100 Bible Verses about Arguing

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 4,412 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:23-24 ESV / 4,081 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,

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 3,409 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

Romans 14:19 ESV / 3,218 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 3,183 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 13:10 ESV / 2,884 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 2,861 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:9 ESV / 2,848 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:30 ESV / 2,653 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 2,635 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 / 2,615 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:4 ESV / 2,609 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:1-2 ESV / 2,535 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.

2 Timothy 2:14 ESV / 2,442 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.

Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 2,399 helpful votes

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

James 3:17 ESV / 2,351 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.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 2,317 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:19 ESV / 2,269 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.”

Proverbs 20:3 ESV / 2,250 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:9 ESV / 2,229 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 2,211 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 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.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 2,154 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 2,146 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; ...

2 Timothy 2:24 ESV / 2,031 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 1,979 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,

Romans 14:1 ESV / 1,971 helpful votes

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

James 3:9-12 ESV / 1,835 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 Peter 3:15 ESV / 1,610 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,

Proverbs 19:13 ESV / 1,595 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:24 ESV / 1,564 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:18 ESV / 1,562 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:18 ESV / 1,523 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 1,517 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:3 ESV / 1,511 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?

1 Peter 2:21 ESV / 1,485 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.

Proverbs 21:9 ESV / 1,481 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 / 1,476 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.

2 Timothy 2:23 ESV / 1,422 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:4-5 ESV / 1,414 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.

James 1:19 ESV / 1,413 helpful votes

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

Job 13:3 ESV / 1,403 helpful votes

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

Luke 1:37 ESV / 1,398 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Romans 12:1 ESV / 1,385 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.

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 1,373 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 1,371 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.

Mark 9:14 ESV / 1,341 helpful votes

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

John 3:16-17 ESV / 1,336 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.

Proverbs 26:17 ESV / 1,318 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:4 ESV / 1,271 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,

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV / 1,268 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,

Matthew 7:3 ESV / 1,217 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?

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 1,204 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 1,203 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:2-3 ESV / 1,198 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.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 1,175 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:21 ESV / 1,168 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.

Proverbs 30:33 ESV / 1,124 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 1,112 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,

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 1,099 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 1,055 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.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 1,047 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / 1,019 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:23-25 ESV / 1,016 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,

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 1,000 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:17 ESV / 961 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 951 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 940 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

James 4:1-5:20 ESV / 933 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”? ...

James 1:19-20 ESV / 906 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.

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 897 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:19 ESV / 862 helpful votes

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

Job 15:3 ESV / 842 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:16 ESV / 826 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 820 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.

1 Samuel 2:3 ESV / 802 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.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 794 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 770 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.

Philippians 4:2 ESV / 749 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV / 725 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.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 702 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 696 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;

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 615 helpful votes

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

Esther 5:1-14 ESV / 579 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. ...

James 4:1 ESV / 548 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

1 Corinthians 6:7 ESV / 534 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?

Proverbs 18:1 ESV / 527 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 512 helpful votes

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Esther 3:1-15 ESV / 495 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. ...

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 492 helpful votes

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 492 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 460 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

John 18:36 ESV / 418 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.”

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 376 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Luke 10:30-37 ESV / 352 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. ...

Philippians 1:14-2:16 ESV / 351 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 selfish ambition, 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, ...

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 350 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 / 334 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.

Proverbs 21:1 ESV / 311 helpful votes

The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 304 helpful votes

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 304 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. ...

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