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There are more than 2000 verses in God’s word about managing marital finances.  It also references the part money management plays in the spiritual, martial, and financial areas of your life.

Many feel the Bible’s advice is outdated.  However, the lessons from the scriptures regarding love, health, and marriage financial advice are still applicable and helpful in today’s world.

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The Bible has a lot to say about finances in marriage that can help married couples learn how to earn, spend, save, and care for one another financially. From sharing the wealth to putting money in its place, these are the best scriptures that teach you how to manage your money as a newly married couple.

Managing Marital Finances: Take Care of Your Family

These scriptures show that God expects couples to care for one another financially, as well as emotionally and physically.

1. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.” – Proverbs 13:22
2. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
3. “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” – 1 Timothy 5:8

Managing Marital Finances: Be Financially Giving to Others

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The Bible highlights God loves a cheerful giver, but notice Proverbs 3:27 – “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do so.” This scripture teaches to give when you can.

4. “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10
5. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold” – Proverbs 22:1
6. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
7. “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” – Ephesians 4:28
8. “Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.” -Proverbs 28:8
9. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” – Deuteronomy 16:17
10. “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35

Managing Marital Finances: Put Money in its Place

Many believe the Bible says money is bad, when in fact, it only says to put money in its place. It’s when you put money ahead of your marriage and God the scriptures condemn striving for riches.

God doesn’t want us to suffer in poverty.  That’s not His intention although not everyone will live as wealthy as the other. Many go about having riches the wrong way but the Bible teaches us the right way.  We should seek financial planning for married couples with a religious advisor. 

11. “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.” – 1 Timothy 6:10
12. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19-20
13. “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches.” – Matthew 6:24
14. “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10

Managing Marital Finances: Earn Money Ethically

You need money to live. You must provide for your spouse, take care of your household, and pay your bills. Taking a vacation together every once and a while doesn’t hurt, either. When it comes to marriage financial advice from the Bible, the scriptures urge husbands and wives to earn their wages fairly and ethically.

15. “False weights and measures— the LORD detests them both.” -Proverbs 20:10
16. “Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.” – Proverbs 12:2
17. “LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” – Proverbs 12:22
18. “Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.” James 5:4-6

Managing Marital Finances: Saving Money is Wise

Saving is a great way to help budget money.  It will help you to prepare for the unexpected, lower your chances of incurring debt, and plan for your futures. Here are the marriage financial advice scriptures about saving money.

19. “The plans of the diligent surely lead to success, but all who are hasty surely head for poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
20. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”-1 Corinthians 16:2
21. “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.” -Proverbs 30:24-25
22. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” -Proverbs 10:4-5
23. “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” -Proverbs 27:12

Learn more about financial planning for married couples by reading or listening –

Pastor Michael Todd 

Money Management in Marriage

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