100 Bible Verses about Insults

James 1:26 ESV / 2,222 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 2,156 helpful votes

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

Proverbs 12:16 ESV / 2,079 helpful votes

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 1,772 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 1,740 helpful votes

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 1,677 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 1,658 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 1,615 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 1,526 helpful votes

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 1,490 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,424 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 1,413 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 1,412 helpful votes

You 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.

Luke 6:28 ESV / 1,362 helpful votes

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 1,346 helpful votes

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Romans 14:1 ESV / 1,325 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 1,320 helpful votes

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 1,313 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 1,312 helpful votes

Do 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.

Romans 12:14 ESV / 1,311 helpful votes

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 1,284 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 14:10-12 ESV / 1,258 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Matthew 5:43-45 ESV / 1,240 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 1,238 helpful votes

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 1,233 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

James 5:12 ESV / 1,219 helpful votes

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 1,214 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Matthew 5:21-22 ESV / 1,214 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 1,210 helpful votes

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Matthew 5:33-37 ESV / 1,197 helpful votes

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

James 3:10 ESV / 1,190 helpful votes

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Romans 3:14 ESV / 1,185 helpful votes

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 1,139 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Leviticus 19:12 ESV / 1,099 helpful votes

You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 1,088 helpful votes

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 1,085 helpful votes

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 1,065 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 1,064 helpful votes

Finally, 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.

Psalm 59:12 ESV / 1,062 helpful votes

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter,

Psalm 109:17 ESV / 1,060 helpful votes

He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 1,060 helpful votes

For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

Psalm 109:18 ESV / 1,049 helpful votes

He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones!

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 1,012 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 1,004 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Matthew 5:39 ESV / 1,002 helpful votes

But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 965 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 962 helpful votes

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Matthew 5:34 ESV / 961 helpful votes

But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

Jeremiah 23:10 ESV / 956 helpful votes

For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. Their course is evil, and their might is not right.

Psalm 10:7 ESV / 936 helpful votes

His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

Matthew 26:74 ESV / 931 helpful votes

Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 930 helpful votes

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Deuteronomy 5:11 ESV / 929 helpful votes

“‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Hosea 4:1-3 ESV / 925 helpful votes

Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 912 helpful votes

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 884 helpful votes

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 757 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

John 8:3 ESV / 755 helpful votes

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

Matthew 12:3 ESV / 755 helpful votes

He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him:

Galatians 3:28 ESV / 754 helpful votes

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 4:14 ESV / 747 helpful votes

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

John 14:6 ESV / 740 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Galatians 3:26 ESV / 736 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Exodus 20:2 ESV / 697 helpful votes

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Matthew 5:21 ESV / 696 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 692 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 679 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. ...

Matthew 19:29 ESV / 676 helpful votes

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 5:11 ESV / 676 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

John 1:1-51 ESV / 673 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ...

Galatians 3:2 ESV / 671 helpful votes

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?

Isaiah 53:2 ESV / 671 helpful votes

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

Genesis 1:2 ESV / 671 helpful votes

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Luke 10:20 ESV / 670 helpful votes

Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

1 Corinthians 12:2 ESV / 664 helpful votes

You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

Matthew 5:33 ESV / 633 helpful votes

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’

John 3:5 ESV / 631 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:22 ESV / 623 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 620 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 569 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 544 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Matthew 12:34-37 ESV / 527 helpful votes

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 24:9 ESV / 522 helpful votes

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 514 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 512 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 480 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Matthew 5:10 ESV / 458 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 410 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

1 Peter 4:1-19 ESV / 373 helpful votes

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. ...

1 Peter 2:1-25 ESV / 357 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ...

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 352 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Isaiah 8:12-13 ESV / 352 helpful votes

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Matthew 5:11-12 ESV / 344 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Psalm 34:12-16 ESV / 326 helpful votes

What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 320 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Mark 11:25 ESV / 304 helpful votes

And 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.”

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 301 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 288 helpful votes

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

John 1:2 ESV / 254 helpful votes

He was in the beginning with God.

Proverbs 20:2 ESV / 226 helpful votes

The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

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