Bible Verses on Rejection

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Rejection is something every person deals with at some point in his or her life. It can be painful and harsh, and it can stay with us for a long time. However, it’s a part of life we just need to work through. Sometimes we come out better on the other side of rejection than we would have been if we had gotten it. As scripture reminds us, God will be there for us to ease the sting of rejection.

Rejection is Part of Life

Unfortunately, rejection is something none of us can really avoid; it’s probably going to happen to us at some point. The Bible reminds us that it happens to everyone, including Jesus.

John 15:18
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (NIV)

Psalm 27:10
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (NLT)

Psalm 41:7
All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst. (NLT)

Psalm 118:22
The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. (NLT)

Isaiah 53:3
He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, “He is a nobody!” (CEV)

John 1:11
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. (NIV)

John 15:25
But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason. (NIV)

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (ESV)

Leaning on God

Rejection hurts. It may be good for us in the long run, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel its sting when it happens. God is always there for us when we’re hurting, and the Bible reminds us that He is the salve when we feel pain.

Psalm 34:17-20
When his people pray for help, he listens and rescues them from their troubles. The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. The Lord’s people may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them safely through. Not one of their bones will ever be broken. (CEV)

Romans 15:13
I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope. (CEV)

James 2:13
Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (NIV)

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)

Psalm 94:14
For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage. (ESV)

1 Peter 2:4
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. (NLT)

1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he replied, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. (CEV)

Romans 8:1
If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. (CEV)

Deuteronomy 14:2
You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. (NLT)

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Mahoney, Kelli. "Bible Verses on Rejection." Learn Religions, Aug. 27, 2020, Mahoney, Kelli. (2020, August 27). Bible Verses on Rejection. Retrieved from Mahoney, Kelli. "Bible Verses on Rejection." Learn Religions. (accessed June 5, 2023).