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Want to know what the Bible says about love and hate? Here are 37 Bible verses about love and hate 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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Matthew 5:44 NIV
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
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Luke 6:27 NIV
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
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1 John 4:8 NIV
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
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1 John 2:15 NIV
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
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John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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1 John 3:18 NIV
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
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Leviticus 19:17 NIV
“‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
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John 14:15 NIV
“If you love me, keep my commands.
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Proverbs 8:13 NIV
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.
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John 15:16 NIV
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
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1 John 5:19 NIV
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
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John 15:13 NIV
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
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Proverbs 11:12 NIV
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
    but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
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Matthew 5:43 NIV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
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Romans 12:9 NIV
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
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Philippians 1:29 NIV
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,
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Leviticus 19:18 NIV
“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
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John 17:9 NIV
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
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John 3:19 NIV
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
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Revelation 2:6 NIV
But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
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