Is it a sin to be poor?

Is it a sin to be poor?
Is it a sin to be poor?


Most of us see poverty in some form around us, either as a distant problem or as a personal reality. How should we as believers respond to the poverty we face? And how does the Bible speak of it, especially when asked is it a sin to be poor? Therefore in this article you will find the answers to your question about been poor and if its a sin according to the bible.

Is it a sin to be poor answered

One thing that we need to keep in mind is that the poor will always be around, that is according to the New Testament book of Matthew 26:11 which says: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. “ Therefore, the poor will always be around until the time Jesus Christ shall come back to take his own to heaven where equality is the order of the day – no one will have more or less than the other such that there will be no classification of rich and poor. But until then, we all have a duty to play in ensuring that the poor are well taken care of.

Read: What the Bible says about the poor

A poor person does not have enough money to meet the standards considered comfortable or normal in society. There are many reasons why a person becomes poor. Sometimes poverty is the result of foolish decisions according to the book of Proverbs 6:10-11 which says: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit”

Sometimes it is not human fault as indicated by John 9:3 which says that sometimes situations such as being born into poverty happen so that God can make himself known to others through his works in people that he gets out of such predicaments as written in the Bible. However, this passage of scripture does not mean that God destines people but rather, he allows certain unfortunate circumstances to make himself known. Nevertheless, the question one may ask is “Is it a sin to be in poverty?”

The Bible does not say it is a sin for anyone to be poor. Sin is something that we commit that is against the law and precepts of God. Being in poverty, however, is not something someone would choose to be. Therefore, it is not a sin to be poor according to the Bible.

Nevertheless, in spite of poverty not being a sin, the Bible warns against attitudes that can lead to poverty. And one such attitude is the love for sleeping (Proverbs 24:33) which can be a brooding ground for poverty.

The Bible encourages hard work as a way of eliminating poverty in our lives. It even urges us to learn from ants imagine! Ants, small as they are, fend for themselves. The Bible tells us to do the same in the book of Proverbs 6:6. The Bible encourages us to work hard so that poor will have no association with us.

It is very much possible to come from poverty if you work hard and trust in Lord to make things better for you. The scripture in Philippians 4:13 says that you can do anything through Jesus Christ who gives strength and as result, there is no excuse for lazing around and doing nothing about the poverty situation.

Psalm 182:2 says that it is from one’s labor that he or she will be able to eat. In other words, if we do not work to put food on our table, then, we will not eat. Therefore, this passage tells us to do all we can so that there is food on the table. Then we will not go hungry and blame God for our misfortunes.

The last verse comes from the book of Proverbs 16:3. It tells us to commit our works to the hands of God and our plans will be established in his name. So, whatever we set out to eliminate or mitigate poverty, there is a need to involve God. For He is the one who can establish our plans and help us pull through any situation.


There is no verse in the Bible that says poverty is a sin, therefore the answer if is it a sin to be poor. The answer is no, but its not right for children of God to be poor. God does not enjoy seeing his creation lacking even the basics of life. As a result, he encourages people in poverty to get up and find what to do and he will be there to bless the works of their hands and help them out of poverty. However, he does not consider them to be sinners for being in poverty. If he did, the Bible would have recorded it.