Scripture Readings for the Modern Military

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with great military might. (Psalm 29: 11)

Turn from evil and do good; seek security and pursue it with swords and chariots. (Psalm 34: 14)

He will judge between the nations in battle and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into rifles and their spears into bayonets. Nation will take up sword against nation, and they will train for war and military intervention. (Isaiah 2: 4)

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Master of Righteous War. (Isaiah 9: 6)

Blessed are the warriors of the nation: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matt. 5: 9)

But hate your enemies, smite them with your armies, and show no mercy lest it be seen as weakness. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He will be your strength against the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6: 35)

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, pursue your enemies with an army and smite those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and rains vengeance on the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, you will be rewarded. Follow the way of all men and fight against those who would harm your children or your neighbor (Matt, 5: 43-48)

Then said Jesus unto Peter, Unsheathe thy sword and gather together strong men to fight the evil invader. And I will call down death from the skies for the enemies of my people. (John 18: 11)

But I tell you, Resist the evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn on him with vengeance and strike him down without mercy. (Matt. 5: 39)

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have national security from evildoers. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have given you the instruments of destruction for the protection of your own. (John 16: 33)

Repay evil for evil, and give thought to do what is rightful for the protection of thy own people. (Rom. 12:17)

And a harvest of righteousness is sown by those who make war for the good of their fellow citizens. (James 3: 18)

About richardjacksonterrorismblog

I am currently Professor of Peace Studies and the Director of the National Peace and Conflict Studies Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Prior to this, I was Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. I study and teach on issues of pacifism and nonviolence, terrorism, political violence, conflict resolution and war. I have published several books on these topics, including: The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies (Routledge, 2016); Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011; co-authored with Lee Jarvis, Jeroen Gunning and Marie Breen Smyth); Contemporary State Terrorism: Theory and Cases (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010; edited by Richard Jackson, Eamon Murphy and Scott Poynting); Critical Terrorism Studies: A New Research Agenda (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009; edited by Richard Jackson, Marie Breen Smyth and Jeroen Gunning); Conflict Resolution in the Twenty-first Century: Principles, Methods and Approaches (Ann Arbor MI: Michigan University Press, 2009; co-authored with Jacob Bercovitch); and Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counterterrorism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005). I am also the editor-in-chief of the academic journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism. In 2014, I published a research-based novel entitled, Confessions of a Terrorist (Zed Books, 2014) which explores the mind and motivation of a terrorist.
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