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Also called: Darkness, Wickedness
Corruption, malevolence or depravity in the world.

Top Bible Verses about Evil

Genesis 6:5

And Yahweh saw that the evil of humankind was great upon the earth, and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was always only evil. Read Genesis 6:5

Proverbs 6:12–19

A worthless man, an evil man, goes around with deceitful speech. Winking in his eye, shuffling in his foot, pointing in his fingers, perversion in his heart, he devises evil; at all times he will send out discord. Upon such a man, suddenly shall his calamity come; in a moment he will be damaged and there is no healing. There are six things Yahweh hates, and seven things are abominations of his soul: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a devising heart, plans of … Read Proverbs 6:12–19

Mark 7:21–22

For from within, from the heart of people, come evil plans, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed, malicious deeds, deceit, licentiousness, envy, abusive speech, pride, foolishness. Read Mark 7:21–22

Romans 1:28–31

And just as they did not see fit to recognize God, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do the things that are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greediness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malevolence. They are gossipers, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, contrivers of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, faithless, unfeeling, unmerciful, Read Romans 1:28–31

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Read Romans 12:21

Famous Christian Quotes About Evil, Darkness, Wickedness

Melancthon on the Problem of Evil

The wisest men in all times have bewailed the great amount of human misery which we see with our eyes before we pass into eternity—diseases, death, want, our own errors, by which we bring harm and punishment on ourselves, hostile men, unfaithfulness on the part of those with whom we are closely connected, banishment, abuse, desertion, miserable children, public and domestic strife, wars, murder, and devastation. And since such things appear to befall good and bad without distinction, many wise men have inquired whether there were any providence, or whether accident brings everything to pass independent of a divine purpose. But we in the Church know that the first and principal cause of human woe is this: that on account of sin man is made subject to death and other calamity, which is so much more vehement in the Church, because the devil, from the hatred toward God, makes fearful assaults on the Church and strives to destroy it utterly.

Philip Melancthon

Sin the Greatest Evil

Sin is the greatest evil in all the world; it is the only thing God abhors, and that brought Jesus Christ to the cross, that damns souls, that shuts heaven, and that has laid the foundations of hell! Oh! It is the pricking thorn in my eye, the deadly arrow in my side, the two-edged sword that has wounded my conscience, and slain my comforts, and separated between God and my soul. Oh! Sin is that which has hindered my prayers, and embittered my mercies, and put a sting into all my crosses; and therefore I can’t but disapprove of it, and disallow of it, and condemn it to death, indeed, to hell, from whence it came.

Thomas Brooks

The Evil of Grasping at the World

Thorns will not prick of themselves, but when they are grasped in a man’s hand they prick deep. So this world and the things thereof are all good, and were all made by God for the benefit of his creatures, if our immoderate affection did not make them hurtful, which indeed embitters every sweet unto us. This is the root of all evil. When once a man’s heart is set upon the world, how does he set light by God, and the peace of his conscience, to attain his ends!

Richard Sibbes
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