Bible Verses about Humility

What can we learn about humility in the Bible? - Scripture on Being Humble

May this collection of Bible verses about humility provide insight and inspiration into what it means to be humble. The Bible frequently mentions humility as a righteous characteristic, putting God above ourselves, praising His glory and power. "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you." (James 4:10)

Browse Bible verses about humility in this collection of related scripture quotes:

James 4:1-10 NIV

1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us ? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

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Proverbs 3:34 NIV

34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

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Proverbs 11:2 NIV

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

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Proverbs 18:12 NIV

12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

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Proverbs 22:4 NIV

4 Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

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Proverbs 29:23 NIV

23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

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1 Peter 5:5 NIV

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."

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Colossians 3:12 NIV

12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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Ephesians 4:2 NIV

2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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Proverbs 15:33 NIV

33 Wisdom's instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.

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Micah 6:8 NIV

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.

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1 Peter 5:6 NIV

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

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Luke 14:11 NIV

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

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2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

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.

Read 2 Chronicles 7

Philippians 2:3-11 NIV

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Romans 12:3 NIV

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.

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Matthew 23:12 NIV

12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

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James 3:13 NIV

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.

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Psalm 25:9 NIV

9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

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Isaiah 57:15 NIV

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.

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Psalm 149:4 NIV

4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

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Psalm 147:6 NIV

6 The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.

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Romans 12:16 NIV

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.

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Isaiah 66:2 NIV

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.

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Jeremiah 9:23 NIV

23 This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,

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