50 Bible Verses About Giving Generously to Others

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Tithing is one of the delicate and sensitive topics in our times. This makes sermons on giving to be generally frowned upon.

Yet, a majority of the verses in the Bible that deal with money speak on generosity. Giving to aid the work of God or to help those in need.

In the Bible, we see the Lord asking Israelites to bring forth their entire tithe to the Temple that there may be food. God also promises countless times that giving to the needy is not futile but that He will repay the giver. Jesus is seen speaking in the spirit of giving. Paul stresses cheerful giving.

The bottom line is- giving is essential both to the giver and the one who receives. If you want an in-depth look into the Word and what it has to say about giving, you're in luck. We have composed 50 Bible verses that touch on giving and giving generously to others:

Bible Verses About Giving

1. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

This verse shows that giving is for everyone regardless of their ability to give. A person should also share with the right kind of heart.

2. 1 Chronicles 29:14

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

These were David's words as he presented gifts to build the Temple to his son Solomon who was to make it.

3. Proverbs 18:16

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

This shows that being generous and polite can open doors for you.

4. Proverbs 11:25

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Solomon showed that one does not lose when one has God-guided generosity.

5. 2 Corinthians 8:12

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

God is keen on our readiness or willingness to give as these are what mark a generous heart to Him.

6. 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.

In this passage, Jesus was dispelling the fear of giving too much and wanted people to be free to provide as much as they would desire.

7. Proverbs 3:9

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.

By being generous in a way that recognizes God as the great provider, we show that we trust in Him with all our heart.

8. 2 Corinthians 9:10

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Paul recognizes that the Lord is the great supplier and asks Him that He may provide for the Corinthian Christians, that they may give more.

9. 2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Paul teaches that the Lord blesses so that we can be a blessing to others.

10. 2 Corinthians 9:11

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us, your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Paul teaches that Christians should not live for themselves but to glorify God and for the good of others.

11. Proverbs 3:27

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Solomon was giving some practical examples of what wisdom teaches.

12. Malachi 3:10

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

Earlier on, God had pointed out that the Israelites experienced problems and explained that these problems resulted from not bringing their tithes.

13. Matthew 6:2

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

It was a custom in those times for some to attract attention to their giving so that others may know that they are generous.

14. Luke 6:30

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

This kind of generosity can only be practiced if we are conversant with God's sacrificial love and know that He will take care of us.

15. Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

By taking delight in the Lord, God roots our desires in His will and is therefore willing to grant them to us.

16. Proverbs 21:26

All-day long, he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

This proverb shows that lazy people are continually facing disappointment why the righteous, who are implied to be hard working, have so much that they can give without sparing.

17. Matthew 19:21

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

The call to abandon everything and follow Jesus is a call to give precedence to God in all things.

18. 1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Since sacrifice is necessary, the absence of love makes it useless.

19. Psalm 37:21

The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.

David knew that the difference between the wicked and the righteous was in their conduct.

20. Matthew 10:8

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

When Jesus sent His disciples out to evangelize, they had a message to preach and the power to back it.

21. Nehemiah 8:10

Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Nehemiah uttered these words because people were mourning and weeping after the reading of the Word of God.

22. Proverbs 31:9

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

It was important for the king to be impartial in his judgment and use his power to protect the needy.

23. Matthew 6:3-4

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. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus was urging Christians to avoid indulgent self-congratulation.

24. Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

The quote of Jesus is unrecorded in the gospels but is an excellent reminder to ministers of God who are concerned about what their congregation can give them.

25. 1 Timothy 6:17- 19

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and 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.

This passage gives new insight into giving: God's way of preventing us from greed and reliance on uncertain riches.

26. Mark 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

In this passage, Jesus' principle of giving is that the spirit behind the giving determines the value of the gift given and not the amount given. God loves a cheerful giver.

27. Luke 12:33-34

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The command to give everything we have is a test of discipleship. It also helps avoid covetousness.

28. Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

God is promising that we will not lose anything by being generous and compassionate givers.

29. Hebrews 13:16

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.

Doing good and sharing are also forms of sacrifices that please God.

30. Proverbs 28:27

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

This verse also points out that giving away is the key to wealth.

31. James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

The writer of this book was thought to be James the Just, the half-brother of Jesus.

32. John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Every Christian should be a giver because God is also a giver.

33. Deuteronomy 15:10

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

God asked the Israelites to give to the poor and that the law of release that took effect in the seventh year should not discourage them from giving to the poor.

34. Proverbs 22:9

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Again, God's principle is that He blesses those that are generous to others.

35. Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus was speaking against materialism as it was in direct conflict with His disciples' loyalty to God.

36. 1 Corinthians 16:2

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come, no collections will have to be made.

Paul stresses the principle of giving, that it should be systematic, and involve God in their giving.

37. Romans 12:13

Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Our concern and care are evident in our deeds towards others either when we go to them or ask them over.

38. Deuteronomy 16:17

Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.

This was a command of God to the males in Israel; they should appear before the Lord three times in a year, and each man should give according to their ability.

39. Luke 3:11

John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."

These were John the Baptists' words to the people on what they should do; they should share and be fair to one another.

40. 1 Chronicles 29:9

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David, the king, also rejoiced greatly.

This is a demonstration of the New Testament principle of cheerful giving. They were also encouraged to give by their leaders, i.e., King David.

41. 1 John 3:17

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

John did not condone loving by words alone but wanted the love to be shown in actions.

42. Matthew 10:42

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."

What may seem like insignificant acts of kindness to God's people are seen by God.

43. James 2:15-16

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

Failing to care for a brother or sister shows that one lacks living faith.

44. Luke 11:42

"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

In this passage, Jesus was condemning the Pharisees for what they did not do and was not condemning tithing.

45. Matthew 6:24

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Jesus was pointing out that one should not serve their money but let the money serve the Lord as it would, in turn, serve them.

46. Galatians 6:6

Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the Word should share all good things with their instructor.

The idea of sharing is locked on financial support but is not limited to this.

47. Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

These were the words of Jesus while speaking about the judgment day and how the charitable actions of brethren would speak for them.

48. Numbers 18:21

"I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.

This scripture shows that tithes belong to God, and therefore when an Israelite fails to give, they rob God.

49. Luke 21:1-4

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on."

In this passage, Jesus' principle of giving is that the spirit behind the giving determines the value of the gift given and not the amount given. God loves a cheerful giver.

50. Matthew 5:42

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

We might feel compelled to only help those that can help us back, but Jesus shows that we should help all that are in need.


We have seen that one, giving is expected of every Christian. Two, God is not interested in the amount that we give, but the intent in giving. Three, sharing is the gateway to wealth. The more we give, the more the Lord gives to us. Finally, giving is God's way of saving us from covetousness.

Prayer for the Reader:

Holy Spirit, the giver of every good thing, I pray for the reader. That you may sow the seeds of giving in their heart to reap bountifully. That just as you presented your son for their sake, that they too may be compelled to provide in a way that is pleasing to God. Save them from the spirit of glorifying themselves. May they be generously giving for Your glory and to help others. This I pray in faith. Amen.

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