Many people think of the Bible as a guide for how to be good and handle different parts of life, even through things like war. It has lots of stories that show how people thought about war in connection to their beliefs. The Bible has many tales in the Old and New Testaments that talk about the sad parts of war and how much everyone wishes for peace. These tales provide important information about how to safeguard oneself while also caring for unity and love.

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The lessons the Bible teaches about war cause us to reflect on our actions, decisions, and ideal behaviors as both individuals and as a society. By examining what the Bible teaches about war, we may engage in lively discussions about violence, what is just, and how to achieve peace. 

Here is a list of Bible verses about war

Exodus 15:3

“The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

“When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is with you.”

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

1 Samuel 17:47

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Psalm 18:39

“You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.”

Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 33:16-17

“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength, it cannot save.”

Psalm 46:9

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.”

Psalm 60:12

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

Psalm 144:1

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

Proverbs 20:18

“Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.”

Ecclesiastes 3:8

“A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Isaiah 2:4

“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Isaiah 31:4

“This is what the LORD says to me: ‘As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey—and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor—so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.'”

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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.”

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,”

Isaiah 59:19

“From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.”

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Jeremiah 1:19

“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,”

Jeremiah 51:20

“You are my war club, my weapon for battle— with you, I shatter nations, with you, I destroy kingdoms.”

Ezekiel 7:23

“Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.”

Ezekiel 39:9

“Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years, they will use them for fuel.”

Joel 3:9-10

“Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!'”

Nahum 2:3-4

“The shields of the soldiers are red; the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day they are made ready; the spears of juniper are brandished.”

Habakkuk 1:3-4

“Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore, the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.”

Zechariah 9:10

“I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

Matthew 26:52

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Romans 12:18

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

Romans 13:10

“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

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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.”

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2 Timothy 2:3-4

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

Hebrews 11:34

“Quenched the fury of the flames and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”

James 4:1-2

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”.

Revelation 12:7-8

“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.”

Revelation 19:11

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and wages war.”

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Matthew 10:34

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” – Jesus’ recognition of the divisive nature of His message and the spiritual conflict it may provoke.

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Luke 14:31-32

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.”

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 12:19

“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.”

1 Corinthians 14:33

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 

Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”

Ephesians 2:14

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”

Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

James 3:18

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

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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.”

1 Peter 5:8

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

1 John 4:20

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 

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Revelation 17:14

“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers.”

Psalm 68:30

“Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.”

Isaiah 2:19

“People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty when he rises to shake the earth.”

Micah 4:3

“He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Matthew 24:6-7a

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

2 Corinthians 10:5

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Conclusion

The ancient writings recognize how bad war is and stress the importance of fairness, kindness, and getting along. As we deal with the teachings in our lives today, they cause us to reflect on significant moral issues surrounding conflict and serve as a reminder that we should all work for a world that is filled with love, understanding, and togetherness.

In the end, the lessons we take away from the parables and doctrines in the Bible serve as a helpful manual as we navigate the difficulties of the present while imagining a future that is more just and peaceful. They point us in the direction of a future where the melodic tunes of understanding and reconciliation can take the place of the sounds of conflict.