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48 Bible Verses about Unkindness

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Proverbs 11:17

A kind man benefits himself,
but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.

Proverbs 25:20

Singing songs to a troubled heart
is like taking off clothing on a cold day
or like pouring vinegar on soda.

Ephesians 4:31-32

All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighborand hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Exodus 23:4-5

“If you come across your enemy’s stray ox or donkey, you must return it to him. “If you see the donkey of someone who hates you lying helpless under its load, and you want to refrain from helping it, you must help with it.

Luke 6:27-28

“But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Deuteronomy 15:7

“If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.

Deuteronomy 24:14

“Do not oppress a hired hand who is poor and needy, whether one of your brothers or one of the foreigners residing within a town in your land.

Isaiah 3:15

Why do you crush My people
and grind the faces of the poor?”
This is the declaration
of the Lord God of Hosts.

Isaiah 10:1-2

Woe to those enacting crooked statutes
and writing oppressive laws to keep the poor from getting a fair trial
and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice,
so that widows can be their spoil
and they can plunder the fatherless.

Leviticus 22:28

But you are not to slaughter an animal from the herd or flock on the same day as its young.

Deuteronomy 22:6

“If you come across a bird’s nest with chicks or eggs, either in a tree or on the ground along the road, and the mother is sitting on the chicks or eggs, you must not take the mother along with the young.

Luke 13:15

But the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Doesn’t each one of you untie his ox or donkey from the feeding trough on the Sabbath and lead it to water?

Luke 14:5

And to them, He said, “Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”

Deuteronomy 23:4

This is because they did not meet you with food and water on the journey after you came out of Egypt, and because Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim was hired to curse you.

Matthew 25:41-43

Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! For I was hungry
and you gave Me nothing to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger
and you didn’t take Me in;
I was naked
and you didn’t clothe Me,
sick and in prison
and you didn’t take care of Me.’

Luke 9:52-53

He sent messengers ahead of Him, and on the way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for Him. But they did not welcome Him, because He determined to journey to Jerusalem.

1 Samuel 11:2

Nahash the Ammonite replied, “I’ll make one with you on this condition: that I gouge out everyone’s right eye and humiliate all Israel.”

2 Samuel 12:4

Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

2 Kings 25:7

They slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes. Finally, the king of Babylon blinded Zedekiah, bound him in bronze chains, and took him to Babylon.

Nehemiah 5:5-6

We and our children are just like our countrymen and their children, yet we are subjecting our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters are already enslaved, but we are powerless because our fields and vineyards belong to others.” I became extremely angry when I heard their outcry and these complaints.

Job 24:2-12

The wicked displace boundary markers.
They steal a flock and provide pasture for it. They drive away the donkeys owned by the fatherless
and take the widow’s ox as collateral. They push the needy off the road;
the poor of the land are forced into hiding.read more.
Like wild donkeys in the desert,
the poor go out to their task of foraging for food;
the wilderness provides nourishment for their children. They gather their fodder in the field
and glean the vineyards of the wicked. Without clothing, they spend the night naked,
having no covering against the cold. Drenched by mountain rains,
they huddle against the rocks, shelterless. The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast;
the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral. Without clothing, they wander about naked.
They carry sheaves but go hungry. They crush olives in their presses;
they tread the winepresses, but go thirsty. From the city, men groan;
the mortally wounded cry for help,
yet God pays no attention to this crime.

Psalm 35:15

But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
they gathered against me.
Assailants I did not know
tore at me and did not stop.

Psalm 69:20-21

Insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
I waited for sympathy,
but there was none;
for comforters, but found no one. Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst
they gave me vinegar to drink.

Psalm 109:16

For he did not think to show kindness,
but pursued the afflicted, poor, and brokenhearted
in order to put them to death.

Ezekiel 34:4

You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost. Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty.

Amos 1:11

The Lord says:I will not relent from punishing Edom
for three crimes, even four,
because he pursued his brother with the sword.
He stifled his compassion,
his anger tore at them continually,
and he harbored his rage incessantly.

James 2:15-16

If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?

Ruth 2:20

Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, who has not forsaken his kindness to the living or the dead.” Naomi continued, “The man is a close relative. He is one of our family redeemers.”

Ezra 9:9

Though we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our slavery. He has extended grace to us in the presence of the Persian kings, giving us new life, so that we can rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

Isaiah 63:7

I will make known the Lord’s faithful love
and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts,
because of all the Lord has done for us—
even the many good things
He has done for the house of Israel
and has done for them based on His compassion
and the abundance of His faithful love.

Romans 11:22

Therefore, consider God’s kindness and severity: severity toward those who have fallen but God’s kindness toward you—if you remain in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

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Unkindness » Pitilessness condemned

Psalm 35:15

But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
they gathered against me.
Assailants I did not know
tore at me and did not stop.

Job 24:9

The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast;
the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral.

Luke 10:32

In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

Psalm 69:21

Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst
they gave me vinegar to drink.

Amos 1:11

The Lord says:I will not relent from punishing Edom
for three crimes, even four,
because he pursued his brother with the sword.
He stifled his compassion,
his anger tore at them continually,
and he harbored his rage incessantly.

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