The word “division” occurs 68 times in the Bible. The infographic below identifies the points of each occurrence. This graphic presentation starts with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 40 best Bible scriptures on division.
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.”
1 Corinthians 3:3
For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
1 John 2:9
Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:13
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 11:18
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
1 John 4:20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 Timothy 1:3
As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.
2 John 1:10
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting.
2 John 1:9
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
2 Thessalonians 3:14
If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
“In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.
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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.