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125 Bible Verses about Being Humble

Humility is a virtue celebrated across cultures, philosophies, and religions for its strength in gentleness and modesty. In Christianity, humility is a cornerstone of spiritual growth and reflects Christ’s character. The Bible offers countless passages that highlight the beauty and importance of being humble. These 125 Bible verses about being humble guide us to lower our hearts before God, serve others with love, and walk humbly in our daily lives.

 

Being Humble Before God

  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • James 4:10 – “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
  • 1 Peter 5:6 – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
  • Isaiah 57:15 – “For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.'”
  • Proverbs 22:4 – “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”
  • Deuteronomy 8:2 – “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”
  • Zephaniah 2:3 – “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.”
  • 2 Samuel 22:28 – “You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.”
  • Psalm 18:27 – “You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.”

Being Humble in Service

  • Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
  • John 13:14 – “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”
  • Matthew 20:26 – “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”
  • Galatians 5:13 – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • Romans 12:16 – “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
  • Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Luke 22:26 – “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”
  • 1 Peter 5:5 – “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”

Being Humble and Learning Humility

  • Matthew 11:29 – “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
  • Philippians 2:5-7 – “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
  • James 1:21 – “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
  • Romans 12:3 – “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
  • Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
  • Psalm 25:9 – “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
  • Proverbs 15:33 – “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”
  • Isaiah 66:2 – “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
  • Luke 14:11 – “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  • Zechariah 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Being Humble in Relationships

  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • 1 Peter 3:8 – “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
  • Romans 14:10 – “You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”
  • James 4:11 – “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”
  • Ephesians 5:21 – “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
  • Philippians 2:4 – “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
  • Romans 15:1 – “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The Rewards of Being Humble

  • Proverbs 22:4 – “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”
  • Matthew 23:12 – “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  • Proverbs 29:23 – “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.”
  • Isaiah 29:19 – “Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”
  • Luke 1:52 – “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.”
  • James 4:6 – “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”
  • Psalm 147:6 – “The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”
  • Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
  • 1 Peter 5:6 – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
  • Proverbs 15:33 – “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”

Being Humble in Prayer

  • 2 Chronicles 34:27 – “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.”
  • Ezra 8:21 – “There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.”
  • Nehemiah 9:1 – “On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads.”
  • Daniel 9:3 – “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
  • Psalm 35:13 – “Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered.”
  • Psalm 69:10 – “When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn.”
  • Psalm 109:24 – “My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.”
  • Joel 2:12 – “‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.'”
  • Acts 13:2 – “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'”
  • Matthew 6:17 – “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face.”

Examples of Being Humble in the Bible

  • Numbers 12:3 – “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”
  • Philippians 2:8 – “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
  • John 3:30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.”
  • Luke 1:38 – “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”
  • Acts 20:19 – “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.”
  • Job 1:20 – “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.”
  • Genesis 18:27 – “Then Abraham spoke up again: ‘Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes.'”
  • 1 Samuel 24:6 – “He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.'”
  • Luke 7:6-7 – “So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: ‘Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.'”
  • Ruth 2:10 – “At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, ‘Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?'”

The Attitude of Being Humble

  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
  • James 3:13 – “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
  • Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
  • 1 Peter 3:8 – “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • Romans 12:3 – “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
  • James 4:10 – “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
  • 1 Peter 5:5 – “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”
  • Proverbs 22:4 – “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”
  • Romans 12:16 – “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

Being Humble in Confession and Repentance

  • Psalm 51:17 – “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
  • 2 Chronicles 34:27 – “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.”
  • Joel 2:12-13 – “‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
  • James 4:8-10 – “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
  • Ezra 9:6 – “I prayed, ‘I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.'”
  • Nehemiah 9:1-2 – “On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors.”
  • Daniel 9:3-4 – “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: ‘Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments.'”
  • Luke 18:13 – “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'”
  • Acts 19:18 – “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.”
  • Psalm 32:5 – “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Being Humble in Leadership

  • Mark 10:43-44 – “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
  • Matthew 23:11-12 – “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  • 1 Timothy 3:6 – “He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.”
  • 1 Peter 5:2-3 – “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
  • Titus 1:7 – “Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-2 – “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.”
  • Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
  • Proverbs 27:2 – “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.”
  • Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Strength in Being Humble

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – “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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
  • Psalm 73:26 – “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
  • Isaiah 40:29 – “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Ephesians 6:10 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
  • Psalm 18:32 – “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
  • 1 Corinthians 1:27 – “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
  • Nehemiah 8:10 – “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'”
  • Isaiah 30:15 – “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'”

Wisdom in Being Humble

  • Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
  • Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
  • James 3:13 – “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
  • Proverbs 15:33 – “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”
  • Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
  • Proverbs 21:2 – “A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.”
  • Psalm 25:9 – “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
  • Job 28:28 – “And he said to the human race, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'”
  • Proverbs 16:16 – “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”
  • Colossians 3:16 – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Being Humble in Character

  • Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
  • Titus 3:2 – “To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”
  • Philippians 2:14-15 – “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”
  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
  • James 3:17 – “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:24-25 – “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”
  • Ephesians 4:1-2 – “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • 1 Peter 3:4 – “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1 – “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am ‘timid’ when face to face with you, but ‘bold’ toward you when away!”
  • Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Being Humble in Worship

  • Psalm 95:6 – “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
  • Psalm 96:9 – “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.”
  • Psalm 99:5 – “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.”
  • Psalm 100:2 – “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
  • John 4:23-24 – “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
  • Romans 12:1 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
  • Hebrews 12:28 – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
  • Psalm 29:2 – “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”
  • Psalm 86:9 – “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.”
  • Revelation 15:4 – “Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Being Humble in Giving

  • Matthew 6:3-4 – “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
  • Acts 20:35 – “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
  • Proverbs 3:9-10 – “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
  • 2 Corinthians 8:12 – “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
  • Proverbs 11:25 – “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
  • 1 John 3:17 – “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?”
  • Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
  • Luke 21:1-4 – “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'”

Being Humble in Trials

  • James 1:2-3 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
  • Romans 5:3-4 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
  • 1 Peter 1:6-7 – “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
  • 1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:3 – “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
  • Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
  • Hebrews 12:11 – “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
  • James 1:12 – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:4 – “Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Conclusion

These 125 Bible verses about being humble highlight the profound impact of humility on our spiritual and daily lives. Embracing humility aligns us with God’s will, deepens relationships, and leads to true greatness. Let these Scriptures inspire you to live with a humble heart, reflecting Christ’s love and grace.

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