What Does The Bible Say About Humility?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Genesis 18:27 – Abraham answered, “Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
Numbers 12:3 – Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 – And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
1 Kings 21:29 – “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the evil upon his house.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 34:27 – because your heart was penitent and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me, and have rent your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the Lord.
Job 22:29 – For God abases the proud, but he saves the lowly.
Psalm 25:9 – He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Psalm 51:17 – The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 138:6 – For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he knows from afar.
Psalm 147:6 – The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground.
Psalm 149:4 – For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.
Proverbs 3:34 – Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor.
Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Proverbs 10:8 – The wise of heart will heed commandments, but a prating fool will come to ruin.
Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 12:15 – The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 15:33 – The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor.
Proverbs 16:19 – It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 18:12 – Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor.
Proverbs 22:4 – The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 25:6 – Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great;
Proverbs 27:2 – Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Proverbs 29:23 – A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Isaiah 57:15 – For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 66:2 – All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.
Jeremiah 9:23 – Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches;
Jeremiah 13:15 – Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the Lord has spoken.
Micah 6:8 – He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Zephaniah 2:3 – Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the wrath of the Lord.
Matthew 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 18:2-4 – And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:12 – whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Mark 9:33-37 – And they came to Caper′na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Mark 10:43 – But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
Luke 1:52 – he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;
Luke 10:30-37 – Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 14:10-11 – But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:14 – I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 22:24-27 – A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.
John 13:14-16 – If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
Acts 20:19 – serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews;
Romans 11:18 – do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
Romans 12:3 – For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.
Romans 12:16 – Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.
1 Corinthians 1:29 – so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 3:18 – Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
1 Corinthians 15:9 – For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our sufficiency is from God,
2 Corinthians 11:30 – If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:5-10 – On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Galatians 5:26 – Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.
Galatians 6:4 – But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
Galatians 6:14 – But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Ephesians 4:2 – with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
Philippians 2:1-8 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:2-3 – complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3-11 – Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:7-8 – but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 4:12 – I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want.
Colossians 3:12-14 – Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
James 3:13 – Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
James 4:1-10 – What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. Unfaithful creatures! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is in vain that the scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.
1 Peter 3:8 – Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.
1 Peter 5:5-6 – Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.