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Of Enemies

EXODUS 23:4,5Verses in the Bible

  • 4 If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.
    Exodus 23:4 Meaning
  • 5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.
    Exodus 23:5 Meaning

PROVERBS 19:11In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

PROVERBS 24:17,29Verses in the Bible

  • 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
    Proverbs 24:17 Meaning
  • 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
    Proverbs 24:29 Meaning

PROVERBS 25:21,22Verses in the Bible

  • 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
    Proverbs 25:21 Meaning
  • 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
    Proverbs 25:22 Meaning

ECCLESIASTES 7:21In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

MATTHEW 5:7,39-41,43-48Verses in the Bible

  • 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
    Matthew 5:39 Meaning
  • 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
    Matthew 5:40 Meaning
  • 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
    Matthew 5:41 Meaning
  • 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
    Matthew 5:43 Meaning
  • 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    Matthew 5:44 Meaning
  • 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
    Matthew 5:45 Meaning
  • 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
    Matthew 5:46 Meaning
  • 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
    Matthew 5:47 Meaning
  • 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
    Matthew 5:48 Meaning

MATTHEW 6:12,14,15Verses in the Bible

  • 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Matthew 6:14 Meaning
  • 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Matthew 6:15 Meaning

MATTHEW 18:21-35Verses in the Bible

  • 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
    Matthew 18:21 Meaning
  • 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
    Matthew 18:22 Meaning
  • 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
    Matthew 18:23 Meaning
  • 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
    Matthew 18:24 Meaning
  • 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
    Matthew 18:25 Meaning
  • 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
    Matthew 18:26 Meaning
  • 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
    Matthew 18:27 Meaning
  • 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
    Matthew 18:28 Meaning
  • 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
    Matthew 18:29 Meaning
  • 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
    Matthew 18:30 Meaning
  • 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
    Matthew 18:31 Meaning
  • 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
    Matthew 18:32 Meaning
  • 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
    Matthew 18:33 Meaning
  • 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
    Matthew 18:34 Meaning
  • 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
    Matthew 18:35 Meaning

MARK 11:25,26Verses in the Bible

  • 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
    Mark 11:25 Meaning
  • 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 Meaning

LUKE 6:27-37Verses in the Bible

  • 27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
    Luke 6:27 Meaning
  • 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
    Luke 6:28 Meaning
  • 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
    Luke 6:29 Meaning
  • 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
    Luke 6:30 Meaning
  • 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
    Luke 6:31 Meaning
  • 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
    Luke 6:32 Meaning
  • 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
    Luke 6:33 Meaning
  • 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
    Luke 6:34 Meaning
  • 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
    Luke 6:35 Meaning
  • 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
    Luke 6:36 Meaning
  • 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
    Luke 6:37 Meaning

LUKE 11:4In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

LUKE 17:3,4Verses in the Bible

  • 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
    Luke 17:3 Meaning
  • 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
    Luke 17:4 Meaning

ROMANS 12:14,17,19-21Verses in the Bible

  • 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
    Romans 12:17 Meaning
  • 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
    Romans 12:19 Meaning
  • 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
    Romans 12:20 Meaning
  • 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    Romans 12:21 Meaning

1 CORINTHIANS 4:12,13Verses in the Bible

  • 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
    1 Corinthians 4:12 Meaning
  • 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
    1 Corinthians 4:13 Meaning

EPHESIANS 4:32In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

COLOSSIANS 3:13In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

PHILEMON 1:10-18Verses in the Bible

  • 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
    Philemon 1:10 Meaning
  • 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
    Philemon 1:11 Meaning
  • 12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
    Philemon 1:12 Meaning
  • 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
    Philemon 1:13 Meaning
  • 14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
    Philemon 1:14 Meaning
  • 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
    Philemon 1:15 Meaning
  • 16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
    Philemon 1:16 Meaning
  • 17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
    Philemon 1:17 Meaning
  • 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
    Philemon 1:18 Meaning

1 PETER 3:9In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

• See Enemy

Instances of Forgiveness

• Esau Forgives Jacob

GENESIS 33:4,11Verses in the Bible

  • 4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
    Genesis 33:4 Meaning
  • 11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
    Genesis 33:11 Meaning

• Joseph Forgives His Brothers

GENESIS 45:5-15Verses in the Bible

  • 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
    Genesis 45:5 Meaning
  • 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
    Genesis 45:6 Meaning
  • 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
    Genesis 45:7 Meaning
  • 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
    Genesis 45:8 Meaning
  • 9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
    Genesis 45:9 Meaning
  • 10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
    Genesis 45:10 Meaning
  • 11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
    Genesis 45:11 Meaning
  • 12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
    Genesis 45:12 Meaning
  • 13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.
    Genesis 45:13 Meaning
  • 14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
    Genesis 45:14 Meaning
  • 15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
    Genesis 45:15 Meaning

GENESIS 50:19-21Verses in the Bible

  • 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
    Genesis 50:19 Meaning
  • 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
    Genesis 50:20 Meaning
  • 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
    Genesis 50:21 Meaning

• Moses Forgives the Israelites

NUMBERS 12:1-13Verses in the Bible

  • 1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
    Numbers 12:1 Meaning
  • 2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
    Numbers 12:2 Meaning
  • 3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
    Numbers 12:3 Meaning
  • 4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
    Numbers 12:4 Meaning
  • 5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
    Numbers 12:5 Meaning
  • 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
    Numbers 12:6 Meaning
  • 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
    Numbers 12:7 Meaning
  • 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
    Numbers 12:8 Meaning
  • 9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
    Numbers 12:9 Meaning
  • 10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
    Numbers 12:10 Meaning
  • 11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
    Numbers 12:11 Meaning
  • 12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.
    Numbers 12:12 Meaning
  • 13 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.
    Numbers 12:13 Meaning

• David Forgives Saul

1 SAMUEL 24:10-12Verses in the Bible

  • 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord's anointed.
    1 Samuel 24:10 Meaning
  • 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
    1 Samuel 24:11 Meaning
  • 12 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
    1 Samuel 24:12 Meaning

1 SAMUEL 26:9,23Verses in the Bible

  • 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?
    1 Samuel 26:9 Meaning
  • 23 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed.
    1 Samuel 26:23 Meaning

2 SAMUEL 1:14-17Verses in the Bible

  • 14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?
    2 Samuel 1:14 Meaning
  • 15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.
    2 Samuel 1:15 Meaning
  • 16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed.
    2 Samuel 1:16 Meaning
  • 17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:
    2 Samuel 1:17 Meaning

• David Forgives Shimei

2 SAMUEL 16:9-13Verses in the Bible

  • 9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
    2 Samuel 16:9 Meaning
  • 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
    2 Samuel 16:10 Meaning
  • 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
    2 Samuel 16:11 Meaning
  • 12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.
    2 Samuel 16:12 Meaning
  • 13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
    2 Samuel 16:13 Meaning

2 SAMUEL 19:23In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.

1 KINGS 2:8,9Verses in the Bible

  • 8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
    1 Kings 2:8 Meaning
  • 9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
    1 Kings 2:9 Meaning

• Solomon Forgives Adonijah

1 KINGS 1:53In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

• The Prophet of Judah Forgives Jeroboam

1 KINGS 13:3-6Verses in the Bible

  • 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
    1 Kings 13:3 Meaning
  • 4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.
    1 Kings 13:4 Meaning
  • 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.
    1 Kings 13:5 Meaning
  • 6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
    1 Kings 13:6 Meaning

• Jesus Forgives His Enemies

LUKE 23:34In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Forgiveness oF Sins

• See Sin,Forgiveness of


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