Verses on Forgiveness

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We've complied a list of over 50 verses on forgiveness to help you know what God's Word says about it. The following verses are all from the New Living Translation. Check them out...

“But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies." 
- Nehemiah 9:16-18

"Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness." 
- Psalm 51:14

"But you offer forgiveness,that we might learn to fear you."
- Psalm 130:4

“And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us..." 
- Luke 1:76-78

"So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” 
- Luke 17:3-4

"And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things." 
- Luke 24:46-48

“We are here to proclaim
that through this man, Jesus, 
there is forgiveness for your sins." 
- Acts 13:38

"And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’"
- Acts 26:17-18

"But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ." 
- Romans 5:15

"I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." 
- 2 Corinthians 2:5-11

"In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness." 
- Hebrews 9:22

"You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel." 
- Hebrews 12:24

"My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins." 
- James 5:19-20

"I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.” 
- Exodus 34:7

"Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all." 
- Psalm 65:3

"Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the Lord by doing this, your child will die.” 
- 2 Samuel 12:13-14

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.” 
- I Chronicles 21:8

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."
- 2 Chronicles 7:14

"For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins." 
- Psalm 25:11

"Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins." 
- Psalm 25:18

"Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, 
whose sin is put out of sight!" 
- Psalm 32:1

"Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name." 
- Psalm 79:9

"O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help." 
- Psalm 86:5

"He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases." 
- Psalm 103:3

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"Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends."
- Proverbs 17:9

"He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
- Isaiah 6:7

"The people of Israel will no longer say, “We are sick and helpless,” for the Lord will forgive their sins."
- Isaiah 33:24

"Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously."
- Isaiah 55:7

“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act!
For your own sake, do not delay, O my God,
for your people and your city bear your name.”
- Daniel 9:19

The whole book of Hosea speaks of forgiveness
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"Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us."
- Matthew 6:11-12

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."
- Matthew 6:14-15

"Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
- Matthew 9:2-6

"Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven." 
- Luke 3:3

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven." 
- Luke 6:37

"But if we confess our sins to him, 
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins 
and to cleanse us from all wickedness." 

- 1 John 1:9

"Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” 
- Matthew 18:21-35 (also found in Mark 2 and Luke 5)

" for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many." 
- Matthew 26:20

" But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” 
- Mark 11:25

I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” 
- Luke 7:47-48

"Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing." And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice." 
- Luke 23:34

It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 
- Luke 24:47

" If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. 
If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 
- John 20:23

"He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” 
- Acts 10:43

"Make allowance for each other’s faults, 
and forgive anyone who offends you. 
Remember, the Lord forgave you, 
so you must forgive others." 

- Colossians 3:13

"And I will forgive their wickedness, 
and I will never again remember their sins." 
- Hebrews 8:12

"But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” 
- Romans 4:5-8

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, 
and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, 
be kind to each other, tenderhearted,forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you." 
- Ephesians 4:31-32

"And when sins have been forgiven, 
there is no need to offer any more sacrifices." 
- Hebrews 10:18

"Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven." 
- James 5:15

"I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus." 
- I John 2:12

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