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Theasaurus: Deserts

19 Bible Verses about Deserts

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Jeremiah 2:6

And they said not, Where is Jehovah, that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and of pits, in a land of drought and of the shadow of death, in a land that no one passeth through, and where no man dwelleth?

Exodus 3:1

And Moses tended the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock behind the wilderness, and came to the mountain of God to Horeb.

Hebrews 3:17

And with whom was he wroth forty years? Was it not with those who had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 2:7

for Jehovah thy God hath blessed thee in all the work of thy hand. He hath known thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years hath Jehovah thy God been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:5

yet God was not pleased with the most of them, for they were strewed in the desert.

Matthew 3:3

For this is he who has been spoken of through Esaias the prophet, saying, Voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

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; yea, he clave the rock, and the waters gushed out.

Psalm 106:14

And they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the dry land shall be gladdened; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

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 beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of owls; and ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats shall dance there.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I am become like the pelican of the wilderness, I am as an owl in desolate places;

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

And the children of Israel, the whole assembly, came into the wilderness of Zin, in the first month; and the people abode at Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

And Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner; and the sun went down when they came to the hill of Ammah, which is before Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.

Exodus 23:31

And I will set thy bounds from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness unto the river; for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, that thou mayest dispossess them from before thee.

Exodus 19:2

they departed from Rephidim, and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and encamped in the wilderness; and Israel encamped there before the mountain.

1 Samuel 23:24

And they arose and went to Ziph before Saul; but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of the waste.

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

And the apostles having returned related to him whatever they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart into a desert place of a city called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

And they went away apart into a desert place by ship.

Luke 4:42

And when it was day he went out, and went into a desert place, and the crowds sought after him, and came up to him, and would have kept him back that he should not go from them.

More verses: Exodus 5:3

Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, Leaning upon her beloved? I awoke thee under the apple-tree: There thy mother brought thee forth; There she brought thee forth that bore thee.

Song of Songs 3:6

Who is this, she that cometh up from the wilderness Like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all powders of the merchant? ...

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 107:33

He maketh rivers into a wilderness, and water-springs into dry ground;

Psalm 107:35

He maketh the wilderness into a pool of water, and the dry land into water-springs;

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

Deuteronomy 28:24

Jehovah will give as the rain of thy land powder and dust; from the heavens shall it come down upon thee until thou be destroyed.

Jeremiah 4:12-13

A wind more vehement than that shall come from me: now will I also pronounce judgments against them. Behold, he cometh up as clouds, and his chariots are as a whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are destroyed.

Deserts » Illustrative of » Desolation by armies

Jeremiah 12:10-13

Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness: they have made it a desolation; desolate, it mourneth unto me: the whole land is made desolate, for no man layeth it to heart. Spoilers are come upon all heights in the wilderness; for the sword of Jehovah devoureth from one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh hath peace. read more.
They have sown wheat, and they reap thorns; they have put themselves to pain, and do not profit. Be ye therefore ashamed of your revenues, because of the fierce anger of Jehovah.

Jeremiah 50:12

Your mother hath been sorely put to shame; she that bore you hath been covered with reproach: behold, she is become hindmost of the nations, a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has hemmed them in.

2 Corinthians 11:26

in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own race, in perils from the nations, in perils in the city, in perils in the desert, in perils on the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

And he said, Leave me not, I pray thee, because thou knowest where we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou wilt be to us for eyes.

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desert land, And in the waste, howling wilderness; He compassed him about, he watched over him, He preserved him as the apple of his eye.

Deserts » Infested with robbers

Jeremiah 3:2

Lift up thine eyes unto the heights and see, where hast thou not been lain with? In the ways hast thou sat for them, as an Arab in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy fornications and with thy wickedness.

Lamentations 4:19

Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens; they chased us hotly upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beer-sheba

Genesis 21:14

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder and the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

1 Kings 19:3-4

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. And he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a certain broom-bush, and requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough: now, Jehovah, take my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Deserts » Described as » Dry and without water

Deuteronomy 8:15

who led thee through the great and terrible wilderness, a wilderness of fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there is no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

Exodus 17:1

And all the assembly of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, according to their journeys, at the command of Jehovah; and they encamped in Rephidim; and there was no water for the people to drink.

Deserts » The persecuted fled to

1 Samuel 23:14

And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds, and abode in the mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Paran

Genesis 21:21

And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran. And his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Numbers 10:12

And the children of Israel set forward according to their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud stood still in the wilderness of Paran.

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

2 Kings 19:7

Behold, I will put a spirit into him, and he shall hear tidings, and shall return to his own land; and I will make him to fall by the sword in his own land.

Jeremiah 4:11

At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind cometh from the heights in the wilderness, on the way of the daughter of my people, not for fanning, nor for cleansing.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

And the children of Israel, the whole assembly, came into the wilderness of Zin, in the first month; and the people abode at Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

because ye rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, as to hallowing me in the matter of the water before their eyes. (That is the water of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith Jehovah: I remember for thee the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.

Numbers 20:5

And why have ye made us to go up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates, neither is there any water to drink.

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

I will give in the wilderness the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and oleaster; I will set in the desert the cypress, pine, and box-tree together;

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the dry land shall be gladdened; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

And these are the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah And Anah. This is the Anah that found the warm springs in the wilderness as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

Exodus 3:1

And Moses tended the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock behind the wilderness, and came to the mountain of God to Horeb.

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

And every one in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one of embittered spirit collected round him; and he became a captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men.

Acts 21:38

Thou art not then that Egyptian who before these days raised a sedition and led out into the wilderness the four thousand men of the assassins?

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

But when even was come, his disciples came to him saying, The place is desert, and much of the day time already gone by; dismiss the crowds, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.

Mark 6:31

And he said to them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a little. For those coming and those going were many, and they had not leisure even to eat.

Deserts » Infested with wild beasts

Isaiah 13:21

But beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of owls; and ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats shall dance there.

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

They gathered them therefore together, and filled twelve hand-baskets full of fragments of the five barley loaves, which were over and above to those that had eaten.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to Jehovah our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with sword.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

To-morrow go down against them: behold, they come up by the ascent of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds, and abode in the mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. And David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life; and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Maon

1 Samuel 23:24-25

And they arose and went to Ziph before Saul; but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of the waste. And Saul and his men went to seek him. And they told David; and he came down from the rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And Saul heard that, and he pursued after 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 waste, howling wilderness; He compassed him about, he watched over him, He preserved him as the apple of his eye.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kedemoth

Deuteronomy 2:26

And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon the king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,

Deserts » Described as » Great and terrible

Deuteronomy 1:19

And we departed from Horeb and went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw, on the way to the mountain of the Amorites, as Jehovah our God had commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

And God was with the lad, and he grew; and he dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran. And his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Infested with serpents

Deuteronomy 8:15

who led thee through the great and terrible wilderness, a wilderness of fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there is no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

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

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Damascus

1 Kings 19:15

And Jehovah said to him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when thou comest, anoint Hazael king over Syria;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » En-gedi

1 Samuel 24:1

And it came to pass when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

2 Samuel 2:24

And Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner; and the sun went down when they came to the hill of Ammah, which is 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 departure of the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai: they departed from Rephidim, and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and encamped in the wilderness; and Israel encamped there before the mountain.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

O generation, mark ye the word of Jehovah. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel, or a land of thick darkness? Wherefore say my people, We have dominion; we will come no more unto thee?

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

And he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but he shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

And I will set thy bounds from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness unto the river; for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, that thou mayest dispossess them from before thee.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

And God led the people about, the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went arrayed out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

And their border on the north side was from the Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up to the mountain westward; and ended at the wilderness of Beth-Aven;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Genesis 16:7

And the Angel of Jehovah 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

And they said not, Where is Jehovah, that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and of pits, in a land of drought and of the shadow of death, in a land that no one passeth through, and where no man dwelleth?

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

behold, I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth: shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the waste.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

And I will stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness of Diblath, in all their dwellings; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through, so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Judea

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Edom

2 Kings 3:8

And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he said, By way of the wilderness of Edom.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

And they journeyed from Elim, and the whole assembly of the children of Israel came into the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kadesh

Psalm 29:8

The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness; Jehovah shaketh 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 set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her as a dry land, and slay her with thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

The burden of the beasts of the south: Through a land of trouble and anguish, whence come the lioness and lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

who led thee through the great and terrible wilderness, a wilderness of fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there is no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

Topics on Deserts

Deserts Used Figuratively

Jeremiah 2:31

O generation, mark ye the word of Jehovah. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel, or a land of thick darkness? Wherefore say my people, We have dominion; we will come no more unto thee?

Deserts, Specific

Genesis 21:14

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder and the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.