30 Important Bible Verses About Criticism

Proverbs 15:1 – Responding to Criticism with Gentleness

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Matthew 7:1 – Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

Proverbs 18:21 – Power of Words

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 27:5-6 – Faithful Wounds

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

1 Corinthians 4:5 – The Judge of All Things

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

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James 3:9-10 – Blessing and Cursing

“With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

Proverbs 17:27 – A Person of Few Words

“The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.”

Matthew 18:15 – Confronting with Love

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Proverbs 10:19 – Wise Speech

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”

Matthew 7:3-5 – Removing the Plank

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Proverbs 12:18 – Healing Words

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Romans 14:4 – Answerable to God

“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”

1 Peter 3:15 – Defending Faith with Gentleness

“But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Proverbs 25:12 – A Wise Rebuke

“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.”

Galatians 6:1 – Restoring Others

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Proverbs 19:20 – Listening to Counsel

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.”

Matthew 18:21-22 – Forgiveness

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’

James 1:19-20 – Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

Proverbs 29:11 – Keeping Our Temper

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Matthew 5:44 – Loving Our Enemies

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant Words

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Luke 6:31 – The Golden Rule

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

James 4:11 – No Slander

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it.”

Ephesians 4:29-32 – Edifying Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Proverbs 16:21 – Pleasant Words Bring Persuasion

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.”

Matthew 5:22 – Anger and Judgment

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”

Proverbs 16:23 – Wise Words are Like Honey

“The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.”

1 Corinthians 4:12 – Responding with Blessings

“When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it.”

Ephesians 4:15 – Speaking the Truth in Love

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

Proverbs 26:4-5 – Answering Fools

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.”

Colossians 4:6 – Seasoned with Salt

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Proverbs 14:21 – Blessing the Poor

“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Encouragement

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – The Value of Patience

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

1 Peter 4:8 – Above All, Love

“Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Proverbs 29:9 – Wisdom and Anger

“If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.”

Matthew 7:12 – The Golden Rule

“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Proverbs 21:23 – Guarding Our Tongues

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”

John 8:7 – Without Sin

“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’

Proverbs 15:28 – Righteous Thoughts

“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”

Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”

Proverbs 11:12 – Wisdom and Trust

“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.”

Luke 6:37 – Forgiveness and Judgment

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Proverbs 25:11 – A Word Spoken in Due Season

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Matthew 12:36 – Account for Every Word

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”

Proverbs 12:4 – A Virtuous Wife’s Gracious Speech

“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”

Psalm 34:13 – Keep Your Tongue from Evil

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”

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