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Theasaurus: Deserts

19 Bible Verses about Deserts

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Jeremiah 2:6

Nor did they 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 pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death and deep darkness, through a land that no man passes through and where no man dwells?

Hosea 13:5

I knew (recognized, understood, and had regard for) you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Exodus 3:1

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

Hebrews 3:17

And with whom was He irritated and provoked and grieved for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dismembered bodies were strewn and left in the desert?

Deuteronomy 2:7

For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your walking through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:5

Nevertheless, God was not pleased with the great majority of them, for they were overthrown and strewn down along [the ground] in the wilderness.

Mark 1:4

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness (desert), preaching a baptism [ obligating] repentance ( a change of one's mind for the better, heartily amending one's ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) in order to obtain forgiveness of and release from sins.

Matthew 3:3

This is he who was mentioned by the prophet Isaiah when he said, The voice of one crying in the wilderness (shouting in the desert), Prepare the road for the Lord, make His highways straight (level, direct).

Isaiah 48:21

And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock also, and the waters gushed out.

Psalm 106:14

But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus.

John 6:31

Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.

From Thematic Bible


Beasts » Found in » Deserts

Isaiah 13:21

But wild beasts of the desert will lie down there, and the people's houses will be full of dolefully howling creatures; and ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats [like demons] will dance there.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I am like a melancholy pelican or vulture of the wilderness; I am like a [desolate] owl of the waste places.

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

And the Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month. And the people dwelt in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai [his brothers] pursued Abner; the sun was going down as they came to the hill of Ammah, before Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.

Exodus 23:31

I will set your borders 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 shall drive them out before you.

Exodus 19:2

When they had departed from Rephidim and had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, they encamped there before the mountain.

1 Samuel 23:24

So they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

Upon their return, the apostles reported to Jesus all that they had done. And He took them [along with Him] and withdrew into privacy near a town called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

And they went away in a boat to a solitary place by themselves.

Luke 4:42

And when daybreak came, He left [Peter's house] and went into an isolated [desert] place. And the people looked for Him until they came up to Him and tried to prevent Him from leaving them.

More verses: Exodus 5:3

Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

Who is this who comes up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved? [And as they sighted the home of her childhood, the bride said] Under the apple tree I awakened you; there your mother gave you birth, there she was in travail and bore you.

Song of Songs 3:6

Who or what is this [she asked] that comes gliding out of the wilderness like stately pillars of smoke perfumed with myrrh, frankincense, and all the fragrant powders of the merchant?

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 107:33

He turns rivers into a wilderness, water springs into a thirsty ground,

Psalm 107:35

He turns a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry ground into water springs;

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

Deuteronomy 28:24

The Lord shall make the rain of your land powdered soil and dust; from the heavens it shall come down upon you until you are destroyed.

Jeremiah 4:12-13

A wind too strong and full for winnowing comes at My word. Now I will also speak in judgment against [My people]. Behold, [the enemy] comes up like clouds, his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined (destroyed)!

Deserts » Illustrative of » Desolation by armies

Jeremiah 12:10-13

Many shepherds [of an invading host] have destroyed My vineyard, they have trampled My portion underfoot; they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it a desolation, and desolate it mourns before Me; the whole land has been made desolate, but no man lays it to heart. Destroyers have come upon all the bare heights in the desert, for the sword of the Lord devours from one end of the land even to the other; no flesh has peace or can find the means to escape. read more.
They have sown wheat but have reaped thorns; they have worn themselves out but without profit. And they shall be ashamed of your [lack of] harvests and revenues because of the fierce and glowing anger of the Lord.

Jeremiah 50:12

Your mother [Babylon] shall be put to great shame; she who bore you shall blush and be disgraced. Behold, she shall be at the rear of the nations [least of the nations] -- "a wilderness, waste, and desert.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

For Pharaoh will say of the Israelites, They are entangled in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.

2 Corinthians 11:26

Many times on journeys, [exposed to] perils from rivers, perils from bandits, perils from [my own] nation, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the desert places, perils in the sea, perils from those posing as believers [but destitute of Christian knowledge and piety];

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

And Moses said, Do not leave us, I pray you; for you know how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and you will serve as eyes for us.

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desert land, in the howling void of the wilderness; He kept circling around him, He scanned him [penetratingly], He kept 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 adulterously lain with? By the wayside you have sat waiting for lovers [eager for idolatry], like an Arabian [desert tribesman who waits to plunder] in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your vile harlotry and your wickedness (unfaithfulness and disobedience to God).

Lamentations 4:19

Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the sky; they pursued us on the mountains, they lay in wait 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 bottle of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulders, and he sent her and the youth away. And she wandered on [aimlessly] and lost her way in the wilderness of Beersheba.

1 Kings 19:3-4

Then he was afraid and arose and went for his life and came to Beersheba of Judah [over eighty miles, and out of Jezebel's realm] and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone broom or juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.

Deserts » Described as » Dry and without water

Deuteronomy 8:15

Who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, but Who brought you forth water out of the flinty rock,

Exodus 17:1

All the congregation of the Israelites moved on from the Wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and encamped at Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.

Deserts » The persecuted fled to

Hebrews 11:38

[Men] of whom the world was not worthy -- "roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth.

1 Samuel 23:14

David remained in the wilderness strongholds in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hands.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Paran

Genesis 21:21

He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

Numbers 10:12

And the Israelites took their journey by stages out of the Wilderness of Sinai, and the [guiding] cloud rested 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 cause him to fall by the sword in his own country.

Jeremiah 4:11

At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness [comes at My command] against the daughter of My people -- "not [a wind] to fan or cleanse [from chaff, as when threshing, but]

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

And the Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month. And the people dwelt in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

For you disobeyed My order in the Wilderness of Zin during the strife of the congregation to uphold My sanctity [by strict obedience to My authority] at the waters before their eyes. [These are the waters of Meribah in Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin].

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the Lord: I [earnestly] remember the kindness and devotion of your youth, your love after your betrothal [in Egypt] and marriage [at Sinai] when you followed Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.

Numbers 20:5

And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us into this evil place? It is no place of grain or of figs or of vines or of pomegranates. And there is no water to drink.

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and the pine [tree] together,

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus.

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

These are the sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness as he pastured the donkeys of Zibeon his father.

Exodus 3:1

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

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

And everyone in distress or in debt or discontented gathered to him, and he became a commander over them. And there were with him about 400 men.

Acts 21:38

Are you not then [as I supposed] the Egyptian who not long ago stirred up a rebellion and led those 4,000 men who were cutthroats out into the wilderness (desert)?

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, This is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves.

Mark 6:31

And He said to them, [ As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while -- "for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.

Deserts » Infested with wild beasts

Isaiah 13:21

But wild beasts of the desert will lie down there, and the people's houses will be full of dolefully howling creatures; and ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats [like demons] will dance there.

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

So accordingly they gathered them up, and they filled twelve [ small hand] baskets with fragments left over by those who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray you, three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

David remained in the wilderness strongholds in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hands. David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in the wood [at Horesh].

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Maon

1 Samuel 23:24-25

So they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon. Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told; so he went down to the rock in the Wilderness of Maon and stayed. When Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon.

Deserts » Described as » Waste and howling

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desert land, in the howling void of the wilderness; He kept circling around him, He scanned him [penetratingly], He kept 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

And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us, and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

And God was with the youth, and he developed; and he dwelt in the wilderness and became an archer. He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Infested with serpents

Deuteronomy 8:15

Who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, but Who brought you forth water out of the flinty rock,

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

Jeremiah 15:18

Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Damascus

1 Kings 19:15

And the Lord said to him, Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » En-gedi

1 Samuel 24:1

When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, Behold, David is in the Wilderness of En-gedi.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai [his brothers] pursued Abner; the sun was going down as they came to the hill of Ammah, before Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sinai

Exodus 19:1-2

In the third month after the Israelites left the land of Egypt, the same day, they came into the Wilderness of Sinai. When they had departed from Rephidim and had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, they encamped there before the mountain.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

O generation [that you are]! Behold, consider, and regard the word of the Lord: Have I been a wilderness to Israel [like a land without food]? A land of deep darkness [like a way without light]? Why do My people say, We have broken loose [we are free and will roam at large]; we will come no more to You?

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

For he shall be like a shrub or a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched places in the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

I will set your borders 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 shall drive them out before you.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the Israelites went up marshaled [in ranks] out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan; then it went up to the shoulder of Jericho on the north and up through the hill country westward and ended at the Beth-aven wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Deserts » Described as » Uninhabited and lonesome

Jeremiah 2:6

Nor did they 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 pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death and deep darkness, through a land that no man passes through and where no man dwells?

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

And I will stretch out My hand upon them and make the land desolate and waste, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblah [a Moabite city], throughout all their dwelling places; and they shall know, understand, and realize that I am the Lord.

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

The mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning the Desert of the Sea [which was Babylon after great dams were raised to control the waters of the Euphrates River which overflowed it like a sea -- "and would do so again]: As whirlwinds in the South (the Negeb) sweep through, so it [the judgment of God by hostile armies] comes from the desert, from a terrible land.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Judea

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Edom

2 Kings 3:8

Joram said, Which way shall we go up? Jehoshaphat answered, The way through the Wilderness of Edom.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they left the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kadesh

Psalm 29:8

The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble; the Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Near gaza

Deserts » Illustrative of » Those deprived of all blessings

Hosea 2:3

Lest I strip her naked and make her as in the day she was born, and make her as a wilderness and set her like a parched land and slay her with thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

A mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning the beasts of the South (the Negeb): Oh, the heavy burden, the load of treasures going to Egypt! Through a land of trouble and anguish, in which are lioness and lion, viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that will not and cannot profit them.

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

Who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, but Who brought you forth water out of the flinty rock,

Topics on Deserts

Deserts Used Figuratively

24;2;31

O generation [that you are]! Behold, consider, and regard the word of the Lord: Have I been a wilderness to Israel [like a land without food]? A land of deep darkness [like a way without light]? Why do My people say, We have broken loose [we are free and will roam at large]; we will come no more to You?

Deserts, Specific

1;21;14

So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulders, and he sent her and the youth away. And she wandered on [aimlessly] and lost her way in the wilderness of Beersheba.