30 Bible Verses About Betrayal (Explained)

Betrayal is a painful experience that shakes the foundations of trust and loyalty, yet the Bible offers hope and healing for those who have been betrayed. Join us as we delve into verses that speak to the anguish of betrayal and the promise of God’s faithfulness, guiding us to find strength and forgiveness in the midst of broken relationships and wounded hearts.

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Bible Verses About Betrayal

Proverbs 17:17 – True Friends Stick Together

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Psalm 41:9 – Betrayed by a Close Friend

“Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”

Matthew 26:14-15 – Judas’ Betrayal

“Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.”

Luke 22:47-48 – Betrayed with a Kiss

“While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'”

Psalm 55:12-14 – Double Dealing Friend

“If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”

Mark 14:10-11 – Plot to Betray Jesus

“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”

Matthew 26:48-49 – Betrayal Leading to Arrest

“Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.’ Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.”

1 Samuel 18:21-30 – Betrayal by Saul

“Saul said to David, ‘I will give her to him that she may be a snare to him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.’ Therefore Saul said to David, ‘For the second time you shall be my son-in-law today.’ Saul then commanded his servants, ‘Speak to David secretly, saying, ‘Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king’s son-in-law.””

2 Samuel 15:12 – Betrayed by Absalom

“Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, ‘As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.””

Lamentations 1:19 – Cry for Help in Betrayal

“I called to my allies but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.”

John 13:21 – Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

“After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.'”

2 Timothy 4:10 – Demas Forsakes Paul

“For Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.”

John 6:70 – Jesus Knows About Judas

“Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!'”

Psalm 27:10 – When Mother and Father Forsake

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.”

Psalm 109:8 – Prayer for the Betrayer’s Role

“May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.”

Psalm 143:3 – Enemies Trample and Betray

“The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.”

1 Corinthians 11:23 – Jesus’s Betrayal

“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread.”

Luke 6:16 – Judas, the Betrayer

“Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”

Matthew 10:4 – Acknowledging Judas as a Betrayer

“Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”

Mark 14:18-21 – Jesus’s Betrayer

“While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.’ They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, ‘Surely you don’t mean me?’ It is one of the Twelve,’ he replied, ‘one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.'”

John 13:26 – Identifying the Betrayer

“Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.”

John 6:64 – Jesus Knows the Betrayer

“Yet there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.”

2 Samuel 15:31 – Ahithophel’s Betrayal

“Now David had been told, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ So David prayed, ‘LORD, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.'”

Matthew 26:21-23 – Jesus Predicts His Betrayer

“And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?’ Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.'”

John 13:27 – Satan Enters Judas

“As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. ‘What you are about to do, do quickly,’ Jesus told him.”

Matthew 26:25 – Judas Asks Jesus

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’ Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.'”

Acts 1:16 – Betrayal by Judas

“‘Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.'”

John 17:12 – Jesus Keeps His Disciples

“While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.”

2 Samuel 20:3 – Betrayed by Sheba

“When David returned to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to take care of the palace and put them in a house under guard. He provided for them but had no sexual relations with them. They were kept in confinement till the day of their death, living as widows.”

1 Kings 13:26 – Prophet Betrayed by Another Prophet

“When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, ‘It is the man of God who defied the word of the LORD. The LORD has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the LORD had warned him.'”

John 21:20-22 – Peter’s Concern for John

“Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them… When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.'”

1 Samuel 22:9-12 – Doeg Reveals David’s Whereabouts

“But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, ‘I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob. Ahimelek inquired of the LORD for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.’ Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek son of Ahitub and all his family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.”

2 Samuel 16:21-22 – Ahithophel’s Counsel

“Ahitophel answered, ‘Lie with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.’ So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.”

2 Chronicles 25:27 – Betrayed by Conspiracy

“After the time Amaziah turned away from following the LORD, they conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there.”

Acts 7:52 – Betrayal of the Righteous

“Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him.”

Proverbs 27:6 – Wounds from a Friend

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

Psalm 88:18 – Friends and Darkness

“You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend.”

Jeremiah 9:4-5 – Friend Betrays and Deceives

“Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it. This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Let them glean the remnant of Israel as thoroughly as a vine; pass your hand over the branches again, like one gathering grapes.'”

Matthew 26:46 – Betrayed into Sinful Hands

“Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Isaiah 31:2 – Betrayed by Egypt

“Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. He will rise up against that wicked nation, against those who help evildoers.”

Job 6:14 – Friends Who Betray

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

John 7:5 – Jesus’s Brothers Did Not Believe

“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

Psalm 31:11 – Friends Avoid, Conspire

“Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends—those who see me on the street flee from me.”

John 16:32 – Disciples Scattered

“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.”

Matthew 10:21-22 – Family Betrayal

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Proverbs 27:17 – Iron Sharpens Iron

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

2 Samuel 23:39 – Betrayal of Uriah

“Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.”

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