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Also called: Vengeance
Retaliation for some injury, whether real or perceived.

Top Bible Verses about Revenge

Exodus 21:23–25

And if there is serious injury, you will give life in place of life, eye in place of eye, tooth in place of tooth, hand in place of hand, foot in place of foot, burn in place of burn, wound in place of wound, bruise in place of bruise. Read Exodus 21:23–25

1 Samuel 24:12

May Yahweh judge between me and you, and may Yahweh avenge me on you, but my hand will not be against you! Read 1 Samuel 24:12

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say “I will repay evil”; wait for Yahweh and he will deliver you. Read Proverbs 20:22

Matthew 5:38–42

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer, but whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also. And the one who wants to go to court with you and take your tunic, let him have your outer garment also. And whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Read Matthew 5:38–42
Romans 12:18

Romans 12:17–21

Pay back no one evil for evil. Take thought for what is good in the sight of all people. If it is possible on your part, be at peace with all people. Do not take revenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this, you will heap up coals of fire upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with … Read Romans 12:17–21

Famous Christian Quotes About Revenge, Vengeance

A Resolution to Not Act as One’s Own

Henceforth, I am not to act, in any respect, as my own. I shall act as my own if I ever make use of any of my powers to anything that is not to the glory of God, and do not make the glorifying of him my whole and entire business—if I murmur in the least at affliction; if I grieve at the prosperity of others; if I am in any way uncharitable; if I am angry because of injuries; if I revenge them; if I do anything purely to please myself, or if I avoid anything for the sake of my own ease; if I omit anything because it is great self-denial; if I trust to myself; if I take any of the praise of the good that I do, or that God does by me; or if I am in any way proud.

Jonathan Edwards

Nothing More Wretched Than a Perpetually Angry Person

What can be more wretched than a man who is perpetually angry? Like maniacs who never enjoy tranquility, so also he who is resentful, and retains an enemy, will never have the enjoyment of any peace; incessantly raging, as he does, and daily increasing the tempest of his thoughts calling to mind his words and acts, and detesting the very name of the one who has aggrieved him.

John Chrysostom

Some Rebuke Motivated by Hatred

There may be found some who rebuke the failings of their neighbors rather in the bitterness of hatred than out of charity, and not so much with a view to correct them as to give vent to the bad feeling they have in their hearts. This is certainly not according to God’s will, as it is prompted by revenge rather than by a love of discipline.

Hugh of St. Victor
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