I’m looking for verses that mention selfishness and biblical examples of it.

Here are some I thought of off the top of my head.

  • Philippians 2:21 — “Everyone else looks out for himself — not for the things of Jesus Christ” (PEB), speaking of Timothy’s selflessness;
  • 2 Timothy 3:2 — “People will be selfish, …” — heads the list of sins, must be a reason for that;
  • The Greek term eritheia is often translated as “selfish ambition.” In James 3:16 NET puts it as selfisness, NKJV as self-seeking;
  • I’d add James 4:3 as well, but don’t want to add the whole list of those who act by their own desires or lusts;
  • NASB tells us not to “eat the bread of a selfish man” (Prov 23:6).

What other verses or examples can you cite?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?