THE 3,573 PROMISES IN THE BIBLEOLD TESTAMENT
- God made man in his image, in his likeness, and gave him dominion over the earth and all its creatures (1:26-28).
- God blessed the descendants of Abraham, and all peoples on earth have been blessed through them (12:2-3; 18:18).
- When we believe the Lord, he credits it to us as righteousness (15:6).
established his covenant with Abraham and greatly increased his
numbers, so that he became a father of many nations (17:2, 5).
- Nothing is too hard for the Lord (18:14).
chose Abraham, “so that he will direct his children and his household
after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just,
so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him”
- The Judge of all the earth will always do right (18:25).
promised to bless Abraham and make his descendants as numerous as the
stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Through his offspring,
all nations on earth would be blessed, because he obeyed God
- The Lord is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (3:6).
Lord took the Israelites as his own people, became their God, and
brought them out from under the yoke of the Egyptians (6:7).
- The Lord raised up Pharaoh to show him his power and to cause his name to be proclaimed in all the earth (9:16).
- The Lord is faithful to his covenant promises and delivers his people through his powerful right hand (14-15).
- “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (15:11).
- God brought his people in and planted them on the mountain of his inheritance (15:17).
- The Lord is our Banner (17:15).
promised that if his people would obey him fully and keep his covenant,
than out of all nations they would be his treasured possession.
Although the whole earth is his, they would be for him a kingdom of
priests and a holy nation (19:5-6).
- “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (33:14).
Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, is slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and
forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin (34:6-7).
- Among those who approach God he will show himself holy, and in the sight of all the people God will be honored (10:3).
- “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (11:44).
the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to
make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes
atonement for one’s life” (17:11).
- “Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord” (18:5).
yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees
and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy” (20:7-8).
- “You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to by my own” (20:26).
will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am
the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no
longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and
enabled you to walk with heads held high” (26:12-13).
Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and
be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you
Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see
whether or not what I say will come true for you’” (11:23).
- The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion (14:17).
- “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God” (15:41).
is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should
change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not
Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many
as the stars in the sky. May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase
you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!” (1:10-11).
Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did
for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you
saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all
the way you went until you reached this place” (1:30-31).
Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has
watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years
the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything”
- “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you” (3:22).
Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness
and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who
can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” (3:24).
other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the
Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (4:7).
- “If . . . you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul” (4:29).
the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you
or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to
them by oath” (4:31).
- The Lord is God; besides him there is no other (4:35, 39).
Lord is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a
thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands (7:9).
will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I
will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I
command him” (18:17-18).
- “The Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory” (20:4).
- “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (29:29).
not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day
and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful” (1:8).
strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for
the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (1:9).
- The Lord our God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (2:11).
the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their
forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord
gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers.
Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their
enemies over to them. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the
house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” (21:43-45).
know with all your heart and soul that not one of the good promises the
Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled;
not one has failed” (23:14).
is not only destructive, but its cycles are monotonous; by contrast,
God’s righteousness and saving acts are always life-giving and creative
spiritual, moral, and sexual impurity abound, the only hope for a
people is repentance and return to the ways of the Lord (3-16).
gods cannot deliver in save us when we are in trouble; it is only the
Lord who can rescue us from the hands of our enemies on every side
- God’s name and ways are beyond understanding (13:18).
- Personal commitment to following the Lord always leads to redemption and life (1:16-17).
the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded
by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take
- “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer” (4:14).
- “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God” (2:2).
Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and
raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor”
- The Lord will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness (2:9).
- “Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained” (2:30).
we return to the Lord with all our hearts and rid ourselves of idolatry
and commit ourselves to the Lord and serve him only, he will deliver us
out of bondage (7:3).
- It is God alone who saves us out of all our calamities and distresses (10:19).
not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can
they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great
name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased
to make you his own” (12:21-22).
- “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few” (14:6).
- “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind” (15:29).
Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (16:7).
is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the
Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (17:47).
- “The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness” (26:23).
Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for
you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will
raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own
body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a
house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom
forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son” (7:11-14).
- “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (7:16).
great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is
no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears” (7:22).
- “You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God” (7:24).
- “O Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have given this good promise to your servant” (7:28).
strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our
God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight” (10:12).
- God devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him (14:14).
- “I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” (22:4).
for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a
shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect” (22:31-33).
be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God
requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws
and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may
prosper in all you do and wherever you go” (2:2-3).
Lord, God if Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on
earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who
continue wholeheartedly in your way” (8:23).
be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he
promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave
through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was
with our fathers; may he never leave or forsake us. May he turn our
hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees
and regulations he gave our fathers” (8:56-58).
- There is no God in all the world except in Israel (5:15).
- Those who are with us are more than those who are with them (6:16).
the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy
Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants
the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for
them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day
he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence”
not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other
gods. Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you
from the hand of all your enemies” (17:39).
- “Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass” (19:25).
- “Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above” (19:30).
cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge
my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I
will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request” (4:10).
in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the
wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced”
great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above
all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made
the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in
his dwelling place” (16:25-27).
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (16:34).
declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you. When your days
are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your
offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his
kingdom. He is the one who will build a house fore me, and I will
establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my
son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from
your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever;
his throne will be established forever” (17:10-14).
is no one like you, O Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have
heard with our own ears. You made your people Israel your very own
forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God” (17:20, 22).
you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will
give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be
Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is
the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I
will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over
Israel forever” (22:9-10).
Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the
thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake
him, he will reject you forever” (28:9).
- “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (29:14).
Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you
who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue
wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant
David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand
you have fulfilled it—as it is today” (6:14-15).
my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from
heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes
will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there
forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there” (7:14-16).
Asa called to the Lord his God and said, ‘Lord, there is no one like
you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God,
for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast
army. O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you’”
Lord is with you when your are with him. If you seek him, he will be
found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (15:2).
- “In their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them” (15:4).
- “As for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (15:7).
- “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (16:9).
let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the
Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery” (19:7).
- “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s” (20:15).
- “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful” (20:20).
- “The Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him” (30:9).
not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the
vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to
help us and to fight our battles” (32:7-8).
EZRA AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord,
and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (7:10).
- “The good hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him” (8:22).
now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving
us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God
gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we
are slaves, our God has not deserted us in our bondage. He has shown us
kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life
to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given
us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem” (9:8-9).
NEHEMIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant
of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be
attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying
before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel”
the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are
unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to
me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the
farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the
place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name” (1:8-9).
- “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding” (2:20).
be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and
fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and
your homes” (4:14).
- “This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10).
be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and
praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest
heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the
seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the
multitudes of heaven worship you” (9:5-6).
- “You have kept your promise because you are righteous” (9:8).
ESTHER AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the
Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and
deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your
father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to
royal position for such a time as this?” (4:13-14).
- “For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor” (8:16).
JOB AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave
and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised”
- “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10).
- “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (5:17).
is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much
attention, that you examine him every morning and test him every
can a mortal be righteous before God? Though one wished to dispute with
him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand. His wisdom is
profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out
- “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (10:12).
God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he
tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man he imprisons cannot be released”
- “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (13:15).
- “If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come” (14:14).
- “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high” (16:19).
know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the
earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see
God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my
heart yearns within me!” (19:25-27).
- “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (23:10).
- “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (28:28).
Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and
great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, men revere him, for
does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” (37:23-24).
- “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (42:2).
PSALMS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in
the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in
the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is
like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”
- “Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (2:12).
- “Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him” (4:3).
- “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (5:12).
Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never
forsaken those who seek you” (9:9-10).
- “The Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face” (11:7).
- “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him” (18:30).
- “Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him” (25:12).
- “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (32:8).
- “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him” (32:10).
- “The Lord redeems his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned” (34:22).
- “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (37:4).
- “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (55:22).
Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those
whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts
in you” (84:11-12).
high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those
who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he
removed our transgressions from us” (103:11-12).
- “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (121:8).
Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in
truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry
and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the
wicked he will destroy” (145:17-20).
PROVERBS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (1:7).
Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those
whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and
protects the way of his faithful ones” (2:6-8).
in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”
son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he
delights in” (3:11-12).
love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. For whoever
finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails
to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death” (8:17, 35-36).
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (9:10).
- “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death” (14:27).
- “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor” (15:33).
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (16:3).
- “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (18:10).
- “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (19:21).
- “The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble” (19:23).
- “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (21:30).
- “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life” (22:4).
ECCLESIASTES AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction
in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him,
who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives
wisdom, knowledge and happiness” (2:24-26).
has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in
the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from
beginning to end” (3:11).
know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added
to it and nothing taken from it. God does it, so men will revere him”
I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and
to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few
days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God
gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to
accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God”
a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I
know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent
before God” (8:12).
all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and
keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will
bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it
is good or evil” (12:13-14).
SONG OF SONGS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love” (2:4).
- “My lover is mine and I am his” (2:16).
- “I am my lover’s and my lover is mine” (6:3).
- “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” (7:10).
me like a seal over your heart, like a seal over your arm; for love is
as strong as death . . . . Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot
wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned” (8:6-7).
ISAIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as
crimson, they shall be like wool’” (1:18).
will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many
peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears
into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor
will they train for war anymore” (2:4).
that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the
fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in
the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child
and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (7:14).
to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be
on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his
government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s
throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice
and righteousness from that time on and forever” (9:6-7).
shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch
will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of
wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the
Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—and he will delight in
the fear of the Lord” (11:1-3).
wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will
lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down
together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play
near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the
viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy
mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the
waters cover the sea” (11:6-9).
God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the
Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (12:2).
- “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (14:27).
- “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (26:3).
- “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (30:15).
the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not
be faint” (40:31).
not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous
right hand” (41:10).
- “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” (48:17).
he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered
him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced
for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the
punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to
his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”
live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and
lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the
heart of the contrite” (57:15).
I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not
be remembered, nor will they come to mind” (65:17).
JEREMIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (1:5).
that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all
nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No
longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts” (3:17).
you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other
justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and
do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow
other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in
the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever” (7:5-7).
me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the
ways I command you, that it may go well with you” (7:23).
not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his
strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts
boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord,
who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in
these I delight” (9:23-24).
- “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for men to direct his steps” (10:23).
I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them
back to his own inheritance and his own country” (12:15).
is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and
whose heart turns away from the Lord. But blessed is the man who trusts
in the Lord, whose confidence is in him” (17:5, 7).
the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man
according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve” (17:10).
days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will raise up to David a
righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and
right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live
in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our
I only a God nearby,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far away? Can
anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the
Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (23:23-24).
eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to
this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant
them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am
the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they
will return to me with all their heart” (24:6-7).
know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you
will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You
will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’”
is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,’
declares the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on
their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer
will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, “Know the
Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the
greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and
will remember their sins no more’” (31:33-34).
- “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (33:3).
LAMENTATIONS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago” (2:17).
this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s
great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are
new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (3:21-23).
say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks
him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”
he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing
love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the
children of men” (3:32-33).
can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not
from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things
EZEKIEL AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will
remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They
will be my people, and I will be their God” (11:19-20).
I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? Declares the Sovereign
Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”
will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the
nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered,
and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. Then
you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of
Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers.
You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s
sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O
house of Israel” (20:41-42, 44).
surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in
the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and
live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of
myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd
looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look
after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were
scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from
the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them
into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in
the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a
good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing
land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will
feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend
my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will
search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the
injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will
destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice” (34:11-16).
will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend
them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. I the Lord will be their
God, and my servant David will be prince among them” (34:23-24).
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you ; I will remove
from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will
put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to
keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you
will be my people, and I will be your God” (36:26-28).
you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves
and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will
live, and I will settle you in your own land” (37:13-14).
will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on
the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord” (39:29).
DANIEL AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He
changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives
wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and
hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with
the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that
will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will
crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself
endure forever” (2:44).
Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to
anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men” (4:17).
I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.
His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from
generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as
nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples
of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have
you done?’” (4:34-35).
I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven,
because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those
who walk in pride he is able to humble” (4:37).
issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and
reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures
forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
He rescues and saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and
on the earth” (6:26-27).
was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations
and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting
dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never
be destroyed” (7:14).
- “The saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever” (7:18).
the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole
heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High.
His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship
and obey him” (7:27).
- The Lord is “the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands” (9:4).
who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting
life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will
shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to
righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (12:2-3).
HOSEA AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them—not by bow,
sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the Lord their God”
Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be
measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are
not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ The people
of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will
appoint one leader and will come up out of the land” (1:10-11).
will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and
justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the Lord” (2:19-20).
will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I
called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’
‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God’” (2:23).
- “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings” (6:6).
led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the
yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them” (11:4).
- “I am God, and not man—the Holy One among you” (11:9).
will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from
death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your
is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will
understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in
them, but the rebellious stumble in them” (14:9).
JOEL AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? ‘Even
now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting
and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow
to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity”
will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten. You will have
plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the
Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my
people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the
Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be
will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will
prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see
visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my
Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the
earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to
darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved” (2:28-32).
Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the
sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a
stronghold for the people of Israel. Then you will know that I, the Lord
your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never
again will foreigners invade her. In that day the mountains will drip
new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah
will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and
will water the valley of acacias” (3:16-18).
AMOS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his
servants the prophets. The lion has roared—who will not fear? The
Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?” (3:7-8).
who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to
man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the
earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name” (4:13).
who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and
darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours
them out over the face of the land—the Lord is his name” (5:8).
hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not
accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have
no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen
to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (5:21-24).
days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when the reaper will be overtaken
by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine
will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills. I will bring
back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and
live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will
make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,’ says the
Lord your God” (9:13-15).
OBADIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be
done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head” (15).
on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of
Jacob will possess its inheritance. The house of Jacob will be a fire
and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and
they will set it on fire and consume it” (17-18).
- “Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the Lord’s” (21).
JONAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths
of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry” (2:2).
my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to
you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the
grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will
sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes
from the Lord” (2:7-9).
knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and
abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (4:2).
MICAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “Do not my words do good to him who is upright?” (2:7).
the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as
chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and
peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us
go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He
will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will
go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (4:1-2).
will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong
nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and
their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against
nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (4:3).
man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one
will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. All the nations
may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the
Lord our God for ever and ever” (4:4-5).
you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of
Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (5:2).
will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the
majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely,
for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will
be their peace” (5:4-5).
has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of
you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
- “But as for me, I keep watch for the Lord, I wait in hope for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (7:7).
is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of
the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but
delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will
tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of
the sea” (7:18-19).
NAHUM AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is
filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and maintains
his wrath against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in
power; he will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the
whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet” (1:2-3).
- “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (1:7).
- “Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time” (1:9).
they are unscathed and numerous, they will be cut down and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, O Judah, I will afflict you no more. Now I
will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away”
HABAKKUK AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong” (1:13).
- “See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous will live by his faith” (2:4).
- “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (2:14).
- “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” (2:20).
I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew
them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy”
will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The
Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights” (3:18-19).
ZEPHANIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
great day of the Lord is near—near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry
on the day of the Lord will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior
there. That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a
day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds
and blackness” (1:14-15).
- “The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger” (3:8)
- “I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of Lord” (3:12).
Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great
delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over
you with singing” (3:17).
HAGGAI AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
- “This is what I covenanted with you when you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear” (2:5).
is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more
shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake
all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill
this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and
the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this
present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says
the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the
Lord Almighty” (2:6-9).
ZECHARIAH AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord
Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty” (1:3).
is what the Lord says, ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and
there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched
out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty” (1:16).
will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and
livestock in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’
declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within’” (2:4-5).
- “Whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye” (2:8).
and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among
you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Many nations will be joined with the Lord in
that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will
know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit
Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself
from his holy dwelling’” (2:10-13).
- “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (4:6).
is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem.
Then Jerusalem will be called The City of Truth, and the mountain of the
Lord Almighty will be called The Holy Mountain’” (8:3).
will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I
will be faithful and righteous to them as their God” (8:7).
greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your
king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a
donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. . . . He will proclaim peace
to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River
to the ends of the earth” (9:9-10).
will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a
spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they
have pierced, and mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and
grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son” (12:10).
that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem,
and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west. . . .
Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him”
- “The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name” (14:9).
MALACHI AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of
the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to
my name, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord
I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then
suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger
of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?
For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit
as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and
refine them like gold and silver” (3:1-3).
- “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed” (3:6).
- “‘Return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty” (3:7).
you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing
in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from
the stall” (4:2).