What Does the Bible Say About Vengeance? 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.

Ezekiel 25:17

ESVI will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon them.”
KJVAnd I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
NASB“I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them.”’”
NIVI will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.’”
NLTI will execute terrible vengeance against them to punish them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, they will know that I am the LORD.”

Also see Bible verses about swords.

2 Thessalonians 1:6

ESVsince indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
KJVSeeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
NASBFor after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
NIVGod is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
NLTIn his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

Also see Bible verses about passions.

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.”

Also see Bible verses about loyalty.

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.

Revelation 21:8

ESVBut as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
KJVBut the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
NASB“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
NIVBut the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
NLT“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

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.

Deuteronomy 32:25

ESVOutdoors the sword shall bereave, and indoors terror, for young man and woman alike, the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
KJVThe sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
NASB‘Outside the sword will bereave, And inside terror— Both young man and virgin, The nursling with the man of gray hair.
NIVIn the street the sword will make them childless; in their homes terror will reign. The young men and young women will perish, the infants and those with gray hair.
NLTOutside, the sword will bring death, and inside, terror will strike both young men and young women, both infants and the aged.

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.

Psalm 94:1

ESVO LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!
KJVO LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
NASBO LORD, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!
NIVThe LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.
NLTO LORD, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!

1 Samuel 24:12

ESVMay the LORD judge between me and you, may the LORD avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you.
KJVThe LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
NASB“May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.
NIVMay the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
NLT“May the LORD judge between us. Perhaps the LORD will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you.

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