Also called: Sword, Warfare
Armed hostile conflict between groups of people.

Top Bible Verses about War

Deuteronomy 20:1–4

“If you go out to war against your enemies and you see a horse and a chariot, an army larger that you, you shall not be afraid because of them; for Yahweh your God is with you, the one who brought you from the land of Egypt. And then when you approach the battle, then the priest shall come near and speak to the troops. And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, Israel, you are near today to the battle against your enemies; do not lose heart; you shall not be afraid, and you shall not panic, and you shall … Read Deuteronomy 20:1–4

Joshua 5:13–15

And it happened, when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up, and he saw a man standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said, “Are you with us, or with our adversaries?” And he said, “Neither. I have come now as the commander of Yahweh’s army.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and he bowed down and said to him, “What is my lord commanding his servant?” The commander of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the … Read Joshua 5:13–15
Isaiah 2:4

Isaiah 2:4

He shall judge between the nations and he shall arbitrate for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. A nation shall not lift up a sword against a nation, and they shall not learn war again. Read Isaiah 2:4

Joel 3:9–10

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Stir up the mighty warriors; let them approach and come up; let all the men of war approach. Beat your cutting tools of iron into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weakling say, ‘I am a mighty warrior!’ Read Joel 3:9–10

Matthew 24:6–7

And you are going to hear about wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Read Matthew 24:6–7

James 4:1–2

From where are conflicts and from where are quarrels among you? Is it not from this, from your pleasures that wage war among your members? You desire and do not have; you murder and are filled with envy, and are not able to obtain; you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. Read James 4:1–2

Famous Christian Quotes About War, Sword, Warfare

Dishonest Reasons for Going to War

I am well aware of the excuse which men, ever ingenious in devising mischief to themselves as well as others, offer in extenuation of their conduct in going to war. They allege that they are compelled to it; that they are dragged against their will to war. I answer them, deal fairly. Pull off the mask; throw away all false colors; consult your own heart, and you will find that anger, ambition, and folly are the compulsory force that has dragged you to war, and not any necessity; unless indeed you call the insatiable cravings of a covetous mind, necessity.

Desiderius Erasmus

War Should Be a Last Resort

War is to commonweals a remedy indeed, but perilous and dangerous, even as lancing or cutting is to the members [of the body]. The hand is poisoned, and the arm in danger to be envenomed too, whereby the whole man perhaps may be cast away. But yet you do not cut off your hand until, when you have tried all other medicines, you do plainly perceive that no other means can remedy the sore but cutting off alone. Likewise, when all helps fail, then at the last let war begin.

Heinrich Bullinger

War Is Not for Displaying Power

All actions no way conducive to obtain a contested right, or to bring the war to a termination, but calculated merely to display the strength of either side are totally repugnant to the duties of a Christian and to the principles of humanity. So that it behooves Christian princes to prohibit all unnecessary effusion of blood, as they must render an account of their sovereign commission to him by whose authority, and in whose stead, they bear the sword.

Hugo Grotius
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