100 Bible Verses about Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 1,400 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 / 1,314 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 1,192 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.

Acts 8:23 ESV / 773 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 674 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 660 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.

Hebrews 12:14-15 ESV / 612 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;

Romans 3:14 ESV / 564 helpful votes

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 546 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Job 10:1 ESV / 536 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 522 helpful votes

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

James 1:19-20 ESV / 494 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.

Job 7:11 ESV / 494 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.

Proverbs 14:10 ESV / 475 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:25 ESV / 466 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 453 helpful votes

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

Mark 11:25 ESV / 418 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.”

Job 21:25 ESV / 411 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 403 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 368 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.

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 368 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 38:17 ESV / 363 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.

Ezekiel 3:14 ESV / 361 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.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 360 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.

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 359 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.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 346 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 1:10 ESV / 345 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 337 helpful votes

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

2 Samuel 2:26 ESV / 327 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?”

James 1:19 ESV / 317 helpful votes

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

James 3:14 ESV / 313 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 312 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.

James 1:26 ESV / 306 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 30:6 ESV / 297 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.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 291 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 27:31 ESV / 291 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.

Psalm 37:8 ESV / 282 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 275 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 15:32 ESV / 275 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.”

1 John 1:9 ESV / 271 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 / 270 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.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 268 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 38:15 ESV / 267 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.

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 264 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, ...

Job 9:18 ESV / 264 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 21:6 ESV / 262 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 3:15 ESV / 262 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV / 258 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.

Lamentations 1:4 ESV / 257 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.

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 255 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 12:10 ESV / 241 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.

1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV / 240 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 5:8 ESV / 239 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.

Colossians 3:12-13 ESV / 228 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.

Matthew 6:12 ESV / 227 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 225 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.

Matthew 18:21-35 ESV / 224 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. ...

1 John 2:9 ESV / 222 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 219 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.

James 4:1-2 ESV / 217 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.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 214 helpful votes

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

Ruth 1:20 ESV / 214 helpful votes

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

Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 212 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.’” ...

Luke 18:9-14 ESV / 210 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!’ ...

1 John 3:15 ESV / 209 helpful votes

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

Amos 2:1-3 ESV / 209 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.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 208 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,

Isaiah 14:12-15 ESV / 208 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.

Deuteronomy 32:35 ESV / 206 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.’

Proverbs 16:32 ESV / 201 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 200 helpful votes

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

John 16:33 ESV / 198 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.”

Hebrews 10:30 ESV / 196 helpful votes

For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

James 4:7 ESV / 194 helpful votes

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

Job 23:2 ESV / 192 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 191 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.

Psalm 51:10 ESV / 188 helpful votes

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

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 184 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.”

Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV / 183 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.

Luke 6:37 ESV / 180 helpful votes

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

Psalm 7:11 ESV / 177 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 174 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:8-9 ESV / 174 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.

2 Kings 17:18 ESV / 170 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.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 167 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.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 165 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,

Deuteronomy 29:18 ESV / 161 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,

Romans 12:19 ESV / 155 helpful votes

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.”

2 Samuel 13:22 ESV / 153 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 2:1-36 ESV / 140 helpful votes

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. “There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. ...

John 3:16 ESV / 137 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.

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 130 helpful votes

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 130 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.

Daniel 11:32-39 ESV / 123 helpful votes

He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time. “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. ...

James 4:1 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

1 John 4:8 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

John 3:16-17 ESV / 72 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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