Are you looking for good examples of humility in the Bible? You’re in the right place. What I love about biblical stories are the rich lessons you can get from them. Whether you are reading in the Old Testament or the New Testament, or whether the protagonist of the story is male or female, there is a valuable lesson in every story. In this occasion, I’ve put together a list of 20 humble people in the Bible that we can learn humility from!
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20 HUMBLE PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE TO LEARN FROM
10 Men In The Bible Who Were Humble
1. Jesus – The Son of God/God.
Jesus did not use His status to gain praise or avoid pain on earth. He came to earth as a man even though He was, is, and always will be God.
Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (NKJV)
2. Paul – Apostle/Leader
Paul did not let the revelation and role God gave Him make him feel superior than anyone else.
Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Chris t. (NKJV)
3. Joseph – The Dreamer
Joseph did not let his God-given gift of interpreting dreams steal the credit from God. He remained humble by giving glory to God.
Genesis 41:15-16 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (NKJV)
4. Daniel – Chosen Prophet
Daniel did not let his wisdom stop him from humbling himself to God in prayer and recognizing that He needs God’s help. He remained humble with all the wisdom he had.
Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. (NKJV)
5. John The Baptist – Prophet
John knew that His role and work was important, but only a part of the big picture. He showed humility before God and before men.
John 1:26-27 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” (NKJV)
6. Moses – Leader
Even though Moses experienced miracles, signs, and wonders that no other prophet ever did while maintaining a personal connection to God himself, He always remained humble.
Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth. (NKJV)
7. David – Psalmist/King
David demonstrated humility by not allowing his status as King, blessings, or victories rob God of His glory. He gave God credit for every blessing.
1 Chronicles 17:16-18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, O Lord God. What more can David say to You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant. (NKJV)
8. Peter – Disciple/Leader
After walking with Jesus, encountering the Holy Spirit, and learning from his lessons, Peter was able to understand the meaning and importance of humility. Peter encouraged humility after He himself learned how to be humble.
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (NKJV)
9. Jehoshaphat – King
King Jehoshaphat demonstrated humility by seeking God’s help and favor during war instead of seeking military strategies, better weapons, or allies to help Him.
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (NKJV)
2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (NKJV)
10. Tax Collector
The tax collector humbled himself before God to obtain mercy.
Luke 18:13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ (NKJV)
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11. Mary – Mother of Jesus
Mary demonstrated humility by recognizing how blessed she was to be chosen as Jesus’ mother on earth. She was not entitled to this role. Instead, she was grateful.
Luke 1:46-49 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (NKJV)
12. Abigail – Wife of David
Although Nabal’s arrogance is what stirred trouble between him and David, Abigail’s wisdom and humility changed the outcome of the story for both David and Abigail.
1 Samuel 25:23-24 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. (NKJV)
13. Ruth – Moabite/ Boaz’s Wife
Ruth made her way into Boaz’s heart through her humility. Although a foreigner, Ruth’s humility found her a place in Jesus’ genealogy and the story of Israel.
Ruth 2:10-13 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LordGod of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” (NKJV)
14. Esther – Queen
Esther did not let her position as queen make her forget about her people. When her people were in trouble, Esther risked her life and position to intercede for her nation.
Esther 4:13-16 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (NKJV)
15. Leah – Jacob’s Wife
Leah recognized that God gave her children not precisely because she was “fertile”, the most fit or loved by her husband. She was humble enough to recognize God gave her children because of how unloved she was.
Genesis 29:33 Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. (NKJV)
16. Hannah – Samuel’s Mother
Hannah prayed to God with humbleness. She did not demand a child, she begged him for one and promised to give him to God in return.
1 Samuel 1:10-13 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. (NKJV)
17. Syro-phoenician Woman
The syro-phoenician woman not only demonstrated her faith when Jesus tested her, but she demonstrated her humbleness.
Mark 7:26-28 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” (NKJV)
18. Mary Magdalene – Follower of Jesus
Mary demonstrated humbleness, gratitude, and courage by washing Jesus’ feet in a place surrounded by pharisee’s who were always ready to criticize.
Luke 7:37-38 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (NKJV)
19. Lydia – Business Woman
Lydia was a humble business woman who knew how to run a business but also open her house to the church and serve with gladness.
Acts 16:14-15 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. (NKJV)
20. Proverbs 31 Woman
Proverbs 31 describes exactly what a woman after God’s heart should look like. And one of the many qualities a woman of God has is humbleness.
Proverbs 31:13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands. (NKJV)
Proverbs 31:20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. (NKJV)
Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates. (NKJV)
I hope you enjoyed reading about these 20 humble people in the bible. Let me know in the comments below which person impacted you the most.
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