What does the Bible have to say about money?
Financial Peace University is a biblically-based accountability class that teaches your congregation to manage their resources in a godly manner. God has given us more than 800 scriptures showing us how to handle money His way! Here are a few of the many verses you can find on the subject of finances:
"No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and money."
"...but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures..."
"Go to the ant, o sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest."
"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law."
"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has."
"The plan of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty."
"Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow."
"The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
"Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it, (29) lest, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying 'This man began to build and was not able to finish'."
"Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds."
"Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established."
"And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine."
"A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished."
"...if riches increase, do not set your heart on them."
"Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house."
"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."
"Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add to sin."
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
"With all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
"Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight in your soul."
"Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell."
"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat."
"The silver haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness."
"A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight."
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness."
"Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, one of those who is surety for debts; if you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?"
"Let the creditor seize all that he has: and let strangers plunder his labor."
"It's stupid to guarantee someone else's loan."
"He who is surety for a stranger will suffer for it, but one who hates being surety is secure."
"The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives."
"My son, if you have become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your own mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend; Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird for the hand of the fowler."
"Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land."
"A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed and pay the penalty."
"...for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."
"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous."
"Don't muzzle the ox while he is treading out the grain."
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."
"The blessings of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it."
"He who is impulsive exalts folly."
"A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel."
"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her: So he will have no lack of gain."
"There were also some who said, 'we have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the faminie'."
"All the labor of man is for his mouth and yet the soul is not satisfied."
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."
"Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven."
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, 'Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it.' When you have it with you."
"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but the counsel of the Lord, it will stand."
"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold."
"It is better not to vow than to vow and not pay."
"And if anyone wants to sue you, and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you."
"Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof;..."
"When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase ...
"And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house: and of that Thou dost give me I will surely give a tenth to Thee."
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisess, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
"...together with a freewill offering for the house of God..."
" ...for God loves a cheerful giver."
"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts."
"And if I give all my possessions to the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love it profits me nothing."
"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself ...I give tithes of all that I possess."
"And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord."
"You shall surely tithe all of the produce from what you sow, which come out of the field every year."
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house . . "
" ...bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse."
"Will man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings."
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, says the Lord of host, 'If I will not open for you the windows of heave, and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it."