What does the Bible say about giving to the poor?

First and foremost you must understand, that, if the only reason you give is to get something from God, you are not giving right. And if you give without love you will get no benefit. (1Cor 13:3 [NET]) If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.

Thus, let your giving reflect love and appreciation of what God has done; remember He gave it to you in the first place. (Deut 8:18 [NET]) You must remember the LORD your God, for he is the one who gives ability to get wealth;…




  1. Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
  2. Luke 3:10-11 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 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
  3. Matthew 5:42 Give to everyone who asks you for something. Don’t turn anyone away who wants to borrow something from you.
  4. Proverbs 11:24-26 One person is generous and yet grows more wealthy, ​​​​​​but another withholds more than he should and comes to poverty. A generous person will be enriched, ​​​​​​and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied. People will curse the one who withholds grain, ​​​​​​but they will praise the one who sells it.
  5. Deuteronomy 15:7-8 If there should be a poor man among your relatives in one of the cities of the land that the Lord your God is about to give you, don’t be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor relative. Instead, be sure to open your hand to him and lend him enough to lessen his need.
  6. Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
  7. Proverbs 19:17 The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
  8. Psalm 41:1-3 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.
  9. Proverbs 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
  10. Psalm 112:9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
  11. Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
  12. Romans 12:13 Supply the needs of the saints. Extend hospitality to strangers.
  13. Proverbs 11:25-27 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
  14. Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
  15. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows.