100 Bible Verses about Holiness

1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV / 317 helpful votes

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

1 John 3:6-10 ESV / 210 helpful votes

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV / 185 helpful votes

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 127 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 ESV / 117 helpful votes

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

2 Timothy 2:21 ESV / 98 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Leviticus 20:26 ESV / 90 helpful votes

You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Isaiah 35:8 ESV / 75 helpful votes

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:4 ESV / 59 helpful votes

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Leviticus 19:2 ESV / 59 helpful votes

“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 58 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.

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 55 helpful votes

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Psalm 51:10-12 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 50 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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Peter 4:1 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

3 John 1:11 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 ESV / 38 helpful votes

That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

1 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV / 38 helpful votes

So that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

1 Peter 4:7 ESV / 34 helpful votes

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

James 1:21 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:10 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Ephesians 5:8-11 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Leviticus 11:45 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Corinthians 6:17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

Ephesians 5:1 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

Philippians 1:10 ESV / 26 helpful votes

So that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

1 John 3:3 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 John 2:29 ESV / 24 helpful votes

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

Colossians 1:22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Colossians 3:12-15 ESV / 22 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. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

2 Peter 1:2-8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

John 17:17 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Romans 6:1-23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

1 John 5:21 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 Peter 1:13-17 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

1 Thessalonians 4:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

Ephesians 4:20-24 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 John 1:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 18 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

2 Timothy 3:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,

1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Leviticus 20:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

James 1:27 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

Ephesians 5:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Proverbs 16:17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Proverbs 11:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

Psalm 119:1-3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

Psalm 66:18-20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

1 John 5:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 14 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;

1 Timothy 6:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Colossians 3:5-10 ESV / 14 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

Galatians 5:22-25 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Romans 13:12-14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

Luke 1:75 ESV / 14 helpful votes

In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

Isaiah 32:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

Psalm 97:10 ESV / 14 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.

Psalm 32:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Joshua 7:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”

Revelation 14:4 ESV / 13 helpful votes

It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,

1 John 5:18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

2 Peter 3:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 13 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,

Hebrews 10:22 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

1 Corinthians 15:34 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

John 4:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Exodus 3:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

1 John 2:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 1:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 Peter 3:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Philippians 1:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Romans 8:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

John 6:35 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Mark 9:50 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Isaiah 26:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Psalm 4:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

1 John 2:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

1 Corinthians 10:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

1 Peter 2:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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.

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