Bible Verses Related to Forgiveness

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When?and How? Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month. For the sake of space, not all occurrences of the original word is given but enough to show the various ways in which the word is used.

03722 kaphar {kaw-far’}
a primitive root; TWOT – 1023,1024,1025,1026; v
AV – atonement 71, purge 7, reconciliation 4, reconcile 3, forgive 3, purge away 2, pacify 2, atonement…made 2, merciful 2, cleansed 1, disannulled 1, appease 1, put off 1, pardon 1, pitch 1; 102
1) to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch
1a) (Qal) to coat or cover with pitch
1b) (Piel)
1b1) to cover over, pacify, propitiate
1b2) to cover over, atone for sin, make atonement for
1b3) to cover over, atone for sin and persons by legal rites
1c) (Pual)
1c1) to be covered over
1c2) to make atonement for
1d) (Hithpael) to be covered

Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch <03722> it within and without with pitch. {rooms: Heb. nests}
Leviticus 4:20 And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for them, and it shall be forgiven them.
Leviticus 4:26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.
Leviticus 4:31 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him, and it shall be forgiven him.
Leviticus 4:35 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him.
Leviticus 5:10 And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the manner: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him for his sin which he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him. {manner: or, ordinance}
Leviticus 5:13 And the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest’s, as a meat offering.
Leviticus 5:16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.
Leviticus 5:18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.
Leviticus 6:7 And the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.
Leviticus 19:22 And the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.
Numbers 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
Numbers 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement <03722> for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement <03722> for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
Deuteronomy 21:8 Be merciful <03722>, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven <03722> them. {unto thy people of: Heb. in the midst, etc}
Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive <03722> not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger. {to slay…: Heb. for death}

05375 nasa’ {naw-saw’} or nacah (Ps 4 : 6 [7]) {naw-saw’}
a primitive root; TWOT – 1421; v
AV – (bare, lift, etc…) up 219, bear 115, take 58, bare 34, carry 30, (take, carry)..away 22, borne 22, armourbearer 18, forgive 16, accept 12, exalt 8, regard 5, obtained 4, respect 3, misc 74; 654
1) to lift, bear up, carry, take
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to lift, lift up
1a2) to bear, carry, support, sustain, endure
1a3) to take, take away, carry off, forgive
1b) (Niphal)
1b1) to be lifted up, be exalted
1b2) to lift oneself up, rise up
1b3) to be borne, be carried
1b4) to be taken away, be carried off, be swept away
1c) (Piel)
1c1) to lift up, exalt, support, aid, assist
1c2) to desire, long (fig.)
1c3) to carry, bear continuously
1c4) to take, take away
1d) (Hithpael) to lift oneself up, exalt oneself
1e) (Hiphil)
1e1) to cause one to bear (iniquity)
1e2) to cause to bring, have brought

Genesis 4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear <05375>. {My…: or, Mine iniquity is greater than that it may be forgiven}
Genesis 50:17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive <05375>, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive <05375> the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
Exodus 10:17 Now therefore forgive <05375>, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.
Exodus 32:32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive <05375> their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving <05375> iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving <05375> iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven <05375> this people, from Egypt even until now. {until…: or, hitherto}
Joshua 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive <05375> your transgressions nor your sins. {holy God: Heb. holy Gods}
1 Samuel 25:28 I pray thee, forgive <05375> the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
Psalms 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive <05375> all my sins.
Psalms 32:1 <<A Psalm of David, Maschil.>> Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven <05375> , whose sin is covered. {A Psalm…: or, A Psalm of David giving instruction}
Psalms 85:2 Thou hast forgiven <05375> the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
Isaiah 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive <05375> them not.
Isaiah 33:24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven <05375> their iniquity.

05545 calach {saw-lakh’}
a primitive root; TWOT – 1505; v
AV – forgive 19, forgiven 13, pardon 13, spare 1; 46
1) to forgive, pardon
1a) (Qal) to forgive, pardon
1b) (Niphal) to be forgiven

Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon <05545> our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
Leviticus 19:22 And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven <05545> him.
Numbers 14:19 Pardon <05545>, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. {until…: or, hitherto}
Numbers 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven <05545> them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
Numbers 15:26 And it shall be forgiven <05545> all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
Numbers 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven <05545> him.
Numbers 30:5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive <05545> her, because her father disallowed her.
Numbers 30:8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive <05545> her.
Numbers 30:12 But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive <05545> her.
1 Kings 8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive <05545>. {toward this place: or, in this place}
1 Kings 8:34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive <05545> the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.
1 Kings 8:36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive <05545> the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
1 Kings 8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive <05545>, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
1 Kings 8:50 And forgive <05545> thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:
2 Chronicles 6:21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive <05545>. {make: Heb. pray} {toward…: or, in this place}
2 Chronicles 6:25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive <05545> the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
2 Chronicles 6:27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive <05545> the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
2 Chronicles 6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive <05545>, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
2 Chronicles 6:39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive <05545> thy people which have sinned against thee. {cause: or, right}
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive <05545> their sin, and will heal their land. {which…: Heb. upon whom my name is called}
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth <05545> all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive <05545> their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive <05545> their iniquity and their sin.
Daniel 9:19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive <05545>; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Amos 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive <05545>, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. {by…: or, who of (or, for,) Jacob shall stand?

05546 callach {saw-lawkh’} from 05545; TWOT – 1505a; adj
AV – ready to forgive 1; 1
1) ready to forgive, forgiving

Psalms 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive <05546>; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

 

863 aphiemi {af-ee’-ay-mee}
from 575 and hiemi (to send, an intens. form of eimi, to go); TDNT – 1:509,88; v
AV – leave 52, forgive 47, suffer 14, let 8, forsake 6, let alone 6, misc 13; 146
1) to send away
1a) to bid going away or depart
1a1) of a husband divorcing his wife
1b) to send forth, yield up, to expire
1c) to let go, let alone, let be
1c1) to disregard
1c2) to leave, not to discuss now, (a topic) 1c21) of teachers, writers and speakers
1c3) to omit, neglect
1d) to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit
1e) to give up, keep no longer
2) to permit, allow, not to hinder, to give up a thing to a person
3) to leave, go way from one
3a) in order to go to another place
3b) to depart from any one
3c) to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned
3d) to desert wrongfully
3e) to go away leaving something behind
3f) to leave one by not taking him as a companion
3g) to leave on dying, leave behind one
3h) to leave so that what is left may remain, leave remaining
3i) abandon, leave destitute

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer <863> it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered <863> him.
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth <863> him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Matthew 4:20 And they straightway left <863> their nets, and followed him.
Matthew 4:22 And they immediately left <863> the ship and their father, and followed him.
Matthew 5:24 Leave <863> there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let <863> him have <863> thy cloke also.
Matthew 6:12 And forgive <863> us our debts, as we forgive <863> our debtors.
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive <863> men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive <863> you:
Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive <863> not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive <863> your trespasses.
Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven <863> thee.
Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven <863> thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive <863> sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven <863> unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall <863> not be forgiven <863> unto men.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven <863> him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall <863> not be forgiven <863> him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive <863> him? till seven times?
Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive <863> not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven <863> thee.
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive <863> sins but God only?
Mark 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven <863> thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive <863> sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
Mark 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven <863> unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven <863> them.
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive <863>, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive <863> you your trespasses.
Mark 11:26 But if ye do <863> not forgive <863>, neither will <863> your Father which is in heaven forgive <863> your trespasses.
Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven <863> thee.
Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive <863> sins, but God alone?
Luke 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven <863> thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?
Luke 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive <863> sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven <863>; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven <863>, the same loveth little.
Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven <863>.
Luke 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth <863> sins also?
Luke 11:4 And forgive <863> us our sins; for we also forgive <863> every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven <863> him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall <863> not be forgiven <863>.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive <863> him.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive <863> him.
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive <863> them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven <863> thee.
Romans 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven <863>, and whose sins are covered.
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven <863> him.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive <863> us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven <863> you for his name’s sake.

 

630 apoluo {ap-ol-oo’-o}
from 575 and 3089;; v
AV – release 17, put away 14, send away 13, let go 13, set at liberty 2, let depart 2, dismiss 2, misc 6; 69
1) to set free
2) to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer)
2a) a petitioner to whom liberty to depart is given by a decisive answer
2b) to bid depart, send away
3) to let go free, release
3a) a captive i.e. to loose his bonds and bid him depart, to give him liberty to depart
3b) to acquit one accused of a crime and set him at liberty
3c) indulgently to grant a prisoner leave to depart
3d) to release a debtor, i.e. not to press one’s claim against him, to remit his debt
4) used of divorce, to dismiss from the house, to repudiate. The wife of a Greek or Roman may divorce her husband.
5) to send one’s self away, to depart

Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put <630> her away <630> privily.
Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away <630> his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away <630> his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced <630> committeth adultery.
Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send <630> the multitude away <630>, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive <630>, and ye shall be forgiven <630>:

 

859 aphesis {af’-es-is}
from 863; TDNT – 1:50 9,88; n f
AV – remission 9, forgiveness 6, deliverance 1, liberty 1; 17
1) release from bondage or imprisonment
2) forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission <859> of sins.
Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission <859> of sins. {for: or, unto}
Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness <859>, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness <859> of sins.
Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness <859> of sins:
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness <859> of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness <859> of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness <859> of sins:

 

5483 charizomai {khar-id’-zom-ahee}
middle voice from 5485; TDNT – 9:372,1298; v
AV – forgive 11, give 6, freely give 2, deliver 2, grant 1, frankly forgive 1; 23
1) to do something pleasant or agreeable (to one), to do a favour to, gratify
1a) to show one’s self gracious, kind, benevolent
1b) to grant forgiveness, to pardon
1c) to give graciously, give freely, bestow
1c1) to forgive
1c2) graciously to restore one to another
1c3) to preserve for one a person in peril

Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave <5483> sight.
Luke 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave <5483> them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave <5483> most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive <5483> him, and comfort him , lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom ye forgive <5483> any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave <5483> any thing, to whom I forgave <5483> it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; {person: or, sight}
2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive <5483> me this wrong.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving <5483> one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven <5483> you.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven <5483> you all trespasses;
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving <5483> one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave <5483> you, so also do ye. {quarrel: or, complaint}