One of the most familiar bible stories is that of Abraham and Sarah, who followed God’s command to immigrate to the promised land. Some even call them the “first immigrants”. But what else does the bible say about the subject of immigration and refugees? You’ll notice one common theme stated very clearly (also known as the “Golden Rule”): Love your neighbor as yourself. Here are 8 bible verses about immigrants and refugees.
8 Bible Verses About Immigrants
1. Deuteronomy 1:16 – “Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien.”
2. Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “For the Lord your God…loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
3. Deuteronomy 24:17-18 – “You shall not deprive a resident alien…of justice.”
4. Jeremiah 7:5-7 – “If you do not oppress the alien…then I will dwell with you in this place…”
5. Matthew 25:4-5 – “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.
6. Romans 12:13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
7. Hebrews 13:1-2 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
8. 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.