Bible verses about racism and prejudice

by BibleStudyTools

Foolish interpretations of the Bible have created the misconception that God approves of racism and slavery. This is a collection of scripture quotes exemplifying God's command to 'judge not by appearance, but judge by right judgment.' Read these powerful Bible verses relating to the context of racism and prejudice.


1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'

1 Timothy 5:21
I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

Acts 17:26
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:25
Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Exodus 22:21
Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

James 2:1
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

James 2:4
Have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

John 7:2
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

John 13:34
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Revelation 7:9
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

Revelation 14:6
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people.

Romans 2:11
For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 10:12
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him

Mark 12:31
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.'

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Romans 10:12-13
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

Leviticus 19:33-34
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

James 2:8-9
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. 'So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

2 Chronicles 19:6-7
He told them, 'Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict.  Now let the fear of the LORD be on you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.'

1 John 3:15-16
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 John 4:19-21
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.  And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Acts 10:34-36
Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

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