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41 Bible Verses about Selfishness

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Philippians 2:3-4

[Do] nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, each of you not looking out for {your own interests}, but also each of you [for] {the interests} of others.

James 3:16

For where [there is] jealousy and selfish ambition, there [is] disorder and every evil practice.

Romans 8:5

For those who are [living] according to the flesh are intent on the things of the flesh, but those [who are living] according to the Spirit [are intent on] the things of the Spirit.

Proverbs 18:1

He who is selfish seeks a craving; against all sound judgment he shows contempt.

2 Timothy 3:1-2

But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come, for people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Judges 17:6

In those days there was no king in Israel, and each one did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25

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

Mark 12:7

But those tenant farmers said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours!'

Luke 12:13-21

Now someone from the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me!" But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Watch out and guard yourselves from all greediness, because not [even] when someone has an abundance {does} his life [consist] of his possessions."read more.
And he told a parable to them, saying, "The land of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. And he reasoned to himself, saying, 'What should I do? For I do not have anywhere I can gather in my crops.' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will gather in there all my grain and possessions. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many possessions stored up for many years. Relax, eat, drink, celebrate!" ' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your life is demanded from you, and [the things] which you have prepared--whose will they be?' So [is] the one who stores up treasure for himself, and who is not rich toward God!"

Jeremiah 45:5

And you, [do] you seek great [things] for yourself? [Do] not seek [great things], for look, I [am] about to bring disaster upon all flesh," {declares} Yahweh, "but to you I will give your life as booty in all the places where you may go." '"

Galatians 5:19-20

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, factions,

Philippians 1:17

The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to raise up affliction in my imprisonment.

James 3:14-16

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but [is] earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where [there is] jealousy and selfish ambition, there [is] disorder and every evil practice.

Daniel 4:30

And the king answered and said, "Is this not the great Babylon which I have built as a royal palace by the strength of my own power, and for the glory of my own majesty?"

Genesis 13:10-11

And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw the whole plain of the Jordan, that all of it [was] well-watered land--[this was] before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah--like the garden of Yahweh, like the land of Egypt {in the direction of} Zoar. So Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Jordan. And Lot journeyed from the east, and so they separated {from each other}.

Ezekiel 28:2-5

"Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because your heart was haughty, and you said, 'I [am] a god; I sit [in the] seat of [the] gods, I sit in [the] heart of [the] seas!' But you are a human, not a god, and you gave your heart to be like [the] heart of a god. Look, are you wiser than Daniel, [so that] {no secret} is hidden [from] you? By your wisdom and by your understanding you have gained for yourself wealth, and you have amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.read more.
By the abundance of your wisdom in your trading you [have] increased your wealth and your heart was proud in your wealth." '"

Ezekiel 34:8

"{As I live}," {declares} the Lord Yahweh, "{Surely} because my flock have become as plunder, and my flock became as food to all the animals of the field, since there was not a shepherd, [since] my shepherds [have] not sought my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and they fed not my flock,'"

Mark 10:35

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him [and] said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask you."

Job 14:22

He feels only the pain of his own body, and his inner self mourns for him."

1 Kings 19:10

Then he said, "I have been very zealous for Yahweh the God of hosts, for the {Israelites} have forsaken your covenant. They have demolished your altars, and they have killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left over, and they seek to take my life.

Psalm 119:36

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to [dishonest] gain.

Romans 15:3

For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

Philippians 2:4-8

each of you not looking out for {your own interests}, but also each of you [for] {the interests} of others. Think this in yourselves which [was] also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God something to be grasped,read more.
but emptied himself [by] taking the form of a slave, [by] becoming in the likeness of people. And being found in appearance like a man, he humbled himself [by] becoming obedient to the point of death, that is, death on a cross.

Romans 13:8-10

Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, for the one who loves someone else has fulfilled the law. For the [commandments], "You shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet," and if [there is] any other commandment, are summed up in this statement: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does not commit evil against a neighbor. Therefore love [is the] fulfillment of the law.

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Inconsistency » General marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

If a brother or a sister is poorly clothed and lacking food for the day, and one of you should say to them, "Go in peace, keep warm and {eat well}," but does not give them what is necessary for the body, what [is] the benefit?

Religion » Inconsistency in religious life general marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

If a brother or a sister is poorly clothed and lacking food for the day, and one of you should say to them, "Go in peace, keep warm and {eat well}," but does not give them what is necessary for the body, what [is] the benefit?

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

Ezekiel 34:18

{Is it not enough for you} [that] you feed on the good pasture? And [still] you must trample the remainder of your pasture with your feet, and {clear water} you drink, and the {leftover water} you must make muddy with your feet.

Hosea 10:1

Israel [is] a luxuriant vine; he yields fruit for himself. The more his fruit increased, [the more] he made numerous altars. The more his land prospered, [the more] he improved [his] stone pillars.

Habakkuk 2:6

Shall not all of these take up a taunt against him, with ridicule and riddles against him, saying, 'Woe to him who heaps up what is not his'? [For] how long? And, '[Woe to him] who makes himself heavy with pledges'?

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

Exodus 2:17

And the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Numbers 20:21

So Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, and Israel turned aside from him.

Judges 8:6

The officials of Succoth said, "Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna in your hand now, that we should give bread to your army?"

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

Luke 10:31-32

Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down on that road, and [when he] saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. And in the same way also a Levite, [when he] came down to the place and saw [him], passed by on the opposite side.

Philippians 2:21

For they all seek {their own interests}, not those of Jesus Christ.

Selfishness » Different forms of » Heartless indifference toward sinners

Matthew 27:3-4

Then [when] Judas, the one who had betrayed him, saw that he had been condemned, he regretted [what he had done] [and] returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned [by] betraying innocent blood!" But they said, "What [is that] to us? You see to [it]!"

Selfishness » Ministers should be devoid of

1 Corinthians 10:33

just as I also please all [people] in all [things], not seeking my own benefit, but the [benefit] of the many, in order that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

For [although I] am free from all [people], I have enslaved myself to all, in order that I may gain more. I have become like a Jew to the Jews, in order that I may gain the Jews. To those under the law [I became] as under the law ([although I] myself am not under the law) in order that I may gain those under the law. To those outside the law [I became] as outside the law ([although I] am not outside the law of God, but subject to the law of Christ) in order that I may gain those outside the law. read more.
To the weak I became weak, in order that I may gain the weak. I have become all [things] to all [people], in order that by all means I may save some. I do all [this] for the sake of the gospel, in order that I may become a participant with it.

Selfishness » The example of Christ condemns

Romans 15:3

For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

Selfishness » Contrary to the law of God

Selfishness » Examples of » Haman's selfish conceit

Matthew 23:4

And they tie up heavy burdens and put [them] on people's shoulders, but [they] themselves are not willing with their finger to move them

Isaiah 56:11

And the dogs {have a greedy appetite}; they {are never satisfied}. And they are [the] shepherds! They do not have understanding. They all turn to their [own] way, each one for his [own] gain, {every one of them}.

Esther 6:6

And Haman came, and the king said to him, "What [is] to be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?" And Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?"

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking our own

1 Corinthians 10:33

just as I also please all [people] in all [things], not seeking my own benefit, but the [benefit] of the many, in order that they may be saved.

Philippians 2:21

For they all seek {their own interests}, not those of Jesus Christ.

Selfishness » Inconsistent with communion of saints

Romans 12:4-5

For just as in one body we have many members, but all the members do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ, and {individually} members of one another,

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

For just as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, [although they] are many, are one body, thus also Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free [persons], and all were made to drink one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. read more.
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not [a part] of the body," not because of this is it not [a part] of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not [a part] of the body, not because of this is it not [a part] of the body. If the whole body [were] an eye, where [would] the hearing [be]? If the whole [were] hearing, where [would] the sense of smell [be]? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body just as he wanted. And if they all were one member, where [would] the body [be]? But now [there are] many members, but one body. Now the eye is not able to say to the hand, "I do not have need of you," or again, the head to the feet, "I do not have need of you." But by much more the members of the body which are thought to be weaker are necessary, and [the parts] of the body which we think to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor, and our unpresentable [parts] come to have more abundant presentability, but our presentable [parts] do not have need [of this]. Yet God composed the body by giving more abundant honor to the part which lacked [it], in order that there not be a division in the body, but the members would have the same concern for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer together; if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with [it]. Now you are the body of Christ, and members {of it individually},

Selfishness » Especially forbidden to saints

Selfishness » All men addicted to

Philippians 2:21

For they all seek {their own interests}, not those of Jesus Christ.

Selfishness » Different forms of » Hoarding foodstuff

Proverbs 11:26

He who withholds grain, the people curse him, but a blessing [is] for the head of him who sells.

Selfishness » Exemplified » Nabal

1 Samuel 25:3

The name of the man [was] Nabal, and the name of his wife [was] Abigail. Now the woman [was] wise and beautiful, but the man [was] stubborn and {mean}, and he [was] as his heart.

1 Samuel 25:11

Should I take my bread and my water and my meat which I have slaughtered for my shearers and give [it] to men whom 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 love of Christ controls us, [because we] have concluded this: that one died for all; as a result all died. And he died for all, in order that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Living to ourselves

Selfishness » Inconsistent with » Christian love

1 Corinthians 13:5

[it] does not behave dishonorably, [it] {is not selfish}, [it] does not become angry, [it] does not keep a record of wrongs,

Selfishness » Characteristic of the last days

2 Timothy 3:1-2

But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come, for people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Selfishness » Examples of » Nabal refuses food to david

1 Samuel 25:11

Should I take my bread and my water and my meat which I have slaughtered for my shearers and give [it] to men whom 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 you did not welcome me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not care for me.'

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Being lovers of ourselves

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking undue precedence

Matthew 20:21

And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and one at your left in your kingdom."

Selfishness » Exemplified » Jews

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Serving God for reward

Malachi 1:10

"Who also among you will shut [the temple] doors [so that] you will not kindle fire in vain [on] my altar? I take no pleasure in you," says Yahweh of hosts, "and {I will not accept} an offering from your hand.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking after gain

Isaiah 56:11

And the dogs {have a greedy appetite}; they {are never satisfied}. And they are [the] shepherds! They do not have understanding. They all turn to their [own] way, each one for his [own] gain, {every one of them}.

Selfishness » God hates

Malachi 1:10

"Who also among you will shut [the temple] doors [so that] you will not kindle fire in vain [on] my altar? I take no pleasure in you," says Yahweh of hosts, "and {I will not accept} an offering from your hand.

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

So they said to him, "Grant to us that we may sit one at your right hand and one at [your] left in your glory."

Selfishness » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 6:6

And Haman came, and the king said to him, "What [is] to be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?" And Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?"

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

Mark 10:37

So they said to him, "Grant to us that we may sit one at your right hand and one at [your] left in your glory."

Selfishness » Saints falsely accused of

Job 1:9-11

Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him and his household and around {all that belongs to him} {on every side}? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has increased in the land. But, on the other hand, stretch out your hand and touch {all that belongs to him} [and see] {whether} he will {curse} you to your face."

Topics on Selfishness

Selfishness, Examples Of

1;4;9

Then Yahweh said to Cain, "Where [is] Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?"

Selfishness, Shown In

55;3;2

for people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Social Selfishness

20;11;26

He who withholds grain, the people curse him, but a blessing [is] for the head of him who sells.