30 Important Bible Verses About Welcoming Visitors

Hospitality reflects the love and generosity of Christ, extending warmth and welcome to others. Here are verses that celebrate the virtue of hospitality, urging us to open our hearts and homes to guests with joy and kindness.

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Bible Verses About Welcoming Visitors

1 Peter 4:9 – Hospitality to One Another

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Hebrews 13:2 – Unknowingly Entertaining Angels

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Matthew 25:34-36 – Welcoming Jesus

“Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.””

Romans 12:13 – Practicing Hospitality

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

1 Timothy 3:2 – Hospitality as a Qualification for Church Leaders

“Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.”

Leviticus 19:34 – Love the Foreigner as Yourself

“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”

Matthew 10:11 – Blessing a House with Peace

“Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.”

Luke 10:38-42 – Martha Welcomes Jesus

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

Acts 16:15 – Lydia Welcomes Paul and Silas

“When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.”

3 John 1:5-8 – Supporting Fellow Believers and Strangers

“Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.”

Matthew 10:40-42 – Welcoming God’s Messengers

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

1 Timothy 5:10 – Practicing Hospitality as a Virtue

“And is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”

Genesis 18:1-8 – Abraham Welcomes Three Visitors

“The LORD appeared to Abraham near the oak trees of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest time of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of his tent to meet them. He bowed facedown on the ground and said, “Sir, if you are willing to do so, please don’t pass me by. Let me send for some water so you can wash your feet. You may rest under the tree. I’ll get some bread for you, and you can regain your strength before continuing your journey. That is why you have come to my home, isn’t it?” They responded, “Yes, that’s why we’ve come. But also, your wife Sarah will have a son. His name will be Isaac. I will bless her, and from her descendants I will also bless you. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of their enemies’ cities.” Abraham hurried into his tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Take three cups of flour, knead it, and make some bread.””

Mark 9:41 – Generosity Toward God’s People

“Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.”

Romans 16:23 – Gaius, My Host and the Host of the Whole Church

“Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.”

Matthew 25:35 – Feeding the Hungry

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Acts 10:48 – Peter Stays with Cornelius

“So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”

Acts 21:16 – Staying with Mnason in Cyprus

“Some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us. They took us to stay at the house of Mnason, a Cypriot and a disciple of long standing.”

Galatians 6:10 – Doing Good to All

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Romans 12:13 – Sharing with the Lord’s People

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Proverbs 31:20 – Opening Her Arms to the Needy

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

Matthew 25:40 – Serving Christ Through Service to Others

“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.'”

Philippians 2:3-4 – Considering Others Above Yourself

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Giving Cheerfully

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Hebrews 13:16 – Sacrifices Pleasing to God

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Deuteronomy 10:18 – God’s Love for the Stranger

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”

James 2:15-16 – Meeting Physical Needs

“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 11:25 – Generosity Refreshes Others

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

1 John 3:17-18 – Meeting Needs through Action

“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? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Matthew 10:13 – Letting Peace Rest on a House

“If the household is worthy, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.”

2 Samuel 9:7 – Showing Kindness as David Did

“‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’”

Acts 9:43 – Peter Stays with Simon the Tanner

“Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.”

Luke 9:4 – Welcoming Jesus’ Messengers

“Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.”

2 Kings 4:8-11 – Elisha Stays with the Shunammite Woman

“One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So, whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there.”

Titus 1:8 – Leaders as Hospitable

“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”

Luke 19:5-7 – Zacchaeus Receives Jesus Joyfully

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So, he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.””

Matthew 10:14 – Shaking off the Dust and Leaving an Unwelcoming Place

“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”

Galatians 6:2 – Bearing One Another’s Burdens

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

Matthew 10:42 – Not Overlooking Even a Cup of Cold Water

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

1 Chronicles 12:40 – David Provides for His Men

“Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle, and sheep, For there was joy in Israel.”

Proverbs 31:8-9 – Advocating for the Rights of the Needy

“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.”

Acts 16:40 – Encouraged by Brethren in Lydia’s House

“After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.”

Matthew 25:43 – Caring for Jesus in the Poor

“I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

Mark 6:10-11 – Shaking off the Dust as a Testimony

“Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

Acts 28:7-8 – The Hospitality of Publius

“There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.”

1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons Being Hospitable

“Deacons, likewise, are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.”

Hebrews 6:10 – God Does Not Forget Your Hospitality

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

Acts 16:16 – Conversion and Hospitality at Lydia’s House

“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally, Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.”

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