53+ Bible Verses About Not Judging Others - "Judge Not"

Shaun Connell.
Last updated
October 17, 2023

Throughout the ages, the Bible has been a source of wisdom and guidance for countless individuals. Its teachings, especially about love and understanding, have shaped the moral compass of societies and individuals alike. One of the most profound teachings in the Bible is about the importance of not judging others. This principle is emphasized in numerous verses, reminding us of the significance of compassion, understanding, and humility.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of this principle, this article presents 56 Bible verses and 7 Christian quotes that shed light on the importance of not judging others. These verses and quotes have been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive insight into the topic. So, let's embark on this enlightening journey and discover the depth of wisdom the Bible offers on the subject of "Judge Not".

The Direct Command: "Judge Not"

"Judge not, that ye be not judged."

- Matthew 7:1

"Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."

- Romans 2:1

"Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge."

- James 4:11

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

- Matthew 7:3

"Let him that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

- John 8:7

"But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."

- Romans 14:10

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

- John 7:24

The Consequences of Judging Others

"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

- Matthew 7:2

"Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God."

- 1 Corinthians 4:5

"There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?"

- James 4:12

"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."

- Romans 14:13

"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."

- 1 Corinthians 2:15

"Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."

- Romans 14:4

Understanding and Compassion Over Judgment

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

- Ephesians 4:32

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:"

- James 1:19


"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,"

- 1 Corinthians 13:4

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

- Galatians 6:1

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

- John 13:34

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:"

- Ephesians 4:31

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

- Philippians 2:3

The Humility of Not Judging

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

- Proverbs 16:18

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."

- James 4:10

"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

- Matthew 18:4

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."

- 1 Peter 5:5

"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility."

- Proverbs 18:12

"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."

- Galatians 6:3

God as the Ultimate Judge

"For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us."

- Isaiah 33:22

"Far be it from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

- Genesis 18:25

"For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."

- Ecclesiastes 12:14

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."

- Matthew 12:36

"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him."

- Proverbs 26:12

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

- Hebrews 9:27

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

- 2 Corinthians 5:10

"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."

- John 12:48

Love Overcomes Judgment

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."

- 1 Peter 4:8

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

- 1 John 4:8

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."

- 1 John 4:7

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."

- Romans 13:8

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

- John 13:35

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,"

- Galatians 5:22

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

- 1 Corinthians 13:13

Wisdom in Silence and Understanding

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."

- Proverbs 17:28

"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him."

- Proverbs 18:13

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:"

- James 1:19

"A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame."

- Proverbs 12:16

"The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things."

- Proverbs 15:28

"A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes."

- Proverbs 18:6

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."

- Proverbs 29:11

Reflecting on One's Own Actions

"Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

- Luke 6:41

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

- 2 Corinthians 13:5

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."

- 1 Corinthians 11:31

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

- Matthew 7:3

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

- Matthew 7:5


"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD."

- Lamentations 3:40

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God."

- 1 Peter 2:20

Christian Quotes

"Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are."

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken."

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

- Mother Teresa

"We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God's forgiveness and we walk forward trusting in His mercy."

- Pope Francis

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."

- Thomas Merton

"Many people can listen to you and judge you, but only a few will understand you."

- Billy Graham

"God does not judge the condition or quality of His church by how good the meetings are on Sunday morning, but by how good the people are on Monday morning. The main calling of our life is more than just knowing the truth—it is having that truth become our life."

- Rick Joyner


Throughout the scriptures, the message is clear: judgment belongs to God, and we are called to love and understand. The Bible consistently teaches us the importance of looking inward, reflecting on our own actions, and approaching others with compassion and humility. By refraining from judgment and embracing love, we align ourselves more closely with the teachings of Christ and the heart of God.

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."

- 1 Peter 4:8

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"

- Luke 6:37

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

- Matthew 7:12

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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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