Having enemies is an inevitable part of life. Not everyone you meet is going to like you or be your friend, and that is okay.  But where does the enmity start or come about? Enmity is a result of jealousy, differences in opinion, and behavior but sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason. The fact that each person was created unique means that you cannot see eye to eye with everyone. But how are we to treat our enemies?

Bible verses about enemies.
Bible verse from the book of Exodus 14:14.

The bible is rich with stories of people who had enemies and it shows us how they persevered in the phase of enmity. In these Bible verses about enemies, we see that Jesus had many enemies. The Pharesees for example felt threatened at every turn. They sought to continuously discredit him and harm him. Despite their malice and ill will, Jesus responded with love, forgiveness, and unwavering commitment to his mission, ultimately sacrificing himself on the cross for the redemption of humanity.

The story of Queen Esther is another example of strength when dealing with enemies who seek to cause harm and of God’s vengeance on enemies who plot evil.

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As Christians, we are taught to love our enemies, forgive them, and trust God to see us to avenge us when they wrong us.

Let’s look at 50 bible verses that talk about enemies and how we should treat them.

50 Bible Verses About Enemies

Matthew 5:44 

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 8:12

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Luke 6:27-28 

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Luke 6:35

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

Luke 20:43 

 “Until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

Proverbs 16:7 

“When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.”

Proverbs 20:22 

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.”

Proverbs 24:17-18

 “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.”

Bible verses about enemies.
Bible verse from the book of Proverbs 20:22.

Proverbs 25:21-22 

“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”

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Proverbs 27:6

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

1 Peter 3:9

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Romans 12:14 

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

Romans 12:19-21

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

Romans 5:10

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.”

Deuteronomy 28:7

“The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.”

Deuteronomy 30:7

“The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.”

Exodus 14:14 

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 23:4-5

“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.”

2 Timothy 4:18 

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.”

Psalm 18:48 

“He rescues me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.”

Psalm 23:5 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Psalm 34:14 

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”

Psalm 34:21 

“Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.”

Psalm 35:1 

“Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.”

Bible verses about enemies.
Bible verse from the book of Matthew 5:44.

Psalm 37:32-33

“The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death; but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.”

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Psalm 37:1-2

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass, they will soon wither, like green plants, they will soon die away.”

Psalm 44:7

“But you give us victory over our enemies; you put our adversaries to shame.”

Psalm 59:1 

“Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.”

Psalm 60:12

“With God, we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.”

Psalm 61:3 

“For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”

Psalm 64:1 

“Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.”

Psalm 68:1 

“May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.”

Psalm 92:11

“My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.”

Psalm 118:6

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 118:7

“The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.”

Psalm 106:10-11

“So He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. The waters covered their adversaries; Not one of them was left.”

Bible verses about enemies.
Bible verse from the book of Romans 12:14.

Psalm 120:6-7 

“Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”

Psalm 138:7

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand, you save me.”

Psalm 143:12

“And in Your loving kindness, cut off my enemies. And destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant.”

Isaiah 49:25 

“But this is what the Lord says: ‘Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.'”

Isaiah 54:17 

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 12:10

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”

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Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Leviticus 26:7

“You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.”

Exodus 23:22

“But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”

Micah 7:8

“Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”

Bible verses about enemies.
Bible verse from the book of Proverbs 25:21-22.

John 15:18-19

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”

Philippians 1:28

“In no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.”

Psalm 37:9

“For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

Psalm 37:14-15

“The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.”

Psalm 97:10

“Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

Romans 8:31

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Psalm 91:1-2

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”

Psalm 121:7-8

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 54:15

“If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.”

Proverbs 29:25

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

Psalm 56:3-4

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

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Psalm 144:1

“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

2 Samuel 22:31

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”

2 Corinthians 10:4

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

Psalm 37:40

“The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him.”

Psalm 140:12

“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”

Psalm 11:5

“The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.”

Psalm 54:7

“You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Psalm 118:8

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”

Romans 8:37

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

1 John 4:4

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Isaiah 35:4

“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.'”

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Psalm 62:1-2

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

“These verses can provide comfort, guidance, and encouragement when facing enemies and adversity while reminding us to rely on God’s strength, love, and justice in our lives.”

Psalm 27:1-3

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 109:1-5

“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.”

Psalm 34:17

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”