Bible Verses about Betrayal

bible verses about betrayal


Betrayal by Friends:

  • Psalm 55:12-14 – “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”

Betrayal of Jesus:

  • Matthew 26:47 – “While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.”

Facing Betrayal with Prayer:

  • Psalm 41:9 – “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”

Overcoming Betrayal with Forgiveness:

  • Luke 23:34 – “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

The Danger of Betrayal:

  • Proverbs 20:19 – “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”

Trust in God Amidst Betrayal:

  • Psalm 62:8 – “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

Avoiding Betrayal Through Discernment:

  • Proverbs 22:24-25 – “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Consequences of Betrayal:

  • Proverbs 19:5 – “A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”

Seeking God’s Justice in Betrayal:

  • Psalm 109:2-5 – “For people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred, they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship, they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.”

The Example of Joseph’s Betrayal:

  • Genesis 37:18-20 – “But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. ‘Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other. ‘Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.'”

Holding Fast to Faith Amidst Betrayal:

  • Hebrews 13:5-6 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'”

Reconciliation After Betrayal:

  • Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First, go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

Wisdom in Dealing with Betrayal:

  • Proverbs 16:28 – “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Guarding Against Betrayal:

  • Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Facing Betrayal with Courage:

  • Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The Ultimate Betrayal and Redemption:

  • Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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