19 Proverbs about money

I still remember the first time I read through the book of Proverbs and I was fascinated that there were so many proverbs about money.

The book is full of so much amazing wisdom and thankfully for us all, the Bible says a lot about money.

So this isn’t all of the money-focused proverbs, but these are 19 that stood out to me.

Please add any that you think should be on the list in the comments below!!

Hard Work And Wealth

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV) 

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) 

“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”

Proverbs 12:11 (NIV) 

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”

Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) 

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Proverbs 14:23

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Proverbs 24:33-34 (NIV) 

There are many verses in Proverbs that talk about the importance of hard work.

Those who work hard are more likely to be successful from a financial standpoint. If we sit around and do nothing all day, it is unlikely that we’ll be able to feed ourselves, much less build wealth. Additionally, it’s important for us to remember that this wealth should be gained honestly.

Proverbs On Greed

“Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.”

Proverbs 1:19 (NIV) 

“Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.”

Proverbs 11:26 (NIV) 

“One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.”

Proverbs 22:16 (NIV) 

“Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.”

Proverbs 22:22-23 (NIV) 

While building wealth is encouraged in Proverbs, doing so from a heart of greed is not.

Trusting in God for our sustenance is a good step toward remembering where the money comes from, which should lead to humility rather than a belief in our own abilities to grow wealth in our own strength. 

Debt Proverbs

“One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.”

Proverbs 17:18 (NIV) 

“The rich rule over the poor, And the borrower is slave to the lender.”

Proverbs 22:7 (NIV) 

“Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.”

Proverbs 22:26-27 (NIV) 

Debt should be approached with extreme caution. In our modern society, debt is far too easy to accumulate. The economic system provides for this ease. Student loans , mortgages and credit cards abound.

And beyond the fact that debt puts us in bondage, consumer debt makes is extremely difficult to build wealth.

Seek to pay off your credit card debt if you are in it and then once you get all your consumer debts paid off, it is time to focus on paying off the mortgage early.

Investing Money

“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”

Proverbs 13:22 (NIV) 

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.”

Proverbs 27:23-24 (NIV) 

Proverbs about Giving

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

Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)

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

Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.”

Proverbs 14:21 (NIV) 

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

Proverbs 22:9 (NIV) 

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

Proverbs 28:27 (NIV) 

God calls for his people to be generous with money (and everything really). The New Testament tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

And the bible really has a lot to say about giving and tithing.

As Christians, we are called to be generous when it comes to the needy around us. Caring for others is a very practical way to share the love of God with others. 

The first part of Proverbs 10:22 says that “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth.” Regardless of how wealthy we might be, it’s important to remember that it is God who provides us with the skill and ability to make money (Deut 8:18).

Wealth comes from Him, and He wants us to use it for furthering His purposes, not ours. If we use our income to make God greater in the sight of others, we are taking an important step toward bringing Him glory.

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