Bible verses about "self-defense" | ABU

Matthew 4:1-25

1 THEN Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. 2 And having fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterwards hungered. 3 And coming to him, the tempter said: If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread. 4 But he answering said: It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the Devil takes him into the holy city, and sets him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and says to him: If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written: He will give his angels command concerning thee; And on their hands they will bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him: Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again the Devil takes him into an exceedingly high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 and says to him: All these things I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then Jesus says to him: Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written: Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the Devil leaves him; and behold, angels came and ministered to him. 12 And hearing that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali; 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: 15 The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, 16 The people that sat in darkness, saw great light, And to those sitting in the region and shadow of death light sprang up. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 18 And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And he says to them: Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they, immediately leaving the nets, followed him. 21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they, immediately leaving the ship and their father, followed him. 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every infirmity among the people. 24 And his fame went forth into all Syria; and they brought to him all that were sick, taken with divers diseases and torments, and possessed with demons, and lunatic, and palsied; and he healed them. 25 And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judaea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 5:1-48

1 AND seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain; and he having sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying: 3 Happy the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Happy they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. 5 Happy the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Happy they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. 7 Happy the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Happy the pure in heart; for they shall see God. 9 Happy the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God. 10 Happy they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Happy are ye, when they shall revile and persecute you, and shall say all evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and exult; because great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt become tasteless, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot by men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hid. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but on the lamp-stand; and it shines to all that are in the house. 16 Thus let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 17 Think not that I came to destroy the law, or the prophets; I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 21 Ye heard that it was said to those of old: Thou shalt not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22 But I say to you, that every one who is angry with his brother, without cause, shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca! shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, Thou fool! shall be in danger of hell-fire. 23 Therefore if thou bringest thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother has aught against thee; 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go, first be reconciled to thy brother and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say to thee, thou shalt not come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. 27 Ye heard that it was said: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28 But I say to you, that every one who looks on a woman, to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye causes thee to offend, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand causes thee to offend, cut it off and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 31 And it was said: Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. 32 But I say to you, that whoever shall put away his wife, save for the cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery; and whoever shall marry her when put away, commits adultery. 33 Again ye heard, that it was said to those of old: Thou shalt not swear falsely, but shalt perform to the Lord thine oaths. 34 But I say to you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shalt thou swear by thy head; because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your word be, Yea, yea, Nay, nay; for that which is more than these comes of evil. 38 Ye heard that it was said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say to you, that ye resist not evil; but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41 And whoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him that asks of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away. 43 Ye heard that it was said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and shalt hate thine enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you; 45 that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if ye love those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not also the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye that excels? Do not also the heathen thus? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 26:52-54

52 Then says Jesus to him: Put back thy sword into its place; for all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I can not now pray to my Father, and he will send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Matthew 5:38-39

38 Ye heard that it was said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say to you, that ye resist not evil; but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Luke 22:36

36 Therefore said he to them: But now, he that has a purse let him take it, and likewise a bag; and he that has not, let him sell his garment and buy a sword.

Romans 13:4

4 for he is God's minister to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger for wrath to him that does evil.

1 Timothy 5:8

8 But if any one provides not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

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