23 Bible Verses About Betrayal

Who betrayed Jesus? In our Breaking Free Bible study, we are learning about betrayal. We examine the original 12 disciples and the one who betrayed Jesus. His name is Judas Iscariot. In the Holy Bible, all four gospels tell the eyewitness account of when Judas betrayed Jesus. Facts, not fiction.

From a worldview definition, betrayal means a violation of someone’s trust or confidence (Merriam-Webster). You can find many articles and podcasts explaining the topic of betrayal.

Open your Bible and you will find several verses about betrayal, including verses about the disciple who betrayed Jesus. In original biblical language when Jesus spoke (John 13:21) betray means to deliver up, judge, punush, put to death, and condemn. Here are a few of these verses.

Bible Verses About Betrayal

The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” Luke 24:7 NLT

Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” John 13:21 NLT

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Matthew 10:1-4 NIV

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:14-15 NLT

But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:48 NLT

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. John 18:2 NIV

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Matthew 20:18 NLT

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. Matthew 27:3 NIV

But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. Luke 22:47 NLT

But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. Proverbs 25:9 NLT

For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” John 13:11 NLT

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 NLT

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 NIV

You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Luke 21:16 NIV

He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me. 2 Samuel 19:26 NIV

As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. Psalm 55:20 NLT

If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. Psalm 73:15 NIV

Woe to you, destroyer,
    you who have not been destroyed!
Woe to you, betrayer,
    you who have not been betrayed!
When you stop destroying,
    you will be destroyed;
when you stop betraying,
    you will be betrayed. Isaiah 33:1 NIV

Your relatives, members of your own family—
    even they have betrayed you;
    they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them,
    though they speak well of you. Jeremiah 12:6 NIV

Bitterly she weeps at night,
    tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
    there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
    they have become her enemies. Lamentations 1:2 NIV

“I called to my allies
    but they betrayed me.
My priests and my elders
    perished in the city
while they searched for food
    to keep themselves alive. Lamentation 1:19 NIV

After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his power will not last. In those days she will be betrayed, together with her royal escort and her father and the one who supported her. Daniel 11:6 NIV

They have betrayed the honor of the Lord,
    bearing children that are not his.
Now their false religion will devour them
    along with their wealth. Hosea 5:7 NLT

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