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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536 comments on “Bible Verses About Tithing
  1. lungisani says:

    it is very hard to convince me about tithing because Jesus mentioned it when he was giving a parable and during that time the law of Moses was still working. Pastor help me with just one verse that Jesus,Paul and other apostles involve the teaching of tithing. Far as im concerned only offering is mentioned in the new testament.Thank you.

    • Carolyn says:

      Tithing was around before the law though…
      Even if it was instituted as part of the law, there is nothing better in the New Testament to replace it so we keep tithing. It is more about honor and our hearts than about the money. The tenth part is devoted to the Lord. There is nothing in the New Testament that says differently than Malachi 3:10. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek way before the law and he is the father of faith. He was abundantly blessed because his heart was to always put God first. Hope this helps :) My husband and I have been tithers for many years and we know that God has blessed us abundantly for putting Him first. Many blessings in Christ.

  2. Michael says:

    Today’s TITHING is UNscriptural
    http://trthndcptn.punt.nl/category/view/today-s-tithing-is-unscriptural

    In a nutshell:

    Tithing only applied in these cases:

    Abraham on the spoils of war, once in his life

    Israelites living under the Old Testament Law: on agricultural products and livestock for the Levites

    Pharisees did it on their on their spices! A man made tradition.

  3. Anyam says:

    Tithing in its essence is about honoring God and giving Him first place by keeping the fact that HE IS YOUR SOURCE ever before you through obedience. Ps.3:9-10.
    Now, Col.3:2-3 means that all we are and have belongs to Christ. 2Cor.5: 17-21.
    Every time you earn or receive increase in your life of money or material goods (quantifiable), FIRST OF ALL, take out a portion (a percentage will represent the whole lot…HOW ABOUT STARTING WITH 10%?) and set it aside to be used as God instructs you.
    If you are not immediately clear on hearing from God about what to do with it, then send it to a church that is true (THE ONE YOU ATTEND PERHAPS?).
    We open bank accounts for our businesses, education, vacations, salaries, retirement etc….important things.
    We claim we love God and that His kingdom is important but how many of us have a bank account into which we pay a percentage of our income regularly; a dedicated kingdom account?
    SO THAT AT HIS REQUEST we can be a blessing to the church, the poor and to strangers who do not know our Master’s benevolence.

    • Dagirathi Murutwo wa Jesu says:

      I would like to make a few comments on Carolyn and Anyam’s views on tithe:
      Jews of old did not tithe because Abraham gave a tenth of spoils to Melchizedek, but because it was commanded them by Moses. It was not Abraham’s habit to tithe so there was a reason he did it this one time. It was the exception rather than the rule. It is most likely he was actually paying a “war tax” to the Jebusite King of Ur Salim (Jerusalem) under whose jurisdiction (Kingdom) Hebron fell. In fact, if Abraham was tithing, then the time he should have done so was when he and Lot returned from Egypt so rich that they had to split to their different ways to find pasture for their animals. In any case, Abraham did many other things in his life other than tithing yet we do not do them. If we were to do what Abraham did, then it is Circumcision, on which his Covenant with God was based, that we should insist on. If you read Acts chapter 15, you will see the great debate which established that it will neither be a pre-requirement nor compulsory rite for non-Jew Christians (Read Gentiles as the Jews called them). Tithing is a requirement under the Law of Moses given at Mt. Horeb specifically to Jews. Deuteronomy 26:16-19 is very clear that the Law was for Jews only to the exclusion of all other peoples in of the world. Indeed, an excerpt of the Horeb Covenant that Moses tells reads to the Israelites says that: “…today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people”. Note “His Special People”. Anyone not a Jew wishing to follow the Law of Moses has to become a Jew first (The same Law explains how). Our (Christians) Covenant with God was signed at Calvary NOT with blood of animals as Moses did at Mt. Horeb but with Jesus’ own blood. So let us follow the Word, Gospel/Good |News of Jesus Christ.
      Jesus came liberate us from rigidity of the Law and tediousness of ceremonies. He did not agree with and often castigated the Jews generally and the religious leaders specifically (Pharisees, Sadducees etc.) who insisted on the laws and tedious religious rites and ceremonies. Our relationship with our Father is not reciprocity. It is not a transaction. It is not true that: “There is nothing in the New Testament that says differently than Malachi 3:10.” He taught us to be freely charitable. He taught us that it is doing good to fellow human beings that we serve God. Jesus wants us to do good because of the goodness originating and flowing from our hearts not because a Law or Laws compels us. He gave the example of the Priest and Levite who would leave a suffering man by the roadside perhaps because stopping would have made them late for some ceremony. He told of how the Samaritan postponed all his businesses to attend to the man who was hurt. At the end of the narration, Jesus tells us; “Go and do likewise”. (Luke 10:37).
      The narration in Matthew 25:31-46 that tells us how Jesus will conduct Judgment on his return is very informative on how he wants us to be generous to him. What he is telling us is that what we do to other humans is really to him that we do it. Judgment will not be on whether we tithed or not! It will be on whether we were merciful to fellow human beings.
      On the claim that tithes offered to church go to help poor, I have never seen that. What happens in the Church that I am familiar with, is that Tithes as all other offerings go to church kitty for such uses as paying quota to the Diocese, paying workers etc. Whenever a congregant or other people in the community fall into problem e.g. their house getting burnt, lack of school fees, hungry, aged abandoned and destitute, sick etc., the church conveniently forgets that it has collected tithe and go back to the same congregation requesting for contributions. If your church uses the tithe to help the poor, then it does not matter what name you give it so long as you are fulfilling Christ’s Command of minding your neighbour. You do not have to sit and calculate 10% because it a charitable work you will be doing not fulfilling a law. I can assure you that God will bless you mightily whether you called your offering tithe, whatever or no name at all!
      I quite well understanding why many Christians few obligated to pay tithes. Apostle Paul said it of Jews in Romans 10:1-3 “…I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” This same applies to the present day Christians. To these, Jesus would say the same he said of Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:23-24: “Woe unto you, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe … and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye… strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” What more can I say except that you become more zealous in understanding the Gospel (The Good News) of Jesus Christ and stop pretending to be Jews which you are not!

  4. Dagirathi Murutwo wa Jesu says:

    I would like to make a few comments on Carolyn and Anyam’s views on tithe:
    Jews of old did not tithe because Abraham gave a tenth of spoils to Melchizedek, but because it was commanded them by Moses. It was not Abraham’s habit to tithe so there was a reason he did it this one time. It was the exception rather than the rule. It is most likely he was actually paying a “war tax” to the Jebusite King of Ur Salim (Jerusalem) under whose jurisdiction (Kingdom) Hebron fell. In fact, if Abraham was tithing, then the time he should have done so was when he and Lot returned from Egypt so rich that they had to split to their different ways to find pasture for their animals. In any case, Abraham did many other things in his life other than tithing yet we do not do them. If we were to do what Abraham did, then it is Circumcision, on which his Covenant with God was based, that we should insist on. If you read Acts chapter 15, you will see the great debate which established that it will neither be a pre-requirement nor compulsory rite for non-Jew Christians (Read Gentiles as the Jews called them). Tithing is a requirement under the Law of Moses given at Mt. Horeb specifically to Jews. Deuteronomy 26:16-19 is very clear that the Law was for Jews only to the exclusion of all other peoples in of the world. Indeed, an excerpt of the Horeb Covenant that Moses tells reads to the Israelites says that: “…today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people”. Note “His Special People”. Anyone not a Jew wishing to follow the Law of Moses has to become a Jew first (The same Law explains how). Our (Christians) Covenant with God was signed at Calvary NOT with blood of animals as Moses did at Mt. Horeb but with Jesus’ own blood. So let us follow the Word, Gospel/Good |News of Jesus Christ.
    Jesus came liberate us from rigidity of the Law and tediousness of ceremonies. He did not agree with and often castigated the Jews generally and the religious leaders specifically (Pharisees, Sadducees etc.) who insisted on the laws and tedious religious rites and ceremonies. Our relationship with our Father is not reciprocity. It is not a transaction. It is not true that: “There is nothing in the New Testament that says differently than Malachi 3:10.” He taught us to be freely charitable. He taught us that it is doing good to fellow human beings that we serve God. Jesus wants us to do good because of the goodness originating and flowing from our hearts not because a Law or Laws compels us. He gave the example of the Priest and Levite who would leave a suffering man by the roadside perhaps because stopping would have made them late for some ceremony. He told of how the Samaritan postponed all his businesses to attend to the man who was hurt. At the end of the narration, Jesus tells us; “Go and do likewise”. (Luke 10:37).
    The narration in Matthew 25:31-46 that tells us how Jesus will conduct Judgment on his return is very informative on how he wants us to be generous to him. What he is telling us is that what we do to other humans is really to him that we do it. Judgment will not be on whether we tithed or not! It will be on whether we were merciful to fellow human beings.
    On the claim that tithes offered to church go to help poor, I have never seen that. What happens in the Church that I am familiar with, is that Tithes as all other offerings go to church kitty for such uses as paying quota to the Diocese, paying workers etc. Whenever a congregant or other people in the community fall into problem e.g. their house getting burnt, lack of school fees, hungry, aged abandoned and destitute, sick etc., the church conveniently forgets that it has collected tithe and go back to the same congregation requesting for contributions. If your church uses the tithe to help the poor, then it does not matter what name you give it so long as you are fulfilling Christ’s Command of minding your neighbour. You do not have to sit and calculate 10% because it a charitable work you will be doing not fulfilling a law. I can assure you that God will bless you mightily whether you called your offering tithe, whatever or no name at all!
    I quite well understanding why many Christians few obligated to pay tithes. Apostle Paul said it of Jews in Romans 10:1-3 “…I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” This same applies to the present day Christians. To these, Jesus would say the same he said of Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:23-24: “Woe unto you, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe … and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye… strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” What more can I say except that you become more zealous in understanding the Gospel (The Good News) of Jesus Christ and stop pretending to be Jews which you are not!

  5. Bruce Gray says:

    It amazes me what proclaimed Christians will come up with. Read John 1:1. It was Christ who created this world and we call him God. Scripture states “Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever.” Also “I the Lord God change not.” God put in perfect laws for perfect reasons and they do not change. Paying thithes is a gift and God has always blessed my family by paying thithes first. I did as Malachi said and have lived in God,s blessings.

  6. Coach Dub says:

    I will say two things, One,I have never known anyone who tithed and offered loyally who has struggled financially. Two, God’s law was never changed or altered, only written on our hearts. You have to twist scripture to believe the instructions of God were changed by being “nailed to the cross”. Reading scripture in CONTEXT will show you it’s only the law of sin and death (Genesis 2:16, Romans 5:12, 8:2)that we are no longer under. That being said, Tithing does not seem to apply/translate to the followers of Messiah.

    Tithing. A hot topic for many. But, should it be?
    We find it interesting how that the majority of ministers today say that the law is no longer for us to follow, yet they are quick to say how you should still pay your tithes. All the while knowing that tithing is straight … from The Law. The very thing they say we no longer have to follow. Yet, this particular instruction … well, you know, it still applies.
    So… let’s address the big question right off the bat … Does tithing still apply today? The big answer … No, it doesn’t.
    It is generally believed that the tithing system was set up for the Levites and the Priests. And this is true … In part. As we will find in this teaching, there were other tithes that were not designated, to go to the Priests in general.
    Scripturally speaking, there are basically four types of tithes …

    – The Levitical Tithe
    – The Festival Tithe
    – The Poor Tithe
    – And the Priest’s Tithe

    We will go over these with a basic understanding of them, but it must be understood from the beginning that all tithes were intended for either the Priests, Levites or simply brought to the temple for other purposes. Since there are no Priests, Levites or Temple in existence today, biblically speaking, you can’t tithe. In obedience to the command, anyway. This is not to say that one can’t willingly give 10% to a ministry, or even split it up among several ministries. It simply means that one cannot obey these instructions as directed in the Scriptures. Ministers have no Biblical foundation to say that the paying of tithes has been transferred, and is now to be paid to the modern church.

    Here is a teaching on the tithe. http://c96e50a40991046dcbfa-71bc4c8fd3e50b4ee0e248e517d3026f.r87.cf2.rackcdn.com/uploaded/t/0e4616954_1445626791_tithing-transcript.pdf

    • I have never known anyone who tithed and offered loyally who has struggled financially

      I don’t really buy that statement. It feeds into the doctrine of the health-wealth gospel – We will never struggle financially. We will never have sickness or pain. Sow the seed and God will bless it.

      God promises trials and tribulations. Without fire, there is no purification. Without struggles, there is no growth. I’m not saying that we can’t ask God for things or financial blessings because we are true to his word.

      • Dagirathi Murutwo wa Jesu says:

        Chapter 19 of the Book of Exodus tells us that, in the third month of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt on their return journey to Canaan, when camped at Mt. Sinai, God came to introduce himself to them as their God. In Exodus 19:17 reads: “Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.” But God came out so fiercely with smoke, thunder, and lighting and sounds that the Israelites were greatly afraid and fled. Exodus 20:19 tells us that the Israelites did not want to come near and listen to God. They said to Moses: “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” God accepted what they had said and in Deuteronomy 18:15 responded: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” So, for the time being, Moses and the priest and prophets after him would teach the Israelites God’s commands. This went on until Jesus Christ came with God’s Word “in His mouth” thus fulfilling the Promise. In Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7, he explains that Religion had not been taught according to the way God intended. Referring to the teachings of the Jewish religion severally, He said “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time……But I say unto you…” By this he told them what they had been taught till then, and then taught them the correct way. The correct way was to do things not because they were enforced by law and the fear of being punished by God when we failed to do so, but because we had Faith in God. Everything we were to do henceforth because of our faith in God. St. Paul in Galatians 3:23-26 explains it this way: “Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
        So Jesus our later day tutor, taught us among many other things, to give, not because the law demands it but because we are sons of a loving father. His apostle, guided by the Holy Spirit, in 2 Corinthians 9:7 told us that: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
        It is a curious thing, that Jesus Christ the Son of God came to teach us the way God wants us to conduct ourselves as faithful Christians (John 1:14), yet what He tells us and cling to the old ways he came to correct. “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). What a shame that Christians chose the law of Moses over the Gospel of Faith in Christ Jesus.
        What a shame!

  7. Mnqobi Dlamini says:

    That is the only verse that I know that talks about testing God.One thing that I know-God will NEVER lie.He is the source of our income,our everything,he is the manager of our funds too.Why can’t we honour him with this one lil’ thing?After all it’s not a force matter because God loves a cheerful giver.I have been returning tithe,I live in Zimbabwe and here things are tight but God has openned the flood gates of heaven for me.I am not struggling financially for he is with me.

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