Do Not Recompense Evil

Proverbs 20:22  

Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

This proverb illustrates a principle that is found throughout the Bible—we should not pursue revenge or vengeance on those who offend or hurt us. The idea of pursuing vengeance when we are wronged is not in line with one of the most central principles of Christianity—often called the Golden Rule—“whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). The standard of Jesus Christ is to always treat others with respect and concern, despite how they treat you.

The apostle Paul reinforced this principle when he wrote: “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men” and “do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath” (Romans 12:17, 19).

This is a practical way we can apply the principle we covered in yesterday’s Daily Bible Verse Blog post on living at peace with others. Not taking vengeance into own hands and allowing God to deal with hurts and offenses will result in de-escalating conflict with others and more peace in our life.

To learn more about the biblical principles that lead to better relationships, read the articles in our “Relationships” section.

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “God’s Response to a Wicked Humanity, Part 2.”

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