What Does the Bible Say About Character? 9 Powerful Verses


Philippians 4:8

ESVFinally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
KJVFinally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
NASBFinally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
NIVFinally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
NLTAnd now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Romans 12:2

ESVDo not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
KJVAnd be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
NASBAnd do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
NIVDo not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
NLTDon’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Also see Bible verses about sharing the gospel.

Luke 6:31

ESVAnd as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
KJVAnd as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
NASBTreat others the same way you want them to treat you.
NIVDo to others as you would have them do to you.
NLTDo to others as you would like them to do to you.

Also see Bible verses about forgiving others.

Romans 5:3-4

ESVNot only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
KJVAnd not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
NASBAnd not only this, but [c]we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
NIVNot only so, but we c also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
NLTWe can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

Also see Bible verses about talents.

1 Corinthians 15:33

ESVDo not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
KJVBe not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
NASBDo not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
NIVDo not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
NLTDon’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

Proverbs 10:9

ESVWhoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
KJVHe that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
NASBHe who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
NIVWhoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
NLTPeople with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

Ruth 3:11

ESVAnd now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.
KJVAnd now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
NASBNow, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.
NIVAnd now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
NLTNow don’t worry about a thing, my daughter. I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman.

1 Timothy 4:12

ESVLet no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
KJVLet no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
NASBLet no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
NIVDon’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
NLTDon’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1 Peter 1:22

ESVHaving purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
KJVSeeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
NASBSince you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
NIVNow that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
NLTYou were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

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