Bible Verses about Repentance

What does the Bible say about Repentance? - Scriptures on Repentance

The Bible tells us that no one is without sin as our human nature is fallen. It is God's wish for our lives and eternal soul that we may repent for our sins of iniquity against God and turn to Him in faith and obedience. Scriptures call us to repentance, reminding us of the glorious grace and mercy of God that awaits us if we but repent and believe in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote in Acts 20:20-21, "I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus."

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8)

"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

We have gathered many of the best Bible verses about repentance in this collection of scripture quotes. May these scriptures inspire you to look within and realize the truth of repentance and glory of God's mercy.

Acts 3:19 NIV

19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

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2 Peter 3:9 NIV

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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Matthew 4:17 NIV

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

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Acts 2:38 NIV

38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 17:30 NIV

30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

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Matthew 3:8 NIV

8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

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Romans 2:4 NIV

4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

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1 John 1:8-9 NIV

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Acts 11:18 NIV

18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life."

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Luke 13:3 NIV

3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

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Revelation 2:5 NIV

5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

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Proverbs 28:13 NIV

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

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Acts 5:31 NIV

31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

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2 Timothy 2:25 NIV

25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

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Mark 1:15 NIV

15 "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"

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Revelation 3:19 NIV

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

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Luke 15:7 NIV

7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

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Matthew 3:2 NIV

2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

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2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

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Isaiah 30:15 NIV

15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

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Luke 24:47 NIV

47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

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