100 Bible Verses about Good And Evil

Romans 12:21 ESV / 475 helpful votes

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Isaiah 5:20 ESV / 325 helpful votes

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 162 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Psalm 37:27 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 131 helpful votes

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Romans 5:3-5 ESV / 103 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 2:6-8 ESV / 99 helpful votes

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

James 1:13 ESV / 86 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.

Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 83 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.” ...

Proverbs 4:27 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

John 3:16 ESV / 77 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.

James 1:13-15 ESV / 74 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. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Psalm 34:14 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 69 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Romans 12:9 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Genesis 2:17 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 50:20 ESV / 59 helpful votes

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Genesis 3:22 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 54 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 97:10 ESV / 53 helpful votes

O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

John 1:5 ESV / 51 helpful votes

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 50 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 5:21-22 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:13 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Proverbs 17:15 ESV / 47 helpful votes

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

John 3:20 ESV / 45 helpful votes

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

John 10:10 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 44 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Genesis 6:5 ESV / 43 helpful votes

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Isaiah 1:16 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Romans 8:28 ESV / 38 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.

John 16:33 ESV / 36 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.”

Genesis 3:5 ESV / 36 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.”

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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.

James 4:7 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

John 14:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Amos 3:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?

1 John 1:5 ESV / 33 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Galatians 5:16-17 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Romans 13:4 ESV / 32 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.

Malachi 2:17 ESV / 32 helpful votes

You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 32 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Psalm 5:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Luke 1:37 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Genesis 2:9 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Titus 1:2 ESV / 30 helpful votes

In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

1 John 4:1 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 29 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.

Romans 8:2 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Romans 3:12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

Psalm 37:1-40 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. ...

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Job 17:12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 27 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, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 27 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.”

Revelation 2:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

Romans 3:23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:21 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But test everything; hold fast what is good.

Romans 7:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

Amos 5:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!

Hebrews 5:14 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 24 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.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 24 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.

Hosea 13:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

James 1:21 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Romans 5:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

John 3:7 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Revelation 16:13-21 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” ...

2 Timothy 4:18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Romans 16:17 ESV / 22 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.

John 17:17 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 3:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 1:19 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV / 21 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.

Romans 7:21 ESV / 21 helpful votes

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

Zechariah 7:9-10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

Psalm 34:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

1 John 5:19 ESV / 20 helpful votes

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

John 17:15 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

Luke 16:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Romans 7:9-25 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. ...

Romans 5:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

John 15:13 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 3:19 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 18 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.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Psalm 121:7-8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

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