30 Important Bible Verses About Murdering The Innocent

The sanctity of life is paramount in biblical teachings. Here are verses that condemn the senseless taking of innocent lives, emphasizing the importance of justice, mercy, and reverence for human dignity.

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Bible Verses About Murdering The Innocent

Genesis 9:6 – God’s Command Against Murder

“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.”

Exodus 20:13 – The Sixth Commandment

“You shall not murder.”

Proverbs 6:16-17 – The Lord Hates Murder

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.”

Psalm 72:14 – God Rescues the Needy

“He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.”

Matthew 5:21-22 – Jesus on Anger and Murder

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Matthew 19:18 – The Rich Young Man

“‘Which ones?’ he inquired. Jesus replied, ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Acts 17:26 – The Unity of Mankind

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

1 John 3:15 – The Consequences of Hate

“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”

Proverbs 24:11 – Rescue the Unjustly Sentenced

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.”

Isaiah 59:7 – The Ways of Peace They Do Not Know

“Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways.”

Jeremiah 7:6 – Do Not Shed Innocent Blood

“If you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors forever and ever.”

Leviticus 24:17 – The Sanctity of Life

“Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.”

Deuteronomy 5:17 – The Sixth Commandment Reinforced

“You shall not murder.”

Matthew 2:16 – King Herod’s Cruelty

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”

Psalm 106:36-38 – Shedding Innocent Blood

“They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.”

Matthew 23:35 – The Blood of the Innocents

“And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”

Proverbs 28:17 – A Guilty Conscience

“Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.”

Matthew 15:19 – The Source of Evil

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

Exodus 23:7 – Keep Your Distance from False Accusations

“Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.”

1 Timothy 1:9 – The Law for the Lawless

“We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers.”

Proverbs 28:9 – Offering and Murder

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.”

Isaiah 1:15 – Blood-Stained Hands

“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I look away. When you multiply your prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with blood.”

Revelation 21:8 – The Consequences for Murder

“But 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.”

Proverbs 1:11-12 – Enticed to Shed Innocent Blood

“If they say, ‘Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit.’”

Matthew 15:18 – The Source of Evil

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Proverbs 28:13 – Confession

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

John 8:44 – The Devil’s Nature

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Proverbs 21:6 – Acquiring Wealth by a Tongue

“A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.”

Luke 11:50-51 – Bloodshed from the Beginning

“Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.”

James 4:2 – The Source of Murder

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Proverbs 29:10 – Bloodthirsty Men Hate the Innocent

“Bloodthirsty men hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.”

Matthew 10:28 – Fear Him Who Can Destroy Both Body and Soul

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Genesis 4:8 – Cain Murders Abel

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”

Proverbs 15:28 – The Thoughts of the Righteous

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

1 Samuel 15:32-33 – Agag Executed

“Then Samuel said, ‘Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.’ Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, ‘Surely the bitterness of death is past.’ But Samuel said, ‘Just as your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.’ And Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal.”

Proverbs 12:6 – The Words of the Wicked

“The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.”

Matthew 10:17 – Beware of Men

“Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – The Unrighteous

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ezekiel 22:4 – The Sin of Bloodshed

“You have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become impure by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore, I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.”

Matthew 26:52 – Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

“‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.’”

Numbers 35:16-18 – The Consequences of Unintentional Murder

“If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death.”

John 10:10 – The Thief Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Proverbs 19:5 – False Witnesses

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.” These Bible verses reveal God’s absolute prohibition against murdering the innocent. It is clear that murder is a severe sin in the eyes of the Lord, as taking another person’s life, especially an innocent life, goes against His commandments and the sanctity of life. God calls His followers to love and protect one another, to seek justice, and to refrain from shedding innocent blood. The consequences of murder are severe and include divine judgment and eternal separation from God. Our primary responsibility as Christians is to respect and preserve the gift of life, treating others with love, kindness, and respect.

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