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Want to know what the Bible says about Bad Leadership? Here are 89 Bible verses about Bad Leadership from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Jeremiah 23:1-4 NIV
23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. 3 “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. 4 I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing, ” declares the Lord.
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Proverbs 29:2 NIV
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:12 NIV
If a ruler listens to lies,
    all his officials become wicked.
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Proverbs 16:12 NIV
Kings detest wrongdoing,
    for a throne is established through righteousness.
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Colossians 3:23-25 NIV
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
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Hebrews 13:17 NIV
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
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Acts 20:28 NIV
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
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2 Timothy 2:24 NIV
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
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Proverbs 16:18 NIV
Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.
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Mark 10:42-45 NIV
42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
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1 Timothy 3:1-2 NIV
3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
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Luke 22:26 NIV
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
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Philippians 2:3 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
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Proverbs 28:16 NIV
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
    but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
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Galatians 6:9 NIV
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
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Hebrews 13:7 NIV
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
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Matthew 20:26 NIV
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
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Exodus 18:21 NIV
But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain —and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
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John 10:11 NIV
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
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