100 Bible Verses about Rebuking

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 175 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 / 150 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

1 Timothy 5:20 ESV / 131 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 / 109 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 / 90 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 80 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 / 74 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 / 60 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 / 51 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 27:6 ESV / 51 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 47 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 1:23 ESV / 45 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 29:15 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Revelation 3:19 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 9:8-9 ESV / 38 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.

1 Timothy 5:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Mark 16:14 ESV / 31 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 / 27 helpful votes

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

Jude 1:9 ESV / 26 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 / 26 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?”

Leviticus 19:17 ESV / 23 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 / 22 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.”

Luke 23:40 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV / 15 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,

Proverbs 9:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Luke 4:41 ESV / 14 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.

Psalm 27:5 ESV / 14 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.

Jude 1:3 ESV / 13 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.

Ezekiel 33:8-9 ESV / 13 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.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Matthew 17:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 3:18 ESV / 11 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 / 10 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. ...

Proverbs 9:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

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.

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.

Matthew 7:5-6 ESV / 9 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.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 8 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 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, ...

Proverbs 15:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 104:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 80:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

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. ...

James 4:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

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;

Matthew 16:23 ESV / 7 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.”

Jeremiah 23:24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

Isaiah 30:17 ESV / 7 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 19:27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

2 Corinthians 12:21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ESV / 6 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, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 6 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.

1 Corinthians 11:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

Luke 8:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 6 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.

Matthew 4:1-11 ESV / 6 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 ...

Isaiah 50:2 ESV / 6 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.

Proverbs 25:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:9-10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:30 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.

Psalm 90:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

Psalm 37:1-40 ESV / 6 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. ...

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 5 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,

1 John 4:4 ESV / 5 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.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 5 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.

1 Timothy 5:19-20 ESV / 5 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.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV / 5 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, ...

Galatians 2:11-14 ESV / 5 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?”

Galatians 2:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV / 5 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,

1 Corinthians 6:4-7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

Acts 16:18 ESV / 5 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.

John 16:33 ESV / 5 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.”

John 8:31-32 ESV / 5 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.”

Luke 9:42 ESV / 5 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 16:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Mark 9:25 ESV / 5 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.”

Mark 4:39 ESV / 5 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.

Matthew 15:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Matthew 4:10 ESV / 5 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.’”

Malachi 3:11 ESV / 5 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.

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV / 5 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.

Micah 4:3 ESV / 5 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 3:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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 66:15 ESV / 5 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 25:8 ESV / 5 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 29:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

Psalm 11:1-7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of David. In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. ...

2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 4 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.

2 Timothy 3:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ezekiel 3:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel—

Isaiah 41:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 17:13 ESV / 4 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.

Isaiah 2:4 ESV / 4 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

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