The word “repent” occurs 79 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 75 most mighty Bible scriptures on repentance.
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Chronicles 30:9
For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:9
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2 Timothy 2:25
Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”
Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone,” declares the Lord God; “so turn, and live.”
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?
For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
And then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling.
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.
And if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.
I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.
For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’
Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
And rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old.
“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”
“And that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
“Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.”
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.
Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
‘The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.”
“For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.”
I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.