Bible Verses About Races


Galatians 3:28

ESVThere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
KJVThere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
NASBThere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
NIVThere is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
NLTThere is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Bible verses about race

Romans 2:11

ESVFor God shows no partiality.
KJVFor there is no respect of persons with God.
NASBFor there is no partiality with God.
NIVFor God does not show favoritism.
NLTFor God does not show favoritism.
different races of people

Acts 17:26

ESVAnd he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
KJVAnd hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
NASBand He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
NIVFrom one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
NLTFrom one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

Racism isn’t a bad habit; it’s not a mistake; it’s a sin. The answer is not sociology; it’s theology.” ~ Tony Evans

Hebrews 12:1

ESVTherefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
KJVWherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
NASBTherefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
NIVTherefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
NLTTherefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

“People who treat others as inferior are those who themselves suffer from a sense of inferiority and insecurity. Others are a threat to them because they don’t have a sense of being important to the eternal God. They don’t have the assurance that this God will look after them more than adequately. When we lose sight of our identity in Christ, lesser identifying features, like race, class, caste, and education, become significant. We try to find our identity by acting more significant than others.” ~ Ajith Fernando

James 2:9

ESVBut if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
KJVBut if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
NASBBut if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
NIVBut if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
NLTBut if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

1 Corinthians 9:24

ESVDo you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
KJVKnow ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
NASBDo you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
NIVDo you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
NLTDon’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

Colossians 3:11

ESVHere there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
KJVWhere there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
NASBa renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
NIVHere there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
NLTIn this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Malachi 2:10

ESVHave we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
KJVHave we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
NASB“Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?
NIVDo we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
NLTAre we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors?

Ecclesiastes 9:11

ESVAgain I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.
KJVI returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
NASBI again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
NIVI have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
NLTI have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Galatians 5:7

ESVYou were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
KJVYe did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
NASBYou were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
NIVYou were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
NLTYou were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?

Acts 10:28

ESVAnd he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
KJVAnd he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
NASBAnd he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.
NIVHe said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
NLTPeter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see the About page for details.

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