100 Bible Verses about Arguing

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 2,074 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 Timothy 2:23-24 ESV / 1,860 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

Romans 14:19 ESV / 1,393 helpful votes

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Titus 3:9 ESV / 1,382 helpful votes

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 1,258 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 1,222 helpful votes

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 1,104 helpful votes

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 1,091 helpful votes

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 1,051 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 3:30 ESV / 1,050 helpful votes

Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

Romans 14:1 ESV / 974 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Proverbs 18:1-2 ESV / 960 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 26:4 ESV / 955 helpful votes

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 952 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 917 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 909 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

2 Timothy 2:14 ESV / 906 helpful votes

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

James 3:17 ESV / 865 helpful votes

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 847 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Romans 12:19 ESV / 838 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.”

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 778 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Proverbs 23:9 ESV / 778 helpful votes

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 769 helpful votes

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 20:3 ESV / 752 helpful votes

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 691 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,

James 3:9-12 ESV / 657 helpful votes

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

1 Corinthians 3:3 ESV / 647 helpful votes

For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

2 Timothy 2:24 ESV / 608 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 569 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 21:9 ESV / 562 helpful votes

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

James 4:1-3 ESV / 534 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. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 515 helpful votes

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 512 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 503 helpful votes

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Proverbs 26:17 ESV / 499 helpful votes

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

Romans 12:17 ESV / 494 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Romans 12:18 ESV / 481 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:13 ESV / 480 helpful votes

A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

Job 13:3 ESV / 468 helpful votes

But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV / 447 helpful votes

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,

Romans 12:1 ESV / 447 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Esther 5:1-14 ESV / 443 helpful votes

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.” So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared. ...

Mark 9:14 ESV / 436 helpful votes

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.

Proverbs 26:4-5 ESV / 436 helpful votes

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

1 Timothy 3:2-3 ESV / 427 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

1 Samuel 2:3 ESV / 426 helpful votes

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 419 helpful votes

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 417 helpful votes

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

2 Timothy 2:23 ESV / 409 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Proverbs 25:24 ESV / 404 helpful votes

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 403 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:4 ESV / 401 helpful votes

He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 394 helpful votes

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Romans 1:21 ESV / 392 helpful votes

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

1 John 3:18 ESV / 384 helpful votes

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 383 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

James 1:19-20 ESV / 383 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 378 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / 365 helpful votes

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

James 1:19 ESV / 363 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 362 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 362 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.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 360 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:3 ESV / 355 helpful votes

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

1 Peter 2:21 ESV / 352 helpful votes

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV / 351 helpful votes

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

James 4:1-5:20 ESV / 350 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. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? ...

Philippians 1:14-2:16 ESV / 348 helpful votes

And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 347 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 340 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

John 18:36 ESV / 338 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.”

2 Timothy 2:23-25 ESV / 328 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 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 30:33 ESV / 324 helpful votes

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 12:16 ESV / 313 helpful votes

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 306 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.

Esther 3:1-15 ESV / 295 helpful votes

After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him. And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage. Then the king's servants who were at the king's gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king's command?” And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai's words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew. And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. ...

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 278 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 ESV / 274 helpful votes

Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

1 Corinthians 6:7 ESV / 272 helpful votes

To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 271 helpful votes

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Job 15:3 ESV / 259 helpful votes

Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 222 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:21-23 ESV / 217 helpful votes

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 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.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 211 helpful votes

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Philippians 4:2 ESV / 208 helpful votes

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 179 helpful votes

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Revelation 21:4 ESV / 175 helpful votes

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

2 Timothy 2:14-16 ESV / 173 helpful votes

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

1 Peter 3:9-17 ESV / 163 helpful votes

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? ...

Luke 12:11-12 ESV / 163 helpful votes

And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 155 helpful votes

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 10:6-21 ESV / 154 helpful votes

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. ...

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 153 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ...

Luke 10:30-37 ESV / 152 helpful votes

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. ...

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 151 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Proverbs 9:7-9 ESV / 151 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 13:5-11 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. ...

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 146 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Jude 1:1-25 ESV / 145 helpful votes

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. 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. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. ...

1 Peter 4:14 ESV / 145 helpful votes

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

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