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bible verses about cursing

Warning Against Cursing:

  • Exodus 20:7 – “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”
  • Leviticus 19:14 – “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.”
  • Proverbs 20:20 – “If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.”
  • Proverbs 30:10 – “Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.”
  • Matthew 5:22 – “But I tell you that anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Consequences of Cursing:

  • Psalm 109:17 – “He loved to pronounce a curse—may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing—may it be far from him.”
  • Proverbs 26:2 – “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.”
  • James 3:9-10 – “With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

Cursing and Blessing:

  • Romans 12:14 – “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
  • Luke 6:28 – “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
  • James 3:10-11 – “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and saltwater flow from the same spring?”
  • 1 Peter 3:9 – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
  • Psalm 34:13-14 – “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Cursing in the Bible:

  • Genesis 12:3 – “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
  • Numbers 22:6 – “Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.”
  • Numbers 23:8 – “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced?”
  • Numbers 23:20 – “I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.”
  • Numbers 24:9 – “Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? ‘May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!'”

Blessings and Cursings in the Law:

  • Deuteronomy 11:26-28 – “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today.”
  • Deuteronomy 27:15-26 – “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret. Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!'”
  • Deuteronomy 28:15-68 – “However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.”
  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

The Power of the Tongue:

  • James 3:5-6 – “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
  • Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
  • Proverbs 15:4 – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
  • Proverbs 21:23 – “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
  • Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”