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25 Bible Quotes to Encourage the Maliciously Accused

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

Some accusations are totally fabricated to humiliate the accused. Some are built around a flaw, exaggerated to make it seem like the sum total of the targeted individual. Even when the accusation is true, the report may be enveloped in negative emotions like jealousy, fear, anger, insecurity in an attempt to inflate the accuser’s self-image. Such malicious accusations have caused reactions ranging on an emotional scale from shame to suicide.

Reactions range from sadness to suicide.

Reactions range from sadness to suicide.

The battle to survive the destructive blow is won or lost in the mind. The following Bible quotes from the New Living Translation have the potential to pull the victim’s thoughts away from self-pity toward self-empowerment. Instead of dwelling on the adverse aspects of the dilemma, they point the accused toward:

  • petition for divine protection from negative outcomes;
  • promises of divine favor to innocent victims;
  • counsels against retaliation which would increase the damage.

The article ends with a story of Jesus' response to an accusation reported to Him.

Prayers for Protection

1. O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. I have heard the many rumors about me . . . Silence their lying lips—those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly. (Psalm 31; 1, 13, 18)

2. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done . . . Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. (Psalm 27: 12, 13)

3. Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts. (Psalm 36:10)

4. May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted! He is the God who pays back those who harm me; he . . . delivers me from my enemies. (2 Samuel 22: 47-49)

5. Declare me innocent, O God! Defend me against these ungodly people. Rescue me from these unjust liars. (Psalm 43:1)

6. O God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me. . . I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them! (Psalm 109: 1, 2, 4)

7. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:21)

8. Give great joy to those who came to my defense. Then I will proclaim your justice,and I will praise you all day long. (Psalm 35: 27, 28)

9. How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. . .You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. (Psalm 31: 19,20)

10. Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens! May your glory shine over all the earth. My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it. (Psalm 57: 5, 6)

Promises for the Innocent

11. Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. (Psalm 24:3,4)

12. No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. (Isaiah 54:17)

13. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. (Matthew 5:11)

14. With their words, the godless destroy their friends, but knowledge will rescue the righteous. (Proverbs 11:9)

15 Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. (1 Peter 3:16)

Counsels Against Retaliation

16. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)

17 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. (Proverbs 12:22)

18. You must not pass along false rumors. You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand. (Exodus 23:1)

19. Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den. (Daniel 6:24)

20. What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars . . . Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. (Proverbs 6: 12, 14, 15)

Everyone should experience a wrong accusation…if only to learn how not to be quick to accuse another.

— Chukuwuneta Oby

21. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

22. But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (Revelation 21:8)

23. Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. (Proverbs 11:3)

24. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. (2 Corinthian 6:8)

25. Love your enemies! Do good to them. . . Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. (Luke 6:35)

The woman was accused of immoral behavior and brought to Jesus for judgment. :

The woman was accused of immoral behavior and brought to Jesus for judgment. :

Jesus' Response to the Accusation

As he [Jesus] was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. . . “The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.

Then Jesus . . . said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you? . . . Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8: 3-5; 7-11)

According to the Bible Commentaries, the intent of this accusation was malicious: to humiliate the woman and to test Jesus' adherence to the old Hebrew law of stoning an adulterer. Although Jesus counseled the woman to change her ways, he took the time to establish that none of the accusers were qualified to accuse her. Some were participants in her crime. Self-examination is a prerequisite to making an accusation.

© 2018 Dora Weithers

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