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22 Bible Verses about Frugality

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John 6:12

When they were full, He told His disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.”

Genesis 41:35

Let them gather all the excess food during these good years that are coming. Under Pharaoh’s authority, store the grain in the cities, so they may preserve it as food.

Genesis 41:36

The food will be a reserve for the land during the seven years of famine that will take place in the land of Egypt. Then the country will not be wiped out by the famine.”

1 Kings 17:5

So he did what the Lord commanded. Elijah left and lived by the Wadi Cherith where it enters the Jordan.

1 Kings 17:6

The ravens kept bringing him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening, and he drank from the wadi.

1 Kings 17:10-13

So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the city gate, there was a widow woman gathering wood. Elijah called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup and let me drink.” As she went to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I don’t have anything baked—only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil in the jug. Just now, I am gathering a couple of sticks in order to go prepare it for myself and my son so we can eat it and die.”read more.
Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son,

Matthew 15:37

They all ate and were filled. Then they collected the leftover pieces—seven large baskets full.

Mark 7:28

But she replied to Him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Mark 14:4

But some were expressing indignation to one another: “Why has this fragrant oil been wasted?

Mark 14:5

For this oil might have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor.” And they began to scold her.

From Thematic Bible


Frugality » Instances of » The provisions made by the egyptians against famine

Genesis 41:48-49

Joseph gathered all the [excess] food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and placed it in the cities. He placed the food in every city from the fields around it. So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance-like the sand of the sea-that he stopped measuring it because it was beyond measure.

Genesis 41:53-54

Then the seven years of abundance in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was food.

Frugality » Instances of » The gathering of manna

Exodus 16:17-18

So the Israelites did this. Some gathered a lot, some a little. When they measured it by quarts, the person who gathered a lot had no surplus, and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat.

Exodus 16:22-24

On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, four quarts apiece, and all the leaders of the community came and reported [this] to Moses. He told them, "This is what the Lord has said: 'Tomorrow is a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you want to bake, and boil what you want to boil, and everything left over set aside to be kept until morning.' " So they set it aside until morning as Moses commanded, and it didn't smell or have any maggots in it.

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