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25 Bible Quotes Contrasting Love and Hate

MsDora, 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

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 23, 2020:

Mary, thanks for your feedback. Reminders every now and then help us keep our focus where it should be- on love.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2020:

This article is fascinating. Love and hate seem to intersect often in our lives. I'm happy to be reminded of these verses.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 21, 2020:

Jo, you're welcome! My pleasure to compile Bible lists. Happy when readers like you appreciate it.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 21, 2020:

Thanks for this inspirational list, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 17, 2020:

KC, thank you for emphasizing that NEW commandment. It is really the only one we need if we would heed it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 17, 2020:

Drew, thanks for your input. True, we need to know what we're taking about when we mention these words. Hopefully, the Bible illustrations help.

KC McGee from Where I belong on September 17, 2020:

MsDora, this is a great article. Love is one of the great commandment. One verse I wish to add to your long list. A statement by Jesus in John 13:34 NKJV: "A NEW commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Just think about it, a NEW Commandment:

Here Jesus is telling us to love each other the way HE loved us. Does anyone love anyone else the way HE loves us.

I still strive to love other the way HE loves us.

Thank for such a great article MsDora.

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 17, 2020:

I realized that the true meaning of love as well as hate had been twisted by humanity so much that it change from what it was supposed to be. The meaning is so different that I wonder when did it become as such. Love is supposed to be agape. Hate is not what we all thought it to be. Thanks for sharing this insight Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Ambrie, I appreciate your comment. That verse about God's hatred also bothered me. I was happy to find that explanation, and just as happy to share it.

Ambrie Anders on September 16, 2020:

Thanks for putting this collection together Dora. No 24 - vegetables and steak -made me smile. So true.

Also I’m glad you added the explanation for no 7 about hate for Esau. I remember being puzzled when I first became aware of this verse and having to google for meaning.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Nithya, compiling quotes is something I really like to do. It makes me happy when readers like you appreciate them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Antonio, thanks for your commentary on that verse. It expresses a reasonable, practical truth.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 16, 2020:

Great quotes contrasting love and hate, I enjoyed reading them. I love the way you have grouped the quotes, thank you for sharing.

Antonio50S on September 16, 2020:

Hello Dora.

I like Quote 25 the best.

It shows what Love is all about. How can we claim to Love God who we cannot see while hating our brother who we can see ?

When we start to see people as God "sees them" we become less Judgemetal of them, and Love them as God does.

I think I'm doing OK on this one :)

Nice Quotes Dora.

Tony.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Liz, I appreciate your feedback. I agree with you. If we're really looking for principles to live by, these Bible quotes are loaded.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 16, 2020:

This is a great list of Bible quotes. Each of them deserves meditation. So much can be drawn out of them of value to us all.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Thanks, Ron. We never graduate from these lessons. Even after we learn the theory, there's the practice for a lifetime.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 16, 2020:

Linda, thanks for letting me know you found a previously unfamiliar quote. There's still plenty that we haven't read, some of which we can really find useful.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on September 15, 2020:

There's so much wisdom in these verses. Reading them here was a encouraging reminder of the life-giving biblical principles I'm still learning to apply in my relationships with both God and other people.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 15, 2020:

The quotations are interesting. I've never noticed number 24 before. I like it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Bible, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy. I agree with you. Love gives life; hatred takes lives. Let's stick with love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2020:

It is interesting to assemble all of these Bible verses illustrating love and hate into one place. It certainly gives one much to contemplate. In my opinion, love will always outshine hate.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Chitrangada, Your comment is encouraging. You make me want to continue compiling these precious Bible quotes for your enjoyment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Louise, it is encouraging that you learn by reading through the quotes. Thanks for your time and your support.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Bill, happy for your conversion. Thanks for modeling a beautiful life of love after you turned your back on hate.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Thank you too, Pamela. Jealousy especially among siblings can certainly cause problems. When love is the foundation of the relationship, they'll work through the jealousy so that it does not progress to hate.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 15, 2020:

Beautiful quotes and well presented article.

These are important life lessons, and words of wisdom. Loved each one of them.

Thanks for sharing this valuable article.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 15, 2020:

This was really interesting to read, Dora. I've read through the Bible many times over the years but I've learned a lot from reading these Bible verses put into context like this. It's given me something to think about. Thankyou.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2020:

I am happy to say I have no hate in me today. That was not always the case, but thankfully, today, it is. Loved the quotes, my friend. Thank you for the positive vibes!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 15, 2020:

I loved reading all these quotes. It seems jelousy might cause hate sometimes as with the Joseph's brothers. These quotes are thought-provoking. I enjoyed this article very much. Thank you, Ms Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. True, we will always face these two attitudes, and in the process we may learn to prefer love as the one we develop.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Rosina, thanks for sharing your valuable observation on that verse. I totally agree.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. The quotes you chose are also among my favorites. So relatable!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Eric, thanks for your constant support. That meaning is new to me too, but it is better than some other crazy thoughts I've heard.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

Cheryl, thanks for reading and commenting. Sometimes, just a second glance at verses we already know will send us a message we need at that moment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 15, 2020:

Dora it is just how life is and some people hate and some love. I can't hate maybe, frustrated, but hate is not how I feel about the next person. Your quotes are a true and so well put together.

Rosina S Khan on September 14, 2020:

These are wonderful Bible quotes about love and hate. I love the first one itself so much. Here it is:

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

I do believe loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us will put them off guard, amaze them and gradually help them to love us as well.

Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 14, 2020:

I really like #4 and #24. These are thought provoking.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 14, 2020:

I sure got a whole lot out of this and will be back for further contemplation. I did not know about the old meaning to love less.

Really a good one Dora.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 14, 2020:

Thank you for these contrasts. They give us much to think about.