30 Bible Verses About Empathy (Explained)

Empathy is a virtue that fosters compassion, understanding, and connection with others in their joys and struggles. In the Bible, we find examples of empathy demonstrated by Jesus and His followers, as well as exhortations to practice empathy in our relationships. Join us as we reflect on verses that inspire empathy, encouraging us to love and serve others with kindness, empathy, and the heart of Christ.

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Bible Verses About Empathy

Galatians 6:2

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”

Colossians 3:12

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Matthew 9:36

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Mark 6:34

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Hebrews 13:3

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Matthew 25:40

“The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.””

Psalm 34:18

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Luke 10:33-34

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.”

Proverbs 19:17

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

1 John 3:17

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

James 2:15-16

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”

Proverbs 14:21

“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.”

Titus 3:2

“to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Psalm 82:3-4

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Isaiah 58:10

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”

Proverbs 31:8-9

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Hebrews 10:24

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Proverbs 3:27

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”

James 1:27

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Luke 6:31

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

John 15:12

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Philippians 2:4

“Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

Proverbs 21:13

“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”

Matthew 5:7

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Micah 6:8

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Romans 12:15

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

Matthew 7:12

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 18:21-22

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.””

Isaiah 58:7

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Luke 6:36

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Proverbs 14:31

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

James 2:1-4

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”

Proverbs 31:20

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”

Matthew 5:42

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Psalm 41:1

“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.”

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