30 Bible Verses About Toxic People (Explained)

Toxic people can have a detrimental impact on our lives, relationships, and well-being, yet the Bible offers wisdom and guidance for dealing with such individuals. Join us as we delve into verses that address the issue of toxic people, offering insights and strategies for setting boundaries, seeking wisdom, and extending grace, while protecting our hearts and preserving our peace in Christ.

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Bible Verses About Toxic People

Proverbs 22:24-25 – The Danger of Associating with Angry People

“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Proverbs 29:5 – The Flattery of a Neighbor

“Whoever flatters their neighbor is spreading a net for their feet.”

Proverbs 26:23-26 – The Sweetness of a deceitful mouth

“Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.”

Proverbs 20:19 – A Gossip’s Secret

“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”

Proverbs 4:23 – Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Proverbs 13:20 – The Company You Keep

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals

“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'”

Proverbs 16:28 – Trouble-Maker

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Proverbs 14:7 – Keep Away from a Fool

“Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.”

Proverbs 22:10 – Drive Out the Mockers

“Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”

Proverbs 12:22 – Dishonesty

“The LORD detests lying lips, but delights in people who are trustworthy.”

Proverbs 19:9 – False Witnesses

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.”

Proverbs 25:18 – Like a Club or a Sword or a Sharp Arrow

“Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.”

2 Timothy 3:2-5 – Traits of Toxic People

“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

Titus 3:10-11 – Reject Divisive People Twice

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.”

1 Corinthians 5:11 – Not to Associate with Sexually Immoral

“But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Do Not Be Deceived

“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.”

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – False Teachers

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind.”

2 Timothy 3:13 – Evil People and Impostors

“While evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

2 Peter 2:1-3 – False Prophets Among the People

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.”

Psalms 101:7 – Deceitful People

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

1 Corinthians 5:6-7 – Just a Little Yeast

“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

James 4:4 – Friendship with the World

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Proverbs 17:9 – Whoever covers an offense seeks love

“Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

Proverbs 18:8 – Gossiping’s Delicious Words

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Proverbs 25:23 – Like the Windward Side

“The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.”

Proverbs 27:14 – When Quarrels Arise

“If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.”

Proverbs 10:18 – Spreading Slander

“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”

Proverbs 11:13 – Trusting Others

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

Proverbs 16:27-28 – Troublemaker

“A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Proverbs 26:20-21 – Fire Dies Out Without Fuel

“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.”

Proverbs 28:23 – Gossipers Have a Troubled Mind

“Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.”

Ephesians 5:11 – Have No Fellowship with the Unfruitful

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Proverbs 29:22 – The Angry Man’s Strife

“An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.”

Proverbs 15:1-2 – Soft Answer Turns Wrath Away

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”

Proverbs 10:12 – Love Covers All Sins

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Bitterness, Wrath, Malice, Slander

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Proverbs 21:9 – Better to Live on a Corner of the Roof

“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”

Psalms 55:21 – Smoother than Butter

“The words of his mouth are smoother than butter, but war is in his heart; his words are softer than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”

Proverbs 6:12-15 – Worthless Wicked Man

“A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; he winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers; perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.”

Proverbs 21:19 – Better to Live in a Desert

“Better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.”

Proverbs 26:24-26 – He Who Hates, Disguises It

“He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.”

Proverbs 26:22 – The Words of a Talebearer

“The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.”

Proverbs 22:10 – Cast Out the Scoffer

“Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; yes, strife and reproach will cease.”

Proverbs 14:21 – Despises His Neighbor Sins

“He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.”

Philippians 2:3 – Do Nothing from Selfish Ambition

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

Psalms 140:11 – Let Not the Slanderer Be Established

“Let not a slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily.”

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