Betrayal; 30 Bible Verses about Backstabbing

January 13, 2024

Written byAdelekan Bolanle

The Bible is a complete book that offers insight into different life challenges and circumstances. There are bible verses about manipulation, newlyweds, consistency and many more. Today, we will explore bible verses about backstabbing. No one wants to experience betrayal and backstabbing but unfortunately, we will experience it at one point in our lives.

What is Backstabbing?

Backstabbing is an act of doing something bad or disloyal to a friend or family member. The act of backstabbing is very hurtful and it leaves the victim in shock and pain. There are several examples of people in the bible who were betrayed and backstabbed by people they loved.

Who was betrayed in the bible?

Delilah betrays Samson

1. Abel: Abel was the first person betrayed in the bible. He was betrayed by his brother Cain, who backstabbed him out of jealousy and anger. (Genesis 4: 2-10)

2. Esau: Esau was betrayed by his mother and twin brother. He was deeply hurt by Jacob’s action that he sought to kill Jacob.(Genesis 27:1-46)

3. Joseph: Joseph was his father’s favourite and he suffered because of this. His father’s one-sided love caused sibling rivalry between him and his brother. His brothers wanted to kill him because they couldn’t bear to see him. He was betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers. (Genesis 37:1-36)

4. Uriah: Uriah suffered great betrayal. David was the King of Israel; he had the responsibility to protect his citizens and their properties but he betrayed Uriah by sleeping with his wife and planning his death. (2 Samuel 11:1-27)

5. David: David betrayed Uriah and he was also betrayed in the most brutal ways. Two of David’s sons; Absalom (2 Samuel15 -19) and Adonijah (1 Kings 1:5-29) rose to overthrow their father. Their actions hurt David deeply and brought tears to his eyes.

6. Jesus: our lord Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot. He betrayed Jesus for money. His betrayal paved the way for us to become children of God. (Mathew 26:14-16) between him and his brother. His brothers wanted to kill him because they couldn’t bear to see him. He was betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers. (Genesis 37:1-36)

Bible Verses about Backstabbing and Betrayal

Betrayal and backstabbing are painful experiences that have been addressed in the Bible. While the Bible doesn’t explicitly use the terms “backstabbing” or “betrayal,” there are several verses that discuss the deceit, treachery, and betrayal. Here are 30 bible verses that touch the concept of backstabbing:

1. Psalm 41:9 (NIV) – “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”

2. Psalm 55:12-14 (NIV) – “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”

3. Proverbs 16:28 (NIV) – “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

4. Psalm 55:20-21 (NIV) – “My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”

5. Matthew 26:49 (NIV) – “Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.”

6. Luke 22:48 (NIV) – “But Jesus asked him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'”

7. Psalm 109:5 (NIV) – “They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.”

8. Proverbs 27:6 (NIV) – “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

9. Psalm 27:10 (NIV) – “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”

10. Micah 7:5-6 (NIV) – “Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips. For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.”

11. 2 Timothy 4:16 (NIV) – “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.”

12. Psalm 37:21 (NIV) – “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”

13. Proverbs 19:5 (NIV) – “A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”

14. Matthew 24:10 (NIV) – “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.”

15. Proverbs 18:24 (NIV) – “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

16. Proverbs 3:32 – “For the devious are an abomination to the Lord, But He is intimate with the upright.”

2. Proverbs 11:3 – “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the falseness of the treacherous will destroy them.”

3. Psalm 41:9 – “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.”

4. Proverbs 14:21 – “He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.”

5. Proverbs 16:28 – “A perverse person spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.”

6. Proverbs 17:9 – “He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.”

7. Proverbs 19:5 – “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.”

8. Proverbs 20:19 – “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.”

9. Psalm 55:12-14 – “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him. But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend; We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.”

10. Matthew 26:23-24 – “And He answered, ‘He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.'”

11. Luke 22:48 – “But Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'”

12. Proverbs 22:24-25 – “Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.”

13. Proverbs 27:6 – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

14. Matthew 10:36 – “And a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.”

15. Micah 7:5-6 – “Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.”

16. Psalm 55:20-21 – “He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant. His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.”

17. Jeremiah 9:4 – “Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.”

18. Proverbs 25:9-10 – “Argue your case with your neighbor, And do not reveal the secret of another, Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away.”

19. Psalm 109:4-5 – “In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. Thus they have repaid me evil for good And hatred for my love.”

20. Psalm 41:5-9 – “My enemies speak evil against me, ‘When will he die, and his name perish?’ And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it. All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt, saying, ‘A wicked thing is poured out upon him, That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.'”

21. Matthew 24:10 – “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.”

22. Luke 21:16 – “But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.”

23. Proverbs 6:12-15 – “A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers; Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.”

24. Psalm 35:11-12 – “Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know. They repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.”

25. Mark 14:43-46 – “Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, ‘Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.'”

26. Proverbs 12:22 – “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.”

27. Psalm 7:4-5 – “If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust.”

28. Jeremiah 20:10 – “For I have heard the whispering of many, ‘Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!’ All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: ‘Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him.'”

29. Psalm 109:8 – “Let his days be few; Let another take his office.”

30. Luke 6:16 – “Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”

These verses acknowledge the pain and difficulties that betrayal and backstabbing can bring but also offer guidance on seeking comfort, forgiveness, and understanding from the Lord. They encourage us to rely on God’s faithfulness and to approach these situations with wisdom and discernment.

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How can I overcome the pain of betrayal?

Experiencing betrayal and backstabbing can be emotionally challenging, it’s essential to find ways to cope and move forward. Here are some strategies to help you handle betrayal:

1. Allow Yourself to Feel the pain and the anger.

  Acknowledge your emotions and allow yourself to feel the pain, anger, or sadness associated with betrayal. It’s crucial not to suppress your emotions. Bottling up your emotions will only make things worse

2. Seek and accept support from family and friends.

   Share your feelings with trusted friends, family members, or a counsellor. Having a support system can provide comfort and change your perspective.

3. Reflect on the Situation and pick the lessons.

 Take time to reflect on the circumstances surrounding the betrayal. Consider the motivations and factors that led to the betrayal. This reflection can help you gain a better understanding and make sense of the situation.

4. Maintain Boundaries and define your relationships with people.

Establish clear boundaries with the person who betrayed you. This may involve limiting contact or reevaluating the level of trust you place in that individual.

5. Forgiveness is crucial if you want to be free.

 Forgiveness is important although it may take time. While it doesn’t necessarily mean condoning the betrayal, it can help release the hold that resentment has on you. Forgiveness is for your healing, not necessarily for the other person.

6. Focus on Self-Care and self-discovery

  Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Exercise, get enough sleep, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

7. Learn and Grow

Use the experience as an opportunity for personal growth. Reflect on what you’ve learned about yourself, your relationships, and how to navigate challenging situations in the future.

8. Set Realistic Expectations for yourself.

Recognize that healing from betrayal takes time. Set realistic expectations for your emotional recovery and understand that it’s a gradual process.

9. Stay Positive

Focus on the positive aspects of your life and the relationships that bring you joy and support.

10. Consider Professional Help

If the betrayal has deeply affected your mental and emotional well-being, consider seeking the help of a therapist or counsellor. They can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific situation.

11. Channel Your Energy to positive things.

Instead of dwelling on the betrayal, channel your energy into productive and positive activities. Pursue hobbies, work on personal projects, or volunteer to shift your focus.

12. Learn to Trust Again

While it may take time, try not to let one betrayal prevent you from trusting others in the future. Each relationship is unique, and not everyone will betray your trust.

Remember that healing is a process, and everyone copes differently. It’s essential to be patient with yourself and take the time you need to heal. If you find it challenging to handle the emotions on your own, seeking professional support is a wise decision.

Final Thoughts

I have gone through a period of anger and pain because I was betrayed by people who should protect and guide me. I felt a lot of anger for them and I swore never to forgive them but here I am today, free of the bitterness and hurt. Always, remember that our lord Jesus was betrayed therefore he knows the pain of betrayal and he can help you overcome the pain. These betrayal bible verses serve as a reminder that God is with us even when friends and family backstab us.

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