100 Bible Verses about Toxic Relationships

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 340 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 232 helpful votes

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; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 229 helpful votes

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 229 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

James 3:16 ESV / 223 helpful votes

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 183 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 180 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 171 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Romans 16:17-18 ESV / 170 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV / 167 helpful votes

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 142 helpful votes

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 139 helpful votes

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 135 helpful votes

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

Amos 3:3 ESV / 134 helpful votes

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 131 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

John 13:34 ESV / 131 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 131 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.

James 1:19 ESV / 129 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 125 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 119 helpful votes

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Genesis 2:18 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Proverbs 4:14-17 ESV / 113 helpful votes

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 113 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

John 3:16 ESV / 112 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.

1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV / 109 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

James 1:8 ESV / 108 helpful votes

He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 107 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.” 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.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 106 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 103 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 102 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.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 98 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 98 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 12:26 ESV / 97 helpful votes

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 96 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

John 3:16-17 ESV / 96 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.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Romans 12:18 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:10-11 ESV / 93 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 92 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.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 88 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Mark 11:25 ESV / 86 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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

Psalm 1:1 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Ephesians 5:33 ESV / 76 helpful votes

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Romans 2:1 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

Proverbs 31:10 ESV / 74 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

James 1:5 ESV / 73 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

John 15:13 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Revelation 21:4 ESV / 72 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.”

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 71 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV / 71 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 70 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,

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

John 14:15 ESV / 70 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 69 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.

2 Corinthians 6:17 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 69 helpful votes

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

2 Peter 2:9 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV / 68 helpful votes

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 68 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV / 67 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Luke 6:28 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

2 Peter 3:17 ESV / 66 helpful votes

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:14 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 62 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. 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 62 helpful votes

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Matthew 13:53-58 ESV / 61 helpful votes

And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” ...

Proverbs 14:6-7 ESV / 61 helpful votes

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 59 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; ...

1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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.

Luke 6:26 ESV / 57 helpful votes

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 52 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:10-19 ESV / 48 helpful votes

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— ...

Psalm 147:3 ESV / 48 helpful votes

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry 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.

Ephesians 6:1 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

James 1:19-20 ESV / 38 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.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 37 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. ...

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