100 Bible Verses about Bitterness

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 757 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 / 515 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 / 485 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 314 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 304 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 / 299 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;

James 1:19-20 ESV / 267 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.

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 256 helpful votes

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

Acts 8:23 ESV / 249 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 242 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 222 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 209 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.

Job 10:1 ESV / 185 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 178 helpful votes

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

Mark 11:25 ESV / 169 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.”

James 1:26 ESV / 164 helpful votes

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

Job 7:11 ESV / 163 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 12:2 ESV / 161 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.

Romans 3:14 ESV / 155 helpful votes

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 153 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:10 ESV / 148 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:25 ESV / 142 helpful votes

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

Job 21:25 ESV / 136 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 118 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.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 113 helpful votes

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

James 3:14 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 108 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, ...

2 Samuel 2:26 ESV / 107 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 / 103 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 30:6 ESV / 100 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.

Isaiah 38:17 ESV / 99 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 4:32 ESV / 95 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 93 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.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 90 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:8 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 87 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.

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.

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 81 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.”

Ezekiel 3:14 ESV / 79 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.

1 John 2:9 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 15:32 ESV / 75 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.”

Psalm 37:8-9 ESV / 74 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.

Leviticus 19:17-18 ESV / 73 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 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?

Job 23:2 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

Job 9:18 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 27:31 ESV / 68 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.

Ezekiel 21:6 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 3:15 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:21-35 ESV / 67 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 3:15 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:12-13 ESV / 66 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.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

James 4:7 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 65 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.

Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV / 64 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.

John 16:33 ESV / 64 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.”

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV / 63 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 / 63 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.

Lamentations 1:4 ESV / 63 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.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 61 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,

James 4:1-2 ESV / 60 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.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 60 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 18:9-14 ESV / 60 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!’ ...

Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 60 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 6:37 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 12:10 ESV / 60 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.

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.

Amos 2:1-3 ESV / 59 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.

Isaiah 38:15 ESV / 58 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.

Isaiah 14:12-15 ESV / 58 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.

Proverbs 16:32 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:10 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 32:35 ESV / 56 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.’

Psalm 7:11 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Ruth 1:20 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

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.

Matthew 6:12 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV / 53 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.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 53 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 52 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 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.

2 Kings 17:18 ESV / 50 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.

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 ...

Romans 3:23 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

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.

Romans 14:10-12 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Matthew 5:5-9 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “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.

2 Samuel 13:22 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Luke 6:32-42 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. ...

James 2:12-13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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