100 Bible Verses about Fighting Back

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 228 helpful votes

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Psalm 144:1 ESV / 169 helpful votes

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

Proverbs 21:15 ESV / 160 helpful votes

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Philippians 3:2 ESV / 130 helpful votes

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.

Romans 13:4 ESV / 130 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.

John 16:33 ESV / 127 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 John 1:9 ESV / 107 helpful votes

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

James 4:1-2 ESV / 104 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.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 100 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

James 4:7 ESV / 92 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 88 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.

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 87 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Revelation 21:4 ESV / 83 helpful votes

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Exodus 15:3 ESV / 78 helpful votes

The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 75 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Psalm 34:17 ESV / 75 helpful votes

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 74 helpful votes

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Matthew 24:6 ESV / 72 helpful votes

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 69 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Psalm 28:7 ESV / 66 helpful votes

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 138:7 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 10:13 ESV / 62 helpful votes

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 10:10 ESV / 62 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Isaiah 42:13 ESV / 62 helpful votes

The Lord goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 61 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

James 1:12 ESV / 60 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:16 ESV / 57 helpful votes

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Psalm 27:1 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 25:1-12 ESV / 52 helpful votes

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners' palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down. ...

Matthew 5:39 ESV / 51 helpful votes

But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Isaiah 45:2 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 50 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV / 50 helpful votes

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy.

Deuteronomy 9:3 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the Lord your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the Lord has promised you.

1 John 4:4 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 49 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.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 10:17 ESV / 47 helpful votes

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 46 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Luke 22:36 ESV / 46 helpful votes

He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

James 1:2-3 ESV / 44 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.

Philippians 2:1 ESV / 44 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Acts 5:29 ESV / 44 helpful votes

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 43 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,

Luke 10:19 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

Mark 16:15 ESV / 43 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Matthew 26:52 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 2:25 ESV / 42 helpful votes

I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 42 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Acts 1:3 ESV / 42 helpful votes

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

John 14:1-31 ESV / 42 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” ...

Genesis 1:28 ESV / 42 helpful votes

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV / 41 helpful votes

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Romans 12:20-21 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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.

Romans 12:17-19 ESV / 41 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.”

Hebrews 12:8 ESV / 40 helpful votes

If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 40 helpful votes

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 39 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Genesis 3:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 1:29 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Revelation 22:16 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Revelation 6:8 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Ephesians 6:10 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Luke 23:42 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Numbers 32:1-42 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.” ...

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Psalm 16:11 ESV / 37 helpful votes

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

James 4:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 1:6 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

Luke 15:7 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Matthew 10:28 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Daniel 2:20-21 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Revelation 11:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

1 Peter 3:18 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians 10:8 ESV / 35 helpful votes

We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Revelation 20:4-6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

James 2:19 ESV / 34 helpful votes

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

Revelation 12:7 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,

Titus 3:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Philemon 1:2 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:

Romans 8:31 ESV / 32 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Psalm 44:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.

Revelation 17:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

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