100 Bible Verses about Fighting Back

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 489 helpful votes

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

Psalm 144:1 ESV / 449 helpful votes

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

Romans 13:4 ESV / 391 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.

Proverbs 21:15 ESV / 361 helpful votes

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

John 16:33 ESV / 333 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.”

1 John 1:9 ESV / 332 helpful votes

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

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 327 helpful votes

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

Philippians 3:2 ESV / 326 helpful votes

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 322 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 4:7 ESV / 318 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 314 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.

James 4:1-2 ESV / 303 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.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 292 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 287 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.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 286 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

Exodus 15:3 ESV / 282 helpful votes

The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 278 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.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 277 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.

Psalm 34:17 ESV / 269 helpful votes

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 138:7 ESV / 254 helpful votes

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

John 10:10 ESV / 248 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Matthew 5:39 ESV / 233 helpful votes

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.

Isaiah 42:13 ESV / 233 helpful votes

The Lord goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes.

Psalm 28:7 ESV / 224 helpful votes

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Luke 10:19 ESV / 221 helpful votes

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

James 1:12 ESV / 215 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 214 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 1:6 ESV / 211 helpful votes

Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

Psalm 27:1 ESV / 211 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV / 210 helpful votes

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 206 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 206 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 200 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 44:5 ESV / 195 helpful votes

Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.

Zechariah 4:6 ESV / 194 helpful votes

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 192 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 187 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.

Matthew 24:6 ESV / 187 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 45:2 ESV / 186 helpful votes

“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,

Deuteronomy 9:3 ESV / 185 helpful votes

Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the Lord your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the Lord has promised you.

Romans 12:20-21 ESV / 182 helpful votes

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Psalm 18:32 ESV / 182 helpful votes

The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.

Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 181 helpful votes

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Luke 22:36 ESV / 175 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.

1 John 2:27 ESV / 173 helpful votes

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 170 helpful votes

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

1 John 4:4 ESV / 169 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 169 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.

James 1:2-3 ESV / 169 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 169 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Revelation 21:4 ESV / 168 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.”

Philippians 2:25 ESV / 168 helpful votes

I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,

Philippians 2:1 ESV / 167 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Deuteronomy 3:22 ESV / 167 helpful votes

You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV / 164 helpful votes

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Proverbs 24:17 ESV / 162 helpful votes

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,

Isaiah 59:19 ESV / 161 helpful votes

So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.

Romans 10:13 ESV / 159 helpful votes

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:17 ESV / 158 helpful votes

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 158 helpful votes

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 154 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 154 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Romans 12:17-19 ESV / 151 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 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.”

Acts 1:8 ESV / 151 helpful votes

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.”

Titus 3:10 ESV / 150 helpful votes

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV / 150 helpful votes

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

James 4:1 ESV / 147 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 10:13 ESV / 146 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.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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

Genesis 1:28 ESV / 141 helpful votes

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Mark 16:15 ESV / 139 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Acts 1:3 ESV / 138 helpful votes

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Hebrews 12:8 ESV / 136 helpful votes

If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Genesis 3:5 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 1:29 ESV / 135 helpful votes

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Revelation 22:16 ESV / 134 helpful votes

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Revelation 6:8 ESV / 134 helpful votes

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Luke 23:42 ESV / 134 helpful votes

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Numbers 32:1-42 ESV / 134 helpful votes

Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.” ...

Revelation 11:15 ESV / 131 helpful votes

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

1 Corinthians 10:8 ESV / 131 helpful votes

We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 130 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

Matthew 26:52 ESV / 130 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.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 129 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 7:11 ESV / 129 helpful votes

God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

Ephesians 6:10 ESV / 128 helpful votes

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Psalm 18:2 ESV / 127 helpful votes

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 126 helpful votes

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Acts 5:29 ESV / 123 helpful votes

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 120 helpful votes

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Revelation 12:7 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Philemon 1:2 ESV / 116 helpful votes

And Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:

Psalm 16:11 ESV / 113 helpful votes

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 20:6 ESV / 112 helpful votes

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 111 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.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 111 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Deuteronomy 20:1 ESV / 110 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.

Jeremiah 1:8 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

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