83 Bible Verses on Humility

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Chris Martin
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To be humble is at the heart of what it means to be like Jesus. All Christians are called to image Christ in their lives, and humility is central to who Jesus is and what He did for all of creation in His life, death, and resurrection. Here are some Bible verses about humility.


Old Testament

Exodus 10:3
“So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.’”

Numbers 12:3
“Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.”

1 Samuel 2:7
“The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.”

2 Samuel 22:28
“You save a humble people,
but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.”

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 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.”

Job 22:29
“For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’;
but he saves the lowly.”

Psalm 8:4
“What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”

Psalm 18:27
“For you save a humble people,
but the haughty eyes you bring down.”

Psalm 25:8–9
“Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.”

Psalm 95:6
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”

Psalm 115:1
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”

Psalm 147:6
“The LORD lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.”

Psalm 149:4
“For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.”

Proverbs 3:34
“Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.”

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 comes before honor.”

Proverbs 18:12
“Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.”

Proverbs 22:4
“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 27:2
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.”

Proverbs 29:23
“One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”

Isaiah 45:9
“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?”

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.”

Isaiah 66:2
“All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the LORD.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.”

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,’”

Daniel 4:37
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”

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?”

Zechariah 9:9
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

New Testament

Matthew 6:2
“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”

Matthew 6:16
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”

Matthew 11:29–30
“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.”

Matthew 18:4
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 20:26­–27
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.”

Matthew 23:10–12
“Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Mark 9:35
“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.’”

Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Luke 1:51–52
“He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;”

Luke 9:48
“And said to them, ‘Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.’”’

Luke 14:11
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

John 3:30
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John 13:14
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Romans 11:18
“do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.”

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.”

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.”

Romans 14:11
“For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.’”

1 Corinthians 1:28–29
“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”

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 of my weaknesses, so 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 5:13
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Ephesians 3:20–21
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 4:2
“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”

Philippians 2:3
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

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 emptied himself, by 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.”

Colossians 3:12
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

Colossians 3:18–19
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”

James 1:9–10
“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.”

James 3:13
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”

James 4:6
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”

James 4:10
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

James 4:13–16
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”

1 Peter 3:3–4
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

1 Peter 3:8
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

1 Peter 5:5–7
“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.’

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

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