8 Awesome KJV (King James Version) Verses About Forgiveness

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I like the lyrics to a song Matthew West wrote that say “It’s the hardest thing to give away, and the last thing on your mind today. It always goes to those that don’t deserve. Forgiveness”. That sums it up! Forgiveness is oftentimes misunderstood and standing ready to forgive can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Forgive and forgiveness are extremely important concepts in the Bible yet the King James Version lists the word forgive only 28 times in the Old Testament and 28 times in the New Testament. Let’s take a look at some of the awesome KJV Bible verses about forgiveness.

8 Awesome KJV Verses About Forgiveness

Our relationships on earth must include regular opportunities for forgiveness to strengthen our relationship with the Lord.

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

What a great promise written by the psalmist. The Lord stands ready to forgive and the forgiveness and mercy that He gives to ALL that call upon Him is plenteous. No matter what we do, the Lord will always be there to catch us when we fall and forgive our many, many sins (Psalm 37:24, Psalm 118:13). Forgiveness and mercy are some of the attributes of the Lord.

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, And will not remember thy sins.

The great prophet Isaiah reminds us of what the Lord said about forgiveness. He not only forgives our transgressions (sins) He chooses to remember them no more.  In this verse the phrase “blotteth out” is used as a synonym for forgive.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Forgiveness requires a great deal of humility. We must be willing to confess that we are in need of forgiveness before God will grant it. However, clearly this passage in Isaiah is a promise that when we forsake our wicked way and walk with the Lord, He will have mercy and grant ABUNDANT pardon. In the Bible oftentimes the word “pardon” is used to mean forgiveness.

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 their iniquity, And I will remember their sin no more.

Another amazing promise, this time from the prophet Jeremiah, echoing what Isaiah wrote earlier. This is a very enlightening portion of Scripture in that Jeremiah is talking of a time when the Lord will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. He speaks of the day when the law of the Lord will be written in the hearts of men so that they will know Him. He speaks of the time when they will no longer need to teach about the Lord because they will have Him in their heart already. This is a time when God will have already forgiven their sins and chooses to remember them no more. Forgiveness is an everlasting covenant between God and His true believers.

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

God is longsuffering when it comes to sin because He is merciful. Even though there came a time when God offered salvation to the Gentiles because the Jews rejected it, there remains a remnant that will see Him in glory (Acts 13:14-52, Romans 10 & 11). He promised salvation and He will be faithful to perform it. He is compassionate and His compassion equals forgiveness.

Mark 11:25–26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Jesus stresses the importance of a heart that is right with our brothers and sisters when it comes to forgiveness. He goes as far as to say that our unwillingness to forgive when it is necessary will delay and even cause our Heavenly Father to withhold the forgiveness we so desperately need from Him. Our relationships on earth must include regular opportunities for forgiveness to strengthen our relationship with the Lord.

Acts 10:42-43 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Chapter 10 in Acts is a pivotal point in which Peter was called by God to preach to the people at Caesarea after appearing to Cornelius. The Lord sent Cornelius to Joppa to find Peter so that Peter could “preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” It was during this discourse that the Holy Ghost was poured out not only on the Jews, but also on the Gentiles. This astonished the Jews and was a sign to them that “remission” or forgiveness of sins was (and is) available to “WHOSOEVER” believeth in Jesus.

James 5:15–16 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 him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This passage in James is often used to speak of faith and healing. However when you look at it in context it really is stressing the importance of admitting fault and praying for one another. Healing is not only needed for sickness, but we must also pray for healing of the heart that is in need of granting or accepting forgiveness.

Final Thoughts

Forgiveness is a multifaceted concept. Many words in the KJV Bible are used as synonyms for forgiveness including, pardon, mercy and compassion. We are admonished to have a forgiving heart toward our brothers and sisters, just as God has for us. We can even count on forgiveness as an everlasting covenant between God and His true believers.

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version

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john July 2, 2017 at 7:53 am

does the offender have to ask for forgiveness before we are obligated to forgive them? In all instances..

thanks and Gods Blessings.


Jack Wellman July 2, 2017 at 8:47 am

Hello John. No, the offender does not have to ask for forgiveness before we forgive but we shouldn’t feel “obligated” but compelled because God has forgiven us infinitely more! Did this help you sir?


R Whitsett August 13, 2017 at 7:22 am

It definitely helped me!


Teresa Posey August 24, 2017 at 2:15 am

How do I forgive my husband. I want to. But he has been cheating on me for 19 years with multiple women. I want to forgive him and move on with my life. But I don’t know how. Can you help me to forgive him and move on with my life. Can you please send me some passages. I also want revenge on him. But God don’t like ugly and he’s been very ugly and so have I because I don’t know how to forgive. Please help me. I love my Lord and I want him to forgive me. Please tell me how to forgive so that I can be. Given


Jack Wellman August 24, 2017 at 9:36 am

Hello Teresa. It is hard to forgive someone who is still committing adultery. This husband of yours sounds like he doesn’t know Christ and is not saved. Pray for him since only the Holy Spirit can convict him of this sin.


Jack Wellman August 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

Please call your pastor too and tell him what’s going on. Will your husband agree to counseling? If not, go there yourself.


Joe November 18, 2019 at 11:19 am

Secular counseling will not help anyone, getting on your knees in the closet is one way to show God you are truly repenting.


Jack Wellman November 18, 2019 at 11:41 am

If you read the entire comment Joe, it was in reference to a pastor’s counseling, so I did not recommend secular cousneling at all and I’m sorry you assume it was, but reading the entire comment makes it clear I was not. Thank you anyway Joe for the critque. I do agree about falling on your knees and asking God for forgiveness and repenting of past actions. I agree, “Secular counseing will not help anyone,” but I never insinuated such. I am sorry you misquoted me.


Cindy Pearce January 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Where in the KJV Bible does it say that we have to ask God to forgive us our sins?


Jack Wellman January 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm

King James or other Bibles all say the same thing. We are told to confess our sins and God will forgive us of all unrighteousness (1 JOhn 1:9). Mark 11:25 and dozens more say things like “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Have you neer asked God to forgive you of your sins? Didn’t you do that when you were saved? If you sin, you don’t think we need to ask God to forgive us?


Jack Wellman January 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm

And, if you have sinned against someone, don’t you think it is right to ask them to forgive you? What about your spouse or others?


Michael December 11, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Hello Jack Wellman,

I’ve been married for 22years and had my share of cheating on my wife, then repented asking the lord for forgiveness, And now Years later I’ve noticed her infidelity with other men, but will not admit her wrong. I do not want a divorce & I love my wife, and you’re right it is very tough to forgive someone who hasn’t stop cheating. So after reading your post from other issues Of marriage, I will go to my closet and get on my knees and pray for my wife and for me; but if you can sir, could you please advise me on what else that I can be doing to better & keep my marriage. We pray Together every morning before we go to work, an I Psalms 91 equip our family before we leave the house. All I would like to do is to forgive and move forward, Also she loves the Lord as well, but recently her direction has been diverted and now her feelings have become her truth. I need some help brother thank you!


Jack Wellman December 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Hello Michael. I am so sorry for the pain this must be causing you sir. I know what you mean…people rank feelings over facts and even Scripture. Only God can change her heart (Prov 21:1), so let’s pray for that. We cannot change people; we can only change how we react to people. My prayers for you in this Michael. God did not give us what we really deserved (His wrath) but gave us what we needed (His mercy & grace), so we must do likewise (read Rom 5:6-10).


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