31 Bible Verses about Sarcasm

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Proverbs 26:18-19 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

1 Kings 18:27 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”

Genesis 4:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”

James 3:1-18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Proverbs 26:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

1 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Nehemiah 4:1-2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?”

Isaiah 44:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Exodus 14:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?

2 Corinthians 12:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit.

Job 12:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.

Judges 10:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.”

John 19:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.

Job 38:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

Ezekiel 2:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

2 Corinthians 11:19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Galatians 5:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!

1 Corinthians 4:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!

Acts 26:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”

1 Kings 22:15-16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and triumph; the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Isaiah 47:12-13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror. You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.

John 2:18-22 ESV / 3 helpful votes

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Acts 16:17-18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 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.

1 Kings 20:11 ESV / 1 helpful vote

And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’”

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