Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Bible References

He is

Romans 13:6
And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks.
1 Kings 10:9
May Yahweh your God be praised! He delighted in you and put you on the throne of Israel, because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel. He has made you king to carry out justice and righteousness.”
2 Chronicles 19:6
Then he said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the matter of judgment.
Psalm 82:2
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?Selah
Proverbs 24:23
These sayings also belong to the wise:

It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
Proverbs 31:8
Speak up for those who have no voice,
for the justice of all who are dispossessed.
Ecclesiastes 8:2
Keep the king’s command because of your oath made before God.
Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do what is good.
Seek justice.
Correct the oppressor.
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
Jeremiah 5:28
They have become fat and sleek.
They have also excelled in evil matters.
They have not taken up cases,
such as the case of the fatherless, so they might prosper,
and they have not defended the rights of the needy.
Ezekiel 22:27
“Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey, shedding blood, and destroying lives in order to make profit dishonestly.
Micah 3:1
Then I said, “Now listen, leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of the house of Israel.
Aren’t you supposed to know what is just?


Proverbs 16:14
A king’s fury is a messenger of death,
but a wise man appeases it.
Proverbs 20:2
A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself.


Romans 12:19
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
Numbers 35:19
The avenger of blood himself is to kill the murderer; when he finds him, he is to kill him.
Joshua 20:5
And if the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not hand the one who committed manslaughter over to him, for he killed his neighbor accidentally and did not hate him beforehand.
Ezekiel 25:14
I will take My vengeance on Edom through My people Israel, and they will deal with Edom according to My anger and wrath. So they will know My vengeance.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

General references

Deuteronomy 19:20
Then everyone else will hear and be afraid, and they will never again do anything evil like this among you.
Deuteronomy 21:2
your elders and judges must come out and measure the distance from the victim to the nearby cities.
Joshua 1:16
They answered Joshua, “Everything you have commanded us we will do, and everywhere you send us we will go.
2 Chronicles 19:5
He appointed judges in all the fortified cities of the land of Judah, city by city.
Acts 18:16
So he drove them from the judge’s bench.

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