100 Bible Verses about Bitterness

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 900 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 780 helpful votes

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 714 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Acts 8:23 ESV / 418 helpful votes

For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 412 helpful votes

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 390 helpful votes

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Hebrews 12:14-15 ESV / 389 helpful votes

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 379 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

James 1:19-20 ESV / 347 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 338 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Job 10:1 ESV / 282 helpful votes

“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 271 helpful votes

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

Job 7:11 ESV / 262 helpful votes

“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Romans 3:14 ESV / 261 helpful votes

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 259 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 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.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 258 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Mark 11:25 ESV / 247 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 233 helpful votes

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

Proverbs 14:10 ESV / 230 helpful votes

The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 223 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 17:25 ESV / 222 helpful votes

A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.

Job 21:25 ESV / 218 helpful votes

Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of prosperity.

James 1:26 ESV / 210 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 188 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 183 helpful votes

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 181 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

2 Samuel 2:26 ESV / 171 helpful votes

Then Abner called to Joab, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you tell your people to turn from the pursuit of their brothers?”

1 Samuel 1:10 ESV / 168 helpful votes

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.

James 3:14 ESV / 167 helpful votes

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 166 helpful votes

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Isaiah 38:17 ESV / 160 helpful votes

Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 155 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...

1 Samuel 30:6 ESV / 155 helpful votes

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

James 1:19 ESV / 154 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 154 helpful votes

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Psalm 37:8 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Ezekiel 3:14 ESV / 152 helpful votes

The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:17-18 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:32 ESV / 131 helpful votes

Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”

Romans 5:8 ESV / 125 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 120 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Ezekiel 27:31 ESV / 119 helpful votes

They make themselves bald for you and put sackcloth on their waist, and they weep over you in bitterness of soul, with bitter mourning.

Job 9:18 ESV / 119 helpful votes

He will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

Ezekiel 21:6 ESV / 118 helpful votes

“As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes.

Lamentations 3:15 ESV / 118 helpful votes

He has filled me with bitterness; he has sated me with wormwood.

1 John 2:9 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

Lamentations 1:4 ESV / 113 helpful votes

The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to the festival; all her gates are desolate; her priests groan; her virgins have been afflicted, and she herself suffers bitterly.

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 112 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 110 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Colossians 3:12-13 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

1 Corinthians 5:8 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Job 23:2 ESV / 109 helpful votes

“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 108 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 108 helpful votes

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” ...

James 4:1-2 ESV / 107 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Luke 18:9-14 ESV / 107 helpful votes

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ ...

Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 107 helpful votes

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Amos 2:1-3 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom. So I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth, and Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet; I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and will kill all its princes with him,” says the Lord.

Proverbs 16:32 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Isaiah 14:12-15 ESV / 105 helpful votes

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.

John 16:33 ESV / 104 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.”

Matthew 18:21-35 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. ...

Psalm 37:8-9 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 103 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,

Psalm 7:11 ESV / 103 helpful votes

God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

Deuteronomy 32:35 ESV / 103 helpful votes

Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’

Zechariah 12:10 ESV / 102 helpful votes

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

Ruth 1:20 ESV / 102 helpful votes

She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

Isaiah 38:15 ESV / 101 helpful votes

What shall I say? For he has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. I walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

1 John 3:15 ESV / 100 helpful votes

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 100 helpful votes

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Psalm 51:10 ESV / 98 helpful votes

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

2 Kings 17:18 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only.

James 4:7 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Matthew 6:12 ESV / 96 helpful votes

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV / 93 helpful votes

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

John 3:16 ESV / 82 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 6:37 ESV / 82 helpful votes

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 82 helpful votes

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

2 Samuel 13:22 ESV / 73 helpful votes

But Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad, for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had violated his sister Tamar.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

James 4:1 ESV / 72 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

Deuteronomy 29:18 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit,

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 64 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 59 helpful votes

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:23 ESV / 52 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 15:18-19 ESV / 52 helpful votes

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

1 John 2:9-11 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Colossians 3:5-10 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices ...

Mark 12:31 ESV / 46 helpful votes

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Proverbs 12:16 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

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