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Revenge in the Bible
Examples of Revenge

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Biblical Passages

Genesis 34:25
Jacob and his sons avenge the rape of Dinah. They do more injustice to their entire community by being deceitful.

Judges 15:7, 8
Sampson avenges the death of his wife.

Judges 16:28-30
Kills many Philistines (more than his whole life) out of revenge for gouging out his eyes. Asks God to give him the strength to pull down the 2 pillars.

2 Samuel 3:27
Abner kills Joab's brother. Joab kills Abner deceitfully behind David's back by stabbing him in the stomach. David puts all blame on Joab.

2 Samuel 13:23-29
Amnon is Taman's brother. He wanted her and forced himself on her. Her other brother, Absalom, took care of her and hated his brother for raping her. David would not punish Amnon because he was the first born. Absalom's servants kill Amnon.

1 Kings 19:2
Jezebel swears to kill Elijah in revenge for killing the prophets of Baal.

1 Kings 22:26
The King of Israel ordered, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the kings son."

Luke 9:54
Disciples James and John ask Jesus if they should punish the Samaritans for not receiving him. Jesus rebukes them.

Acts 5:33
"When they heard this they were enraged and wanted to kill them." The Sadducees arrested the Apostles. They escaped from prison and preached in the Temple. The Apostles say that they must obey God over human authority. This angers the Sadducees.

Acts 7:54, 59
Stephen criticizes the council for not keeping the law they have received calling them betrayers of the prophets telling of the Messiah and murderers. "When they heard these things, they became outraged and ground their teeth at Stephen." Then they stoned Stephen to death.

Acts 23:12
Jews plot to kill Paul persecuting him for Christianity.

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