Bible Verses About Tithing

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This is a list of all 17 bible verses  about tithing from both the Old and New Testament scriptures.

  • Genesis 14:20 – In this bible verse, Melchizedek comes out to meet Abraham, as Abraham gives him a tithe of the spoils of his victory.
  • Genesis 28:20-22 – After the vision of God’s renewed covenant, Jacob initiates a covenant with God vowing to give him a tithe of what he receives from the promised land.
  • Leviticus 27:30-32 – The specifications of tithing is introduced into the law of Moses.
  • Numbers 18:20-32 – The tithe is dedicated the Levites for the work in the tabernacle.
  • Deuteronomy 12:5-11 – God gives instructions for what to do with the tithe once Israel crosses the Jordan.
  • Deuteronomy 14:22-29 – God gives instructions on how to disperse and exchange the tithe.
  • Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – God gives instructions on how Israel should sanctify the tithe before they can ask for a blessing.
  • 2 Chronicles 31:5-12 – The children of Israel do what’s right under the reign of Hezekiah, and bring the tithes to the designated places.
  • Nehemiah 10:37-38 – Israel obeys God and brings the tithes to the storehouse.
  • Nehemiah 12:44 – Officers were appointed to watch over the tithes in the storehouse.
  • Nehemiah 13:5-12 – Nehemiah cleanses the storehouse and kicks Tobiah out of the room that was designated to store the tithe. He then restores order.
  • Amos 4:4 – God commands Israel to bring back the tithe and reiterates the curse that is upon them if they don’t.
  • Malachi 3:8-10 – God reprimands Israel for not delivering the tithe, and reiterates the blessings and curse that would be in result of whatever decision they chose.
  • Matthew 23:23 – Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.
  • Luke 11:42 – A parallel bible verse of Matthew 23:23 as Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.
  • Luke 18:12 – A Pharisee brags about his obedience to the law and tithing.
  • Hebrews 7:5-9 – Abraham’s tithe is used to illustrate a change concerning the priesthood.

There are many other bible verses that relate to giving, offerings, or first fruits; but the bible references above are all of the only verses that strictly refer to tithing.

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617 comments on “Bible Verses About Tithing
  1. Kathrine says:

    From the beginning of mankind, God called prophets to teach the people. TITHING was instituted by God through his prophets of old. Yes, that was then.

    The people eventually turned away from God and his prophets (apostasy). Now in these latter days, God has sent prophets again showing His love and concern for His children and to help prepare them for His Coming.

    These are the last days. God is not going to leave us without prophets during the most important time in the history of the world: right before the Second Coming.

    As in old times, God has called prophets—righteous men chosen- given authority to teach His word and lead His Church today.

    What I’m saying is His Church today not only has prophets, it has the fullness of his Gospel to help prepare the righteous, and all who will listen and change their lives, before His Coming. He has sent prophets and with them, his priesthood, commandments and vital ordinances. TITHING is but a small portion of His commandments, but it is vital to the building of His kingdom in the last days.

    TITHING is used to build the kingdom of God on the earth: to built churches, temples, missions, printed materials, etc. Other voluntary donations are also given to help the poor, those in need, missionaries, disaster relief victims, etc.

    • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

      You have tried to justify tithe by introducing a fact that God spoke to people through prophets and your own opinions which are not Biblically verifiable and tending towards being contradictory. So let me agree with you that God used to speak to “Israelites” through prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, Micah and others. You seem to have omitted the fact that before prophets through whom he sent messages, he spoke directly to people such as Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses and through visions or dreams to such as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. That is how he wanted to speak to Israelites at Mount Sinai if they had not fled so he gave His Commandments through Moses. But dissatisfied with this mode of speaking to people, he promised to send a man in whom he would put his words. Deuteronomy 18:18 says: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” So when Jesus came as man and told us the correct will of God, Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us: “On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets. But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” But Jesus Himself felt that we needed further elucidation of his words and therefore in John 14:26 said: “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” When this comforter teaches us, we shall not need any other teacher or prophet (not even your invention of later day prophet) Jeremiah 31:33 reiterated in Hebrews 8:10-11 God tells us that: tells us that after those days, the Lord will put his Word in our minds, and inscribe them on our hearts so that: “No longer will each one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest”.
      So kindly, you did not read about the later day prophets from the Bible and are an invention from a figment of your imagination. You are packaging Gods Word in a wrapper of your own opinions! You say: “What I’m saying is His Church today not only has prophets…”. Yes! It is you who is saying it not the Word of God! You are mixing God’s true Words with your false opinions and do not seem to know the boundary. Stick to the Word.
      As for the tithe being used for building churches, temples, missions, printed materials, etc, just ask for “voluntary donations given cheerfully without compulsion each according to his/her ability”.

      • Michael says:

        Amen…. The tithe is to be eaten in Gods presence by the tithier except for certain years (year 3 & 6) and even then the tithier ate from the tithe….the only requirement was not mourning while eating the Tithe. This symbolizes the marriage feast of the Lamb. Praise God! This is the same for all other non sin related sacrificial offerings … They were eaten by the sacrificer with a portion for the Levites/Priest. Also, the tithe is of the produce of the land of Israel. God loves a cheerful giver!

        • Anon says:

          Yes! Tithes are to be used to feed people and celebrate for all that God has provided. It was not meant to be a tax collected by the church. The Law of the Tithe is very specific in Deuteronomy, but people have warped its relevance and Christian churches have used it for their own selfish needs. Churches can ask for gifts but not tithes and should not distort God’s Word for their own selfish desires. Jesus never needed money but his teachings endure. If Jesus wanted a big building he would have built it as he was a carpenter. Jesus’ church was the people not the building. He never asked for a tithe. This is an injustice and one reason why people are leaving the church. Thousands of years ago the church was the storehouse. Today it is a bank and I can no longer buy food at a church to celebrate so I must take my tithes elsewhere.

      • jonnnie K says:

        What we need to understand is.
        1. There is not one scripture throught the entire Bible that requests or requires a MONETARY tithe.
        2.Ministry has laboured on Abraham and his (none required) giving of 1/10th.But they don’t make mention of the other 90% that he gave to the King of Sodom who was present at the same time as Melchisedek.
        We could go on and on when people diverge from THE FACTS but tithing did not make Abraham rich,he was rich beyond measure before he ever gave 1/10.
        The TITHE OF THE LAND (produce and cattle)
        was introduced to support the Levites and the priesthood as they were not given land of their own.
        Read The Book…not what people say.

        • Prince Eddie says:

          But in this day and age,not money is all that men working for,not cattles,sheep or goats

          • Prince Eddie says:

            Typo error,l meant to say money is all that people earn for a living,not cattles sheep and goats.

          • Roy says:

            There were carpenters, stonemasons, weavers, etc.etc. Who would have worked for money but they were never required to tithe. Unfortunately people try to defend something they believe / having been taught (indoctronated)rather tha what GODS WORDactually has to say on the matter.

          • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

            Sarah Nti,
            ,
            I guess that you had a typo error and wanted to alert us to Malachi 3:10. The best way to read that last Book in the Old Testament is to start it write from Chapter 1 verse 1. It will tell you that the Book was a message written by Prophet Malachi exclusively for Israelites. It is not an easy or a good message that other people for whom it was not written should want to enjoin him/herself with those it was written for. It is indeed referred to as “The Burden of the Israelites”! The next verse says that the message excludes all other nations including the descendants of Israel’s own brother Esau. The prophet specifically mentions this so that others who, like you are far from such a relation, know without a doubt that you are excluded from the message!The rest of the Book ( the message) tells why God must break the Covenant signed between Him and the Israelites at Mt. Horeb (Sinai) at which He promised them to be their God if they obey his Commandments. He is telling them that in spite of Him loving them over all other Nations of the world, they still had chosen to disobey him. In the last chapter, He tell them that, since they had not obeyed Him (including not paying the tithes) they deserved the curses he had promised in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. He however says He will not bring the curses on Earth but instead will bring a new Covenant.(Read the very last line of the Old Testament). God was readying the world for the new Covenant which would not be for Israelites only but for all nations of the earth according to His promise to Abraham! He did. He brought us the Gospel (The Good News) though his son and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. he took away the curse of the Law by which we had been tutored until he came. Now we Christians are under the New (Calvary Covenant) not under the Old (Horeb or Sinai Covenant). So why, Oh why are you still adhering to the obsolete,(which as a gentile you were not apart of in the first place) when you have the new and better Covenant. I pray that the Holy Spirit removes from your eyes, the veil that like Moses covers those reading the Old Testament. Receive enlightment in Jesus name. Amen!

          • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

            Hello Eddie Prince
            The question of tithing in cash or kind arises only if in the first place you are intent on tithing. That question will arise because you are considering a matter that came long before Christianity came to Earth. For a Christian who is led by the teachings of Jesus Christ which are contained in the Books of Gospel and other Books of the New Testament, the question does not arise. Jesus asked you to love and help your neighbor (anyone in need) like the Good Samaritan. He used his time, donkey to carry the hurt man, money to pay for his lodging and treatment. Jesus then said “Go and do likewise.” He also said that when he returns to judge all our actions, he will say that what we did for the least of the poor, we did it for him and will reward us for it. Did he say he will reward us for tithing? No! Did he say he say in what form the help should be money or in kind? No! All he said is help those in need! Why then do we keep on debating about laws of old Testament when we have the Gospel to guide us! Christians should follow teachings of Christ so if we are to debate at all, lets debate on that!

      • Belinda says:

        Amen may God continue to inspire you spiritual with more of His word am blessed

      • PP. Ramseur says:

        Right on, thanks GOD, GOD got a way for the truth to go forward. there no law for us to pay tithes today, but we are to give.

  2. Venia says:

    Are you saying that people should not tithe, and that the tithes should be used in the storehouse. From the little knowledge I have gathered, especially from the verses quoted above, tithes are used for the levites, the fatherless, the strangers and the widows. Now tell me, is this wrong. Please do not use strong words on me because I am just asking so that I may be informed. I believe in tithing and giving offerings as a Christian.

    • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

      In my contributions, I have never had an intention to hurt anyone. My intention and purpose has always been to tell Christians what the doctrine of Jesus is. I know that Christians share the Old Testament with Judaism and perhaps other religions and that they tend sometimes to over emphasise on it over the New Testament. I like to remind Christians that as the Book of Malachi recapitulates, summarises, evaluates and gives verdict of the law of Moses (written strictly for Israelites exclusive or all other nations(Malachi 1:2)) failed and gave way to New Testament (36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”(John 3:36)). The Gospel of Christ thus, to a Christian takes precedence of all other scriptures. It is thus not me who says tithe or don’t tithe. What I emphasise is what Christ taught and that is to “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” ! John 4 tells us that we show our love, not by being generous to God whom we have never seen but by minding those in our immediate proximity who need our love, kindness, generosity, care, justice and mercy. So the point is this, if we ignore these so that we take tithes to God in Church, then we shall not have fulfilled his command.
      “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35(NIV))
      So, I do not have the authority to tell Christians anything. I have no authority to tell Christians to tithe or not to tithe. I only remind them first that they are Christians not Judaists whose Book is the Old Testament and secondly, because of the first, they should do what their Lord and Saviour commands them in his Gospel/Doctrine found in the New Testament.
      I do not ask anyone to believe in what I say and do accordingly. I ask Christians to read the New Testament and heed what it says. If anyone doesn’t like that, the argument is not with me. It is with Jesus who is its author!

  3. arluster turner says:

    In the new testament: (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) are the principals of giving. Tithing is not mentioned here, however, this is how I give to my local church and the Lord has blessed me as a result.
    God bless, Brother Turner

  4. Thomas Fani says:

    Christians are not oblige to pay tithes because the proper definition of the word tithe is defined as a tenth of a crop and the law actually was not made to regulate Christians but for Christians.

  5. Diana M says:

    Tithe is not for the New Covenant…just as we know…the law was abolished in Jesus death…Christians should be generous and giving..even more so…but tithe was never to further the building programs.pay for tv time and cause the religious career of a pastor to be supported by the people…many of whom struggle to eat. We all will answer for what we teach…Jesus did not teach the tithe neither did His choice of a gospel preacher to the gentile world…Paul…he never taught tithe to the Christian…its a way used by the modern church system to compel people to give money to further their plans. Period

  6. Sarah Nti says:

    What about ma lanai 3 v 10 it’says test me with this that if I’m not going to pour my blessing upon you

    • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

      Sarah Nti,
      ,
      I guess that you had a typo error and wanted to alert us to Malachi 3:10. The best way to read that last Book in the Old Testament is to start it write from Chapter 1 verse 1. It will tell you that the Book was a message written by Prophet Malachi exclusively for Israelites. It is not an easy or a good message that other people for whom it was not written should want to enjoin him/herself with those it was written for. It is indeed referred to as “The Burden of the Israelites”! The next verse says that the message excludes all other nations including the descendants of Israel’s own brother Esau. The prophet specifically mentions this so that others who, like you are far from such a relation, know without a doubt that you are excluded from the message!The rest of the Book ( the message) tells why God must break the Covenant signed between Him and the Israelites at Mt. Horeb (Sinai) at which He promised them to be their God if they obey his Commandments. He is telling them that in spite of Him loving them over all other Nations of the world, they still had chosen to disobey him. In the last chapter, He tell them that, since they had not obeyed Him (including not paying the tithes) they deserved the curses he had promised in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. He however says He will not bring the curses on Earth but instead will bring a new Covenant.(Read the very last line of the Old Testament). God was readying the world for the new Covenant which would not be for Israelites only but for all nations of the earth according to His promise to Abraham! He did. He brought us the Gospel (The Good News) though his son and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. he took away the curse of the Law by which we had been tutored until he came. Now we Christians are under the New (Calvary Covenant) not under the Old (Horeb or Sinai Covenant). So why, Oh why are you still adhering to the obsolete,(which as a gentile you were not apart of in the first place) when you have the new and better Covenant. I pray that the Holy Spirit removes from your eyes, the veil that like Moses covers those reading the Old Testament. Receive enlightment in Jesus name. Amen!

  7. Kathrine says:

    Dagirathi ~ So what you are actually saying is that God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ can not talk to the children of God (us) today? They can’t sent prophets and apostles to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ, today?? I testify to you that I know they do and they have.

    There are 15 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today! We have 80,000 young men and women who are going throughout the world proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that He is coming to gather his elect on the earth preparatory to the Millennium. Together with the Bible, the Book of Mormon are one in their hands.

    I challenge you to read the Book of Mormon as you pray to know of its truth. It does take a humble heart and a contrite spirit to receive your own revelation that it’s true.

    Yes, tithing IS an essential part of the Church and Kingdom of God in the last days. Don’t be stubborn. Keep an open mind and heart if you want your won personal revelation. And yes, Satan is very real and will do much to stop you. But calling upon God in the name of Jesus Christ will send Satan on his way. Thanks for listening.

  8. Dineo Sibiya says:

    I personally think Tithe is a personal decision between Man and GOD . ..IF we can keep the 10 commandments ..why is it so hard to keep the one Tithing? ..one must have an understanding of why he /she does it? Remember it must come from a Cheerful heart. Check the teachings, Pastor and the progress of the Church ..cause others are out there to use people’s money for their own personal use and forget about the Expansion of the Kingdom.

    • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

      Dineo Sibiya
      You start your post with the words, “I personally think Tithe is a personal decision…” and that is the problem. It is a problem that you share with many Christians. Christianity is not a personal opinion. It is not even the teachings of any prophet of the old or of the present. Christianity is the teachings of Jesus Christ. Because people want to follow the teachings of the Old Testament prophets, teachings of their own religion (Church) or their own opinions, they make all sorts of claims including that about tithes and tithing. Leave out what Prophets told other people who were not Christians (even if they were people of God for there are many of those who are not Christians), leave out the teachings of churches, religions and priests! Ask yourself the question: “What did Jesus say?” Matthew 23:23 23″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices-mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew23:23) That is what Jesus taught. He values justice and mercy to your needy neighbor than dutifulness to your church! When he comes back, he will not judge you on whether and how much you tithed. He will not judge you according to how much you obeyed Old Testament prophets or your church and preachers. He will judge you on what He commanded you. If while you were on earth you helped the needy, he will tell you: “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’… (Matthew 25:34…)
      I do not know whether he will have a reward for doing according to your personal opinion! If you are a Christian, what should matter to you is the opinion of your Master: Jesus Christ the Son of God who is our Lord and Saviour and who in John 14:15 says: “If you love me, keep my commands.” Do you love Jesus? If you do, why do you want to follow the commands of Moses and not that of Jesus your Master? God the Father himself commanded you to obey Jesus not the prophets. At the transfiguration on the Mountain when Elijah and Moses were present what did God say? “A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him!”(Luke 9:35). Do what God ordered you. Listen to Jesus. His is all the opinion you need!

  9. blessing says:

    How about tithing according to the Bible which practicality involved bringing to the place God choose to put His name eating it and inviting the levites widows fatherless and orphans, see Deut 14:22_25. 26:12 Num 18 :21,26

    Let us tithe as is written in Bible not as preached by some one.

    • Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

      Dear Blessing
      In Christian context, you do not need to wait for three years or even one year to go someplace to thank God for his blessings. We need to first thank God evert time we have a meal and secondly, remember to always help out those who those who do not have. Those Jews who during the time of Jesus on Earth,(especially Pharisees) took the law of tithing so seriously they would even count the leaves of the vegetables they grew an take a tenth to the Temple yet they would not give the littlest coin to a beggar except for a show! Jesus called them hypocrites and said the better thing to do was to be just and show merciful to the less fortunate than to be dutiful tithers. So, for Christians, rather than try to tithe according to the Old Testament Laws given to Israelites by Moses, lets do what Jesus taught us and according to his teachings (Gospel) in the New Testament. Following the teachings of Christ in the New Testament (Not teachings of prophets in the Old Testament) is what makes us Christians.

  10. Dagirathi, M?rutwo wa Jesu says:

    It is acts of Mercy NOT Tithing that touches God’s heart
    Hebrews 12:5 says: “…you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” This applies to many Christians generally but for the purpose of this board, to specifically to advocates of tithing according to the Old Testament laws. Malachi 3:10 which says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it,” is read without putting it into the context in which it was originally commanded by Moses. Tithers understand it to mean that it is the act of tithing which miraculously opens the floodgates of heaven. Unfortunately it is not. The key to what opens the floodgates is in the words “…that there may be food in my house”. That too makes sense only when read with what Moses in Deuteronomy 26:12 said when commanding the Israelites about tithing. He said: “When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.” This tells us that the act of tithing was not the end but only the means to an end. It is not the tithing but the end to which the tithe is put to that opens the floodgates. That end is that the: “Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow” eat the tithe and get satisfied. It is the act of mercy: of feeding the hungry (or generally helping those in need), that touches the heart of God. Mercy NOT tithe, is the key to God’s heart who will in turn open the floodgates of heaven. That is why Jesus in Matthew 23:23 disagreed with and castigated the Pharisees who emphasised on tithing dutifully (so that they neglected to help the poor). He told them: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of (tithe) your spices-mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former”. Yes! They insisted on tithing as a duty to fulfill the law but not as an act of mercy! They tithed but would not give a starving child a crust of bread to eat. Tithing was a sacrifice and deemed sacrifice as what God wanted. They held as sinners those who did not obey the law of taking their tithes to church. Jesus in Matthew 12:7 told them: “If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent”. By “the innocent”, Jesus meant those who rather than take their tithe to church opted to give it to the poor. But who between the tither and the one who helps the poor will be rewarded by Jesus on the Day of Judgment? Jesus says he will reward those who helped the poor in his name: “I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me…” (Matthew 25:35-36). He did not promise to reward those who tithed dutifully. In James 2:13, the Apostle tells us that those who did not show mercy to the needy (even if they had been dutiful tithers) will be judged without mercy. He says:” Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
    Your church has taught you to tithe as a duty. That is incorrect teaching and now “…you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. (Hebrews 12:5 says). If your church is doing these things, then by all means give it your tithes and whatever other donations. However, if your church uses tithes and donations collected in the name of God to fund commercial projects, do not give it only the normal Sunday offerings which are enough for its running. Rather than take your tithe to church for use in such projects, use it to buy food for the poor, pay hospital fees for the sick and suffering and unable to pay for treatment etc. u Be blessed with understanding. If you cannot do these things, give your money to genuine and deserving charitable organisations.
    It is acts of Mercy NOT Tithing that touches God’s heart. Be blessed as you understand what the will of God is and act on

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