Philippine Bible Society

Bible Verses for When You are Angry or Vengeful

(Reference material: God’s Promises to You)

Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.

If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

Romans 12:14-21, Good News Translation (GNT)


A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.
Proverbs 15:1, Good News Translation (GNT)


Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose. So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.

Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—you will be blessed by God in what you do.

James 1:19-25 Good News Translation (GNT)


If you cannot control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls, open to attack.
Proverbs 25:28, Good News Translation (GNT)




Almighty God, I praise and honor Your name. You are the perfect example of humility and love; none can compare to You. May I grow to be more understanding and compassionate, so that I can approach my fellow brothers and sisters with gentleness instead of anger and vengefulness. Father, I hope to develop ears that are ready to listen and a heart that does not judge. I lift up these requests to You and You alone.


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