Bible verses about humility and wisdom
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
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.
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.
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.”
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
2 Samuel 22:28
You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
1 Corinthians 1:28
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
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.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
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,
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
2 Corinthians 10:1
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
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.
These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
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.
1 Timothy 1:15
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
2 Corinthians 11:30
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still,
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
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.”
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
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?
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
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.
Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
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.
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
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 the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
He must increase, but I must decrease.”
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.
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.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.
The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly.
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,
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.
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.
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
1 Peter 5:5-6
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,
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
1 Kings 21:29
“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.”
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.
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.”
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
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.
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.