100 Bible Verses about Simplicity

2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV / 234 helpful votes

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.

Psalm 116:6 ESV / 106 helpful votes

The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

Luke 16:13 ESV / 98 helpful votes

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Matthew 6:21 ESV / 98 helpful votes

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 78 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 8:5-6 ESV / 65 helpful votes

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 1:22 ESV / 63 helpful votes

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

Matthew 19:24 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Romans 12:8 ESV / 56 helpful votes

The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 55 helpful votes

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Psalm 19:7 ESV / 52 helpful votes

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

Luke 10:21 ESV / 51 helpful votes

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Matthew 5:3 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

John 6:35 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Micah 6:8 ESV / 49 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 22:37 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 42 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Acts 2:46 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,

Matthew 6:22 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,

Psalm 131:1-2 ESV / 38 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Colossians 3:22 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Isaiah 55:1-2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Ephesians 6:5 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,

Matthew 11:25 ESV / 33 helpful votes

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

Proverbs 11:4 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Acts 4:32 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

John 14:23 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Proverbs 21:11 ESV / 30 helpful votes

When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Psalm 119:130 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

James 1:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

John 15:5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 5:30 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Corinthians 2:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Proverbs 15:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.

1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Proverbs 19:25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Matthew 5:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Romans 16:19 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.

John 14:6 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Proverbs 16:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 8:5 ESV / 20 helpful votes

O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.

James 3:13 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 9:22 ESV / 19 helpful votes

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 19 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Luke 11:34 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.

Matthew 11:29 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Proverbs 9:16 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says,

1 John 4:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

1 Peter 3:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Psalm 37:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Psalm 34:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Philippians 4:4-5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;

Galatians 6:10 ESV / 17 helpful votes

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

1 Corinthians 4:21 ESV / 17 helpful votes

What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

John 7:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Matthew 12:7-8 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

Matthew 8:20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Matthew 5:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Psalm 34:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

1 Corinthians 4:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

1 John 5:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Romans 15:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

John 12:32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

John 11:39 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”

Matthew 19:10-12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Isaiah 3:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.

Psalm 37:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Philippians 2:5-7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

1 Thessalonians 4:11-13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

1 Corinthians 1:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Proverbs 14:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

James 1:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Luke 10:25-37 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” ...

Acts 4:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 5:1-9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” ...

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