100 Bible Verses about Correcting A Brother

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 897 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 802 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.

Titus 3:10-11 ESV / 447 helpful votes

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

1 Timothy 5:20 ESV / 384 helpful votes

As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ESV / 365 helpful votes

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. ...

2 Thessalonians 3:15 ESV / 350 helpful votes

Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 340 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 337 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.

James 5:19 ESV / 279 helpful votes

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,

Titus 3:10 ESV / 276 helpful votes

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

James 5:19-20 ESV / 274 helpful votes

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Romans 16:17 ESV / 265 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 227 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Ezekiel 33:7-12 ESV / 196 helpful votes

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel? ...

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 179 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 177 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Acts 20:28 ESV / 175 helpful votes

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 166 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 161 helpful votes

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

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 161 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.”

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 159 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 151 helpful votes

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

Leviticus 19:17 ESV / 149 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.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 148 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Luke 17:3 ESV / 144 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Galatians 2:11-14 ESV / 141 helpful votes

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV / 140 helpful votes

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

James 1:19 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:15-18 ESV / 134 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. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Luke 6:27 ESV / 131 helpful votes

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 ESV / 130 helpful votes

If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 123 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:7 ESV / 123 helpful votes

So you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 121 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, ...

Galatians 2:11 ESV / 120 helpful votes

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.

Romans 14:1 ESV / 120 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 118 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.

John 7:24 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Matthew 18:16 ESV / 118 helpful votes

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.

Psalm 141:5 ESV / 117 helpful votes

Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

2 Timothy 2:25 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 115 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

2 Thessalonians 3:14 ESV / 114 helpful votes

If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.

James 5:20 ESV / 112 helpful votes

Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Jude 1:3 ESV / 111 helpful votes

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 110 helpful votes

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 109 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.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 108 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:9 ESV / 103 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV / 102 helpful votes

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

1 Corinthians 5:5 ESV / 100 helpful votes

You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 100 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 7:3 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

1 John 1:8 ESV / 94 helpful votes

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Proverbs 9:8 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Galatians 5:26 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Titus 2:15 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Galatians 5:23 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Matthew 11:29 ESV / 91 helpful votes

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 91 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Galatians 6:1-2 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:14 ESV / 90 helpful votes

I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

Matthew 18:22 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

1 Timothy 1:3-7 ESV / 89 helpful votes

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Colossians 1:28 ESV / 88 helpful votes

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

1 John 5:16 ESV / 87 helpful votes

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

Ezekiel 3:17-21 ESV / 87 helpful votes

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

1 Corinthians 10:12 ESV / 86 helpful votes

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

Jeremiah 7:28 ESV / 86 helpful votes

And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

Proverbs 15:10 ESV / 86 helpful votes

There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die.

2 Corinthians 10:1 ESV / 85 helpful votes

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—

Acts 20:31 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

Proverbs 18:19 ESV / 85 helpful votes

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

James 5:16 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 79 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Acts 17:11 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 17:10 ESV / 78 helpful votes

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

2 Timothy 2:23-26 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Romans 13:4 ESV / 76 helpful votes

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV / 75 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

1 Timothy 5:19 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Colossians 3:15 ESV / 72 helpful votes

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 70 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.

Proverbs 27:5 ESV / 70 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

1 Peter 3:11 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 18:21 ESV / 65 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?”

Matthew 18:17 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Ezekiel 34:16 ESV / 58 helpful votes

I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

Matthew 9:13 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

1 Peter 2:1-12 ESV / 55 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ...

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Proverbs 3:30 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 51 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

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