Bible Verses About Judging

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Bible Verses About Judging

The bible has many verses about judging, judge, judgment and judges. 

It is interesting that of all the bible verses found related to this topic, a majority of them talked about how God Is A Righteous Judge and the Judgment Day Of The LORD.

We will also be looking at bible verses that describe behavior or actions that deserve judgment, while bearing in mind that all man have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God sent to be an atoning sacrifice through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness through the passing over of prior sins, in God’s forbearance; 26 to demonstrate his righteousness at this present time, that he might himself be just and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21–26)

We see also bible verses about how Jesus saved us from judgment, prophesies about Jesus Christ being a righteous Judge who will come again, and how The Holy Spirit is also a judge after Jesus ascended to heaven. There are also bible verses about Jesus' teaching about not judging others. Other interesting bible verses like parts of a right or wrong judgment, biblical judges of the past and how God will judge in the future.

This blog post has been the most challenging to write so far.

bible verses about judging

God Is A Righteous Judge

God tells us through His word in the bible that He is a righteous judge. Knowing this, it helps me to feel peace about matters that I had entrusted to God for His judgment.

If God is a righteous judge, it means that justice will be served. Even if we do not see it happening right away now or for years, He will surely bring justice during His Judgment Day. 

We can be confident that when God makes a judgment, it will be the most just and fair.

Knowing God in this way can help us to be more careful of the way we live, so that we do not offend him or hurt others, but to bring Him glory.

The Rock: his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. A God of faithfulness who does no wrong, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

For The LORD will judge his people, and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone, that there is no one remaining, shut up or left at large. (Deuteronomy 32:36)

if I sharpen my glittering sword, my hand grasps it in judgment; I will take vengeance on my adversaries, and will repay those who hate me. (Deuteronomy 32:41)

Those who strive with The LORD shall be broken to pieces. He will thunder against them in the sky. “The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (1 Samuel 2:10)

Remember his marvelous works that he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (1 Chronicles 16:12)

He is The LORD our God. His judgments are in all the earth. (1 Chronicles 16:14)

“You also came down on Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, (Nehemiah 9:13)

Yes surely, God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert justice. (Job 34:12)

21 “For his eyes are on the ways of a man. He sees all his goings. 22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23 For he doesn’t need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment. (Job 34:21–23)

30 Behold, he spreads his light around him. He covers the bottom of the sea. 31 For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance. (Job 36:30–31)

We can’t reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress. (Job 37:23)

6 Then The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: 7 “Now brace yourself like a man. I will question you, and you will answer me. 8 Will you even annul my judgment? Will you condemn me, that you may be justified? (Job 40:6–8)

Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)

God is a righteous judge, yes, a God who has indignation every day. (Psalm 7:11)

For you have maintained my just cause. You sit on the throne judging righteously. (Psalm 9:4)

But The LORD reigns forever. He has prepared his throne for judgment. (Psalm 9:7)

He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness. (Psalm 9:8)

The LORD has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah. (Psalm 9:16)

He will guide the humble in justice. He will teach the humble his way. (Psalm 25:9)

He loves righteousness and justice. The earth is full of the loving kindness of The LORD. (Psalm 33:5)

The LORD redeems the soul of his servants. None of those who take refuge in him shall be condemned. (Psalm 34:22)

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God. Your judgments are like a great deep. The LORD, you preserve man and animal. (Psalm 36:6)

For The LORD loves justice, and doesn’t forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:28)

32 The wicked watch the righteous, and seek to kill him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. (Psalm 37:32-33)

Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. (Psalm 48:11)

He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people: (Psalm 50:4)

The heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah. (Psalm 50:6)

so that men shall say, “Most certainly there is a reward for the righteous. Most certainly there is a God who judges the earth.” (Psalm 58:11)

Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah. (Psalm 67:4)

A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)

God, give the king your justice; your righteousness to the royal son. (Psalm 72:1)

He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. (Psalm 72:2)

He will judge the poor of the people. He will save the children of the needy, and will break the oppressor in pieces. (Psalm 72:4)

But God is the judge. He puts down one, and lifts up another. (Psalm 75:7)

You pronounced judgment from heaven. The earth feared, and was silent, (Psalm 76:8)

when God arose to judgment, to save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah. (Psalm 76:9)

Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death. (Psalm 79:11)

God presides in the great assembly. He judges among the gods. (Psalm 82:1)

Arise, God, judge the earth, for you inherit all of the nations. (Psalm 82:8)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Loving kindness and truth go before your face. (Psalm 89:14)

Rise up, you judge of the earth. Pay back the proud what they deserve. (Psalm 94:2)

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is also established. It can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity. (Psalm 96:10)

12 Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy 13 before The LORD; for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, the peoples with his truth. (Psalm 96:12-13)

Clouds and darkness are around him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. (Psalm 97:2)

Zion heard and was glad. The daughters of Judah rejoiced because of your judgments, The LORD. (Psalm 97:8)

Let them sing before The LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:9)

The King’s strength also loves justice. You establish equity. You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob. (Psalm 99:4)

I will sing of loving kindness and justice. To you, The LORD, I will sing praises. (Psalm 101:1)

17 He has responded to the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer. 18 This will be written for the generation to come. A people which will be created will praise The LORD, 19 for he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven, The LORD saw the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoner, to free those who are condemned to death, 21 that men may declare The LORD’s name in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22 when the peoples are gathered together, the kingdoms, to serve The LORD. (Psalm 102:17–22)

The LORD executes righteous acts, and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:6)

Remember his marvelous works that he has done: his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (Psalm 105:5)

He is The LORD, our God. His judgments are in all the earth. (Psalm 105:7)

For he will stand at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul. (Psalm 109:31)

He will judge among the nations. He will heap up dead bodies. He will crush the ruler of the whole earth. (Psalm 110:6)

The works of his hands are truth and justice. All his precepts are sure. (Psalm 111:7)

I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart, when I learn your righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:7)

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances. (Psalm 119:62)

The LORD, I know that your judgments are righteous, that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. (Psalm 119:75)

My flesh trembles for fear of you. I am afraid of your judgments. (Psalm 119:120)

You are righteous, The LORD. Your judgments are upright. (Psalm 119:137)

All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)

Seven times a day, I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances. (Psalm 119:164)

For The LORD will judge his people and have compassion on his servants. (Psalm 135:14)

5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in The LORD, his God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners. (Psalm 146:5–7)

He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his ordinances to Israel. (Psalm 147:19)

6 For The LORD gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints. (Proverbs 2:6–8)

A good man shall obtain favor from The LORD, but he will condemn a man of wicked plans. (Proverbs 12:2)

I said in my heart, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17)

Rejoice, young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

With my soul I have desired you in the night. Yes, with my spirit within me I will seek you earnestly; for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. (Isaiah 26:9)

I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place. (Isaiah 28:17)

For his God instructs him in right judgment and teaches him. (Isaiah 28:26)

Therefore The LORD will wait, that he may be gracious to you; and therefore he will be exalted, that he may have mercy on you, for The LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18)

For The LORD is our judge. The LORD is our lawgiver. The LORD is our king. He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)

22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in, 23 who brings princes to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. (Isaiah 40:22–23)

Why do you say, Jacob, and speak, Israel, “My way is hidden from The LORD, and the justice due me is disregarded by my God?” (Isaiah 40:27)

“Keep silent before me, islands, and let the peoples renew their strength. Let them come near, then let them speak. Let’s meet together for judgment. (Isaiah 41:1)

“For I, The LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and iniquity. I will give them their reward in truth and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. (Isaiah 61:8)

But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am The LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for I delight in these things,” says The LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)

But, The LORD of Armies, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, I will see your vengeance on them; for to you I have revealed my cause. (Jeremiah 11:20)

House of David, The LORD says, ‘Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my wrath go out like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. (Jeremiah 21:12)

The LORD says: “Execute justice and righteousness, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong. Do no violence to the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. Don’t shed innocent blood in this place. (Jeremiah 22:3)

“Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, everyone according to his ways,” says the Lord The LORD. “Return, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, so iniquity will not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30)

“ ‘ “I, The LORD, have spoken it. It will happen, and I will do it. I won’t go back. I won’t spare. I won’t repent. According to your ways and according to your doings, they will judge you,” says the The LORD God.’ ” (Ezekiel 24:14)

They will dwell in it securely. Yes, they will build houses, plant vineyards, and will dwell securely when I have executed judgments on all those around them who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am The LORD their God.” ’ ” (Ezekiel 28:26)

Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is not fair.” House of Israel, I will judge every one of you after his ways.’ ” (Ezekiel 33:20)

“As for you, O my flock, the Lord The LORD says: ‘Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, the rams and the male goats. (Ezekiel 34:17)

“Therefore the Lord The LORD says to them: ‘Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. (Ezekiel 34:20)

therefore I will save my flock, and they will no more be a prey. I will judge between sheep and sheep. (Ezekiel 34:22)

therefore, as I live,” says the Lord The LORD, “I will do according to your anger, and according to your envy which you have shown out of your hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. (Ezekiel 35:11)

I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. I judged them according to their way and according to their deeds. (Ezekiel 36:19)

“ ‘The sentence is by the decree of the watchers and the demand by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men.’ (Daniel 4:17)

But I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges. (John 8:50)

We know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. (Romans 2:2)

May it never be! Yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar. As it is written, “that you might be justified in your words, and might prevail when you come into judgment.” (Romans 3:4)

5 But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak like men do. 6 May it never be! For then how will God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God through my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? (Romans 3:5–7)

So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life. (Romans 5:18)

Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! (Romans 11:33)

This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer. (2 Thessalonians 1:5)

If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear, (1 Peter 1:17)

They will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:5)

4 For if God didn’t spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness to be reserved for judgment; 5 and didn’t spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly, 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, having made them an example to those who would live in an ungodly way, 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man dwelling among them was tormented in his righteous soul from day to day with seeing and hearing lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, don’t bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord. (2 Peter 2:4–11)

I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You are righteous, who are and who were, O Holy One, because you have judged these things. (Revelation 16:5)

I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.” (Revelation 16:7)

“Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints, apostles, and prophets, for God has judged your judgment on her.” (Revelation 18:20)

1 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation, power, and glory belong to our God; 2 for his judgments are true and righteous. For he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” (Revelation 19:1–2)

Jesus Is A Righteous Judge

The bible verses below also tells us that Jesus, God's son is a righteous judge. Jesus came to earth to make known God the Father to people through Himself. The bible verses below tell us that one day Jesus will judge both the living and the dead.

It's interesting that Jesus has a different role than God here in terms of judgment, when God sent Jesus to earth for his ministry to bring salvation and hope to people. Here in the bible verse below, Jesus said that He judges no one, but even if He does judge, His judgment is still right. 

We will also be looking at how Jesus has saved us from God's judgment later on.

22 For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him. 24 “Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. 25 Most certainly I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. 27 He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. 28 Don’t marvel at this, for the hour comes in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. 30 I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I don’t seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me. (John 5:22–30)

You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one. Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. (John 8:15-16)

I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However, he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world.” (John 8:26)

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. (Acts 10:42)

30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30–31)

1 I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn away to fables. 5 But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 8 From now on, the crown of righteousness is stored up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:1–8)

When he was cursed, he didn’t curse back. When he suffered, he didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously. (1 Peter 2:23)

Prophecies Of Jesus As The Righteous Judge

The following are some bible verses in the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, Revelation, that prophesied about Jesus being the righteous Judge and Messiah. These Old Testament biblical prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of The LORD of Armies will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7)

1 A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit. 2 The LORD’s Spirit will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of The LORD. 3 His delight will be in the fear of The LORD. He will not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither decide by the hearing of his ears; 4 but he will judge the poor with righteousness, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked. (Isaiah 11:1–4)

A throne will be established in loving kindness. One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David, judging, seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness. (Isaiah 16:5)

“Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights: I have put my Spirit on him. He will bring justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1)

He won’t break a bruised reed. He won’t quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice. (Isaiah 42:3)

He will not fail nor be discouraged, until he has set justice in the earth, and the islands wait for his law.” (Isaiah 42:4)

“Behold, the days come,” says The LORD, “that I will raise to David a righteous Branch; and he will reign as king and deal wisely, and will execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)

“In those days and at that time, I will cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up to David. He will execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 33:15)

13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. 14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 13–15)

I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it is called Faithful and True. In righteousness he judges and makes war. (Revelation 19:11)

The Holy Spirit Is A Righteous Judge

After Jesus has ascended to heaven, the promised Holy Spirit was given to the believers to help them to judge. The Holy Spirit according to these bible verses below works to convict people of their sin, He is also righteous in nature. God the Father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit are all the same God with different functions, but same in nature.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; 9 about sin, because they don’t believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; 11 about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged. (John 16:7–11)

Bible Verses About Deserving Judgment

After knowing that God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit are righteous as a Judge, we will take a look at some bible verses about things that God explicitly said deserve judgment. This is not an exhaustive list, there are more laws and the corresponding punishments of breaching those laws in Exodus, Deuteronomy, Numbers and Leviticus.

God will bring justice on wickedness, on those who abuse the poor, on His people committing idolatry, sexual immorality and other sins.

As you might read in some of the bible verses below, the word Gehenna, is another word for hell.

Cursed is he who withholds justice from the foreigner, fatherless, and widow.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deuteronomy 27:19)

Yet they didn’t listen to their judges; for they prostituted themselves to other gods, and bowed themselves down to them. They quickly turned away from the way in which their fathers walked, obeying The LORD’s commandments. They didn’t do so. (Judges 2:17)

But when the judge was dead, they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers in following other gods to serve them and to bow down to them. They didn’t cease what they were doing, or give up their stubborn ways. (Judges 2:19)

If one man sins against another, God will judge him; but if a man sins against The LORD, who will intercede for him?” Notwithstanding, they didn’t listen to the voice of their father, because The LORD intended to kill them. (1 Samuel 2:25)

because they have forsaken me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon. They have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in my eyes, and to keep my statutes and my ordinances, as David his father did. (1 Kings 11:33)

Though I am righteous, my own mouth will condemn me. Though I am blameless, it will prove me perverse. (Job 9:20)

But you are full of the judgment of the wicked. Judgment and justice take hold of you. (Job 36:17)

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s cravings. He blesses the greedy and condemns The LORD. (Psalm 10:3)

Why does the wicked person condemn God, and say in his heart, “God won’t call me into account?” (Psalm 10:13)

Evil shall kill the wicked. Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. (Psalm 34:21)

Against you, and you only, I have sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight, so you may be proved right when you speak, and justified when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)

For in The LORD’s hand there is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours it out. Indeed the wicked of the earth drink and drink it to its very dregs. (Psalm 75:8)

Penalties are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools. (Proverbs 19:29)

The LORD will enter into judgment with the elders of his people and their leaders: “It is you who have eaten up the vineyard. The plunder of the poor is in your houses. (Isaiah 3:14)

I will utter my judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, in that they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands. (Jeremiah 1:16)

“Yet you said, ‘I am innocent. Surely his anger has turned away from me.’ “Behold, I will judge you, because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’ (Jeremiah 2:35)

7 “Therefore the Lord The LORD says: ‘Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are around you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my ordinances, neither have followed the ordinances of the nations that are around you; 8 therefore the Lord The LORD says: ‘Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations. (Ezekiel 5:7-8)

9 I will do in you that which I have not done, and which I will not do anything like it any more, because of all your abominations. 10 Therefore the fathers will eat the sons within you, and the sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments on you; and I will scatter the whole remnant of you to all the winds. (Ezekiel 5:9-10)

So it will be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment, to the nations that are around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and in wrath, and in wrathful rebukes—I, The LORD, have spoken it— (Ezekiel 5:15)

Now the end is on you, and I will send my anger on you, and will judge you according to your ways. I will bring on you all your abominations. (Ezekiel 7:3)

Now I will shortly pour out my wrath on you, and accomplish my anger against you, and will judge you according to your ways. I will bring on you all your abominations. (Ezekiel 7:8)

The king will mourn, and the prince will be clothed with desolation. The hands of the people of the land will be troubled. I will do to them after their way, and according to their own judgments I will judge them. Then they will know that I am The LORD.’ ” (Ezekiel 7:27)

“I will bring you out of the middle of it, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. (Ezekiel 11:9)

You will fall by the sword. I will judge you in the border of Israel. Then you will know that I am The LORD. (Ezekiel 11:10)

He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil; for under the whole sky, such has not been done as has been done to Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:12)

They make promises, swearing falsely in making covenants. Therefore judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field. (Hosea 10:4)

Her leaders judge for bribes, and her priests teach for a price, and her prophets of it tell fortunes for money; yet they lean on The LORD, and say, “Isn’t The LORD among us? No disaster will come on us.” (Micah 3:11)

“You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, ‘You shall not murder;’ and ‘Whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ (Matthew 5:21)

But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment. Whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ will be in danger of the council. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna. (Matthew 5:22)

14 Whoever doesn’t receive you or hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15 Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. (Matthew 10:14–15)

I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)

The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, someone greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:41)

The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, one greater than Jonah is here. (Luke 11:32)

The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:42)

The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and will condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here. (Luke 11:31)

You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna? (Matthew 23:33)

but whoever may blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.” (Mark 3:29)

Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:11)

But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. (Luke 10:14)

But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. (Luke 11:19)

“He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn’t lay down and reaping that which I didn’t sow. (Luke 19:22)- (Jesus' parable of the talents refer to Luke 19.)

He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of God. (John 3:18)

This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. (John 3:19)

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, and said, “It was necessary that God’s word should be spoken to you first. Since indeed you thrust it from yourselves, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. (Acts 13:46)

Do you think this, O man who judges those who practice such things, and do the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:3)

For as many as have sinned without the law will also perish without the law. As many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. (Romans 2:12)

Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God. (Romans 3:19)

The gift is not as through one who sinned; for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift followed many trespasses to justification. (Romans 5:16)

Therefore he who resists the authority withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment. (Romans 13:2)

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father’s wife. 2 You are arrogant, and didn’t mourn instead, that he who had done this deed might be removed from among you. 3 For I most certainly, as being absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as though I were present, judged him who has done this thing. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together with my spirit with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 you are to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:1–5)

I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. (Galatians 5:10)

6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; 9 even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 Because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion, that they should believe a lie, 12 that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:6–12)

Some men’s sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later. (1 Timothy 5:24)

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26–27)

28 A man who disregards Moses’ law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think he will be judged worthy of who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will repay,” says the Lord. Again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:28–31)

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled; but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. (Hebrews 13:4)

Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment. (James 3:1)

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, having in the same way as these given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are shown as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

They cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, Master, the holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10)

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, (Revelation 17:1)

9 The kings of the earth who committed sexual immorality and lived wantonly with her will weep and wail over her, when they look at the smoke of her burning, 10 standing far away for the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For your judgment has come in one hour.’ (Revelation 18:9–10)

Deserving Judgment (David vs Saul)

David told Saul this when he felt he was unjustly treated by Saul's pursuit of his life.

May The LORD judge between me and you, and may The LORD avenge me of you; but my hand will not be on you. (1 Samuel 24:12)

Deserving Judgment (Eli and his sons)

The prophet Samuel told Eli about the judgment from God as Eli did not discipline or teach his sons how to serve God properly when his sons were corrupting their positions in the tabernacle of God with women and robbing the people's offerings.

For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves, and he didn’t restrain them. (1 Samuel 3:13)

Judgment Day Of The LORD

The bible verses here warn us that there will be a day in the future where God comes to judge the earth. 

That will be the day when Jesus will return to earth again, or also known as his Second Coming.

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before The LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. (1 Chronicles 16:33)

For there will be a day of The LORD of Armies for all that is proud and arrogant, and for all that is lifted up, and it shall be brought low— (Isaiah 2:12)

The LORD stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples. (Isaiah 3:13)

when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from within it, by the spirit of justice and by the spirit of burning. (Isaiah 4:4)

Wail, for The LORD’s day is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Isaiah 13:6)

Behold, the day of The LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy its sinners out of it. (Isaiah 13:9)

5 In that day, The LORD of Armies will become a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the residue of his people, 6 and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. (Isaiah 28:5–6)

For my sword has drunk its fill in the sky. Behold, it will come down on Edom, and on the people of my curse, for judgment. (Isaiah 34:5)

For The LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (Isaiah 34:8)

For The LORD will execute judgment by fire and by his sword on all flesh; and those slain by The LORD will be many. (Isaiah 66:16)

A noise will come even to the end of the earth; for The LORD has a controversy with the nations. He will enter into judgment with all flesh. As for the wicked, he will give them to the sword,” ’ says The LORD.” (Jeremiah 25:31)

For that day is of the Lord, The LORD of Armies, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge himself of his adversaries. The sword will devour and be satiated, and will drink its fill of their blood; for the Lord, The LORD of Armies, has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. (Jeremiah 46:10)

Judgment has come on the plain country— on Holon, on Jahzah, on Mephaath, (Jeremiah 48:21)

For the Lord The LORD says: “How much more when I send my four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword, the famine, the evil animals, and the pestilence—to cut off from it man and animal! (Ezekiel 14:21)

For the day is near, even The LORD’s day is near. It will be a day of clouds, a time of the nations. (Ezekiel 30:3)

18 It will happen in that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says The Lord God, “that my wrath will come up into my nostrils. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath I have spoken. Surely in that day there will be a great shaking in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, all creeping things who creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the surface of the earth will shake at my presence. Then the mountains will be thrown down, the steep places will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will call for a sword against him to all my mountains,” says the Lord The LORD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will enter into judgment with him with pestilence and with blood. I will rain on him, on his hordes, and on the many peoples who are with him, torrential rains with great hailstones, fire, and sulfur. 23 I will magnify myself and sanctify myself, and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am The LORD.” ’ (Ezekiel 38:18–23)

“I will set my glory among the nations. Then all the nations will see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. (Ezekiel 39:21)

A fiery stream issued and came out from before him. Thousands of thousands ministered to him. Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The judgment was set. The books were opened. (Daniel 7:10)

until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:22)

“ ‘But the judgment will be set, and they will take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. (Daniel 7:26)

Alas for the day! For the day of The LORD is at hand, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Joel 1:15)

Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of The LORD comes, for it is close at hand: (Joel 2:1)

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of The LORD comes. (Joel 2:31)

I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will execute judgment on them there for my people, and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have divided my land, (Joel 3:2)

“Let the nations arouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. (Joel 3:12)

“Woe to you who desire the day of The LORD! Why do you long for the day of The LORD? It is darkness, and not light. (Amos 5:18)

Won’t the day of The LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? (Amos 5:20)

For the day of The LORD is near all the nations! As you have done, it will be done to you. Your deeds will return upon your own head. (Obadiah 15)

The great day of The LORD is near. It is near and hurries greatly, the voice of the day of The LORD. The mighty man cries there bitterly. (Zephaniah 1:14)

Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of The LORD’s wrath, but the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy; for he will make an end, yes, a terrible end, of all those who dwell in the land. (Zephaniah 1:18)

I will come near to you to judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against the perjurers, and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who deprive the foreigner of justice, and don’t fear me,” says The LORD of Armies. (Malachi 3:5)

“For behold, the day comes, burning like a furnace, when all the proud and all who work wickedness will be stubble. The day that comes will burn them up,” says The LORD of Armies, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1)

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds. (Matthew 16:27)

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. 36 I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’ 45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31–46)

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. (Acts 2:20)

As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, “Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will summon you.” (Acts 24:25)

But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God, who “will pay back to everyone according to their works:” (Romans 2:5-6)

13 For it isn’t the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified 14 (for when Gentiles who don’t have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, and their thoughts among themselves accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my Good News, by Jesus Christ. (Romans 2:13–16)

For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive the things in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat; and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10)

In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. (1 John 4:17)

Angels who didn’t keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. (Jude 6)

The nations were angry, and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged, and to give your bondservants the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints and those who fear your name, to the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18)

He said with a loud voice, “Fear the Lord, and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and the springs of waters!” (Revelation 14:7)

Another angel came out from the altar, he who has power over fire, and he called with a great voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Send your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for the earth’s grapes are fully ripe!” (Revelation 14:18)

But the heavens that exist now and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:7)

not to be quickly shaken in your mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter as if from us, saying that the day of Christ has already come. (2 Thessalonians 2:2)

Prophecies Of Jesus As The Righteous Judge

Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament as the Messiah who will one day judge all the people in righteousness. Jesus is the branch of David, through his genealogy of the human part though he has no real biological father as he was born of the virgin Mary.                         

Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of The LORD of Armies will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7)

1 A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit. 2 The LORD’s Spirit will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of The LORD. 3 His delight will be in the fear of The LORD. He will not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither decide by the hearing of his ears; 4 but he will judge the poor with righteousness, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked. (Isaiah 11:1–4)

A throne will be established in loving kindness. One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David, judging, seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness. (Isaiah 16:5)

“Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights: I have put my Spirit on him. He will bring justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1)

He won’t break a bruised reed. He won’t quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice. (Isaiah 42:3)

He will not fail nor be discouraged, until he has set justice in the earth, and the islands wait for his law.” (Isaiah 42:4)

“Behold, the days come,” says The LORD, “that I will raise to David a righteous Branch; and he will reign as king and deal wisely, and will execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)

“In those days and at that time, I will cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up to David. He will execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 33:15)

13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. 14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 13–15)

I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it is called Faithful and True. In righteousness he judges and makes war. (Revelation 19:11)

bible verses about judging

Jesus Saved Us From Judgment

Because God loved every human so much, he sent Jesus to come so that the world can be saved through him. Even though Jesus has the power to judge everyone but he did not, but rather, the judgment that all the people deserved came onto Jesus, as his way of providing a way out for them. As long as anyone believes in Jesus, they will be saved from God's judgment and enjoy eternal life.

God is saying here, "Let me pay your debt for you, you just need to believe".

People tried to trick Jesus into judging a woman caught in adultery (punishment at that time was stoning to death)- if he judges then he is causing her death by stoning, but if he does not judge it may mean he approve of her sin. Initially Jesus ignored them by writing on the ground, but as they continued to ask him, Jesus in John 8 told the crowd around him that whoever does not sin to be the first one to throw the first stone, and then starting from the oldest, everyone left, leaving Jesus and the woman. Jesus assured her that there is no one who can condemn her, (even though Jesus is the only one who could throw the first stone as Jesus is the one without sin), but He did not condemn her, he asked her to go her way and sin no more. How would you feel if you were that woman? Such grace and mercy, a promise of a new life and restored dignity. Jesus has saved that woman from judgment. He does the same for us too.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. (John 3:17)

One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)

Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.” 40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains. (John 9:39-41)

30 Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:30–32)

31 He said, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” He begged Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he doesn’t open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? For his life is taken from the earth.” (Acts 8:31–33)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3)

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)

For the love of Christ compels us; because we judge thus: that one died for all, therefore all died. (2 Corinthians 5:14)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, 23 to the festal gathering and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22–24)

Jesus' Teaching To Us: Do Not Judge

This has been a challenging post to write as I had mentioned earlier. As I am not a bible scholar and I am also still learning along the way, I wanted to find more teachings or explanations on this topic. When Jesus told us not to judge, He does not mean that murderers should not be sentenced for their crimes. In fact when I was taking a meal break while preparing this post, I chanced upon a video of a teenager sentenced for murder. Jesus does not mean that the police or the judicial system in society should be abolished. Not at all. As seen in Matthew 7:6, we see that Jesus told us not to give what is holy to the dogs or the pearls to pigs. Thus we still have to discern who are the dogs and who are the pigs. The "judge" in  "do not judge" here, is a kind of hypocritical judging whereby someone who is having the same problem pronounce the same judgment to someone else. 

For example, we are not to look down on someone due to their occupation or if they are on minimum wage, or due to their family background. It would be the kind of judgment that Jesus taught us not to do if someone is judged lesser than because of those circumstances. However, if someone was caught hitting someone else or damaging someone else's property, we have to call the police on them, so that they can be judged accordingly to the judicial system. We also are taught to discern between spirits and truths versus falsehoods, according to the bible. In these types of discerning and judging, it is from a place of wanting good to come out of it, such as protecting someone from harm, or explaining or defending our faith, or teaching God's truth the right way so to build others up. However, in hypocritical judging, it is more of a destructive, devaluing nature that destroys someone's inherent value. And that is the kind of judging that Jesus told us not to do. 

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judgedFor with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 "Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:1-6)

Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free. (Luke 6:37)

Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. (Romans 2:1)

Who are you who judge another’s servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)

Therefore let’s not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion for falling. (Romans 14:13)

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn’t judge himself in that which he approves. (Romans 14:22)

But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is to be judged by no one. (1 Corinthians 2:15)

3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by a human court. Yes, I don’t even judge my own self. 4 For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get his praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other’s conscience. For why is my liberty judged by another conscience? (1 Corinthians 10:29)

Let no one therefore judge you in eating or drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, (Colossians 2:16)

Don’t speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. (James 4:11)

Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge another? (James 4:12)

Jesus' Parable Of A Judge

Jesus gave his disciples this parable of a judge who was not righteous, but as the widow who sought him for help kept on "bothering" him, so even that unrighteous judge gave in to her requests. Comparing that unrighteous judge to our righteous God, God will surely help those those who sought him for their defense from their enemies.

1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray and not give up, 2 saying, “There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God and didn’t respect man. 3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’ 4 He wouldn’t for a while; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’ ” 6 The Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 7 Won’t God avenge his chosen ones who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1–8)

Paul also wrote later in the bible verses below that we are to judge those within the church to help them to reach repentance and to prevent the church from following those sinful trends.

9 I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners; 10 yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and extortionists, or with idolaters, for then you would have to leave the world. 11 But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist. Don’t even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with also judging those who are outside? Don’t you judge those who are within? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. “Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.” (1 Corinthians 5:9–13)

Being Humble To God’s Mysterious Judgment

There are a few bible verses that have been a little mysterious as there are some debates on what they actually mean. It is important to understand the bible verses in context to the passage and how it connects to other passages in the bible. 

They can remind us to stay humble that God's judgment to others is God's role and it can be mysterious how that is carried out. 

Our role is to be faithful to what God entrusts to us, to share his good news of salvation through Jesus with others and to follow his word.

If anyone listens to my sayings and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke will judge him in the last day. (John 12:47-48)

For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit. (1 Peter 4:6)

For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don’t obey the Good News of God? (1 Peter 4:17)

God’s Judgment In History

As part of this blog post on bible verses about judging or judgment, here are some bible passages and bible verses that relate to God's judgment as recorded in the bible.

But Pharaoh will not listen to you, so I will lay my hand on Egypt, and bring out my armies, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. (Exodus 7:4)

For I will go through the land of Egypt in that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and animal. I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am The LORD. (Exodus 12:12)

For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; and The LORD delivered a very great army into their hand, because they had forsaken The LORD, the God of their fathers. So they executed judgment on Joash. (2 Chronicles 24:24)

A full wind from these will come for me. Now I will also utter judgments against them.” (Jeremiah 4:12)

“Yet I will reverse the captivity of Moab in the latter days,” says The LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab. (Jeremiah 48:47)

For The LORD says: “Behold, they to whom it didn’t pertain to drink of the cup will certainly drink; and are you he who will altogether go unpunished? You won’t go unpunished, but you will surely drink. (Jeremiah 49:12)

“We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let’s each go into his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. (Jeremiah 51:9)

Therefore behold, the days come that I will execute judgment on the engraved images of Babylon; and her whole land will be confounded. All her slain will fall in the middle of her. (Jeremiah 51:47)

“Therefore behold, the days come,” says The LORD, “that I will execute judgment on her engraved images; and through all her land the wounded will groan. (Jeremiah 51:52)

“You have called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every side. There was no one that escaped or remained in the day of The LORD’s anger. My enemy has consumed those whom I have cared for and brought up. (Lamentations 2:22)

This will not be your cauldron, neither will you be the meat in the middle of it. I will judge you in the border of Israel. (Ezekiel 11:11)

I will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy. (Ezekiel 16:38)

They will burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women. I will cause you to cease from playing the prostitute, and you will also give no hire any more. (Ezekiel 16:41)

“ ‘ “But the children rebelled against me. They didn’t walk in my statutes, and didn’t keep my ordinances to do them, which if a man does, he shall live in them. They profaned my Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out my wrath on them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. (Ezekiel 20:21)

I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. (Ezekiel 20:35)

Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you,” says the Lord The LORD. (Ezekiel 20:36)

Cause it to return into its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your birth, I will judge you. (Ezekiel 21:30)

“You, son of man, will you judge? Will you judge the bloody city? Then cause her to know all her abominations. (Ezekiel 22:2)

The LORD said moreover to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. (Ezekiel 23:36)

Righteous men will judge them with the judgment of adulteresses and with the judgment of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands. (Ezekiel 23:45)

I will execute judgments on Moab. Then they will know that I am The LORD.” (Ezekiel 25:11)

and say, ‘The LORD God says: “Behold, I am against you, Sidon. I will be glorified among you. Then they will know that I am The LORD, when I have executed judgments in her, and am sanctified in her. (Ezekiel 28:22)

I will make Pathros desolate, and will set a fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments on No. (Ezekiel 30:14)

Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt. Then they will know that I am The LORD.” ’ ” (Ezekiel 30:19)

“Listen to this, you priests! Listen, house of Israel, and give ear, house of the king! For the judgment is against you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread on Tabor. (Hosea 5:1)

Ephraim is oppressed, he is crushed in judgment, because he is intent in his pursuit of idols. (Hosea 5:11)

4 “Ephraim, what shall I do to you? Judah, what shall I do to you? For your love is like a morning cloud, and like the dew that disappears early. 5 Therefore I have cut them to pieces with the prophets; I killed them with the words of my mouth. Your judgments are like a flash of lightning. 6 For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7 But they, like Adam, have broken the covenant. They were unfaithful to me there. (Hosea 6:4–7)

Aren’t you from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We will not die. O LORD, you have appointed them for judgment. You, Rock, have established him to punish. (Habakkuk 1:12)

I will judge the nation to which they will be in bondage,’ said God, ‘and after that they will come out and serve me in this place.’ (Acts 7:7)

How God Judges In The Future

In a future time of regeneration, in God's Kingdom, Jesus will sit on the throne of glory, and His 12 disciples will sit on the twelve thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel. The dead will be judged according to their works. There will not be war anymore as God will judge between many people. To read more about bible verses about the future, click here.

2 Many nations will go and say, “Come! Let’s go up to the mountain of The LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the law will go out of Zion, and The LORD’s word from Jerusalem; 3 and he will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations afar off. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more. (Micah 4:2–3)

Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28)

28 “But you are those who have continued with me in my trials. 29 I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Luke 22:28–30)

Don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Corinthians 6:2)

Don’t you know that we will judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3)

1 Therefore leaving the teaching of the first principles of Christ, let’s press on to perfection—not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God, 2 of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1–2)

Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)

I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)

I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20:12)

The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. (Revelation 20:13)

Now we are shifting gears a little to see what are the components of right or wrong judgments.

Parts Of A Right Judgment

These are what make up a right judgment according to the bible verses below.

Being impartial, not siding with the majority or the popularity decision. Not to deny justice to poor people. Not to condemn the innocent as guilty. Not to show favoritism to the great. Not being afraid of man's reaction, but to judge for God. To bring it to a higher authority if it is too complex for your judgment. The law and statue itself has to be righteous and just. Not to take a bribe. The punishment intensity must be according to the crime's gravity. The person judging should follow God's statutes already. Not judging based on appearances, consider the heart or motive. Using God's wisdom to judge accordingly in righteousness and justice. Using the logic that God has blessed us with: When Jesus asked Simon which of the debtors loved the lender more (see Luke 7:40-43 below), Simon answered correctly the one who was forgiven the most amount of debt will love the lender more. Jesus told Simon that Simon has judged correctly. Simon was using the logical inferences here. 

“You shall not follow a crowd to do evil. You shall not testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice. (Exodus 23:2)

“You shall not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. (Exodus 23:6)

“Keep far from a false charge, and don’t kill the innocent and righteous; for I will not justify the wicked. (Exodus 23:7)

“ ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you shall judge your neighbor in righteousness. (Leviticus 19:15)

“ ‘You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measures of length, of weight, or of quantity. (Leviticus 19:35)

16 I commanded your judges at that time, saying, “Hear cases between your brothers and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the foreigner who is living with him. 17 You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.” (Deuteronomy 1:16–17)

What great nation is there that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law which I set before you today? (Deuteronomy 4:8)

He executes justice for the fatherless and widow and loves the foreigner in giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)

You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality. You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. (Deuteronomy 16:19)

You shall not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, nor take a widow’s clothing in pledge; (Deuteronomy 24:17)

If there is a controversy between men, and they come to judgment and the judges judge them, then they shall justify the righteous and condemn the wicked. (Deuteronomy 25:1)

It shall be, if the wicked man is worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down and to be beaten before his face, according to his wickedness, by number. (Deuteronomy 25:2)

He may sentence him to no more than forty stripes. He shall not give more, lest if he should give more and beat him more than that many stripes, then your brother will be degraded in your sight. (Deuteronomy 25:3)

You have declared today that The LORD is your God, and that you would walk in his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and listen to his voice. (Deuteronomy 26:17)

But The LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but The LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9)

and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you don’t judge for man, but for The LORD; and he is with you in the judgment. (2 Chronicles 19:6)

Now therefore let the fear of The LORD be on you. Take heed and do it; for there is no iniquity with The LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of bribes.” (2 Chronicles 19:7)

Now therefore be wise, you kings. Be instructed, you judges of the earth. (Psalm 2:10)

The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom. His tongue speaks justice. (Psalm 37:30)

When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly. (Psalm 75:2)

For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it. (Psalm 94:15)

It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment. (Psalm 112:5)

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. (Psalm 119:66)

The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: 2 to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding; 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; (Proverbs 1:1-3)

Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. (Proverbs 2:9)

By me princes rule, nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth. (Proverbs 8:16)

I walk in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of justice, (Proverbs 8:20)

A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes. (Proverbs 20:8)

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to The LORD than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)

It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 21:15)

Evil men don’t understand justice; but those who seek The LORD understand it fully. (Proverbs 28:5)

The king who fairly judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever. (Proverbs 29:14)

3 Don’t give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes to say, ‘Where is strong drink?’ 5 lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted. 6 Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish, and wine to the bitter in soul. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. 8 Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are left desolate. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and serve justice to the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:3–9)

Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

5 For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor; 6 if you don’t oppress the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, and don’t shed innocent blood in this place, and don’t walk after other gods to your own hurt, 7 then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, from of old even forever more. (Jeremiah 7:5–7)

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; so then it was well. Wasn’t this to know me?” says The LORD. (Jeremiah 22:16)

he who hasn’t lent to them with interest, hasn’t taken any increase from them, who has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, has executed true justice between man and man, (Ezekiel 18:8)

who has withdrawn his hand from the poor, who hasn’t received interest or increase, has executed my ordinances, has walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father. He shall surely live. (Ezekiel 18:17)

“ ‘ “In a controversy they shall stand to judge. They shall judge it according to my ordinances. They shall keep my laws and my statutes in all my appointed feasts. They shall make my Sabbaths holy. (Ezekiel 44:24)

Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the courts. It may be that The LORD, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos 5:15)

“Thus has The LORD of Armies spoken, saying, ‘Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. (Zechariah 7:9)

These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates, (Zechariah 8:16)

Don’t judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

Does our law judge a man unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?” (John 7:51)

Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” He said, “Teacher, say on.” 41 “A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they couldn’t pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?” 43 Simon answered, “He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most.” He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” (Luke 7:40–43)

Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth. (Proverbs 16:10)

Parts Of A Wrong Judgment

Here are bible verses that talked about parts of a wrong judgment. Here are some components that make up a wrong judgment: showing partiality to the wicked or the wicked;  judging unjustly; condemning the righteous; using a bribe to pervert justice; isolating self from others; depriving the innocent from justice; judging under influence of substances such as wine; judging based on own standards instead of a right or just standard and judging God’s truth to be wrong.

were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy, lest their adversaries should judge wrongly, lest they should say, ‘Our hand is exalted; The LORD has not done all this.’ ” (Deuteronomy 32:27)

“How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?” Selah. (Psalm 82:2)

He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to The LORD. (Proverbs 17:15)

A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice. (Proverbs 17:23)

A man who isolates himself pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment. (Proverbs 18:1)

To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice. (Proverbs 18:5)

A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity. (Proverbs 19:28)

These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good. (Proverbs 24:23)

A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days. (Proverbs 28:16)

The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down. (Proverbs 29:4)

If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a district, don’t marvel at the matter, for one official is eyed by a higher one, and there are officials over them. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. (Ecclesiastes 8:11)

They also reel with wine, and stagger with strong drink. The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink. They are swallowed up by wine. They stagger with strong drink. They err in vision. They stumble in judgment. (Isaiah 28:7)

No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of The LORD’s servants, and their righteousness is of me,” says The LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)

Yes, truth is lacking; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:15)

They are feared and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. (Habakkuk 1:7)

20 Or else let these men themselves say what injustice they found in me when I stood before the council, 21 unless it is for this one thing that I cried standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged before you today!’ ” (Acts 24:20–21)

2 For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your synagogue, and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in, 3 and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing and say, “Sit here in a good place;” and you tell the poor man, “Stand there,” or “Sit by my footstool” 4 haven’t you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:2–4)

Seeking God's Justice

Here are some bible verses when people from the bible desired God's justice or sought God's justice to be done. Some of them are prayers to God for justice.

5 Commit your way to The LORD. Trust also in him, and he will do this: 6 he will make your righteousness shine out like light, and your justice as the noon day sun. (Psalm 37:5-6)

5 They have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6 Set a wicked man over him. Let an adversary stand at his right hand. 7 When he is judged, let him come out guilty. Let his prayer be turned into sin. (Psalm 109:5–7)

How many are the days of your servant? When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me? (Psalm 119:84)

Arise, The LORD, in your anger. Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries. Awake for me. You have commanded judgment. (Psalm 7:6)

The LORD administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, The LORD, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me. (Psalm 7:8)

Arise, The LORD! Don’t let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight. (Psalm 9:19)

17 The LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to hear, 18 to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may terrify no more. (Psalm 10:17–18)

Wake up! Rise up to defend me, my God! My Lord, contend for me! (Psalm 35:23)

Many seek the ruler’s favor, but a man’s justice comes from The LORD. (Proverbs 29:26)

But I said, “I have labored in vain. I have spent my strength in vain for nothing; yet surely the justice due to me is with The LORD, and my reward with my God.” (Isaiah 49:4)

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways. As a nation that did righteousness, and didn’t forsake the ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments. They delight to draw near to God. (Isaiah 58:2)

Seeking God’s Vindication

The following bible verses are made by people who were seeking God's vindication about their situation, with some of them being prayers to God for vindication.

May The LORD therefore be judge, and give sentence between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand.” (1 Samuel 24:15)

Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that comes against us. We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)

Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn’t answer him. I would make supplication to my judge. (Job 9:15)

I will tell God, ‘Do not condemn me. Show me why you contend with me. (Job 10:2)

Judge me, The LORD, for I have walked in my integrity. I have trusted also in The LORD without wavering. (Psalm 26:1)

Vindicate me, The LORD my God, according to your righteousness. Don’t let them gloat over me. (Psalm 35:24)

Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men. (Psalm 43:1)

Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might. (Psalm 54:1)

I have done what is just and righteous. Don’t leave me to my oppressors. (Psalm 119:121)

Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for you. Your name and your renown are the desire of our soul. (Isaiah 26:8)

Behold, the Lord The LORD will help me! Who is he who will condemn me? Behold, they will all grow old like a garment. The moths will eat them up. (Isaiah 50:9)

Seeking God's Mercy When Judged

And these are bible verses about people seeking God's mercy during times of judgment. Some of these verses have a tone of humility and repentance in them. We can always go to God when we have sinned, to ask humbly for his forgiveness and his mercy. And we can remember how Jesus has already taken on the punishment for us and to thank Him for forgiving us.

If evil comes on us—the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this house, and before you (for your name is in this house), and cry to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ (2 Chronicles 20:9)

We have dealt very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances, which you commanded your servant Moses. (Nehemiah 1:7)

Take away my disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good. (Psalm 119:39)

The LORD, correct me, but gently; not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:24)

The LORD, you have seen my wrong. Judge my cause. (Lamentations 3:59)

I will bear the indignation of The LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my case and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light. I will see his righteousness. (Micah 7:9)

before the appointed time when the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of The LORD comes on you, before the day of The LORD’s anger comes on you. Seek The LORD, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of The LORD’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:2-3)

Agree with your adversary quickly while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. (Matthew 5:25)

57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, try diligently on the way to be released from him, lest perhaps he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will by no means get out of there until you have paid the very last penny.” (Luke 12:57–59)

Matters Of Judgment

I'm putting here some other bible verses that have no common specific category except to matters of judgment in the Old Testament and the New Testament. They range from certain laws and punishment from judgment, to avoiding God's judgment and judging according to our faith in Jesus Christ.

“If men fight and hurt a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely, and yet no harm follows, he shall be surely fined as much as the woman’s husband demands and the judges allow. (Exodus 21:22)

Whether it has gored a son or has gored a daughter, according to this judgment it shall be done to him. (Exodus 21:31)

For every matter of trespass, whether it is for ox, for donkey, for sheep, for clothing, or for any kind of lost thing, about which one says, ‘This is mine,’ the cause of both parties shall come before God. He whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor. (Exodus 22:9)

“ ‘Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death. He shall surely be put to death. (Numbers 35:31)

18 and the judges shall make diligent inquisition; and behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he had thought to do to his brother. So you shall remove the evil from among you. Those who remain shall hear, and fear, and will never again commit any such evil among you.  (Deuteronomy 19:18-20)

31 “If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swears before your altar in this house, 32 then hear in heaven, and act, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness. (1 Kings 8:31–32)

Whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it is to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. (Ezra 7:26)

Now let our princes be appointed for all the assembly, and let all those who are in our cities who have married foreign women come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city and its judges, until the fierce wrath of our God is turned from us, until this matter is resolved.” (Ezra 10:14)

Do you indeed speak righteousness, silent ones? Do you judge blamelessly, you sons of men? (Psalm 58:1)

Don’t enter into judgment with your servant, for in your sight no man living is righteous. (Psalm 143:2)

But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves, (Acts 4:19)

Therefore my judgment is that we don’t trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God, (Acts 15:19)

When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. (Acts 16:15)

24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written. 25 For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 If therefore the uncircumcised keep the ordinances of the law, won’t his uncircumcision be accounted as circumcision? 27 Won’t those who are physically uncircumcised, but fulfill the law, judge you, who with the letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God. (Romans 2:24–29)

Don’t let him who eats despise him who doesn’t eat. Don’t let him who doesn’t eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. (Romans 14:3)

But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isn’t of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)

But those who are outside, God judges. “Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.” (1 Corinthians 5:13)

If then you have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly? (1 Corinthians 6:4)

Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who has obtained mercy from the Lord to be trustworthy. (1 Corinthians 7:25)

39 A wife is bound by law for as long as her husband lives; but if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whomever she desires, only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment, and I think that I also have God’s Spirit. (1 Corinthians 7:39–40)

I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say. (1 Corinthians 10:15)

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy way eats and drinks judgment to himself if he doesn’t discern the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31 For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33 Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest your coming together be for judgment. The rest I will set in order whenever I come. (1 Corinthians 11:28–34)

But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all. (1 Corinthians 14:24)

So speak and so do as men who are to be judged by the law of freedom. (James 2:12)

Don’t grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won’t be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door. (James 5:9)

Obeying The Judgment Verdict

The bible verses here below pertain to times when a judgment verdict is made and how it should be obeyed and followed.

You shall do according to the decisions of the verdict which they shall give you from that place which The LORD chooses. You shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you. (Deuteronomy 17:10)

According to the decisions of the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do. You shall not turn away from the sentence which they announce to you, to the right hand, nor to the left. (Deuteronomy 17:11)

The man who does presumptuously in not listening to the priest who stands to minister there before The LORD your God, or to the judge, even that man shall die. You shall put away the evil from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12)

Judges In Biblical Times

Here below are a collection of bible verses about different judges recorded in the Old Testament. 

On the next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from the morning to the evening. (Exodus 18:13)

Moses came and told the people all The LORD’s words, and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words which The LORD has spoken will we do.” (Exodus 24:3)

You shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be on Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before The LORD. Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel on his heart before The LORD continually. (Exodus 28:30)

He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before The LORD. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.” (Numbers 27:21)

The cities shall be for your refuge from the avenger, that the man slayer not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment. (Numbers 35:12)

then the congregation shall judge between the striker and the avenger of blood according to these ordinances. (Numbers 35:24)

The LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. (Judges 2:16)

When The LORD raised up judges for them, then The LORD was with the judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for it grieved The LORD because of their groaning by reason of those who oppressed them and troubled them. (Judges 2:18)

They said to him, “Behold, you are old, and your sons don’t walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” (1 Samuel 8:5)

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” Samuel prayed to The LORD. (1 Samuel 8:6)

David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness for all his people. (2 Samuel 8:15)

Blessed is The LORD your God, who delighted in you, to set you on the throne of Israel. Because The LORD loved Israel forever, therefore he made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” (1 Kings 10:9)

and from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover I tell you that The LORD will build you a house. (1 Chronicles 17:10)

David reigned over all Israel; and he executed justice and righteousness for all his people. (1 Chronicles 18:14)

Blessed be The LORD your God, who delighted in you and set you on his throne to be king for The LORD your God, because your God loved Israel, to establish them forever. Therefore he made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.” (2 Chronicles 9:8)

He set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, (2 Chronicles 19:5)

Moreover in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed certain Levites, priests, and heads of the fathers’ households of Israel to give judgment for The LORD and for controversies. They returned to Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 19:8)

When Jehu was executing judgment on Ahab’s house, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of the brothers of Ahaziah serving Ahaziah, and killed them. (2 Chronicles 22:8)

You, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people who are beyond the River, who all know the laws of your God; and teach him who doesn’t know them. (Ezra 7:25)

For there are set thrones for judgment, the thrones of David’s house. (Psalm 122:5)

But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. When they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he pronounced judgment on him. (Jeremiah 39:5)

After these things, he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. (Acts 13:20)

We can learn from how these judges made judgment in biblical times from this following section.

How People In Biblical Times Judged: Relying On God's Wisdom And Spirit

In order to judge a people, it is no small task and great wisdom and knowledge is required. The bible stated that we can ask God for wisdom if we are lacking and God can give us the wisdom we need (5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. --James 1:5). 

Only God is all wise and all knowing, we need to rely on God and ask Him to give us that wisdom and knowledge, while relying on Him to make those judgments.

God said to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor yet have you asked for long life; but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people, over whom I have made you king, (2 Chronicles 1:11)

But as for me, I am full of power by The LORD’s Spirit, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his disobedience, and to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8)

How People In Biblical Times Judged: Having A System

There was a system of operation for the judges in the days of Moses when he judged the people. He actually listened to his father-in-law's Jethro's advice (Exodus 18:17) to set up a system of organization by having judges over each of those groups of people who will be divided into tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands. In that way, there will be a system of escalation if a case is too complex- the judge of the tens will escalate to the judge of the fifties, and the judge of the fifties will escalate to the judge of the hundreds, and the judge of the hundreds will escalate to the judge of the thousands. And if it is too difficult for them or a great matter, they can bring it to Moses who is over them as the judge. Moses also communicates with God regularly, and so Moses will also consult God if it is too difficult.

With this system in place, the people experience more efficiency to get a matter judged instead of everyone waiting around for Moses, and Moses will not be burned out.

This reminds me if I am bearing unnecessary burden of certain judgments that are not mine to judge. If it is not our role to bear that judgment, we should leave it to the system that is already in place to carry it out, so that we will not be over tiring ourselves.

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Let them judge the people at all times. It shall be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge themselves. So shall it be easier for you, and they shall share the load with you. (Exodus 18:22)

They judged the people at all times. They brought the hard cases to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. (Exodus 18:26)

So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and respected men, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, captains of hundreds, captains of fifties, captains of tens, and officers, according to your tribes. (Deuteronomy 1:15)

You shall make judges and officers in all your gates, which The LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. (Deuteronomy 16:18)

If there arises a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise, and go up to the place which The LORD your God chooses. (Deuteronomy 17:8)

You shall come to the priests who are Levites and to the judge who shall be in those days. You shall inquire, and they shall give you the verdict. (Deuteronomy 17:9)

then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before The LORD, before the priests and the judges who shall be in those days; (Deuteronomy 19:17)

How People In Biblical Times Judged: Teaching Them God’s Law

How can people follow the law if they do not know what the law is? Thus another job of the judge in the days of Moses was teaching the people God's laws and statutes so that they can walk and keep those. And when a judgment was made, Moses would tell them about God's law or statute in that matter and so that the party who does not know about God's law can realize the transgression and amends can be made.

When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.” (Exodus 18:16)

Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances which I teach you, to do them, that you may live and go in and possess the land which The LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. (Deuteronomy 4:1)

Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as The LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the middle of the land where you go in to possess it. (Deuteronomy 4:5)

Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, “Hear, Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears today, that you may learn them, and observe to do them.” (Deuteronomy 5:1)

But as for you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess.” (Deuteronomy 5:31)

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances, which The LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land that you go over to possess; (Deuteronomy 6:1)

Whenever any controversy comes to you from your brothers who dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and ordinances, you must warn them, that they not be guilty toward The LORD, and so wrath come on you and on your brothers. Do this, and you will not be guilty. (2 Chronicles 19:10)

Thank you for reading this post on bible verses about judging.

Here is a prayer that you are welcome to pray along with as a guide:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for your words that reveal to me your great love for me and the people around me. I know that we all deserve judgment for our sins but because of your great love for us, you have sent your son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, so that if we believe in Him, our sins can be forgiven and we can be made right with you. Please help us to walk in your ways that will please you. Please help us to be discerning in matters of good and evil and to avoid things of evil. Please help us to avoid judging others in a way that devalues them. Please help us to love one another like you have taught us and to forgive those who sinned against us, for you have died for them as well. Please give us wisdom when we are called to make judgments either for our work or for a matter that is needed. In Jesus Christ's name I pray, Amen.

Bible version: the public domain World English Bible (WEB) has been used throughout this post. The WEB translation of "Yahweh" has been changed to "the LORD" which is more familiar to most readers.

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