100 Bible Verses about Rejection

Psalm 34:17-20 ESV / 724 helpful votes

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

John 15:18 ESV / 704 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

1 Peter 2:4 ESV / 632 helpful votes

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

Psalm 27:10 ESV / 538 helpful votes

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 397 helpful votes

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Psalm 94:14 ESV / 369 helpful votes

For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;

Isaiah 53:3 ESV / 334 helpful votes

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 293 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

John 1:11 ESV / 293 helpful votes

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

Luke 10:16 ESV / 275 helpful votes

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Psalm 118:22 ESV / 236 helpful votes

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Psalm 139:13-14 ESV / 222 helpful votes

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 208 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:1 ESV / 197 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 164 helpful votes

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 157 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Romans 15:13 ESV / 115 helpful votes

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 66:16-20 ESV / 112 helpful votes

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. 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!

Matthew 10:34 ESV / 107 helpful votes

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Jeremiah 30:17 ESV / 107 helpful votes

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Deuteronomy 14:2 ESV / 105 helpful votes

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:9 ESV / 90 helpful votes

You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;

Luke 6:22-23 ESV / 89 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Romans 15:7 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Leviticus 26:11 ESV / 80 helpful votes

I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 77 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 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 77 helpful votes

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Isaiah 49:16 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

James 2:13 ESV / 76 helpful votes

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Psalm 41:7 ESV / 64 helpful votes

All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.

Matthew 21:42 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Isaiah 52:13 ESV / 60 helpful votes

Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.

1 John 1:1-10 ESV / 59 helpful votes

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 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. ...

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 59 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. ...

John 15:18-21 ESV / 58 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

Lamentations 3:31-33 ESV / 58 helpful votes

For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.

Matthew 7:14 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Colossians 1:17 ESV / 52 helpful votes

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 52 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.

Matthew 9:9-13 ESV / 51 helpful votes

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

John 18:36 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

John 15:25 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

Genesis 37:1-36 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. ...

Romans 8:38-39 ESV / 44 helpful votes

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 3:1 ESV / 43 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

John 12:48 ESV / 43 helpful votes

The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

Hebrews 12:3 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 41 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 Samuel 15:23 ESV / 41 helpful votes

For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”

1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV / 40 helpful votes

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 38 helpful votes

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

1 Thessalonians 4:8 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

1 Corinthians 1:28 ESV / 38 helpful votes

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,

Psalm 38:1-22 ESV / 36 helpful votes

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering. O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, ...

Romans 8:28 ESV / 34 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 10:14 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

Romans 12:12 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 5:8-10 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 32 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.

Isaiah 53:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 43:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.

Psalm 77:7 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV / 32 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.”

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Mark 6:4 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.”

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 18:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Psalm 27:3-5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 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.

Psalm 34:1-22 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. ...

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV / 25 helpful votes

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

Luke 13:34 ESV / 24 helpful votes

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!

Luke 17:25 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

Deuteronomy 18:18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Acts 17:31 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Luke 6:22 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!

Mark 16:9-20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. ...

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 5:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 1:3-6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

1 Corinthians 4:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 21 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.

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 21 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Ezekiel 6:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.

Proverbs 1:24-26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,

1 Peter 2:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

Acts 17:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

Matthew 13:54-58 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 2:12-23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. ...

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