Bible Verses About Forgiveness

What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Read the best Bible verses on forgiveness that have been researched and retrieved from more than twenty popular translations of God's word! These specially selected quotes will broaden and deepen your understanding of the meaning of this important Biblical subject.

Only through Jesus

Acts 13:38, ERV

Brothers, understand what we are telling you. You can have forgiveness of your sins through this Jesus. The Law of Moses could not free you from your sins. But you can be made right with God if you believe in Jesus.

Acts 5:30 - 31, ISV

The God of our ancestors raised Jesus to life after you [Jewish religious leaders] hung him on a tree and killed him. God has exalted to his right hand this very man as our Leader and Savior in order to give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.

Ephesians 1:7, NIV

In him [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace . . .

Colossians 1:12 - 14, 2:13, HBFV

For you, who were once dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God] has now made alive with Him [Jesus], having forgiven all your trespasses . . .

Giving thanks to the Father, Who has made us qualified for the share of the inheritance of the saints in the light; Who has personally rescued us from the power of darkness and has transferred us unto the kingdom of the Son of His love; In Whom we have redemption through His own blood, even the remission of sins;

Acts 10:40 - 43, ESV

God raised him [Jesus] on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us [the twelve apostles] who had been chosen by God as witnesses . . .

And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

1John 1:9, TLB

But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.

1John 2:12, NKJV

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His [Jesus'] name's sake.

John 1:29, HBFV

On the next day, John sees Jesus coming to him, and he says, "Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world."


2Chronicles 7:14, GNB

If they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.

Acts 2:38, HBFV

Then Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized each one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins [forgiveness], and you yourselves shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

2Corinthians 7:10, ISV

For having sorrow in a godly way results in repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets. But the sorrow of the world produces death.

Acts 3:19, ISV

Therefore, repent and turn to him to have your sins blotted out [forgiven] . . .

Psalm 32:5, CEV

So I [King David] confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, "I'll tell the Lord each one of my sins." Then you forgave me and took away my guilt.

Forgiveness from God

Psalm 86:5, 103:2 - 3, 130:3 - 4, HBFV

For You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, and rich in mercy to all those who call upon You . . .

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases . . .

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared [revered].

Daniel 9:9, ASV

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against him;

Jeremiah 31:34, NKJV

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Psalm 103:10 - 12, NLT

He [God] does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Isaiah 43:25, ASV

I [God], even I, am he that blotteth out [forgive] thy transgressions for mine own sake; and I will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 38:17, NIV

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you [God] kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

Micah 7:18 - 19, NIV

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Hebrews 8:12, 10:16 - 17, HBFV

For I [God] will be merciful toward their unrighteousnesses, and their sins and their lawlessness I will not remember ever again . . .

'This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days,' says the Lord: 'I will give My laws into their hearts, and I will inscribe them in their minds; and their sins and lawlessness I will not remember ever again.'

Colossians 1:12 - 14, ESV

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We Must Forgive Others

Mark 11:25 - 26, NKJV

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37, CEV

Jesus said: Don't judge others, and God won't judge you. Don't be hard on others, and God won't be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you.

Matthew 6:14 - 15, TLB

Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you.

Luke 17:3 - 4, NKJV

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

Matthew 18:21 - 22, HBFV

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Until seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you until seven times, but until seventy times seven.

Ephesians 4:32, NLT

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Unforgivable Sins

Mark 3:28 - 29, NET

I tell you the truth, people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin.

1John 5:16, WEB

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death. I don’t say that he should make a request concerning this.

Hebrews 6:4 - 6, HBFV

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and who personally obtained the heavenly gift, and became partakers of the Holy Spirit, and who have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they have fallen away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing that they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves, and are publicly holding Him in contempt.

Matthew 12:31 - 32, YLT

Because of this I [Jesus] say to you, all sin and evil speaking shall be forgiven to men, but the evil speaking of the Spirit shall not be forgiven to men.

And whoever may speak a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven to him, but whoever may speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is coming.

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