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bible verses about revenge

Avoiding Revenge:

  • Leviticus 19:18 – “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
  • Romans 12:19 – “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:15 – “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”
  • Romans 12:17 – “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.”

Overcoming Evil with Good:

  • Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • Proverbs 25:21 – “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”
  • Luke 6:28 – “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
  • Romans 12:20 – “To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.'”

Forgiveness and Mercy:

  • Mark 11:25 – “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
  • Luke 6:27 – “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
  • Matthew 6:14 – “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Trust in God’s Justice:

  • Romans 12:19 – “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
  • Exodus 14:14 – “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  • Proverbs 20:22 – “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.”
  • Psalm 37:28 – “For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.”

Turning the Other Cheek:

  • Matthew 5:39 – “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
  • 1 Peter 3:9 – “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
  • Luke 6:35 – “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
  • Matthew 5:39 – “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Reconciliation and Peace:

  • Hebrews 12:14 – “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
  • Matthew 5:23-24 – “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
  • Romans 12:18 – “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
  • James 3:18 – “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Prayer and Seeking God’s Will:

  • Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
  • Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
  • 1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Humble Response:

  • Proverbs 15:18 – “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”
  • Proverbs 19:11 – “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
  • Proverbs 24:29 – “Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.'”
  • Proverbs 16:32 – “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Consequences of Revenge:

  • Proverbs 20:22 – “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.”
  • Romans 12:19 – “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”
  • Proverbs 24:29 – “Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.'”
  • Proverbs 25:21 – “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”

Wise Counsel:

  • Proverbs 15:1 – “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 20:22 – “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.”
  • Ecclesiastes 7:21 – “Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.”
  • Romans 12:19 – “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”