100 Bible Verses about Quarreling

Proverbs 20:3 ESV / 274 helpful votes

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 229 helpful votes

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

2 Timothy 2:23-24 ESV / 213 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 173 helpful votes

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

James 4:1-2 ESV / 152 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Titus 3:9-11 ESV / 151 helpful votes

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Titus 3:9 ESV / 145 helpful votes

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 129 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

James 4:1 ESV / 113 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

2 Timothy 2:23 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Proverbs 18:6 ESV / 102 helpful votes

A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.

Proverbs 26:21 ESV / 99 helpful votes

As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Proverbs 26:17 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

Romans 12:18 ESV / 88 helpful votes

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 81 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.

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 69 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Proverbs 21:19 ESV / 69 helpful votes

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

2 Timothy 2:14 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV / 65 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 65 helpful votes

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

James 4:17 ESV / 62 helpful votes

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

2 Timothy 2:14-17 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,

1 Corinthians 1:10-11 ESV / 55 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.

James 1:19-20 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 52 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Romans 14:19 ESV / 40 helpful votes

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Luke 17:3 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 38 helpful votes

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

1 Peter 3:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Proverbs 19:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

James 4:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Romans 8:7 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV / 30 helpful votes

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: ...

1 John 3:18 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Galatians 5:15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Mark 16:16 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

Proverbs 26:20-21 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Luke 6:27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Romans 14:1 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

John 17:17 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

1 Timothy 6:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

James 1:1-27 ESV / 18 helpful votes

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ...

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

James 4:2-3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 15 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.

Proverbs 21:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

Titus 2:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:32 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 13 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.

Proverbs 30:33 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 18:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Colossians 3:7-9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Ephesians 5:22-24 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Isaiah 59:1-21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness. No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity. They hatch adders' eggs; they weave the spider's web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched. ...

Proverbs 25:24 ESV / 11 helpful votes

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

Psalm 7:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

Psalm 4:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

1 Corinthians 1:10-12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”

Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

1 Corinthians 5:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Matthew 10:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

Proverbs 11:1-24 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness. ...

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 8 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.

James 3:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James 3:14-16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Isaiah 57:1-21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness. But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman. Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? ...

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 18:1-2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Psalm 37:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Revelation 11:1-13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

James 3:1-18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! ...

Ephesians 4:25-27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

1 Corinthians 3:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 7 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Daniel 12:1-3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Proverbs 27:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;

Genesis 3:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 6 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 John 1:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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