The Truth About Tithing


The Truth About Tithing 

Matthew 24:15 

So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand. (NIV) 


38 “This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight. With the first lamb, offer a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil from pressed olives and a quarter of a hin of wine as a drink offering. Sacrifice the other lamb at twilight with the same grain offering and its drink offering as in the morning—a pleasing aroma; a food offering presented to the Lord. “For the generations to come, this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the Lord. There, I will meet you and speak to you; 

Gen 14: 20 

And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (NIV) 

Gen 28:22 

then this stone which I have made a standing pillar is a house of God, and all that Thou dost give to me — tithing I tithe to Thee.’ 

Lev 27:30 

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. (KJV) 

Lev 27:31 

But if a person wishes to redeem his tithe, he is to add a fifth to it. (NASB) 

Lev 27:32 

And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.” (KJV) 

Num 18:21 

“To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting. (NASB) 

Num 18:23 

 It is the Levites who are to do the work at the tent of the meeting and bear the responsibility for any offenses they commit against it. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites. (NIV) 

Num 18:24 

but the tithe of the sons of Israel which they lift up to Jehovah, a heave-offering, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore, I have said of them, In the midst of the sons of Israel they have no inheritance. (NASB) 

Num 18:26 

Thus, speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, when ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up a heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. (KJV) 

Num 18:30 

Say to the Levites: ‘When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress. 

Deut 12:17, 18 

You must not eat in your own towns the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts. Instead, you are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place the Lord your God will choose—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns—and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to. (KJV)  

Deut 14:22 

Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth fourth year by year. (KJV) 

Deut 14:23 

And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of tithe oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. (KJV) 

Deut 14:24 

Now, the way may be distant from you so that you are unable to transport your tithe because you have been blessed by the LORD your God, and the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish his name may be distant from you. (NASB) 

Deut 14:25-27 

 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. (NIV) 

Deut 14:28-29 

At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands: (NIV) 

Deut 26:12 

When you have finished your harvest, reserve the tithe in the third year (the year of the tithe), and give the entire tithe to the descendants of Levi, to the foreigners, to the orphans, and to the widows, so they may eat and be satisfied in your cities. (NASB) 

Deut 26:13-15 

Then, say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all you commanded. I have not turned aside from your commands, nor have I forgotten any of them. I have not eaten any of the sacred portions while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me. Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people, Israel, and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey. (NIV) 

1 Sam 8:10-16 

Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still, others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.  He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use (NIV) 

1 Sam 8:17 

He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. (NIV) 

2 Chron 31:5 

And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. (KJV) 

2 Chron 31:6-12 

The people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them in heaps. They began doing this in the third month and finished in the seventh month. When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the Lord and blessed his people, Israel. Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps, and Azariah, the chief priest from the family of Zadok, answered, “Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the Lord has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.” 

 Hezekiah gave orders to prepare storerooms in the temple of the Lord, and this was done.  Then, they faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes, and dedicated gifts. Konaniah, a Levite, was the overseer in charge of these things, and his brother Shimei was next in rank.  Please read, Exodus:29:38-42 (NIV) 

Neh 10:36-39 

As it is also written in the Law, we will bring the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, of our herds and of our flocks to the house of our God, to the priests ministering there. 

 “Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees, and of our new wine and olive oil. And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work.  A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers, and the musicians are also kept. Please read, Exodus:29:38-42(NIV) 

Neh 13:5 

and he maketh for him a great chamber, and there they were formerly putting the present, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithe of the corn, the new wine, and the oil — the commanded thing of the Levites, and the singers, and the gatekeepers — and the heave-offering of the priests. 

Neh 13:12 

Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries. (KJV) 

Mal 3:8 

“Will a person rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you ask, “How are we robbing you?’ “By the tithe and the offering. 

Mal 3:10 

“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. So put me to the test in this right now,” says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, “and see if I won’t throw open the windows of heaven for you and pour out on you blessing without measure. (NASB) 

Matt 23:23-24 

Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the Law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. (NIV) 

Luk 11:42 

“Woe to you Pharisees because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. (NIV) 

Luk 18:10-14 

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 

I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (NIV) 

Hebrews 7:2 

and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” (NIV) 

Hebrews 7:4 

Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! (NIV)  

Hebrews 7:5 

Now, the Law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.  (NIV)  

Hebrews 7:6 

This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.  (NIV)  

Hebrews 7:9 

One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham (NIV) 

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