100 Bible Verses about Complaining

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 9,194 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

James 5:9 ESV / 6,962 helpful votes

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

1 Peter 4:9 ESV / 6,580 helpful votes

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Corinthians 10:10 ESV / 6,492 helpful votes

Nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / 6,284 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 5,599 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.

Exodus 16:8 ESV / 5,097 helpful votes

And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Romans 12:2 ESV / 5,072 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.

Psalm 106:25 ESV / 4,523 helpful votes

They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 4,385 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.

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 4,244 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 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.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 3,874 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.

Isaiah 53:7 ESV / 3,740 helpful votes

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 3,620 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,

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV / 3,602 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Numbers 21:4-6 ESV / 3,519 helpful votes

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

Proverbs 17:22 ESV / 3,459 helpful votes

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Numbers 11:1-4 ESV / 3,443 helpful votes

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them. Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 3,395 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.”

Numbers 11:1 ESV / 3,218 helpful votes

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.

Job 2:10 ESV / 3,025 helpful votes

But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 3,017 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,

Numbers 14:27 ESV / 2,813 helpful votes

“How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me.

Genesis 3:12 ESV / 2,763 helpful votes

The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

Exodus 15:24 ESV / 2,722 helpful votes

And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”

Exodus 16:7 ESV / 2,716 helpful votes

And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?”

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 2,659 helpful votes

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

Numbers 11:4 ESV / 2,587 helpful votes

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!

Proverbs 19:3 ESV / 2,555 helpful votes

When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

Numbers 11:1-35 ESV / 2,521 helpful votes

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them. Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. ...

Jude 1:16 ESV / 2,513 helpful votes

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

Romans 15:13 ESV / 2,502 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.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV / 2,486 helpful votes

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 2,485 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:11 ESV / 2,418 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Romans 1:21 ESV / 2,377 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.

Philippians 4:4 ESV / 2,365 helpful votes

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Luke 5:30 ESV / 2,350 helpful votes

And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Philippians 4:11-13 ESV / 2,337 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 2,285 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 2,266 helpful votes

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Philippians 2:16 ESV / 2,259 helpful votes

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.

James 1:17 ESV / 2,256 helpful votes

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 4:1-3 ESV / 2,229 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.

Acts 6:1 ESV / 2,193 helpful votes

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 2,190 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Job 1:21 ESV / 2,138 helpful votes

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 2,096 helpful votes

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Job 10:1 ESV / 2,073 helpful votes

“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Lamentations 3:39 ESV / 2,035 helpful votes

Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?

John 6:61 ESV / 1,986 helpful votes

But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?

Ephesians 5:1 ESV / 1,967 helpful votes

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

Exodus 15:22 ESV / 1,939 helpful votes

Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.

Numbers 13:1-14:45 ESV / 1,890 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel. And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur; from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; ...

Psalm 144:14 ESV / 1,810 helpful votes

May our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets!

Exodus 16:2 ESV / 1,792 helpful votes

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 1,771 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,

Philippians 2:14-18 ESV / 1,757 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. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

John 6:41 ESV / 1,729 helpful votes

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

Proverbs 23:29 ESV / 1,729 helpful votes

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Exodus 14:11-12 ESV / 1,718 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? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 1,703 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 1,698 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, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV / 1,679 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 1,669 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 1,643 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John 6:43 ESV / 1,635 helpful votes

Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.

Job 1:22 ESV / 1,631 helpful votes

In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Numbers 21:5 ESV / 1,622 helpful votes

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 1,603 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:7 ESV / 1,588 helpful votes

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 59:1-2 ESV / 1,578 helpful votes

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV / 1,511 helpful votes

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

Deuteronomy 32:5 ESV / 1,511 helpful votes

They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation.

Exodus 16:2-3 ESV / 1,504 helpful votes

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Luke 1:37 ESV / 1,427 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Luke 9:51 ESV / 1,393 helpful votes

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 1,388 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Corinthians 10:1-33 ESV / 1,378 helpful votes

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. ...

Numbers 14:2 ESV / 1,364 helpful votes

And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!

Philippians 2:1-30 ESV / 1,314 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...

1 Corinthians 10:9 ESV / 1,307 helpful votes

We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 1,290 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.

Exodus 16:7-8 ESV / 1,256 helpful votes

And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Philippians 4:2 ESV / 1,237 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 1,236 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:1 ESV / 1,234 helpful votes

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 1,217 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

James 4:1 ESV / 1,209 helpful votes

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

John 7:12-13 ESV / 1,185 helpful votes

And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV / 1,153 helpful votes

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

James 1:2-4 ESV / 1,129 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Philippians 4:8-9 ESV / 1,117 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 24:13 ESV / 1,112 helpful votes

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Philippians 4:1 ESV / 1,108 helpful votes

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Numbers 11:1-2 ESV / 1,100 helpful votes

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down.

Genesis 4:6 ESV / 984 helpful votes

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?

Philippians 2:2 ESV / 971 helpful votes

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Numbers 16:1-50 ESV / 957 helpful votes

Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men. And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men. They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” When Moses heard it, he fell on his face, and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the Lord will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him. ...

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 949 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.

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