100 Bible Verses about War

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 99 helpful votes

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Matthew 24:6 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

Isaiah 25:8 ESV / 46 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.

James 4:1-2 ESV / 45 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Jeremiah 51:20 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms;

Isaiah 2:4 ESV / 25 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.

Proverbs 21:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

Ephesians 6:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Isaiah 19:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight, each against another and each against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom;

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Revelation 12:7-11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Romans 13:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

2 Chronicles 24:24 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the Lord delivered into their hand a very great army, because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.

Revelation 3:21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Matthew 10:36 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.

Zechariah 10:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight because the Lord is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Romans 12:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

2 Timothy 2:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:38-45 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Jeremiah 51:15-30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of delusion; at the time of their punishment they shall perish. Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name.

1 John 2:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

2 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 7 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.

Luke 12:51 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

Matthew 10:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Exodus 20:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not murder.

Revelation 6:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Jude 1:19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Romans 13:1-5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Romans 8:37 ESV / 6 helpful votes

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Matthew 24:36 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Micah 7:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

Jeremiah 46:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Why are your mighty ones face down? They do not stand because the Lord thrust them down.

Jeremiah 7:33 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And the dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the beasts of the earth, and none will frighten them away.

Isaiah 18:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

They shall all of them be left to the birds of prey of the mountains and to the beasts of the earth. And the birds of prey will summer on them, and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.

Isaiah 13:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.

Isaiah 13:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones.

Psalm 76:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah

2 Chronicles 24:23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

At the end of the year the army of the Syrians came up against Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.

Judges 7:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That same night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Ephesians 6:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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.

Romans 13:1-14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Romans 7:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 2:24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Luke 22:36 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

Luke 21:8-9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Matthew 26:52-53 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 25:1-46 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Joel 3:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.

Isaiah 13:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.

Psalm 68:30 ESV / 5 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 Samuel 30:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”

Deuteronomy 20:17-18 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded, that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God.

Revelation 21:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Revelation 13:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

Revelation 12:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

Revelation 2:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,

Revelation 2:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

Jude 1:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

1 John 5:4 ESV / 4 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.

James 4:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

James 4:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Hebrews 11:33-37 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—

2 Timothy 4:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 4:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

2 Timothy 2:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

1 Timothy 1:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

Ephesians 6:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

2 Corinthians 7:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within.

Romans 7:24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Acts 1:7-8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

John 16:33 ESV / 4 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 8:5-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

Zechariah 14:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Jeremiah 50:25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The Lord has opened his armory and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Lord God of hosts has a work to do in the land of the Chaldeans.

Jeremiah 49:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Behold, I will bring terror upon you, declares the Lord God of hosts, from all who are around you, and you shall be driven out, every man straight before him, with none to gather the fugitives.

Jeremiah 46:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Even her hired soldiers in her midst are like fattened calves; yes, they have turned and fled together; they did not stand, for the day of their calamity has come upon them, the time of their punishment.

Jeremiah 46:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He made many stumble, and they fell, and they said one to another, ‘Arise, and let us go back to our own people and to the land of our birth, because of the sword of the oppressor.’

Jeremiah 46:15-17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Why are your mighty ones face down? They do not stand because the Lord thrust them down. He made many stumble, and they fell, and they said one to another, ‘Arise, and let us go back to our own people and to the land of our birth, because of the sword of the oppressor.’ Call the name of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, ‘Noisy one who lets the hour go by.’

Jeremiah 46:3-12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle! Harness the horses; mount, O horsemen! Take your stations with your helmets, polish your spears, put on your armor! Why have I seen it? They are dismayed and have turned backward. Their warriors are beaten down and have fled in haste; they look not back— terror on every side! declares the Lord. “The swift cannot flee away, nor the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen. “Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge?

Jeremiah 25:33 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

Jeremiah 17:1-27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills, on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Isaiah 13:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Whoever is found will be thrust through, and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Psalm 144:1-15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Psalm 56:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.

Revelation 2:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

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