Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Bible Verses Dealing with Peace and Nonviolence

Bible Verses Dealing with Peace and Nonviolence

Bible verses: Matt 5:39
Deut 30:15-20; Matt 5:1-48; 12:9-14; 23:1-36; 26:36-75; 27:1-56; Mark 14:32-72; Luke 9:51-56; 22:39-71; 23:1-56; 24:1-53; John 2:13-22; 13:1-17; I Peter 1:13-16; Rom 12:21; I Pet 2:21-24

Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be still.
Numbers 6:24 May the Lord bless you…and give you peace
Numbers 12:3 Moses was more humble than anyone else….
Deuteronomy 9:5 Not because of your righteousness, but their wickedness…
Deuteronomy 17:16 The king must not acquire great numbers of horses…
Joshua 24:12 You did not (drive them out) by your own sword and bow
1 Samuel 2:9 It is not by strength that one prevails;
1 Samuel 8:11 The king will take your sons…and the Lord will not answer
1 Samuel 10:19 You have rejected God…and asked for a king
1 Samuel 17:47 It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves;
1 Samuel 25:33 May you be blessed…for keeping me from bloodshed/vengeance
1 Chronicles 22:8 You have fought many wars…and are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace
1 Chronicles 28:3 You are not to build God’s house because you are a warrior
Psalms 11:5 The soul of the Lord hates…those who love violence
Psalms 17:4 I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalms 33:16 A king is not saved by his great army….
Psalms 34:14 Turn from evil; do good; seek peace and pursue it
Psalms 35:20 (The ungodly) make false accusations against those living quietly
Psalms 44:3 It was not by their sword that they won their land….
Psalms 44:6 My sword does not bring me victory…
Psalms 46:8 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth
Psalms 68:30 Scatter the nations who delight in war.
Psalms 120:6 Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
Psalms 140:1-2 Protect me from the violent who…stir up wars continually
Psalms 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, who cannot save
Proverbs 13:2 The unfaithful have a craving for violence.
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war
Isaiah 9:6 A child has been born…and he is named…Prince of Peace
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who…rely on horses/chariots/horsemen
Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they do not know
Jeremiah 4:19 I writhe in pain…I cannot keep silent…for I hear…the alarm of war.
Ezra 8:22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers to protect us
Hosea 1:7 I will save…not by bow, sword, battle, horses, horsemen
Hosea 2:18 Bow/sword/battle I will abolish from the land
Hosea 10:13 Because you depend on warriors…you will be destroyed.
Hosea 11:9 I am God not man; I will not come in wrath
Hosea 14:3 Assyria cannot save us; we will not ride war-horses
Micah 4:3 Nations will not train for war anymore.
Micah 5:2-5 One who is to rule in Israel…shall be the one of peace.
Micah 5:10 In that day…I will cut off your horses…and destroy your chariots.
Nahum 1:15 Look!! The feet of one…who proclaims peace!!
Zechariah 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit

New Testament verses

*=teachings of Jesus

*Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God
*Matthew 5:38-42 Do not resist one who is evil
*Matthew 5:43 Love your enemies; pray for persecutors
*Matthew 26:52 All who take the sword will perish by the sword
*Mark 9:50 Be at peace with each other.
Luke 1:79 (Jesus will) guide our feet into the path of peace.
*Luke 6:27 Love your enemies; bless those who persecute you
*Luke 19:42 If only you (Jerusalem) had known what would bring you peace
*Luke 22:51 Jesus said, “No more of this!! (striking with the sword)”
*John 14:27 Peace I leave with you…not as the world gives do I give…
*John 14:30 The ruler of this world…has no hold on me
*John 16:2 Anyone who kills you thinks he is offering service to God …because they have not known the Father
*John 18:11 Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath…”
*John 18:36 If my kingdom were of this world…my servants would fight
*Acts 5:29 We must obey God, rather than man.
*Romans 3:17 No one seeks God; the way of peace they do not know
*Romans 12:17 Return no one evil for evil…live at peace with everyone
*Romans 12:21 Overcome evil with good
*Romans 14:19 Make every effort to do what leads to peace
*1 Corinthians 2:6-8 The rulers of this age…come to nothing…do not understand
*1 Corinthians 7:15 God has called us to live in peace.
*1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not a god of disorder but of peace.
*2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
*2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
*Ephesians 2:17 He preached peace to you who were far…and near
*Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart…
*1 Thessalonians 5:15 Do not return evil for evil.
*2 Timothy 2:24 The servant of the Lord must be gentle to all
*Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy
*James 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest/righteousness.
*1 Peter 2:23 …He (Jesus) did not retaliate…He made no threats
*1 Peter 3:8 Do not return evil for evil.
*1 Peter 3:11 Turn from evil; do good; seek peace; pursue it

These verses are taken from the New American Standard translation of the Bible.
Luke 2: 13-14 – “ And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’” [This angelic announcement of peace happened at the birth of Jesus.]
Matthew 5: 38-45- “ 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 him who is evil but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also, and if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘ You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ but I say to you , love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven, for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.” [ This teaching , a portion of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, would have strongly influenced Martin Luther King’s approach to bringing change through nonviolent means.]
Matthew 5:9- ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” [ from the Beatitudes]
Hebrews 12:14- “Pursue peace with all men.”
James 3:18 – “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Zechariah 9: 9-10- “Behold your king is coming to you…humble and mounted on a donkey. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem, and the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations.”

Bible verses: Matt 5:39
Deut 30:15-20; Matt 5:1-48; 12:9-14; 23:1-36; 26:36-75; 27:1-56; Mark 14:32-72; Luke 9:51-56; 22:39-71; 23:1-56; 24:1-53; John 2:13-22; 13:1-17; I Peter 1:13-16; Rom 12:21; I Pet 2:21-24


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