100 Bible Verses about Being Offended

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 ESV / 367 helpful votes

Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 356 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

James 1:19 ESV / 249 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Luke 7:23 ESV / 225 helpful votes

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 183 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

2 Timothy 2:24 ESV / 170 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

James 1:12 ESV / 168 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Luke 6:22-23 ESV / 159 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 156 helpful votes

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Proverbs 9:7-9 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 18:19 ESV / 148 helpful votes

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

John 15:18 ESV / 146 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

Psalm 119:165 ESV / 142 helpful votes

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Proverbs 12:16 ESV / 129 helpful votes

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

1 Peter 4:14 ESV / 118 helpful votes

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 117 helpful votes

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV / 112 helpful votes

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Matthew 11:6 ESV / 86 helpful votes

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

John 16:33 ESV / 85 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Proverbs 23:9 ESV / 83 helpful votes

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Isaiah 32:17 ESV / 82 helpful votes

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 78 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 78 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 77 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Psalm 112:6-7 ESV / 65 helpful votes

For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

Romans 14:21 ESV / 64 helpful votes

It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.

Luke 19:38-40 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

1 John 5:4 ESV / 63 helpful votes

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Romans 1:18 ESV / 63 helpful votes

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Acts 19:34 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

Matthew 24:10 ESV / 62 helpful votes

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.

Romans 8:5 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

2 Timothy 4:3 ESV / 60 helpful votes

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

Revelation 2:10 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

2 Thessalonians 2:2 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

Matthew 26:31 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Psalm 55:12 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him.

Romans 5:1 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:16 ESV / 50 helpful votes

As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Matthew 13:21 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.

1 John 4:7 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 49 helpful votes

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Romans 14:1 ESV / 48 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Matthew 13:57 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

2 Kings 18:17-36 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Washer's Field. And when they called for the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebnah the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder. And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? Behold, you are trusting now in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. ...

Deuteronomy 1:16-17 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Acts 5:33 ESV / 45 helpful votes

When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.

Matthew 26:33 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”

Genesis 40:1 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt.

1 Corinthians 10:32 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Acts 7:1-60 ESV / 42 helpful votes

And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. ...

Matthew 19:11 ESV / 42 helpful votes

But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Acts 13:48 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

John 8:47 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

2 Chronicles 18:1-34 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor, and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab. After some years he went down to Ahab in Samaria. And Ahab killed an abundance of sheep and oxen for him and for the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead. Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead?” He answered him, “I am as you are, my people as your people. We will be with you in the war.” And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.” ...

1 John 2:16 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

2 Peter 1:20 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.

Matthew 15:12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

Ezekiel 25:12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“Thus says the Lord God: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance on them,

Psalm 109:28 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!

Hosea 13:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel, but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.

2 Corinthians 10:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters.

1 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

Acts 25:8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.”

Jeremiah 37:18 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Jeremiah also said to King Zedekiah, “What wrong have I done to you or your servants or this people, that you have put me in prison?

Proverbs 23:29-35 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. ...

Psalm 103:1-22 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. ...

Job 5:21 ESV / 32 helpful votes

You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, ...

Proverbs 27:3-6 ESV / 30 helpful votes

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both. Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— ...

2 Corinthians 4:8-11 ESV / 28 helpful votes

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

1 Corinthians 1:23 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,

Proverbs 20:1 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV / 27 helpful votes

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

Romans 9:33-10:19 ESV / 26 helpful votes

As it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. ...

Galatians 4:16-6:4 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. ...

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2 Corinthians 6:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

Luke 17:1-2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-26 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun. For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. ...

John 14:6-17:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. ...

1 John 3:13-4:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? ...

Hebrews 2:14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

2 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. ...

John 1:5-23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. ...

Luke 11:42-52 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.” One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. ...

Matthew 20:28-21:46 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” ...

Matthew 5:7-12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. ...

Isaiah 8:20-9:20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. ...

Proverbs 14:17-29 ESV / 22 helpful votes

A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. ...

Job 3:18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

There the prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.

Genesis 20:9 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.”

1 John 1:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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