30 Bible Verses About Giving Tithes And Offerings
Tithe is a Hebrew word meaning “tenth”. To tithe therefore means to give a tenth of. In the Christian sense, to tithe, is to give a tenth of your earnings, or possessions to the Lord. This is done in appreciation of the Lord’s blessings and favors on the works of our hands.
Offerings can be said to be gifts, either financial or otherwise, given to the church, for various reasons, at any time.
Giving of tithes and offerings, has become a very controversial topic in our world today, so many believe that tithing has to do with the Old covenant and right now, we are not followers of the Old covenant, but that of the New, so we are not expected to tithe. However, Christ in has told us that he has not come to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill it, Christ came to show us the true meaning of the law, the fulfillment of it, not in the same manner in which the Pharisees taught, who made the law as a heavy burden for the people to carry and lived hypocritic lives themselves (Matthew 23:4). Christ came to show us the truth of the law, he came to fulfill it, he came to live it. Therefore, the giving of tithe was never out rightly condemned by the Lord.
In the Old Testament, we see that the people, lived a life of tithing, it was a part of their lives, this began when Abraham gave a tenth of his possessions to Melchizedek who blessed him, and also when Jacob made a Covenant to the Lord to offer him a tenth of all his produce Genesis 28:20-22). This was done to acknowledge the fact everything belongs to God and that which they have earned had only been given by his grace. His word says in Deuteronomy 8:18, that it is he who gives the power to make wealth.
In Leviticus 27:30, God also expressly gives us instructions about the giving of tithes where he says “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord”.
Everything in heaven and on earth, together with the works of our hands belongs to God, and in the giving of tithes and offerings, we acknowledge and appreciate that.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ acknowledged the giving of tithes when he spoke to the Pharisees (Matthew 23:23).
He also acknowledged the giving of offerings at the temple treasury (Mark 12: 41- 44). Christ never spoke against the giving of tithes and offerings, rather as Christians we are called to live a life of giving and generosity. Our faith in God empowers us to have extended palms in the place of giving and charity.
Giving back to God, shows appreciation and praise to God for that which he has done. And it is said that the Lord feeds on the praises of his people. Through our generosity also, Christ is able to reach out to others, leading to an advancement of his kingdom here on earth. Hence, giving makes us partakers and ambassadors in the advancement of God’s kingdom, it ushers us into arrays of blessings and promises made by God as the reward for those who gives a tenth of their earnings. Tithing and giving offerings, not only at the altar, but also to the needy in the name of our Lord, ushers us into graces and cleanses us also of our sins.
Let us make this decision in our lives today, to be people, who through faith in God, walk in the paths of generosity and partake in the advancement of God’s kingdom.
Here are 30 bible verse to help us make and stand firm in our decision today;
- Numbers 18:26
Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering
2. Deuteronomy 14: 22-23
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
3. 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.
4. Ezra 2:68-69
When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics[a] of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.
5. Leviticus 27:30
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
6. Genesis 28:20-22
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
7. 1Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
8. 1 Chronicles 29:16
Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
9. Amos 4:4-5
Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more; Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years. Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings—boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do,” declares the Sovereign Lord.
10. 2 Chronicles 31:4-5
He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.
11. Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
12. Malachi 3:11-12
I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
13. Deuteronomy 16:10
Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you.
14. Deuteronomy 16:17
Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
15. Deuteronomy 16:16
Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed.
16. 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.”
17. 2Cor 8:1-2
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
18. 2Cor 8:7
But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
19. 2Cor 8:10-11
And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
20. 2Cor 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
21. 2Cor 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.
22. 2Cor 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
23. Mark 12: 41-44
sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
24. 1 Cor 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
25. 1 Tim 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
26. Matthew 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
27. Acts 2: 44-45
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
28. Luke 18:22-25
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
29. 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.’ ”
30. Hebrews 7:1-2
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”