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Want to know what the Bible says about Poverty? Here are 88 Bible verses about Poverty from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Leviticus 25:35 NIV
“‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.
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Proverbs 22:2 NIV
Rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord is the Maker of them all.
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2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
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 through his poverty might become rich.
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Proverbs 20:13 NIV
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
    stay awake and you will have food to spare.
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Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.
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Proverbs 28:6 NIV
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
    than the rich whose ways are perverse.
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Ecclesiastes 9:16 NIV
So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
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Luke 6:20-21 NIV
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
    for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
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Proverbs 17:5 NIV
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
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Proverbs 29:7 NIV
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
    but the wicked have no such concern.
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Proverbs 22:7 NIV
The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is slave to the lender.
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1 John 3:17 NIV
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?
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Proverbs 28:11 NIV
The rich are wise in their own eyes;
    one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
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Proverbs 24:33-34 NIV
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.
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Luke 12:32-34 NIV
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 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.
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Proverbs 19:4 NIV
Wealth attracts many friends,
    but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
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Leviticus 19:9-10 NIV
9 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
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Amos 5:24 NIV
But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!
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Proverbs 21:5 NIV
The plans of the diligent lead to profit
    as surely as haste leads to poverty.
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1 Samuel 2:8 NIV
He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
    and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
    on them he has set the world.
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