Every Instance of Repent in the Bible

This post is focused on every instance of repent in the Bible, and you will notice that the word is in bold. There are 108 instances of the word repent and I’ve put the Hebrew number beside the scripture on old testament scriptures, so that you can understand the scripture, and the Greek number beside the new testament scriptures. I plan to write a short blog post on each of the 108 verses over the coming months, which will make them more understandable.

Various definitions of repent in Old Testament Hebrew – 5150, 5162, 5164, 7725

5150 nichum

nichum: comfort, compassion

Original Word: נִחוּם
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: niche
Phonetic Spelling: (nee-khoom’)
Definition: comfort, compassion

Found in: Hosea 11:8

5162 nacham

nacham: to be sorry, console oneself

Original Word: נָחַם
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: nacham
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-kham’)
Definition: to be sorry, console oneself

Found in: Genesis 6:6, Genesis 6:7, Exodus 13:17, Exodus 32:12, Exodus 32:14, Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 32:36, Judges 2:18, Judges 21:6, Judges 21:15, 1 Samuel 15:11, 1 Samuel 15:29, 1 Samuel 15:35, 2 Samuel 24:16, 1 Chronicles 21:15, Job 42:6, Psalm 90:13, Psalm 106:45, Psalm 110:4, Psalm 135:14, Jeremiah 4:28, Jeremiah 8:6, Jeremiah 15:6, Jeremiah 18:8, Jeremiah 18:10, Jeremiah 20:16, Jeremiah 26:13, Jeremiah 26:19, Jeremiah 31:19, Jeremiah 42:10, Ezekiel 24:14, Joel 2:13, Joel 2:14, Amos 7:3, Amos 7:6, Jonah 3:9, Jonah 3:10, Jonah 4:2, Zechariah 8:14

5164 nocham

nocham: sorrow, repentance

Original Word: נֹחַם
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: nocham
Phonetic Spelling: (no’-kham)
Definition: sorrow, repentance

Found in: Hosea 13:14

7725 shub

shub: to turn back, return

Original Word: שׁוּב
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: shub
Phonetic Spelling: (shoob)
Definition: to turn back, return

Found in:1 Kings 8:47, Ezekiel 14:6, Ezekiel 18:30


And it repented (5162) the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart – Genesis 6:6

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth (5162) me that I have made them – Genesis 6:7


And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent (5162) when they see war, and they return to Egypt: – Exodus 13:17

Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent (1562) of this evil against thy people – Exodus 32:12

And the Lord repented (5162): of the evil which he thought to do unto his people – Exodus 32:14


God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent (5162): hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? – Numbers 23:19


For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent (5162) himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left – Deuteronomy 32:36


And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented (5162) the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them – Judges 2:18

And the children of Israel repented (5162) them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day – Judges 21:6

And the people repented (5162) them for Benjamin, because that the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel – Judges 21:15


It repenteth (5162) me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night – 1 Samuel 15:11

And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent (5162): for he is not a man, that he should repent (5162 )– 1 Samuel 15:29

And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented (5162) that he had made Saul king over Israel – 1 Samuel 15:35

And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented (5162) him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite – 2 Samuel 24:16


Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent(7725), and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; – 1 Kings 8:47


And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented (5162) him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite – 1 Chronicles 21:15


Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent (5162) in dust and ashes – Job 42:6


Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent (5162) thee concerning thy servants – Psalm 90:13

And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented (5162) according to the multitude of his mercies – Psalm 106:45

The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent (5162), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek – Psalm 110:4

For the Lord will judge his people, and he will repent (5162) himself concerning his servants – Psalm 135:14


For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent (5162), neither will I turn back from it – Jeremiah 4:28

I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented (5162) him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle – Jeremiah 8:6

Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting (5162) – Jeremiah 15:6

If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent (5162) of the evil that I thought to do unto them – Jeremiah 18:8

If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent (5162) of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them – Jeremiah 18:10

And let that man be as the cities which the Lord overthrew, and repented (5162) not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide; – Jeremiah 20:16

If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent (5162) me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings – Jeremiah 26:3

Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent (5162) him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you – Jeremiah 26:13

Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented (5162) him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls – Jeremiah 26:19

Surely after that I was turned, I repented (5162); and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth – Jeremiah 31:19

If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent (5162) me of the evil that I have done unto you – Jeremiah 42:10


Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent (7725), and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations – Ezekiel 14:6

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent (7725), and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin – Ezekiel 18:30

I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent(5162); according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord God – Ezekiel 24:14


How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings (5150) are kindled together – Hosea 11:8

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance (5164) shall be hid from mine eyes – Hosea 13:14


And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth (5162) him of the evil – Joel 2:13

Who knoweth if he will return and repent (5162), and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? – Joel 2:14


The Lord repented (5162) for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord– Amos 7:3

The Lord repented (5162) for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God– Amos 7:6


Who can tell if God will turn and repent (5162), and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? – Jonah 3:9

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (5162) of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not – Jonah 3:10

And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest (5162) thee of the evil – Jonah 4:2


For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented (5162) not: – Zechariah 8:14


Various definitions of repent in New Testament Greek – 278, 3338, 3340, 3341

278 ametamelétos

ametamelétos: not repented of

Original Word: ἀμεταμέλητος, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: ametamelétos
Phonetic Spelling: (am-et-am-el’-ay-tos)
Definition: not repented of
Usage: not to be repented of, about which no change of mind can take place, not affected by change of mind.

Found in: Romans 11:29, Corinthians 7:10

3338 metamelomai

metamelomai: to regret, repent

Original Word: μεταμέλομαι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: metamelomai
Phonetic Spelling: (met-am-el’-lom-ahee)
Definition: to regret, repent
Usage: (lit: I change one care or interest for another), I change my mind (generally for the better), repent, regret.

Found in: Matthew 21:29, Matthew 21:32, Matthew 27:3, 2 Corinthians 7:8, Hebrews 7:21

3340 metanoeó

metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose

Original Word: μετανοέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: metanoeó
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an-o-eh’-o)
Definition: to change one’s mind or purpose
Usage: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.

Found in: Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17,, Matthew 11:20, Matthew 11:21, Matthew 12:41, Mark 1:15, Mark 6:12, Luke 10:13, Luke 11:32, Luke 13:3, Luke 13:5, Luke 15:7, Luke 15:10, Luke 16:30, Luke 17:3, Luke 17:4, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:22, Acts 17:30, Acts 26:20, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Revelation 2:5, Revelation 2:16, Revelation 2:21, Revelation 2:22, Revelation 3:3, Revelation 3:19, Revelation 9:20, Revelation 9:21, Revelation 16:9, Revelation 16:11

3341 metanoia

metanoia: change of mind, repentance

Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: metanoia
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah)
Definition: change of mind, repentance
Usage: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.

Found in: Matthew 3:8, Matthew 3:11, Matthew 9:13, Mark 1:4, Mark 2:17, Luke 3:3, Luke 3:8, Luke 5:32, Luke 15:7, Luke 24:47, Acts 5:31, Acts 11:18, Acts 13:24, Acts 19:4, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20, Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 7:9, Corinthians 7:10, 2 Timothy 2:25, Hebrews 6:1, Hebrews 6:6, Hebrews 12:17, 2 Peter 3:9


And saying, Repent (3340) ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand – Matthew 3:2

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance (3341): – Matthew 3:8

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance (3341). but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: – Matthew 3:11

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent (3340): for the kingdom of heaven is at hand – Matthew 4:17

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (3341) – Matthew 9:13

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented (3340) not: – Matthew 11:20

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented (3340) long ago in sackcloth and ashes – Matthew 11:21

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented (3340) at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here – Matthew 12:41

He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented (3338), and went – Matthew 21:29

For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented (3338) not afterward, that ye might believe him – Matthew 21:32

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented (3338) himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders – Matthew 27:3


John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance (3341) for the remission of sins – Mark 1:4

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent (3340) ye, and believe the gospel – Mark 1:15

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (3341) – Mark 2:17

And they went out, and preached that men should repent (3340) – Mark 6:12


And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance (3341) for the remission of sins; – Luke 3:3

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance (3341), and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham – Luke 3:8

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (3341) – Luke 5:32

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented (3340), sitting in sackcloth and ashes – Luke 10:13

The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented (3340) at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here – Luke 11:32

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent (3340), ye shall all likewise perish – Luke 13:3

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent (3340), ye shall all likewise perish – Luke 13:5

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth (3340), more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance (3341) – Luke 15:7

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (3340) – Luke 15:10

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent (3340)– Luke 16:30

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent (3340), forgive him – Luke 17:3

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent (3340); thou shalt forgive him – Luke 17:4

And that repentance (3341) and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem – Luke 24:47


Then Peter said unto them, Repent (3340), and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost – Acts 2:38

Repent (3340) ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord – Acts 3:19

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance (3341) to Israel, and forgiveness of sins – Acts 5:31

Repent (3340) therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee – Acts 8:22

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance (3341) unto life – Acts 11:18

When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance (3341) to all the people of Israel – Acts 13:24

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent (3340): – Acts 17:30

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance (3341), saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus – Acts 19:4

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance (3341) toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ – Acts 20:21

But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent (3340) and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance (3341) – Acts 26:20


Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (3341) – Romans 2:4

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (278) – Romans 11:29


For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent (3338), though I did repent (3338): for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season – 2 Corinthians 7:8

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance (3341): for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing – 2 Corinthians 7:9

For godly sorrow worketh repentance (3341) to salvation not to be repented (278) of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death – 2 Corinthians 7:10

And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented (3340) of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed – 2 Corinthians 12:21


In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance (3341) to the acknowledging of the truth; –2 Timothy 2:25


Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance (3341) from dead works, and of faith toward God, – Hebrews 6:1

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance (3341); seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame – Hebrews 6:6

(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent (3338), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) – Hebrews 7:21

For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance (3341), though he sought it carefully with tears – Hebrews 12:17


The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (3341) – 2 Peter 3:9


Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent (3340), and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent (3340) – Revelation 2:5

Repent (3340); or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth – Revelation 2:16

And I gave her space to repent (3340) of her fornication; and she repented (3340) not – Revelation 2:21

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent (3340) of their deeds – Revelation 2:22

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent (3340). If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee – Revelation 3:3

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent (3340)– Revelation 3:19

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented (3340) not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk – Revelation 9:20

Neither repented (3340) they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts – Revelation 9:21

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented  (3340) not to give him glory – Revelation 16:9

And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented (3340) not of their deeds – Revelation 16:11


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