The word “rebuke” appears 90 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 25 most important Bible scriptures on rebuke.
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.”
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
1 Timothy 5:20
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
1 Timothy 5:1
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.”
If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.