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Want to know what the Bible says about sarcasm? Here are 43 Bible verses about sarcasm 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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Proverbs 26:18-19 NIV
18 Like a maniac shooting
    flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
    and says, “I was only joking!”
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Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
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Matthew 5:37 NIV
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
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Ephesians 5:4 NIV
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
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Proverbs 18:21 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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1 Kings 18:27 NIV
At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
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Proverbs 26:16 NIV
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven people who answer discreetly.
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Proverbs 12:18 NIV
The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
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Genesis 4:9 NIV
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
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1 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
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Exodus 14:11 NIV
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
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Judges 10:14 NIV
Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!
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Ezekiel 2:6 NIV
And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
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John 19:3 NIV
and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
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Ephesians 4:15 NIV
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
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Acts 26:28 NIV
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
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Job 11:12 NIV
But the witless can no more become wise
    than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.
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Galatians 5:12 NIV
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
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Isaiah 44:19 NIV
No one stops to think,
    no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;
    I even baked bread over its coals,
    I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
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Luke 23:11 NIV
Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.
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