Proverbs Project: Poverty & Wealth

Proverbs related to Poverty & Wealth:


Proverbs 3:9-10
Honor the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:13-15
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,

those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.


Proverbs 6:9-11
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?

When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.


10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.


18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.


Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make for poverty,

but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 10:15
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,

but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Proverbs 10:22
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,

without painful toil for it.

Proverbs 11:4
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,

but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11:28
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,

but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Proverbs 13:7-8
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;

another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
A person’s riches may ransom their life,
but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.


Proverbs 13:11
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,

but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:22
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,

but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 14:20-21
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,

but the rich have many friends.
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.


 Proverbs 14:31
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,

but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 15:16
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord

than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness

than much gain with injustice.

Proverbs 17:5
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;

whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

 Proverbs 17:16
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,

when they are not able to understand it?

Proverbs 18:11
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;

they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

Proverbs 18:23
23 The poor plead for mercy,

but the rich answer harshly.

Proverbs 19:1
1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless

than a fool whose lips are perverse.

 Proverbs 19:4
Wealth attracts many friends,

but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

Proverbs 19:7
The poor are shunned by all their relatives—

how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.


Proverbs 20:16
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.


Proverbs 22:1
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;

to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:7
The rich rule over the poor,

and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Proverbs 22:16
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth

and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Proverbs 23:4-5
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;

do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Proverbs 23:10-11
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone

or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.


Proverbs 27:23-27
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,

give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.

Proverbs 28:3
A ruler who oppresses the poor

is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Proverbs 28:6
Better the poor whose walk is blameless

than the rich whose ways are perverse.

Proverbs 28:8
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor

amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

Proverbs 28:11
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;

one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

Proverbs 28:20
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,

but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

 Proverbs 28:27
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,

but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.


Proverbs 29:7
The righteous care about justice for the poor,

but the wicked have no such concern.


Proverbs 29:13-14
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:

The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will be established forever.


Proverbs 31:8-9
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.



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