100 Bible Verses about Rebuking

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 197 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.

Proverbs 27:5 ESV / 174 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

1 Timothy 5:20 ESV / 161 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 135 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.

Titus 2:15 ESV / 113 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 93 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.

James 5:20 ESV / 82 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.

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 68 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 1:23 ESV / 67 helpful votes

If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 62 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 62 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

Revelation 3:19 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

1 Timothy 5:1 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,

Proverbs 9:8-9 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Jude 1:9 ESV / 51 helpful votes

But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

Zechariah 3:2 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”

Mark 16:14 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.

1 Corinthians 5:12 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?

Leviticus 19:17 ESV / 42 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 Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

Proverbs 9:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Luke 4:41 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Matthew 17:18 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.

Matthew 16:23 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Psalm 104:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.

James 4:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Psalm 80:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your face!

Jude 1:3 ESV / 23 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.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 23 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.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 23 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.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV / 22 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,

Luke 17:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Luke 23:40 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?

1 John 4:4 ESV / 20 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.

Mark 9:25 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

Micah 4:3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;

Ezekiel 33:8-9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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.

Isaiah 50:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, by my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Galatians 2:11-14 ESV / 19 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?”

Isaiah 2:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Psalm 27:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, ...

John 16:33 ESV / 18 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.”

Matthew 4:1-11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple ...

Malachi 3:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Deuteronomy 28:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 17 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.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Luke 9:42 ESV / 17 helpful votes

While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

Mark 4:39 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Isaiah 30:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

A thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you shall flee, till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain, like a signal on a hill.

Proverbs 28:23 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.

Ezekiel 3:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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.

Ezekiel 3:16-21 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: “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. ...

Isaiah 25:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.

Proverbs 25:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 15 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 ...

John 8:31-32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

Isaiah 66:15 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Isaiah 17:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The nations roar like the roaring of many waters, but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Titus 1:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Psalm 119:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.

Psalm 76:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned.

Psalm 68:30 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war.

1 Timothy 5:19-20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

Acts 16:18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Mark 16:17 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Matthew 4:10 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Proverbs 9:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Matthew 15:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 10 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.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:5-6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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. “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

2 Samuel 12:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 9 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.

Luke 4:39 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

2 Timothy 3:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Matthew 23:1-39 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, ...

Matthew 8:31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.”

Proverbs 15:31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Proverbs 3:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Psalm 119:130 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Psalm 25:1-22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Of David. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. ...

Galatians 2:11-15 ESV / 7 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?” We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;

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