7 Proverbs That Will Make You Rich


Wait a minute, why would I want to be rich when the Bible says that it’s easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven?  That’s a good question, and the topic of money and riches isn’t brushed over in the Bible (see for yourself with these 250 Bible verses about money).  As Christians, I don’t think we should be afraid of having money – it’s our attitude towards money that we should watch carefully!  The problem with wealth is that we can make it a god in our lives.  That is, we can spend too much time seeking out worldly wealth and forget about being content.

So when we find scriptures in the Bible that point to riches and wealth, we need to be careful how we look at them.   If we look at these verses as a recipe to create worldly wealth, we’re missing the point.  True wealth and riches aren’t found on this earth.  We know this from 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.

As you read through these Proverbs, think carefully about the cause and effect of wealth.  The wisest and wealthiest man in the world wrote these as a way for us to truly understand that all wealth comes from God.  When we understand this and focus on humility, wisdom, generosity, hard work, and contentment we can expect to be enriched.

7 Proverbs That Will Make You Rich

Proverbs 22:4
True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Proverbs 8:18-21
I [wisdom] have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice. My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.

Proverbs 3:9, 10
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Proverbs 13:11
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Proverbs 13:4
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Proverbs 30:7-9
O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.  First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Proverbs 11:24
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

3 Extra Verses On Securing Poverty

How many people would be quick to say that poverty is on the top of their list of goals?  I don’t know anyone who wants to volunteer to live a life of poverty.  Solomon addresses both sides of wealth and gives some warning on actions that lead to a less fulfilling and impoverished life.

Proverbs 1:19
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

Proverbs 22:16
A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

Proverbs 24:33, 34
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Which of these Proverbs resonates with you the most today?  Do you have a favorite verse in Proverbs that speaks to you often?

  1. Carrie - Careful Cents

    These are some great reference versus. I’m bookmarking them for future and present use so I can remind myself to stay humble, work hard and do everything as unto the Lord. In the end he will reward me.

  2. XJ

    There are plenty of Godly people out there who live by those first 7 proverbs, and yet, are still in poverty through no fault of their own (and certainly NOT because they were doing what the last 3 said would throw on into poverty). Sometimes the riches do not come, until we are in Heaven.

    • Ken Qualls

      You are correct XJ

      The Proverbs are general truths and not a guarantee that they will work every time in every place for everyon. I know people, including myself who are Godly people who are not lazy, they work hard, are frugal, thithe and more, yet have little money. Many of them are not deep in debt but simply don’t have enough mony to pay their monthly bills (water, electric etc.)They havebn’t been able to buy new clothes in years, needed home repairs go undone, they barely can afford enough food to last from payday to payday. I ride a bike to work and most other places because I can’t afford gas.I have to feel guilty about buying a can of beans or some food because I might need that dollar for something more important later. I’ve had my power turned off because I couldn’t pay my bill and I’ve was tithing working every day and doing all the things a good Christian is suposed to do. We are positive people of faith. Our poverty DID NOT begin in our minds.We seek first the kingdom of God as best we know how. We count our many blessings and are thankful that bad as our situation is it’s not as bad as it could be. But facts are facts and reality is reality. Jesus tells us thatwe will have trouble (John 16:33) but he has overcome the world.He also tells us he blesses both the righteous and the unrighteous, the good and the bad (Matthew 5:45) Now amount of positive confession, law of attraction or any secret will change anything regardless of how many scripture are quoted out of context or mis interpreted. So we keep on loving him, trusting him and worshiping him. We keep asking, seeking and knocking.

  3. Jason Cabler

    “Those who work hard will prosper” has its benefits because it will make you financially better off, but it will also make you spiritually better off because hard work takes discipline and sacrifice which will strengthen you.

    “Give freely and become more wealthy” When we learn to be givers we take the focus off of ourselves and learn to focus on others. We can gain wealth by not focusing on keeping all that we get.

  4. Leviticus Wisdom

    All of these are very profound yet I would like to add one more, which is my all-time favorite, Proverbs 10:22 – “The blessing of the Lord makes you rich and adds no sorrow to it”.

    It’s all about the blessing…

  5. Tim

    What an encouraging reply – couldn’t have said it better. Thanks Shirley!

  6. Tim

    Absolutely – I believe that we can be blessed with wealth and earthly possessions, but the ultimate riches from God don’t have a dead president stamped on it.

    The key is to seek His kingdom first, and his righteousness. Then everything else will fall into place.

  7. Pola Muzyka

    Terrific. Thanks. I used it in my post today on poverty. Hope you can read mine. God bless you much. Pola

  8. Great list of verses, and great comments!

  9. Don

    Interesting article Tim. As I really study Proverbs however I’m finding that they teach that a direct attempt to make money or focus on just wealth will not be successful. Money and wealth are usually a byproduct of seeking more important things in life.

  10. Chinky del Mar

    Hi there! I am happy and grateful to have came accross your website. I am a christian and i like reading your articles because it taught me a lot about how the bible relates to financial matters..More Power to Christian PF and to all the staff..Keep up the good work in helping others grow thier wisdom and knowledge on God’s words and teachings on personal finances.

  11. Roland Takon

    Good and wonderful scriptures on riches and wealth. Let me add Isaiah 48:17 to them. God is the one that teaches us to make profit. He also leads us to where we should go.
    We must go to God,like Jacob,did, to get that secret of money making . Jacob knew what mix of plants would get fatted calves and what mix would produce speckled . In a short while he became so rich. Yet he is in heaven. God has a business secret for you. It’s not paid employment that brings wealth. Its business .