What Does the Bible say about Humility?

Jesus turns the world upside down during His earthly ministry.  The first must be last according to Him.  The greatest among us must be servants of all.  Blessed are the meek, the persecuted and the hated.  These teachings of Jesus upended the way man views himself and others in life.  They can be challenging to comprehend.  They can feel impossible to put in practice until we understand the Savior behind them.

Jesus is God with all the power and authority that entails.  Jesus humbled Himself and became a man.  He went further and became a servant of all.  He clothed Himself like a slave and washed the feet of the disciples.  He then further emptied Himself and died on the Cross for us.  The Savior was all about humility.  For more on our service, read A Slave By Choice  and God is Love and watch Sunday Sermon – His Power Perfect in Your Weakness

Jesus then says if you want to know Him, do the same.  Be a humble servant of all.  It is a world changing calling from our awesome God.

So since humility is so important in the Bible, here are 35 Great Bible Verses on Humility for our pondering.  They are indeed challenging as the title says.  This is only because we all tend to really love our own will over that of our Lord.

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1)  Philippians 2:5-8

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

2)  Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

3)  1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

 

4)  Micah 6:8

He has told 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?

 

5)  Mark 9:33-37

And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a Humility-in-the-Biblechild 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.”

 

6)  1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

 

7)  James 4:1-6

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. 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.  You adulterous people!  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 to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that 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.

 

8)  Philippians 2:3-11

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant 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 is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. …

 

9)  Isaiah 57:15

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, 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 lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

 

10)  Deuteronomy 8:2-3

And you shall remember the whole way that 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 man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

 

11)  Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

12)  Ephesians 4:2

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

 

13)  Proverbs 22:4

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

14)  Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

 

15)  Philippians 4:12

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

 

16)  2 Chronicles 34:27

Because your heart was tender 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 torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

 

17)  1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, you who 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.”

 

18)  Colossians 3:12

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,Humility-in-the-Bible

 

19)  Romans 12:3

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone 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 that God has assigned.

 

20)  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.

 

21)  James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

22)  Matthew 23:12

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

23)  2 Corinthians 12:5-12

On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would 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. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with 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.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. …

 

24)  Proverbs 18:12

Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

 

25)  John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease.”

 

26)  Proverbs 3:34

Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.

 

27)  Psalm 147:6

The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

 

28)  Jeremiah 9:23

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

 

29)  1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

 

30)  Psalm 25:9

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

 

31)  James 3:13

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

 

32)  Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

 

33)  Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

34)  Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

 

35)  Philippians 2:1-8

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from 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 rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant 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 is yours in Christ Jesus, …

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