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Jeremiah 2:6

"They did not say, 'Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?'

Exodus 3:1

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

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Jeremiah 2:31

"O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are free to roam; We will no longer come to You'?

Deserts, Specific

Genesis 21:14

So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

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Hebrews 3:17

And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 2:7

"For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing."'

1 Corinthians 10:5

Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.

Matthew 3:3

For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"

Isaiah 48:21

They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts He made the water flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and the water gushed forth.

Psalm 106:14

But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert.

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus

John 6:31

"Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"

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Beasts » Found in » Deserts

Isaiah 13:21

But desert creatures will lie down there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places.

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and when the sun was going down, they came to the hill of Ammah, which is in front of Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Exodus 23:31

"I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.

Exodus 19:2

When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain.

1 Samuel 23:24

Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Luke 4:42

When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them.

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Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

"Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?" "Beneath the apple tree I awakened you; There your mother was in labor with you, There she was in labor and gave you birth.

Song of Songs 3:6

"What is this coming up from the wilderness Like columns of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all scented powders of the merchant?

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 106:9

Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up, And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.

Psalm 107:33

He changes rivers into a wilderness And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

Psalm 107:35

He changes a wilderness into a pool of water And a dry land into springs of water;

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Clouds of sand and dust

Deuteronomy 28:24

"The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

Jeremiah 4:12-13

a wind too strong for this--will come at My command; now I will also pronounce judgments against them. "Behold, he goes up like clouds, And his chariots like the whirlwind; His horses are swifter than eagles Woe to us, for we are ruined!"

Deserts » Illustrative of » Desolation by armies

Jeremiah 12:10-13

"Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard, They have trampled down My field; They have made My pleasant field A desolate wilderness. "It has been made a desolation, Desolate, it mourns before Me; The whole land has been made desolate, Because no man lays it to heart. "On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone. read more.
"They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, They have strained themselves to no profit But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD."

Jeremiah 50:12

Your mother will be greatly ashamed, She who gave you birth will be humiliated Behold, she will be the least of the nations, A wilderness, a parched land and a desert.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

"For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, 'They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.'

2 Corinthians 11:26

I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

Then he said, "Please do not leave us, inasmuch as you know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you will be as eyes for us.

Deuteronomy 32:10

"He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.

Deserts » Infested with robbers

Jeremiah 3:2

"Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see; Where have you not been violated? By the roads you have sat for them Like an Arab in the desert, And you have polluted a land With your harlotry and with your wickedness.

Lamentations 4:19

Our pursuers were swifter Than the eagles of the sky; They chased us on the mountains, They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beer-sheba

Genesis 21:14

So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

1 Kings 19:3-4

And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."

Deserts » Described as » Dry and without water

Deuteronomy 8:15

"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

Exodus 17:1

Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.

Deserts » The persecuted fled to

1 Samuel 23:14

David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Paran

Genesis 21:21

He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Numbers 10:12

and the sons of Israel set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai Then the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran.

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Simoom or deadly wind

2 Kings 19:7

"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land."'"

Jeremiah 4:11

In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A scorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people--not to winnow and not to cleanse,

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

for in the wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to treat Me as holy before their eyes at the water." (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

"Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.

Numbers 20:5

"Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink."

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

"I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert Together with the box tree and the cypress,

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

These are the sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah--he is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness when he was pasturing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

Exodus 3:1

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him.

Acts 21:38

"Then you are not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?"

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, "This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves."

Mark 6:31

And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)

Deserts » Infested with wild beasts

Isaiah 13:21

But desert creatures will lie down there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

Exodus 5:3

Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

'Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Maon

1 Samuel 23:24-25

Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon. When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.

Deserts » Described as » Waste and howling

Deuteronomy 32:10

"He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kedemoth

Deuteronomy 2:26

"So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,

Deserts » Described as » Great and terrible

Deuteronomy 1:19

"Then we set out from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the LORD our God had commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

God was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Infested with serpents

Deuteronomy 8:15

"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Mirage or deceptive appearance of water

Jeremiah 15:18

Why has my pain been perpetual And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream With water that is unreliable?

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Damascus

1 Kings 19:15

The LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » En-gedi

1 Samuel 24:1

Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and when the sun was going down, they came to the hill of Ammah, which is in front of Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sinai

Exodus 19:1-2

In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

"O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are free to roam; We will no longer come to You'?

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

"For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

"I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array from the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

Their border on the north side was from the Jordan, then the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Genesis 16:7

Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.

Deserts » Described as » Uninhabited and lonesome

Jeremiah 2:6

"They did not say, 'Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?'

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

"So throughout all their habitations I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land more desolate and waste than the wilderness toward Diblah; thus they will know that I am the LORD."'"

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea As windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Judea

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Edom

2 Kings 3:8

He said, "Which way shall we go up?" And he answered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kadesh

Psalm 29:8

The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Near gaza

Deserts » Illustrative of » Those deprived of all blessings

Hosea 2:3

Or I will strip her naked And expose her as on the day when she was born I will also make her like a wilderness, Make her like desert land And slay her with thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

The oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev Through a land of distress and anguish, From where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent, They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys And their treasures on camels' humps, To a people who cannot profit them;

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.



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