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Want to know what the Bible says about loving your enemy? Here are 56 Bible verses about loving your enemy 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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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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Matthew 5:44 NIV
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
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Romans 12:19-21 NIV
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Romans 12:14 NIV
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
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Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
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Matthew 5:46 NIV
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
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Matthew 5:47 NIV
And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
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Luke 6:35 NIV
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
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Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
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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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Matthew 5:48 NIV
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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Romans 8:18 NIV
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
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Proverbs 25:21-22 NIV
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.
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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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James 4:17 NIV
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
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Mark 12:31 NIV
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
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Matthew 24:13 NIV
but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
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Exodus 23:4-5 NIV
4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.
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Revelation 4:1 NIV
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
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Luke 18:8 NIV
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
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