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41 Bible Verses about Selfishness

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Philippians 2:3-4

nothing in rivalry or vain-glory, but in humility of mind one another counting more excellent than yourselves -- each not to your own look ye, but each also to the things of others.

Proverbs 18:1

For an object of desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.

Romans 2:8

and to those contentious, and disobedient, indeed, to the truth, and obeying the unrighteousness -- indignation and wrath,

2 Timothy 3:1-2

And this know thou, that in the last days there shall come perilous times, for men shall be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, evil-speakers, to parents disobedient, unthankful, unkind,

Judges 17:6

in those days there is no king in Israel, each that which is right in his own eyes doth.

Judges 21:25

In those days there is no king in Israel; each doth that which is right in his own eyes.

Mark 12:7

and those husbandmen said among themselves -- This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and ours shall be the inheritance;

Luke 12:13-21

And a certain one said to him, out of the multitude, 'Teacher, say to my brother to divide with me the inheritance.' And he said to him, 'Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?' And he said unto them, 'Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.'read more.
And he spake a simile unto them, saying, 'Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well; and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits? and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things, and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry. And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night thy soul they shall require from thee, and what things thou didst prepare -- to whom shall they be? so is he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.'

Jeremiah 45:5

And thou -- thou seekest for thee great things -- do not seek, for lo, I am bringing in evil on all flesh -- an affirmation of Jehovah -- and I have given to thee thy life for a spoil, in all places whither thou goest.'

Galatians 5:19-20

And manifest also are the works of the flesh, which are: Adultery, whoredom, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strifes, emulations, wraths, rivalries, dissensions, sects,

James 3:14-16

and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth; this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like, for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;

Daniel 4:30

the king hath answered and said, Is not this that great Babylon that I have built, for the house of the kingdom, in the might of my strength, and for the glory of mine honour?

Genesis 13:10-11

And Lot lifteth up his eyes, and seeth the whole circuit of the Jordan that it is all a watered country (before Jehovah's destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, as Jehovah's garden, as the land of Egypt,) in thy coming toward Zoar, and Lot chooseth for himself the whole circuit of the Jordan; and Lot journeyeth from the east, and they are parted -- a man from his companion;

Ezekiel 28:2-5

Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because thy heart hath been high, And thou dost say: A god I am, The habitation of God I have inhabited, In the heart of the seas, And thou art man, and not God, And thou givest out thy heart as the heart of God, Lo, thou art wiser than Daniel, No hidden thing have they concealed from thee. By thy wisdom and by thine understanding Thou hast made for thee wealth, And makest gold and silver in thy treasuries.read more.
By the abundance of thy wisdom, Through thy merchandise, Thou hast multiplied thy wealth, And high is thy heart through thy wealth.

Ezekiel 34:8

I live -- an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, If not, because of My flock being for a prey, Yea, My flock is for food to every beast of the field, Because there is no shepherd, And My shepherds have not sought My flock, And the shepherds do feed themselves, And My flock they have not fed.

Mark 10:35

And there come near to him James and John, the sons of Zebedee, saying, 'Teacher, we wish that whatever we may ask for ourselves, thou mayest do for us;'

Job 14:22

Only -- his flesh for him is pained, And his soul for him doth mourn.'

1 Kings 19:10

And he saith, 'I have been very zealous for Jehovah, God of Hosts, for the sons of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant -- Thine altars they have thrown down, and Thy prophets they have slain by the sword, and I am left, I, by myself, and they seek my life -- to take it.'

Psalm 119:36

Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, And not unto dishonest gain.

Romans 15:3

for even the Christ did not please himself, but, according as it hath been written, 'The reproaches of those reproaching Thee fell upon me;'

Philippians 2:4-8

each not to your own look ye, but each also to the things of others. For, let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal to God,read more.
but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made, and in fashion having been found as a man, he humbled himself, having become obedient unto death -- death even of a cross,

Romans 13:8-10

To no one owe anything, except to love one another; for he who is loving the other -- law he hath fulfilled, for, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false testimony, Thou shalt not covet;' and if there is any other command, in this word it is summed up, in this: 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself;' the love to the neighbour doth work no ill; the love, therefore, is the fulness of law.

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Inconsistency » General marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

and if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of the daily food, and any one of you may say to them, 'Depart ye in peace, be warmed, and be filled,' and may not give to them the things needful for the body, what is the profit?

Religion » Inconsistency in religious life general marks of » Selfishness

James 2:15-16

and if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of the daily food, and any one of you may say to them, 'Depart ye in peace, be warmed, and be filled,' and may not give to them the things needful for the body, what is the profit?

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

Ezekiel 34:18

Is it a little thing for you -- the good pasture ye enjoy, And the remnant of your pasture ye tread down with your feet, And a depth of waters ye do drink, And the remainder with your feet ye trample,

Hosea 10:1

An empty vine is Israel, Fruit he maketh like to himself, According to the abundance of his fruit, He hath multiplied for the altars, According to the goodness of his land, They have made goodly standing-pillars.

Habakkuk 2:6

Do not these -- all of them -- against him a simile taken up, And a moral of acute sayings for him, And say, Woe to him who is multiplying what is not his? Till when also is he multiplying to himself heavy pledges?

Zechariah 7:6

When ye fasted with mourning in the fifth and in the seventh months -- even these seventy years -- did ye keep the fast to Me -- Me? And when ye eat, and when ye drink, is it not ye who are eating, and ye who are drinking?

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

Exodus 2:17

and the shepherds come and drive them away, and Moses ariseth, and saveth them, and watereth their flock.

Numbers 20:21

and Edom refuseth to suffer Israel to pass over through his border, and Israel turneth aside from off him.

Judges 8:6

And the heads of Succoth say, 'Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we give to thy host bread?'

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

Luke 10:31-32

'And by a coincidence a certain priest was going down in that way, and having seen him, he passed over on the opposite side; and in like manner also, a Levite, having been about the place, having come and seen, passed over on the opposite side.

Philippians 2:21

for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,

Selfishness » Different forms of » Heartless indifference toward sinners

Matthew 27:3-4

Then Judas -- he who delivered him up -- having seen that he was condemned, having repented, brought back the thirty silverlings to the chief priests, and to the elders, saying, I did sin, having delivered up innocent blood;' and they said, 'What -- to us? thou shalt see!'

Selfishness » Ministers should be devoid of

1 Corinthians 10:33

as I also in all things do please all, not seeking my own profit, but that of many -- that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

for being free from all men, to all men I made myself servant, that the more I might gain; and I became to the Jews as a Jew, that Jews I might gain; to those under law as under law, that those under law I might gain; to those without law, as without law -- (not being without law to God, but within law to Christ) -- that I might gain those without law; read more.
I became to the infirm as infirm, that the infirm I might gain; to all men I have become all things, that by all means I may save some. And this I do because of the good news, that a fellow-partaker of it I may become;

Selfishness » The example of Christ condemns

Romans 15:3

for even the Christ did not please himself, but, according as it hath been written, 'The reproaches of those reproaching Thee fell upon me;'

Selfishness » Contrary to the law of God

Selfishness » Examples of » Haman's selfish conceit

Matthew 23:4

for they bind together burdens heavy and grievous to be borne, and lay upon the shoulders of men, but with their finger they will not move them.

Isaiah 56:11

And the dogs are strong of desire, They have not known sufficiency, And they are shepherds! They have not known understanding, All of them to their own way they did turn, Each to his dishonest gain from his quarter:

Esther 6:6

And Haman cometh in, and the king saith to him, 'What -- to do with the man in whose honour the king hath delighted?' And Haman saith in his heart, 'To whom doth the king delight to do honour more than myself?'

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking our own

1 Corinthians 10:33

as I also in all things do please all, not seeking my own profit, but that of many -- that they may be saved.

Philippians 2:21

for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,

Selfishness » Inconsistent with communion of saints

Romans 12:4-5

for as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office, so we, the many, one body are in Christ, and members each one of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

For, even as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ, for also in one Spirit we all to one body were baptized, whether Jews or Greeks, whether servants or freemen, and all into one Spirit were made to drink, for also the body is not one member, but many; read more.
if the foot may say, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body;' it is not, because of this, not of the body; and if the ear may say, 'Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body;' it is not, because of this, not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where the hearing? if the whole hearing, where the smelling? and now, God did set the members each one of them in the body, according as He willed, and if all were one member, where the body? and now, indeed, are many members, and one body; and an eye is not able to say to the hand, 'I have no need of thee;' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' But much more the members of the body which seem to be more infirm are necessary, and those that we think to be less honourable of the body, around these we put more abundant honour, and our unseemly things have seemliness more abundant, and our seemly things have no need; but God did temper the body together, to the lacking part having given more abundant honour, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same anxiety for one another, and whether one member doth suffer, suffer with it do all the members, or one member is glorified, rejoice with it do all the members; and ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Selfishness » Especially forbidden to saints

Selfishness » All men addicted to

Philippians 2:21

for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,

Selfishness » Different forms of » Hoarding foodstuff

Proverbs 11:26

Whoso is withholding corn, the people execrate him, And a blessing is for the head of him who is selling.

Selfishness » Exemplified » Nabal

1 Samuel 25:3

And the name of the man is Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail, and the woman is of good understanding, and of fair form, and the man is hard and evil in doings; and he is a Calebite.

1 Samuel 25:11

and I have taken my bread, and my water, and my flesh, which I slaughtered for my shearers, and have given it to men whom I have not known whence they are!'

Selfishness » The love of Christ should constrain us to avoid

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

for the love of the Christ doth constrain us, having judged thus: that if one for all died, then the whole died, and for all he died, that those living, no more to themselves may live, but to him who died for them, and was raised again.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Living to ourselves

Selfishness » Inconsistent with » Christian love

1 Corinthians 13:5

doth not act unseemly, doth not seek its own things, is not provoked, doth not impute evil,

Selfishness » Characteristic of the last days

2 Timothy 3:1-2

And this know thou, that in the last days there shall come perilous times, for men shall be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, evil-speakers, to parents disobedient, unthankful, unkind,

Selfishness » Examples of » Nabal refuses food to david

1 Samuel 25:11

and I have taken my bread, and my water, and my flesh, which I slaughtered for my shearers, and have given it to men whom I have not known whence they are!'

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

Matthew 25:43

a stranger I was, and ye did not receive me; naked, and ye put not around me; infirm, and in prison, and ye did not look after me.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Being lovers of ourselves

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking undue precedence

Matthew 20:21

and he said to her, 'What wilt thou?' She saith to him, 'Say, that they may sit -- these my two sons -- one on thy right hand, and one on the left, in thy reign.'

Selfishness » Exemplified » Jews

Zechariah 7:6

When ye fasted with mourning in the fifth and in the seventh months -- even these seventy years -- did ye keep the fast to Me -- Me? And when ye eat, and when ye drink, is it not ye who are eating, and ye who are drinking?

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Serving God for reward

Malachi 1:10

Who is even among you, And he shutteth the two-leaved doors? Yea, ye do not kindle Mine altar for nought, I have no pleasure in you, said Jehovah of Hosts, And a present I do not accept of your hand.

Selfishness » Exhibited in » Seeking after gain

Isaiah 56:11

And the dogs are strong of desire, They have not known sufficiency, And they are shepherds! They have not known understanding, All of them to their own way they did turn, Each to his dishonest gain from his quarter:

Selfishness » God hates

Malachi 1:10

Who is even among you, And he shutteth the two-leaved doors? Yea, ye do not kindle Mine altar for nought, I have no pleasure in you, said Jehovah of Hosts, And a present I do not accept of 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

and they said to him, 'Grant to us that, one on thy right hand and one on thy left, we may sit in thy glory;'

Selfishness » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 6:6

And Haman cometh in, and the king saith to him, 'What -- to do with the man in whose honour the king hath delighted?' And Haman saith in his heart, 'To whom doth the king delight to do honour more than myself?'

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

Mark 10:37

and they said to him, 'Grant to us that, one on thy right hand and one on thy left, we may sit in thy glory;'

Selfishness » Saints falsely accused of

Job 1:9-11

And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, 'For nought is Job fearing God? Hast not Thou made a hedge for him, and for his house, and for all that he hath -- round about? The work of his hands Thou hast blessed, and his substance hath spread in the land, and yet, put forth, I pray Thee, Thy hand, and strike against anything that he hath -- if not: to Thy face he doth bless Thee!'