The Biblical Condemnation of Human Vengeance
Cross-References in Romans 12:17-21


Romans 12:17-21
17
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good


The following cross-references were taken from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Jerome H. Smith, ed., Thomas Nelson, 1992.

Recompense
ver. 19;
Lev. 19:18;
Prov. 20:22,  
Prov. 24:29;
Matt. 5:39
Leviticus 19:18  You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Proverbs 20:22  Do not say, "I will repay evil"
wait for the LORD, and he will help you.

Proverbs 24:29  Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for what he has done."

Matthew 5:39  But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;

evil for evil
1 Th 5:15;
1 Peter 3:9

1 Thessalonians 5:15  See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling;
but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.


  • Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes on rendering "evil for evil."
Provide
Rom 13:14;
Rom. 14:16,19;
Acts 6:3;
1 Cor. 6:6,7;
1 Cor. 13:4,5; 
2 Cor. 8:20,21;
Philip. 4:8, 9;
Col. 4:5;
1 Thess. 4:12;
1 Thess. 5:22;
1 Tim 5:14;
Tit 2:4, 5;
1 Pet 2:12;
1 Pet 3:16;
Romans 13:14,16,19 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. 16 So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. 19 Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
There is a stark contrast between making provision for war, and pursuing peace. Micah says we must stop training for war (Micah 4:3). 

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.

1 Corinthians 6:6-7 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

2 Corinthians 8:20-21 We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lordís sight but also in the sight of men.

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 4:5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 so that you may command the respect of outsiders, and be dependent on nobody.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 abstain from every form of evil.

1 Timothy 5:14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy no occasion to revile us.

Titus 2:4-5 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.

1 Peter 2:12 Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

1 Peter 3:16 and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

honest
Jer 48:10;
Act 6:3;
1 Cor 4:2;
2 Cor 4:2;
2 Cor 8:21;
1 Thes 4:6
Jeremiah 48:10 "Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

2 Corinthians 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with Godís word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every manís conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 8:21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lordís sight but also in the sight of men.

1 Thessalonians 4:6 that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.

in the sight
Prov. 3:4; 
Proverbs 3:4 So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and man.

Romans 12:18
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 

18. If it be possible
1 Cor 15:2;
Rom 14:17,19;
2 Sam 20:19;
Psa 34:14;
Psa. 120:5-7;
Prov 12:20;
Matt. 5:5,9;
Mark 9:50;
1 Cor 7:15;
2 Cor 13:11;
Gal 5:22;
Eph 4:3;
Col 3:14,15; 
1 Thes 5:13;
2 Tim 2:22;
Heb 12:14;
James 3:16-18;
1 Pet 3:11;
Jude 1:3 
1 Corinthians 15:2 by which you are saved, if you hold it fastóunless you believed in vain.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;

Romans 14:19 Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

2 Samuel 20:19 I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel; you seek to destroy a city which is a mother in Israel; why will you swallow up the heritage of the LORD?"

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 120:5-7 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! 
Too long have I had my dwelling
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
but when I speak,
they are for war!

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan good have joy.

Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Mark 9:50 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Colossians 3:14-15 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

2 Timothy 2:22 So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14 Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

James 3:16-18 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

1 Peter 3:11  let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

as much
Rom 1:15;
Gen 26:22; 
Mat 5:39 
Romans 1:15 so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

Genesis 26:22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and over that they did not quarrel; so he called its name Rehoboth, saying, "For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."

Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;

live peaceably
Gen 13:8,9;
Gen. 26:31;
Prov 16:7;
Matt 5:9;
James 4:1;
Heb. 12:14;
Jude 2

Genesis 13:8-9 Then Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are kinsmen. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left."

Genesis 26:31 In the morning they rose early and took oath with one another; and Isaac set them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.

Proverbs 16:7 When a manís ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

James 4:1 What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members?

Hebrews 12:14  Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Jude 1:2  May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 

The Security of Leaving Vengeance to God.

avenge not
ver. 14, 17;
Lev. 19:18;
1 Sam 25:26,33;
Prov. 24:17-19,29;
Ezek. 25:12;
Matt. 6:15;  
Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

1 Samuel 25:26,33 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, seeing the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt, and from taking vengeance with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. 33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!

Proverbs 24:17-19,29  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles; 
18 
lest the LORD see it, and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him. 
19 
Fret not yourself because of evildoers,
and be not envious of the wicked; 
29 
Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for what he has done."

Ezekiel 25:12 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance upon them,

Matthew 6:15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

yourselves 
Deut 32:35,42
Deuteronomy 32:35,42
35
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. 42  I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour fleshó with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.í
give place
Gen 6:13;
Prov 24:17,18; 
Mat 5:39;
Luke 6:27-29;
Luke 9:55,56;
Eph 4:27;
2 Thess 1:6

unto 1 Ki 3:22

(God's) wrath Rom 5:9

Genesis 6:13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Proverbs 24:17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Proverbs 24:18  lest the LORD see it, and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.

Matthew 5:39  But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;

Luke 6:27-29 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.

Luke 9:55-56 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.

Ephesians 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil.

2 Thessalonians 1:6 since indeed God deems it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

1 Kings 3:22  But the other woman said, "No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours."
The first said, "No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine." Thus they spoke before the king.

Romans 5:9  Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Vengeance
Rom 13:4;
Gen 49:5-7;
Deut 32:35,39,43;
Ps 94:1-3;
Isa 1:24;
Isa. 59:18;
Nah 1:2,3;
1 Thess 4:6; 
Heb 10:30
Romans 13:4 for he is Godís servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain;
he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.

Genesis 49:5-7  Simeon and Levi are brothers;
weapons of violence are their swords. 
O my soul, come not into their council;
O my spirit, be not joined to their company;
for in their anger they slay men,
and in their wantonness they hamstring oxen. 
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
and scatter them in Israel.

Deuteronomy 32:35,39,43  Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.
39  "ĎSee now that I, even I, am he,
and there is no god beside me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
43  "Praise his people, O you nations;
for he avenges the blood of his servants,
and takes vengeance on his adversaries,
and makes expiation for the land of his people."

Psalm 94:1-3  O LORD, thou God of vengeance,
thou God of vengeance, shine forth! 
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
render to the proud their deserts! 
O LORD, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?

Isaiah 1:24  Therefore the Lord says,
the LORD of hosts,
the Mighty One of Israel:
"Ah, I will vent my wrath on my enemies,
and avenge myself on my foes.

Isaiah 59:18  According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render requital.

Nahum 1:2-3  The LORD is a jealous God and avenging,
the LORD is avenging and wrathful;
the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies. 
The LORD is slow to anger and of great might,
and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

1 Thessalonians 4:6 that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.

Hebrews 10:30 

For we know him that hath said, "Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense" [Dt. 32:35], saith the Lord. And again, "The Lord shall judge* his people." [Dt. 32:36]

      The reason of all these things is, because God is a revenger of those who despise him: otherwise he could not rightly govern his Church. Now there is nothing more horrible than the wrath of the living God.
      * Rule or govern.

Geneva Bible, 1599

I will
Num 12:2;
Ps 31:23; 
Psa 27:14; 
Mat 4:9
Numbers 12:2 and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?"
And the LORD heard it.

Psalm 31:23  Love the LORD, all you his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful,
but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily.

Psalm 27:14  Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the LORD!

Matthew 4:9 and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."

Romans 12:20
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 

if thine enemy
Ex 23:4,5;
1 Sam 24:16-19;
1 Sam. 26:21;
2 Sam 26:8-10;
1 Ki 6:27; 
2 Ki 6:22;
Job 31:29;
Prov 17:5;
Prov 24:17;
Prov 25:21-22. 
Mat 5:44;
Luke 6:27, 35, 36

Exodus 23:4-5 "If you meet your enemyís ox or his ass going astray, you shall bring it back to him. 5 If you see the ass of one who hates you lying under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it, you shall help him to lift it up.

1 Samuel 24:16-19 When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, "Is this your voice, my son David?" And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 He said to David, "You are more righteous than I;
for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. 18 And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the LORD put me into your hands. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the LORD reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.

1 Samuel 26:21 Then Saul said, "I have done wrong; return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day; behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly."

1 Kings 6:27 He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house;
and the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall;
their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house.

2 Kings 6:22 He answered, "You shall not slay them. Would you slay those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master."

Job 31:29  "If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me,
or exulted when evil overtook him

Proverbs 17:5  He who mocks the poor insults his Maker;
he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 24:17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Proverbs 25:21  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:27,35-36 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 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 selfish. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

feed him
Ex 23:4;
Surely the two things 
mentioned are 
only examples 
of many ways 
in which love 
may be shown 
to our enemies (B635).

Exodus 23:4 "If you meet your enemyís ox or his ass going astray, you shall bring it back to him.

shalt heap
Psa. 37:34;
Psa. 58:10;
Prov. 29:16;
Luke 18:7;
2 Tim 4:14

coals
Psa. 120:4;
Psa. 140:10;
Prov 25:15, 22;
Song 8:6,7;
Isa. 13:7

Psalm 37:34 Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way,
and he will exalt you to possess the land;
you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

Psalm 58:10  The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Proverbs 29:16  When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases;
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.

Luke 18:7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm;
the Lord will requite him for his deeds.

Psalm 120:4  A warriorís sharp arrows,
with glowing coals of the broom tree!

Psalm 140:10  Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into pits, no more to rise!

Proverbs 25:15,22  With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
22 
for you will heap coals of fire on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.

Song of Songs 8:6  Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is cruel as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a most vehement flame.

Song of Songs 8:7  Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
it would be utterly scorned.

Isaiah 13:7  Therefore all hands will be feeble,
and every manís heart will melt,

Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good

Be not  
overcome 
of evil

Rom 8:18,31;
Psa. 34:4;
Psa. 37:1;
Psa. 73:2, 3, 13, 16, 17, 26, 28;
Psa. 118:24;
Prov. 4:23; 
Prov. 5:14;
Prov. 10:24;
Prov. 16:32;
Prov. 23:7;
Jer 12:5;
Matt 6:13,34;
Luke 6:27-30;
Acts 16:24,25; 
Acts 20:24;
2 Cor 4:17,18;
Philip 4:6,7;
Col 3:1-3;
2 Tim 1:7;
Heb 12:1, 2;
1 Pet 3:9;
1 John 3:8
Romans 8:18  I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:31  What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?

Psalm 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 37:1  Fret not yourself because of the wicked,
be not envious of wrongdoers!

Psalm 73:2-3,13,16-17,26,28  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had well nigh slipped. 
For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 
13 
All in vain have I kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
16 
But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task, 
17 
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I perceived their end.
26 
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
28 
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all thy works.

Psalm 118:24  This is the day which the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance;
for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 5:14  I was at the point of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation."

Proverbs 10:24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Proverbs 16:32  He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 23:7  for he is like one who is inwardly reckoning.
"Eat and drink!" he says to you; but his heart is not with you.

Jeremiah 12:5  "If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, 
how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
how will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?

Matthew 6:13  And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the dayís own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Luke 6:27-30 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.

Acts 16:24-25 Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Acts 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Philippians 4:6-7 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

2 Timothy 1:7 for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling;
but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.

1 John 3:8 He who commits sin is of the devil;
for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

overcome evil
Rom 8:37;
2 Kings 6:21,22;
Prov 15:1;
Prov. 16:7;
2 Cor 10:4, 5;
Gal 5:16;
1 Pet 2:15;
Rev 12:11
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

2 Kings 6:21-22 When the king of Israel saw them he said to Elisha, "My father, shall I slay them? Shall I slay them?" 22 He answered, "You shall not slay them. Would you slay those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master."

Proverbs 15:1  A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 16:7  When a manís ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 Peter 2:15 For it is Godís will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

with good
1 Sam 24:17,18; 
Prov 17:13;
Mat 5:16;
1 Cor 15:58;
Gal 6:9;
Eph 4:28;
Philip 4:8;
Col 1:10;
Col. 3:23,24;
Tit 3:8,14;
Heb 6:10;
1 Pet 2:12;
1 Pet. 3:16;
1 Samuel 24:17-18 He said to David, "You are more righteous than I;
for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. 18 And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the LORD put me into your hands.

Proverbs 17:13  If a man returns evil for good,
evil will not depart from his house.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.

Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Colossians 1:10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.

Titus 3:8 The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.

Titus 3:14 And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.

1 Peter 2:12 Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

1 Peter 3:16 and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.


Where in Scripture is the command from God to form "the State" and take vengeance on our enemies?

There is no such command.


The Text of Romans 12:17-21

John Calvin's comments on Romans 12:17-21



The
Christmas Conspiracy


Virtue


Vine & Fig Tree


Paradigm Shift


Theocracy


Subscribe to Vine & Fig Tree
Enter your e-mail address:
vft archive
An e-group hosted by eGroups.com

Vine & Fig Tree
12314 Palm Dr. #107
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
[e-mail to V&FT]
[V&FT Home Page]