Bible Verses Related to Hospitality

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month. Since the English word “loyalty” does not appear in the Authorized Version, we have included a list of verses which relate to this important character quality.

5381  philoxenia fil-ox-en-ee’-ah

from 5382; TDNT-5:1, *; n f

AV-hospitality 1, lover of strangers 1; 2


1) love to strangers, hospitality

  • Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality <5381>.
  • Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers <5381>: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

5382  philoxenos fil-ox’-en-os

from 5384 and 3581; TDNT-5:1,661; adj

AV-given to hospitality 1, lover of hospitality 1, use hospitality 1; 3

1) hospitable, generous to guests

  • 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality <5382>, apt to teach; {of good…: or, modest}
  • Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality <5382>, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; {men: or, things}
  • 1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality <5382> one to another without grudging.

Other Verses…

  • Matthew 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
  • Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
  • Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
  • Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
  • Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
  • Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
  • 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.