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 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
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.
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.