145 Bible Verses about Enemies

In life, we often face conflict and adversity, and the concept of “enemies” can be daunting. The Bible offers profound wisdom on navigating these challenging relationships with grace and faith. From Jesus’ teachings to God’s promises of protection and justice, the Scriptures provide guidance on dealing with enmity. These 145 Bible verses about enemies serves as a source of comfort and inspiration, reminding us that even in adversity, we are not alone.

Love Your Enemies

  • Matthew 5:44 – “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • Luke 6:27 – “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
  • Luke 6:35 – “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.”
  • Romans 12:20 – “On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.'”
  • Proverbs 25:21 – “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”
  • 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.”
  • Exodus 23:4 – “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it.”
  • 2 Kings 6:22 – “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.”
  • Job 31:29 – “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him.”

God Protects from Enemies

  • Psalm 23:5 – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
  • Psalm 138:7 – “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.”
  • Deuteronomy 28:7 – “The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”
  • Psalm 18:48 – “He saves me from my enemies; you exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.”
  • Exodus 14:14 – “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
  • Isaiah 41:11 – “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.”
  • Psalm 44:5 – “Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.”
  • Psalm 60:12 – “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.”
  • Psalm 18:3 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”

Praying About Enemies

  • Psalm 143:9 – “Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.”
  • Psalm 140:1 – “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent.”
  • Psalm 59:1 – “Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.”
  • Psalm 54:5 – “Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.”
  • Psalm 56:9 – “Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.”
  • Psalm 17:13 – “Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.”
  • Psalm 27:12 – “Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.”
  • Psalm 25:2 – “I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.”
  • Psalm 35:1 – “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.”

God’s Judgment on Enemies

  • Nahum 1:2 – “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.”
  • Isaiah 66:6 – “Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord repaying his enemies all they deserve.”
  • Deuteronomy 32:41 – “When I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.”
  • Jeremiah 30:16 – “But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.”
  • Isaiah 59:18 – “According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.”
  • Isaiah 34:8 – “For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.”
  • Psalm 110:1 – “The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'”
  • Ezekiel 25:17 – “I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.”
  • Jeremiah 50:31 – “‘See, I am against you, you arrogant one,’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, ‘for your day has come, the time for you to be punished.'”
  • Isaiah 63:4 – “For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.”

Enemies in Warfare

  • Joshua 23:10 – “One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised.”
  • 2 Samuel 22:40 – “You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.”
  • Psalm 144:1 – “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
  • Deuteronomy 3:22 – “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”
  • Judges 7:22 – “When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.”
  • Psalm 18:39 – “You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.”
  • 1 Samuel 17:47 – “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
  • Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.”
  • Deuteronomy 20:4 – “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Enemies of Righteousness

  • Psalm 9:3 – “My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.”
  • Psalm 92:9 – “For surely your enemies, Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.”
  • Psalm 68:1 – “May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.”
  • Micah 7:10 – “Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God?’ My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.”
  • Jeremiah 23:12 – “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished.”
  • Malachi 4:3 – “Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.”
  • Psalm 18:17 – “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”
  • Job 27:7 – “May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!”
  • Psalm 41:2 – “The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.”

Facing Persecution

  • Matthew 5:10 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Matthew 5:11 – “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:12 – “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
  • John 15:18 – “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
  • John 15:20 – “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”
  • Romans 8:35 – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
  • Matthew 10:22 – “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:9 – “Persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
  • 1 Peter 4:12 – “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:14 – “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

Victory Over Enemies

  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 – “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Romans 8:37 – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
  • 1 John 5:4 – “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
  • Revelation 12:11 – “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
  • Revelation 15:2 – “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name.”
  • Psalm 44:7 – “But you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.”
  • Psalm 108:13 – “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.”
  • 2 Samuel 22:38 – “I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.”
  • Psalm 118:7 – “The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.”
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11 – “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”

God’s Wrath on Enemies

  • Zephaniah 3:8 – “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them—all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.”
  • Isaiah 13:11 – “I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.”
  • Romans 12:19 – “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
  • Revelation 19:15 – “Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.”
  • Isaiah 34:2 – “The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.”
  • Isaiah 13:9 – “See, the day of the Lord is coming — a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger — to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.”
  • Jeremiah 46:10 – “But that day belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty — a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood.”
  • Lamentations 2:4 – “Like an enemy he has strung his bow; his right hand is ready. Like a foe he has slain all who were pleasing to the eye; he has poured out his wrath like fire on the tent of Daughter Zion.”

Enemies of God’s People

  • Psalm 83:2 – “See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.”
  • Psalm 129:2 – “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.”
  • Nehemiah 4:15 – “When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.”
  • Psalm 59:10 – “My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.”
  • Deuteronomy 33:27 – “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’”
  • Psalm 37:12 – “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them.”
  • Exodus 14:25 – “He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, ‘Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.'”
  • Psalm 79:10 – “Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.”
  • Ezekiel 36:6 – “Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations.'”

Overcoming Fear of Enemies

  • Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
  • Psalm 118:6 – “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • Hebrews 13:6 – “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'”
  • Psalm 56:4 – “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • 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.”
  • Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
  • Psalm 46:1-2 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
  • Isaiah 12:2 – “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Enemies in Prophecies

  • Isaiah 41:12 – “Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.”
  • Isaiah 54:15 – “If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.”
  • Isaiah 54:14 – “In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.”
  • Ezekiel 34:28 – “They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid.”
  • Jeremiah 1:19 – “They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
  • Amos 9:14 – “I will bring my people Israel back from exile. ‘They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.'”
  • Isaiah 49:25 – “But this is what the Lord says: ‘Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.'”
  • Zechariah 12:9 – “On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.”
  • Zephaniah 3:15 – “The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.”

Enemies in Psalms

  • Psalm 3:7 – “Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.”
  • Psalm 5:8 – “Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.”
  • Psalm 6:10 – “All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.”
  • Psalm 7:6 – “Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.”
  • Psalm 17:9 – “from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”
  • Psalm 27:2 – “When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.”
  • Psalm 35:19 – “Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.”
  • Psalm 37:20 – “But the wicked will perish: Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.”
  • Psalm 55:3 – “because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.”

Enemies in Proverbs

  • Proverbs 16:7 – “When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.”
  • Proverbs 24:17 – “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.”
  • Proverbs 25:22 – “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
  • Proverbs 27:6 – “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
  • Proverbs 16:4 – “The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster.”
  • Proverbs 29:10 – “The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.”
  • Proverbs 20:22 – “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.”
  • Proverbs 11:21 – “Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.”
  • Proverbs 21:15 – “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

God’s Deliverance from Enemies

  • Psalm 31:15 – “My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.”
  • 2 Samuel 22:1 – “David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”
  • Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
  • Daniel 6:27 – “He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
  • 2 Timothy 4:18 – “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
  • Psalm 144:10 – “to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword.”
  • Psalm 56:13 – “For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”
  • Colossians 1:13 – “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”
  • Jeremiah 20:13 – “Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.”

Enemies in the Old Testament

  • Exodus 23:22 – “If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.”
  • Deuteronomy 20:1 – “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”
  • 2 Chronicles 20:17 – “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
  • 2 Kings 6:16 – “‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'”
  • Judges 7:7 – “The Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.'”
  • 1 Chronicles 14:11 – “So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, ‘As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.’ So that place was called Baal Perazim.”
  • Deuteronomy 1:30 – “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes.”


When we face conflict and adversity, the Bible provides essential wisdom on how to handle our enemies. It encourages us to act with love, rely on God’s protection, and trust in His justice. By following these 145 Bible verses about enemies, we can turn our challenges into chances for spiritual growth and stronger faith.

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