Bible Verses About Revenge: 11 Powerful Verses


Romans 12:19

ESVBeloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
KJVDearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
NASBNever 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.
NIVDo not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
NLTDear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.

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.

Proverbs 24:29

ESVDo not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
KJVSay not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
NASBDo not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”
NIVDo not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
NLTAnd don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!”

Leviticus 19:18

ESVYou shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
KJVThou 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.
NASB‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
NIV“’Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
NLT“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

ESVSee that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
KJVSee that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
NASBSee that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
NIVMake sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
NLTSee that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

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.
NASB“Whenever 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.”

Romans 13:4

ESVFor he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
KJVFor 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.
NASBfor it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
NIVFor the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
NLTThe authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.

Proverbs 20:22

ESVDo not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
KJVSay not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
NASBDo not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
NIVDo not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
NLTDon’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

Deuteronomy 32:35

ESVVengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’
KJVTo 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.
NASB‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
NIVIt is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
NLTI will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.’

Matthew 5:7

ESV“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
KJVBlessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
NASB“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
NIVBlessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
NLTGod blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Proverbs 10:12

ESVHatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
KJVHatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
NASBHatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
NIVHatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
NLTHatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.

Hebrews 10:30

ESVFor we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
KJVFor we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
NASBFor we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”
NIVFor we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
NLTFor we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The LORD will judge his own people.”

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