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28 Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

No matter how they try, they will never succeed.

Everyone that tries to bring you down will be ashamed of your success.

There are lots of people frolicking around you that are just jealous of you.

They plan to hurt you and betray you at every moment they get.

You’re absolutely mistaken if you believe you have no enemies.

Despite your love and humility, you will still be hurt by those you least expect.

They are just interested in hurting you or bringing you down.

So, how do we treat someone that obviously hates us? Should we reciprocate the hate shown by our enemies? What does the bible say about enemies?

The bible is clear about how we should treat those that hate us.

Thankfully, there are numerous scriptures about enemies that we can learn from.

God has instructed us to love and pray for them.

Their wickedness isn’t enough reason to pay them with evil.

Think about it for a second — We are not perfect beings ourselves.

We have hurt others in one way or the other.

And yet, even while we were sinners, God still loved us.

Therefore, since we’ve decided to serve him, we must be patient with our enemies.

I have put together bible verses about enemies to inspire you.

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Bible verses about enemies

Bible verses about enemies

Exodus 23:22

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.

The Bottom Line

Sometimes, I wonder why we have to sit back and watch others hurt us.

Why should we not return evil for evil?

This is simply because we serve a living God.

God understands your pain and anguish (don’t think he doesn’t).

He has promised us victory over all forms of attack by our enemies.

No matter where you are or what you are going through, be patient for God to act.

God has promised that if we serve him, he will fight our battles for us.

He will be an enemy to our enemies and will hate those that hate us.

He has promised never to leave you molested and hurt by your enemies.

God will stand by you and protect you.

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Genesis 12:3

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

Deuteronomy 30:7

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you.

Jeremiah 30:20

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Their children will be as in days of old,
    and their community will be established before me;
    I will punish all who oppress them.

Numbers 24:9

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Like a lion they crouch and lie down,like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? “May those who bless you be blessedand those who curse you be cursed!”

Luke 6:27

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

The bottom Line

God has not just instructed us to do nothing; he has asked us to fulfill a difficult task.

He wants us to love those that are actively seeking ways to destroy us.

He wants us to be kind to them.

The truth is, one easy way to hurt those that hate you is to love them.

They become confused and ashamed of themselves.

I have been in such a situation before where I was hated by a friend who tried everything to embarrass me.

But in her hate and jealousy, I was trying to reconcile with her.

I even appointed her as one of the members of a committee set up at work.

She just couldn’t understand why, and suddenly her behavior changed towards me.

Sitting back isn’t enough. As Christians, we must love our enemies and pray for them too.

Our prayer is a path towards our protection.

If God has promised to stand by you, all you need to do is pray for your enemies to return to Christ.

Here are more scriptures about loving your enemies.

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Luke 6:28-30

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Luke 6:35

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Matthew 5:43-45

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Proverbs 25:21-22

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.

3 John 1:11

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

The bottom Line

We are only Christians because Christ has shown us the way.

He has called us and given us a pathway towards salvation.

If we must be saved, we must live as he did.

There is nowhere in the scriptures that Christ hated his enemies.

The Jews and the Pharisees hated him.

Yet, he loved them and didn’t fight their advances.

That’s precisely how we should treat our enemies.

We must be patient and endure all their wickedness.

We must pray for them too and imitate Christ.

God will definitely give you victory over your enemies.

Here are more Psalms bible verses about destroying enemies.

Psalm 143:12

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Psalm 54:5

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.

Psalm 116:16

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

Psalm 119:94

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

Save me, for I am yours;
    I have sought out your precepts.

Psalm 109:2-5

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.

Psalm 138:7

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

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.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Bible verses about enemies (powerful Scriptures)

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The bottom Line

We can not deny that some of our enemies want us dead.

They openly look for ways to kill us.

But if God is for us, no one can kill us.

God protects our lives.

He has kept us in his bosom and is willing to protect us from our enemies.

God is saying, “Be courageous and not fearful.”

Though your enemies try to hurt you, they will fail.

And he will take vengeance upon them.

Here are more scriptures about enemies falling.

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.”

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Proverbs 16:7

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

The bottom Line

There are many benefits of serving God.

One of those benefits is that he makes everything thing easy for us.

When our enemies pursue us, we must depend on God for victory.

He can make your enemies be at peace with you for just serving him.

scriptures about enemies

Here are more scriptures about enemies to inspire you.

Exodus 14:14

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

Deuteronomy 3:22

 Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”

Deuteronomy 20:4

 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Joshua 23:3

You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you.

Deuteronomy 1:30

The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,

Author: Akatakpo DunnDr. Akatakpo Dunn is a dedicated follower of Christ, an active member and speaker, and an ongoing learner of the Scriptures. Passionate about his faith and serving others, he is committed to sharing his spiritual journey and insights to inspire and uplift fellow believers. He has been active in the church for more than 23 years. Through The Faithful Christian Blog, Dr. Dunn combines his love for God, philanthropy, and Scripture, providing a valuable resource for those seeking to grow in their faith. Follow me: on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Frandy Pelaez

Monday 15th of November 2021

Please keep me in your prayers i have powerful enemies that are seeking to kill me and follow me every where that i go

Makobo sadner

Friday 26th of August 2022

@Nicole, thank you for the word of God, that gives us victory through our life as Christians and the word that shows us which path must take when we face trials. May God richly bless.

Makobo sadner

Friday 26th of August 2022



Tuesday 12th of July 2022

@Frandy Pelaez, Are you okay? I’m sending you prayers. I would report such a thing to the police. I hope you are safe.


Thursday 30th of September 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this. It has truly bless me during this time of my life with some neighbors 🙏 i am asking the Lord to help me with patience & wait for him for his timing. Thank you again Dunn and may the Lord continue to use you for his glory. God bless!!!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

May the Almighty God bless you.Thank you.

Andrea Grace

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Very encouraging I did employ the word with my morning devotion. I have the victory I have the victory

Ashes to beauty

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Thank you Dunn, for your testimony, it has really encouraged me and enable me to see hope in my situation. I praise God for your openness and for sharing the verses. It really helped me to pray and have faith that God will bring light to the darkness and blindness to sight in His time. I will follow His word and trust Him to do it for me. Thank you again! God protect and watch over you as you serve Him on the frontline during this pandemic period, Dunn!

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