100 Bible Verses about Repentance

Acts 3:19 ESV / 15,673 helpful votes

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

Matthew 4:17 ESV / 13,280 helpful votes

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 13,172 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.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 12,139 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 12,022 helpful votes

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Matthew 3:8 ESV / 11,585 helpful votes

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Acts 17:30 ESV / 11,087 helpful votes

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Luke 13:3 ESV / 10,351 helpful votes

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 10,308 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 9,578 helpful votes

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Matthew 3:2 ESV / 8,840 helpful votes

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 5:32 ESV / 8,831 helpful votes

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Mark 1:15 ESV / 8,712 helpful votes

And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Revelation 3:19 ESV / 8,650 helpful votes

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Romans 2:4 ESV / 8,603 helpful votes

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Acts 11:18 ESV / 8,321 helpful votes

When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

Luke 15:7 ESV / 7,989 helpful votes

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Revelation 2:5 ESV / 7,802 helpful votes

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV / 7,681 helpful votes

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Acts 5:31 ESV / 6,718 helpful votes

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Luke 15:10 ESV / 6,609 helpful votes

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Matthew 9:13 ESV / 6,048 helpful votes

Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Joel 2:13 ESV / 5,880 helpful votes

And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

2 Timothy 2:25 ESV / 5,806 helpful votes

Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 5,799 helpful votes

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

Ezekiel 18:32 ESV / 5,720 helpful votes

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 5,307 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

2 Chronicles 30:9 ESV / 5,225 helpful votes

For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”

Acts 20:21 ESV / 5,132 helpful votes

Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 1:3 ESV / 5,073 helpful votes

Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.

James 4:8 ESV / 5,012 helpful votes

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Ezekiel 18:21-23 ESV / 4,648 helpful votes

“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

2 Corinthians 7:9 ESV / 4,484 helpful votes

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

Acts 26:20 ESV / 4,447 helpful votes

But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

Luke 24:47 ESV / 4,435 helpful votes

And that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Revelation 3:3 ESV / 4,287 helpful votes

Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Luke 17:3 ESV / 4,204 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Psalm 51:17 ESV / 4,162 helpful votes

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Romans 2:5 ESV / 4,132 helpful votes

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

Proverbs 1:23 ESV / 4,087 helpful votes

If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Mark 1:4 ESV / 3,987 helpful votes

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 5:31-32 ESV / 3,797 helpful votes

And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Mark 6:12 ESV / 3,586 helpful votes

So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 3,575 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.

Acts 8:22 ESV / 3,544 helpful votes

Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

Revelation 3:1-19:21 ESV / 3,537 helpful votes

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. ...

Ezekiel 18:1-32:32 ESV / 3,533 helpful votes

The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge’? As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. “If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— ...

Matthew 3:1-8:34 ESV / 3,532 helpful votes

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, ...

Proverbs 1:1-23:35 ESV / 3,529 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ...

2 Corinthians 7:9-10 ESV / 3,498 helpful votes

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

1 Corinthians 7:1-10:33 ESV / 3,391 helpful votes

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. ...

Matthew 21:32 ESV / 3,347 helpful votes

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Jeremiah 31:19 ESV / 3,266 helpful votes

For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

Hebrews 6:1 ESV / 3,248 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Psalm 38:18 ESV / 3,179 helpful votes

I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.

Psalm 51:4 ESV / 3,076 helpful votes

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

John 6:44 ESV / 3,072 helpful votes

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Job 42:6 ESV / 3,013 helpful votes

Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Acts 19:4 ESV / 2,944 helpful votes

And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Exodus 32:14 ESV / 2,908 helpful votes

And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

Luke 15:2 ESV / 2,906 helpful votes

And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Matthew 3:11 ESV / 2,891 helpful votes

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

James 4:2 ESV / 2,858 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.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 2,815 helpful votes

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

Luke 5:2 ESV / 2,630 helpful votes

And he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

Jonah 3:10 ESV / 2,590 helpful votes

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

John 1:3 ESV / 2,580 helpful votes

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Luke 3:3 ESV / 2,579 helpful votes

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

John 1:9 ESV / 2,578 helpful votes

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

Matthew 9:2 ESV / 2,545 helpful votes

And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”

Acts 3:1-19:41 ESV / 2,512 helpful votes

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. ...

1 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 2,487 helpful votes

The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead.

1 Chronicles 7:2 ESV / 2,477 helpful votes

The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers' houses, namely of Tola, mighty warriors of their generations, their number in the days of David being 22,600.

Luke 3:8 ESV / 2,414 helpful votes

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Matthew 4:3 ESV / 2,379 helpful votes

And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 2,350 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

Luke 15:10-12 ESV / 2,304 helpful votes

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

Ezekiel 18:30-32 ESV / 2,294 helpful votes

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

John 3:16 ESV / 2,213 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.

Psalm 51:1-19 ESV / 2,155 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. ...

Isaiah 44:22 ESV / 2,117 helpful votes

I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Revelation 2:16 ESV / 2,097 helpful votes

Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Jeremiah 26:3 ESV / 2,057 helpful votes

It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 2,042 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 6:6 ESV / 1,997 helpful votes

And then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Acts 13:24 ESV / 1,989 helpful votes

Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Mark 1:14-15 ESV / 1,966 helpful votes

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV / 1,964 helpful votes

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Ezekiel 33:11 ESV / 1,917 helpful votes

Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

Luke 13:5 ESV / 1,896 helpful votes

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Hosea 14:1 ESV / 1,861 helpful votes

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

Matthew 12:41 ESV / 1,831 helpful votes

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Mark 1:2 ESV / 1,782 helpful votes

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

Hebrews 12:17 ESV / 1,728 helpful votes

For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

Acts 2:2 ESV / 1,696 helpful votes

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Mark 1:1-15:47 ESV / 1,658 helpful votes

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. ...

Acts 11:21 ESV / 1,587 helpful votes

And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 1,510 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Joel 2:3 ESV / 1,503 helpful votes

Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them.

Lamentations 3:40 ESV / 1,482 helpful votes

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!

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