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Want to know what the Bible says about Debating? Here are 28 Bible verses about Debating 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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Titus 3:9 NIV
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
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1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
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Romans 14:1 NIV
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
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Acts 19:9 NIV
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
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2 Timothy 2:14 NIV
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
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2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
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2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.
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John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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2 John 1:9-10 NIV
9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.
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Proverbs 18:13 NIV
To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.
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Matthew 10:14 NIV
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
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Titus 3:10 NIV
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.
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Acts 18:28 NIV
For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
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1 Timothy 1:3 NIV
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer
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Proverbs 19:3 NIV
A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
    yet their heart rages against the Lord.
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1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
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1 Corinthians 2:7-9 NIV
7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
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Proverbs 22:8 NIV
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
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Philippians 3:18-19 NIV
18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
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1 Timothy 4:6 NIV
If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
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