— “God… richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”

Revelation 5:12— “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Perils of prosperity

Luke 6:24—“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

Proverbs 11:28—“He who trusts in his riches will fall”

Isaiah 5:8—“Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land.”

Hosea 10:1-2—“The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars. Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars and destroy their pillars.”

Matthew 13:22—“[T]he deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

Matthew 19:24—“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 12:15—“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Luke 12:48—“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

Luke 16:25—“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.”

1 Timothy 6:9—“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”

James 5:1-5—Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you…. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire… You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day
of slaughter.”

Revelation 3:17—“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

Revelation 18:19—“And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, “Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been laid waste”

Joy of generosity

Acts 20:35—“‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Deuteronomy 26:10-11 —“And you shall set [the first fruits] down before the LORD your God and worship before the LORD your God. And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.”

Nehemiah 8:10-12—“Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Nehemiah 12:43—“And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.”

Psalm 112:5—“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.”

Proverbs 11:24—“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

Proverbs 11:25—“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Matthew 19:29 — “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”

Luke 6:38 — “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”(NIV)

Acts 2:45-46—“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 — “Command those who are rich in this present world … to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:7—“God loves a cheerful giver.”

Hebrews 11:26—“[Moses] considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”

Hebrews 12:2—“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross”

Participating in God’s generosity

Matthew 10:8—“Freely you have received, freely give.” (NIV)

1 Chronicles 29:14— “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”

Psalm 112:9—“He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever” (NIV)

Matthew 5:42—“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

Matthew 10:38-39—“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Luke 3:8a, 10-11—“‘Produce fruit in keeping with repentance …’ … ‘What should we do then?’ the crowd asked. John answered, ‘The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.’ ” (NIV)

Luke 8:1-3 — “Jesus traveled about… proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who … were helping to support them out of their own means.” (NIV)

Luke 14:27, 33—“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple… any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

John 15:12-13— “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Acts 20:35—“‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Romans 12:13—“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

2 Corinthians 8:7—“But as you excel in everything… see that you excel in this grace of giving.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:6-7—“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give what he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:11—“You will be made rich in every way to be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2—“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Hebrews 13:16— “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

1 Peter 4:10—“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”

1 John 3:16-17 — “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (NIV)

Idolatry, greed, and injustice

Colossians 3:5—“Put to death… greed, which is idolatry.” (NIV)

Exodus 20:17— “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Deuteronomy 31:20—“For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey… they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant.”

Psalm 115:4—“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.”

Proverbs 13:23—“The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.”

Isaiah 3:15—“What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.”

Ezekiel 16:49—“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” (NIV)

Ezekiel 33:31—“With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.” (NIV)

Hosea 2:8—“She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold—which they used for Baal.” (NIV)

Hosea 10:1-2—“The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars. Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars and destroy their pillars.”

Amos 5:11—“Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.”

Micah 2:2—“They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.”

Luke 12:15 — “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

1 Corinthians 5:11—But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of… greed”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11—Or do you not know that the unrighteous… thieves, nor the greedy… will inherit the kingdom of God”

Ephesians 5:3—“But among you there must not be even a hint of… greed”(NIV)

Ephesians 5:5—“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is… is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

2 Peter 2:1, 3, 14—“But false prophets also arose among the people… And in their greed they will exploit you with false words…. They have hearts trained in greed.”

Generosity and justice

Deuteronomy 10:18—“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”

Psalm 72:1, 4, 6—“Give the king your justice, O God…  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy…  May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!”

Psalm 112:5—“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.”

Proverbs 29:7—“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

Proverbs 29:14—“If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.”

Proverbs 31:8-9—“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Isaiah 1:17—“[L]earn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Isaiah 56:1—“Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness”

Jeremiah 21:12— “Execute justice in the morning, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of your evil deeds.”

Micah 6:6-8—“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Matthew 23:23— “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”

2 Corinthians 8:13-14—“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality”

Generosity and tithing

Matthew 23:23—“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”

Leviticus 27:30— “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD’s; it is holy to the LORD. “

Numbers 18:26 –“Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the LORD, a tithe of the tithe.”

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.  And before the LORD your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the LORD your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the LORD your God chooses, to set his name there,  then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the LORD your God chooses  and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household.  And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.  “At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns.  And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.”

Deuteronomy 26:1-2— “When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it,  you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there.”

Malachi 3:8-10— “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Generosity and contentment

Hebrews 13:5— “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

Psalm 73:25-26—“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Proverbs 30:8-9—“[G]ive me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10—‘Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” (NIV)

Philippians 4:11-14— “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Luke 3:14— “Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Luke 12:22-34— “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys….”

1 Timothy 6:6-10—“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Generosity and community

Romans 12:13—“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

Deuteronomy 15:4—“But there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess”

Deuteronomy 23:19—“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest.”

Jeremiah 29:7—“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Luke 14:12-14— “He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Acts 2:44-45—“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”

Acts 4:32-37—“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common…  There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold  and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”

Romans 15:7—“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Romans 12:16—“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.”

2 Corinthians 8:13-14—“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality”

Galatians 6:10—“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Hebrews 13:2—“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

1 Peter 2:12—Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

1 Peter 2:15—“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”

1 Peter 2:17—“Love the brotherhood.”

1 Peter 4:9—“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Generosity and mission

Genesis 12:1-3—“I will bless you… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Acts 11:27-30—“Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.”

Romans 15:25— “At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.  For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.  For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.  When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you.”

1 Corinthians 16:1-4—“Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.  And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.  If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-7—“ We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.”

Galatians 2:9-10—“[W]hen James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”

Philippians 4:15—“And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.”

Generosity and worship

Romans 12:1—“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

Deuteronomy 16:16-17—“No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD God has blessed you.” (NIV)

1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”

Isaiah 58:6-7—“Is not this the fast that I choose…  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house…?”

Micah 6:6-8—“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Acts 10:2-4 “[Cornelius] gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.”  And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.”

2 Corinthians 9:11-15—“You will be made rich in every way to be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:12-15—“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

Hebrews 13:16— “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

James 1:27—“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

Giving wisely

Galatians 6:10—“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”

Matthew 6:1-4—“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:19-21 —“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 14:12-14— “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

2 Corinthians 8:13-14—“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality”

1 Timothy 6:17-19—As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,  thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.