40 Best Bible Verses About Revenge

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People have various reasons for wanting revenge, be they because they’ve been wronged or simply because they feel that someone deserves it. But whether or not revenge is the right thing to do is a question that has puzzled thinkers for centuries. In fact, some people believe that revenge is nothing more than a destructive and self-defeating cycle that can never be fully repaid.

Revenge is often portrayed as a dish best served cold, and the Bible has a lot to say about it. The concept of revenge appears throughout the Bible, from the Ten Commandments to stories of David and Goliath and Moses and Pharaoh. In most cases, revenge is shown as something that is harmful both to the person who takes it and to those who are affected by it.

The Book of Proverbs warns against seeking revenge, saying that “a man’s own wrath leads him astray” (Proverbs 19:19). Other scriptures teach that forgiveness is better than revenge, that turning the other cheek is preferable to retaliation, and that love triumphs over hate.

Bible Verses About Revenge

1 thessalonians 5 15 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Thessalonians 5:15 KJV

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

2 corinthians 13 11 kjv bible verses about revenge images

2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

2 thessalonians 1 8 kjv bible verses about revenge images

2 Thessalonians 1:8 KJV

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

mark 11 25 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Mark 11:25 KJV

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

proverbs 10 12 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Proverbs 10:12 KJV

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

romans 12 18 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Romans 12:18 KJV

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

psalm 94 1 2 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Psalm 94:1-2 KJV

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

romans 12 19 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Romans 12:19 KJV

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

hebrews 10 30 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Hebrews 10:30 KJV

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

proverbs 24 29 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Proverbs 24:29 KJV

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

proverbs 20 22 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Proverbs 20:22 KJV

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

romans 12 17 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Romans 12:17 KJV

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

leviticus 19 18 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

matthew 5 39 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Matthew 5:39 KJV

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

1 peter 3 9 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Peter 3:9 KJV

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

romans 12 14 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Romans 12:14 KJV

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

ezekiel 25 12 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Ezekiel 25:12 KJV

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

luke 6 27 28 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Luke 6:27-28 KJV

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

1 thessalonians 4 6 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Thessalonians 4:6 KJV

That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

luke 6 29 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Luke 6:29 KJV

And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

1 samuel 25 33 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Samuel 25:33 KJV

And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 peter 3 16 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 1 Peter 3:16 KJV 

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

1 peter 2 23 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Peter 2:23 KJV

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

nahum 1 2 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Nahum 1:2 KJV

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

nahum 1 3 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Nahum 1:3 KJV

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

psalm 94 1 3 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Psalm 94:1-3 KJV

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

ezekiel 25 13 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Ezekiel 25:13 KJV

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

2 corinthians 8 20 21 kjv bible verses about revenge images

2 Corinthians 8:20-21 KJV

Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

isaiah 53 7 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Isaiah 53:7 KJV

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

1 peter 2 21 23 kjv bible verses about revenge images

1 Peter 2:21-23 KJV

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

proverbs 25 20 22 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Proverbs 25:20-22 KJV

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

romans 13 4 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Romans 13:4 KJV

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

matthew 18 21 22 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Matthew 18:21-22 KJV

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

matthew 5 38 39 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Matthew 5:38-39 KJV

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

ephesians 4 31 32 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

deuteronomy 32 35 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV

To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

proverbs 24 17 19 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Proverbs 24:17-19 KJV

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;

deuteronomy 32 43 kjv bible verses about revenge images

Deuteronomy 32:43 KJV

Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

Romans 12:17-21 KJV

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Matthew 5:40-45 KJV

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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