What Does the Bible Say About Forgiving Others? 11 Powerful Verses


Ephesians 4:32

ESVBe kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
KJVAnd be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
NASBBe kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
NIVBe kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
NLTInstead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Luke 6:37

ESVJudge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
KJVJudge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
NASBDo not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
NIVDo not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
NLTDo not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

Colossians 3:13

ESVbearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
KJVForbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
NASBbearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
NIVBear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
NLTMake allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Mark 11:25

ESVAnd 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.
KJVAnd when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
NASBWhenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
NIVAnd when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
NLTBut when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

1 Peter 3:9

ESVDo 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.
KJVNot rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
NASBnot returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
NIVDo 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.
NLTDon’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

Matthew 5:44

ESVBut I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
KJVBut 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;
NASBBut I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
NIVBut I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
NLTBut I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

1 John 1:9

ESVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
KJVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
NASBIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
NIVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
NLTBut if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

2 Chronicles 7:14

ESVif my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
KJVIf my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
NASBand My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
NIVif my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
NLTThen if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Matthew 18:35

ESVSo also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.
KJVSo likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
NASBMy heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.
NIVThis is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.
NLTThat’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.

Luke 23:34

ESVAnd Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
KJVThen said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
NASBBut Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
NIVJesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
NLTJesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Ephesians 1:7

ESVIn him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
KJVIn whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
NASBIn Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
NIVIn him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
NLTHe is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

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