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25 Bible Quotes Contrasting Love and Hate

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

25 Bible Quotes Contrasting Love and Hate

25 Bible Quotes Contrasting Love and Hate

When love is described as a feeling, there may seem to be a thin line between love and hate. That thin line may be illustrated by the fact that it is possible to feel both love and hatred toward the same person in the very same day. However, when love is studied as a principle, marked contrasts are observed in attitudes and conduct.

Both words appear in each of the following Bible quotes and emphasize these contrasts, which help to illustrate the different meanings of the words . Each of the four subdivisions serves a specific purpose:

  • “Basic Counsel,” admonishes us to love instead of hate.
  • “Just the Way It Is,” advises us to love some forms of conduct and hate others, and discloses that God hates too.*
  • “Love and Hate in Action” reveals conflicts caused by these opposing attitudes in Bible episodes.
  • “For Contemplation” encourages to be mindful of how love and hatred may be assessed in some of our everyday actions.

Basic Counsel

1. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies . . . do good to those who hate you.” Matthew 5: 43, 44

2. "Do not keep on hating . . . but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord". Leviticus 19: 18 NIV

3. "You who love the Lord, hate evil!" Psalms 97:10

4. "Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice." Amos 5:15

Do not keep on hating . . . but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Do not keep on hating . . . but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Just the Way It Is

5. "A time to love, and a time to hate." Ecclesiastes 3: 8

6. "For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20: 5, 6 NKJV

7. "As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”* Romans 9:13
*“This does not mean any positive hatred; but that he had preferred Jacob. . . It was common among the Hebrews to use the terms "love" and "hatred" in this comparative sense, where the former implied strong positive attachment, and the latter, not positive hatred, but merely a less love.” Barnes Notes on the Bible, Copyright 2004-2020 by Bible Hub

8. "The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence." Psalms 11:5

9. "I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I love your instructions." Psalms 119: 163

10. "Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses." Proverbs 10:12

11. "If you were of the world, the world would love its own . . . but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15:19

12. "He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness." 1 John 2: 10, 11

Love and Hate In Action

13. "His brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all of his brothers; so they hated him." Genesis 37:4 AMP

14. "But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her [Tamar], and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her. Then suddenly Amnon’s love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her." 2 Samuel 13: 13, 14

15. "Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today . . . You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you." 2 Samuel 19: 5, 6

16. "'Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?' he asked the king [Jehoshaphat ]. 'Because of what you have done, the Lord is very angry with you.'" 2 Chronicles 19:2

17. "This is what the Sovereign Lord says [to Jerusalem] . . .I will gather together all your allies . . . both those you loved and those you hated—and I will strip you naked in front of them so they can stare at you." Ezekiel 16: 36,37

18. "So Samson’s wife came to him in tears and said, 'You don’t love me; you hate me! You have given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.'" Judges 14:16

19. "In return for my love they are my accusers . . . Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love." Psalms 109: 4, 5 NKJV

Vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

For Contemplation

20. "Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them." Proverbs 13:24

21. "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid." Proverbs 12: 1 NKJV

22. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money." Matthew 6:24

23. "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." John 12: 25 NKJV

24. "A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate." Proverbs 15:17

25. "If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" 1 John 4:20

All Bible quotes are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.

© 2020 Dora Weithers

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