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bible verses about hospitality

The Importance of Hospitality:

  • Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
  • 1 Peter 4:9 – “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
  • Romans 12:13 – “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
  • Romans 12:13 – “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

Welcoming the Stranger:

  • Leviticus 19:33-34 – “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself.”
  • Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
  • Deuteronomy 10:18 – “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”

Hospitality to the Needy:

  • Luke 14:13 – “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.”
  • Isaiah 58:6 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
  • 1 John 3:17 – “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
  • Proverbs 22:9 – “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Hospitality as a Virtue:

  • Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8-9 – “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
  • Romans 12:8 – “The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

Hospitality in the Early Church:

  • Acts 2:46 – “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”
  • Romans 16:23 – “Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:9 – “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Hospitality in the Family of Believers:

  • Hebrews 13:1-2 – “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
  • Galatians 6:10 – “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
  • 2 John 1:10 – “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.”

The Reward of Hospitality:

  • Matthew 10:40 – “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
  • Matthew 19:29 – “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”
  • Psalm 41:1 – “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble, the Lord delivers him.”

Showing Love Through Hospitality:

  • John 13:35 – “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14 – “Let all that you do be done in love.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”