53 Bible Verses about Debating

1 Peter 3:15-16 ESV / 82 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Titus 3:9 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...

Acts 19:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 20 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 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

John 13:34-35 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

James 1:13-14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 9 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.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Proverbs 19:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

Psalm 119:59 ESV / 8 helpful votes

When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;

Matthew 10:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

2 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV / 6 helpful votes

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

Proverbs 22:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

Proverbs 21:30 ESV / 6 helpful votes

No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.

Exodus 4:12-15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.

2 John 1:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

1 Timothy 1:3 ESV / 5 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,

1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Philippians 3:18-19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Galatians 2:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Acts 18:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

Mark 12:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying,

Jude 1:3 ESV / 4 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.

2 John 1:9-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,

Titus 2:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Titus 2:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

Titus 1:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Titus 1:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.

Philippians 1:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Romans 1:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Acts 19:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.

Acts 15:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Acts 9:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him.

Mark 6:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Matthew 10:11-14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

Proverbs 16:33 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

Psalm 127:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 49:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah

Psalm 38:14-16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes. But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!”

Titus 3:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

Acts 19:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Psalm 43:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ...

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