30 Important Bible Verses About War And Killing

Exodus 20:13 – The Sixth Commandment: You Shall Not Kill

“You shall not murder.”

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are The Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

1 Timothy 2:2 – Pray for Those in Authority

“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”

Romans 12:18 – Living in Peace with Everyone

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

Proverbs 16:7 – When a Man’s Ways Please the Lord

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Matthew 26:52 – Those Who Live by the Sword

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.'”

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Romans 12:19 – Leave Vengeance to God

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”

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

“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 5:43-44 – Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Exodus 14:14 – The Lord Will Fight for You

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 34:14 – Seek Peace and Pursue It

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

John 14:27 – Peace I Leave With You

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Isaiah 2:4 – They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares

“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Matthew 5:21-22 – Murder Begins in the Heart

“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.”

Proverbs 24:17-18 – Do Not Gloat When Your Enemy Falls

“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.”

James 3:18 – Peacemakers Who Sow in Peace Reap a Harvest of Righteousness

“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Micah 4:3 – He Will Teach Us His Ways, So That We May Walk in His Paths

“He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Psalm 120:7 – I am For Peace; But When I Speak, They are For War

“I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”

Romans 14:19 – Pursue What Makes for Peace

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Matthew 26:52 – Put Your Sword Back into Its Place

“Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.”

Isaiah 9:6 – Jesus, The Prince of Peace

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruits of the Spirit: Peace

“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 15:1 – A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

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

Psalm 11:5 – The Lord Hates Violent and Unjust People

“The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.”

Matthew 5:7 – Blessed Are the Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Ecclesiastes 3:8 – A Time for War and a Time for Peace

“a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 – The Lord Hates Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil.”

James 4:1-2 – What Causes Fights and Quarrels Among You?

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 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 20:22 – The LORD Will Repay

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.”

Psalms 144:1 – The Lord Trains My Hands for War

“Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.”

2 Timothy 2:3-4 – Soldiers of Jesus Christ

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

Exodus 15:3 – The Lord is a Warrior

“The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.”

Luke 6:27-28 – Love Your Enemies, Do Good to Those Who Hate You

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Psalms 11:7 – The Upright Will See His Face

“For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.”

Isaiah 11:6 – The Wolf Will Live with the Lamb

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”

Ephesians 6:12 – Our Struggle is Not Against Flesh and Blood

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Matthew 5:38-39 – An Eye for an Eye

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

Isaiah 60:18 – Violence Will No Longer Be Heard in Your Land

“Violence will no longer be heard in your land, nor ruin nor destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.”

James 1:19-20 – Be Slow to Speak and Slow to Anger

“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.”

Micah 6:8 – Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with Your God

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

1 Peter 3:9 – Do Not Repay Evil with Evil

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Isaiah 2:4 – The Lord Will Judge Between the Nations

“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Romans 13:4 – The Government Bears the Sword

“For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get Rid of All Bitterness, Rage, and Anger

“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 3:31 – Do Not Envy the Violent

“Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.”

Leviticus 26:6 – I Will Grant Peace in the Land

“I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.”

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