What Does The Bible Say About Bad Thoughts?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Job 31:1-2 – I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin. For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high?
Psalms 72:8 – They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high.
Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.
Proverbs 15:26 – Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him.
Proverbs 24:9 – The thought of a fool is sin: and the detracter is the abomination of men.
Wisdom 1:3 – For perverse thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise:
Wisdom 1:9 – For inquisition shall be made into the thoughts of the ungodly: and the hearing of his words shall come to God, to the chastising of his iniquities.
Wisdom 3:14 – And the eunuch, that hath not wrought iniquity with his hands, nor thought wicked things against God: for the precious gift of faith shall be given to him, and a most acceptable lot in the temple of God.
Jeremiah 4:14 – Wash thy heart from wickedness, O Jerusalem, that thou mayst be saved: how long shall hurtful thoughts abide in thee?
Matthew 15:18-20 – But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”