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41 Bible Verses about Selfishness

Most Relevant Verses

Philippians 2:3-4

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in humility let each esteem others better than themselves, with each one not looking to their own things, but also to the things of others.

Proverbs 18:1

Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine.

Romans 2:8

but unto those that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but are persuaded by unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.

2 Timothy 3:1-2

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For there shall be men who are lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, evil speakers, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, impure,

Judges 17:6

In those days there was no king in Israel; each one did that which was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25

In those days there was no king in Israel; each one did that which seemed right in his own eyes.

Mark 12:7

But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the place shall be ours.

Luke 12:13-21

And one of the crowd said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.read more.
And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my storehouses and build greater, and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast stored up? So is he that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich in God.

Jeremiah 45:5

And dost thou seek great things for thyself? seek them not; for, behold, I bring evil upon all flesh, said the LORD: but I will give thee thy life as a spoil of battle in all places where thou goest.

Galatians 5:19-20

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Philippians 1:17

but the others out of charity, knowing that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel.

James 3:14-16

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, boast not and do not be liars against the truth. This wisdom is not that which descends from above, but is earthly, natural, diabolical. For where there is envy and contention, there is confusion and every perverse work.

Daniel 4:30

the king spoke and said, Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the glory of my greatness?

Genesis 13:10-11

And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of the Jordan that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as a garden of the LORD like the land of Egypt as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Ezekiel 28:2-5

Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyre, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Because thy heart has lifted thee up and thou hast said, I am God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas (yet thou art man, and not God); and thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God: behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: with thy wisdom and with thine intelligence thou hast gotten thee riches and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:read more.
by the greatness of thy wisdom in thy trafficking thou hast multiplied thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Ezekiel 34:8

as I live, said the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became food to every beast of the field, without a pastor, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed my flock;

Mark 10:35

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou should do for us whatever we shall ask.

Job 14:22

But while his flesh is upon him, he shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

1 Kings 19:10

And he replied, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of the hosts, for the sons of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left, and they seek me to take my life.

Psalm 119:36

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies and not to covetousness.

Romans 15:3

For the Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of those that reproached thee fell on me.

Philippians 2:4-8

with each one not looking to their own things, but also to the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,read more.
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross .

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, but love one unto another; for he that loves his neighbour has fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, and if there is any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Charity works no evil to a neighbour; therefore, charity is the fulfillment of the law.

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Inconsistency » General marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says unto them, Depart in peace; be ye warmed and filled; but ye do not give them those things which are needful for the body; what shall it profit them?

Religion » Inconsistency in religious life general marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says unto them, Depart in peace; be ye warmed and filled; but ye do not give them those things which are needful for the body; what shall it profit them?

Selfishness » Different forms of » Total disregard of the rights of others

Ezekiel 34:18

Does it seem a small thing unto you that ye eat of the good pastures, but ye also tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and that in drinking of the deep waters, ye must also foul the residue with your feet?

Hosea 10:1

Israel is an empty vine. Shall he bring forth fruit unto himself? According to the multiplication of his fruit he has multiplied altars; according to the goodness of his land they have bettered their statues.

Habakkuk 2:6

Shall not all these take up a parable against him and a taunting enigma against him and say, Woe to him that multiplied that which was not his! And for how long would he pile thick clay upon himself?

Selfishness » Examples of » Cain's cold-blooded words concerning abel

Exodus 2:17

But the pastors came and drove them away. Then Moses stood up and defended them and watered their sheep.

Numbers 20:21

Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border; and thus Israel turned away from him.

Judges 8:6

And the principals of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand that we should give bread unto thy army?

Selfishness » Examples of » The priest and levite carelessly pass by the wounded man

Luke 10:31-32

And it so happened that a certain priest came down that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he came near the place and looked on him, he passed by on the other side.

Selfishness » Different forms of » Heartless indifference toward sinners

Matthew 27:3-4

Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the princes of the priests and the elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? Thou shalt see to it.

Selfishness » Ministers should be devoid of

1 Corinthians 10:33

even as I please everyone in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Therefore, though I am free regarding everyone, yet I have made myself slave unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to those that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain those that are under the law; to those that are without law, as without law (being not without law of God, but under the law of Christ), that I might gain those that are without law. read more.
To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to everyone, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker together of it.

Selfishness » The example of Christ condemns

Romans 15:3

For the Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of those that reproached thee fell on me.

Selfishness » Contrary to the law of God

Selfishness » Examples of » Haman's selfish conceit

Matthew 23:4

For they bind burdens that are heavy and grievous to bear and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Isaiah 56:11

And these anxious dogs are insatiable, and even the shepherds did not know enough to understand: they all look to their own ways, each one for his gain, from his quarter.

Esther 6:6

So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delights to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking our own

1 Corinthians 10:33

even as I please everyone in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Selfishness » Inconsistent with communion of saints

Romans 12:4-5

For in the manner that we have many members in one body, nevertheless all the members do not have the same operation; likewise many of us are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also the Christ. For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Greeks, whether we are slaves or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. read more.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? But now God has set the members each one of them in the body, as it has pleased him. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now they are indeed many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. For those members of the body, which seem to be weaker, are much more necessary; and those members of the body which we think to be more vile, these we dress with more abundant honour; and those in us who are more indecent have more honesty. For those in us who are more honest need nothing, but God has ordered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that one which lacked, that there should be no contradiction in the body, but that the members should have the same care one for another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer together; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice together. Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular.

Selfishness » Especially forbidden to saints

Selfishness » All men addicted to

Selfishness » Different forms of » Hoarding foodstuff

Proverbs 11:26

He that withholds the grain, the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

Selfishness » Exemplified » Nabal

1 Samuel 25:3

Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance, but the man was hard and evil in his doings, and he was of the lineage of Caleb.

1 Samuel 25:11

Shall I then take my bread and my water and my slaughtered meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it unto men that I do not know where they are from?

Selfishness » The love of Christ should constrain us to avoid

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

For the charity of the Christ constrains us because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all are dead: And that he died for all that those who live should not live from now on unto themselves, but unto him who died and rose again for them.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Living to ourselves

Selfishness » Inconsistent with » Christian love

Selfishness » Characteristic of the last days

2 Timothy 3:1-2

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For there shall be men who are lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, evil speakers, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, impure,

Selfishness » Examples of » Nabal refuses food to david

1 Samuel 25:11

Shall I then take my bread and my water and my slaughtered meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it unto men that I do not know where they are from?

Selfishness » Different forms of » Neglect of the needy and suffering

Matthew 25:43

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Being lovers of ourselves

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking undue precedence

Matthew 20:21

And he said unto her, What dost thou desire? She said unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit the one on thy right hand and the other on the left in thy kingdom.

Selfishness » Exemplified » Jews

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Serving God for reward

Malachi 1:10

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors or tend the fire on my altar for free? I have no pleasure in you, said the LORD of the hosts, neither will the offering from your hand be agreeable unto me.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking after gain

Isaiah 56:11

And these anxious dogs are insatiable, and even the shepherds did not know enough to understand: they all look to their own ways, each one for his gain, from his quarter.

Selfishness » God hates

Malachi 1:10

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors or tend the fire on my altar for free? I have no pleasure in you, said the LORD of the hosts, neither will the offering from your hand be agreeable unto me.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Neglect of the poor

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Pleasing ourselves

Selfishness » Exemplified » Cain

Selfishness » Different forms of » Greed for real estate

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Performing duty for reward

Selfishness » Exemplified » James and john

Mark 10:37

They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand in thy glory.

Selfishness » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 6:6

So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delights to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

Selfishness » Examples of » James and john seek the best places

Mark 10:37

They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand in thy glory.

Selfishness » Saints falsely accused of

Job 1:9-11

Then Satan answered the LORD and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast thou not made a hedge about him and about his house and about all that he has on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands; therefore, his substance has increased in the land. But put forth thy hand now and touch all that he has, and thou shalt see if he will not blaspheme thee to thy face.

Topics on Selfishness

Selfishness, Examples Of

1;4;9

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not, Am I my brother's keeper?

Selfishness, Shown In

55;3;2

For there shall be men who are lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, evil speakers, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, impure,

Social Selfishness

20;11;26

He that withholds the grain, the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.