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Theasaurus: Deserts

19 Bible Verses about Deserts

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Jeremiah 2:6

They stopped asking, “Where is the Lord
who brought us from the land of Egypt,
who led us through the wilderness,
through a land of deserts and ravines,
through a land of drought and darkness,
a land no one traveled through
and where no one lived?”

Exodus 3:1

Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Hebrews 3:17

And who was He provoked with for 40 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 the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this immense wilderness. The Lord your God has been with you this past 40 years, and you have lacked nothing.’

1 Corinthians 10:5

But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.

Matthew 3:3

For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said:A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make His paths straight!

Isaiah 48:21

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

Psalm 106:14

They were seized with craving in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert.

John 6:31

Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

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Beasts » Found in » Deserts

Isaiah 13:21

But desert creatures will lie down there,
and owls will fill the houses.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I am like a desert owl,
like an owl among the ruins.

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

The entire Israelite community entered the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and they settled in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

but Joab and Abishai pursued Abner. By sunset, they had gone as far as the hill of Ammah, which is opposite Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.

Exodus 23:31

I will set your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates River. For I will place the inhabitants of the land under your control, and you will drive them out ahead of you.

Exodus 19:2

After they departed from Rephidim, they entered the Wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness, and Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

1 Samuel 23:24

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

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus all that they had done. He took them along and withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place,

Luke 4:42

When it was day, He went out and made His way to a deserted place. But the crowds were searching for Him. They came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them.

More verses: Exodus 5:3

Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

Y Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on the one she loves?W I awakened you under the apricot tree.
There your mother conceived you;
there she conceived and gave you birth.

Song of Songs 3:6

N What is this coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
scented with myrrh and frankincense
from every fragrant powder of the merchant?

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 107:33

He turns rivers into desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,

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

Deuteronomy 28:24

The Lord will turn the rain of your land into falling dust; it will descend on you from the sky until you are destroyed.

Jeremiah 4:12-13

a wind too strong for this comes at My call. Now I will also pronounce judgments against them." Look, he advances like clouds; his chariots are like a storm. 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 destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My plot of land. They have turned My desirable plot into a desolate wasteland. They have made it a desolation. It mourns, desolate, before Me. All the land is desolate, but no one takes it to heart. Over all the barren heights in the wilderness the destroyers have come, for the Lord has a sword that devours from one end of the earth to the other. No one has peace. read more.
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves but have no profit. Be put to shame by your harvests because of the Lord's burning anger.

Jeremiah 50:12

your mother will be utterly humiliated;
she who bore you will be put to shame.
Look! She will lag behind all the nations—
a dry land, a wilderness, an Arabah.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

Pharaoh will say of the Israelites: They are wandering around the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in.

2 Corinthians 11:26

On frequent journeys, I faced
dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers,
dangers from my own people,
dangers from the Gentiles,
dangers in the city,
dangers in the open country,
dangers on the sea,
and dangers among false brothers;

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

“Please don’t leave us,” Moses said, “since you know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can serve as our eyes.

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desolate land,
in a barren, howling wilderness;
He surrounded him, cared for him,
and protected him as the pupil of His eye.

Deserts » Infested with robbers

Jeremiah 3:2

Look to the barren heights and see.
Where have you not been immoral?
You sat waiting for them beside the highways
like a nomad in the desert.
You have defiled the land
with your prostitution and wickedness.

Lamentations 4:19

?QofThose who chased us were swifter
than eagles in the sky;
they relentlessly pursued us over the mountains
and ambushed us in the wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beer-sheba

Genesis 21:14

Early in the morning Abraham got up, took bread and a waterskin, put them on Hagar’s shoulders, and sent her and the boy away. She left and wandered in the Wilderness of Beer-sheba.

1 Kings 19:3-4

Then Elijah became afraid and immediately ran for his life. When he came to Beer-sheba that belonged to Judah, he left his servant there, but he went on a day's journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, "[I have had] enough! Lord, take my life, for I'm no 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 poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint-like rock for you.

Exodus 17:1

The entire Israelite community left the Wilderness of Sin, moving from one place to the next according to the Lord’s command. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.

Deserts » The persecuted fled to

1 Samuel 23:14

David then stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Paran

Genesis 21:21

He settled in the Wilderness of Paran, and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Numbers 10:12

The Israelites traveled on from the Wilderness of Sinai, moving from one place to the next until the cloud stopped in the Wilderness of Paran.

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

2 Kings 19:7

I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”

Jeremiah 4:11

“At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, ‘A searing wind blows from the barren heights in the wilderness on the way to My dear people. It comes not to winnow or to sift;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

The entire Israelite community entered the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and they settled in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

When the community quarreled in the Wilderness of Zin, both of you rebelled against My command to show My holiness in their sight at the waters.” Those were the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

“Go and announce directly to Jerusalem that this is what the Lord says:I remember the loyalty of your youth,
your love as a bride—
how you followed Me in the wilderness,
in a land not sown.

Numbers 20:5

Why have you led us up from Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It’s not a place of grain, figs, vines, and pomegranates, and there is no water to drink!”

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

I will plant cedars in the desert,
acacias, myrtles, and olive trees.
I will put juniper trees in the desert,
elms and cypress trees together,

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

These are Zibeon’s sons: Aiah and Anah.
This was the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness
while he was pasturing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

Exodus 3:1

Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

In addition, every man who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. About 400 men were with him.

Acts 21:38

Aren’t you the Egyptian who raised a rebellion some time ago and led 4,000 Assassins into the wilderness?”

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

When evening came, the disciples approached Him and said, “This place is a wilderness, and it is already late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

Mark 6:31

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were 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 owls will fill the houses.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about.

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

So they collected them and filled 12 baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten.

Exodus 5:3

Then they answered, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God, or else He may strike us with plague or sword.”

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

Tomorrow, go down against them. You will see them coming up the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley facing the Wilderness of Jeruel.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

David then stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him. David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in Horesh when he saw that Saul had come out to take his life.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Maon

1 Samuel 23:24-25

So they went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness near Maon in the Arabah south of Jeshimon, and Saul and his men went to look for [him]. When David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon. Saul heard of this and pursued David there.

Deserts » Described as » Waste and howling

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desolate land,
in a barren, howling wilderness;
He surrounded him, cared for him,
and protected him as the pupil of His eye.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kedemoth

Deuteronomy 2:26

“So I sent messengers with an offer of peace to Sihon king of Heshbon from the Wilderness of Kedemoth, saying,

Deserts » Described as » Great and terrible

Deuteronomy 1:19

“We then set out from Horeb and went across all the great and terrible wilderness you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the Lord our God had commanded us. When we reached Kadesh-barnea,

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

God was with the boy, and he grew; he settled in the wilderness and became an archer. He settled in the Wilderness of Paran, and his mother got 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 poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint-like rock for you.

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

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Damascus

1 Kings 19:15

Then the Lord said to him, “Go and return by the way you came to the Wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, you are to anoint Hazael as king over Aram.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » En-gedi

1 Samuel 24:1

When Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the wilderness near En-gedi.”

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

2 Samuel 2:24

but Joab and Abishai pursued Abner. By sunset, they had gone as far as the hill of Ammah, which is opposite Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sinai

Exodus 19:1-2

In the third month, on the same day [of the month] that the Israelites had left the land of Egypt, they entered the Wilderness of Sinai. After they departed from Rephidim, they entered the Wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness, and Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

Evil generation,
pay attention to the word of the Lord!
Have I been a wilderness to Israel
or a land of dense darkness?
Why do My people claim,
“We will go where we want;
we will no longer come to You”?

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

He will be like a juniper in the Arabah;
he cannot see when good comes
but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness,
in a salt land where no one lives.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

I will set your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates River. For I will place the inhabitants of the land under your control, and you will drive them out ahead of you.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

So He led the people around toward the Red Sea along the road of the wilderness. And the Israelites left the land of Egypt in battle formation.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

Their border on the north side began at the Jordan, ascended to the slope of Jericho on the north, through the hill country westward, and ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Genesis 16:7

The Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.

Deserts » Described as » Uninhabited and lonesome

Jeremiah 2:6

They stopped asking, “Where is the Lord
who brought us from the land of Egypt,
who led us through the wilderness,
through a land of deserts and ravines,
through a land of drought and darkness,
a land no one traveled through
and where no one lived?”

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

Look, I am about to do something new;
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

I will stretch out My hand against them, and wherever they live I will make the land a desolate waste, from the wilderness to Diblah. Then they will know that I am Yahweh.”

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

An oracle against the desert by the sea:Like storms that pass over the Negev,
it comes from the desert, from the land of terror.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Judea

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Edom

2 Kings 3:8

Then he asked, “Which route should we take?”Joram replied, “The route of the Wilderness of Edom.”

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

The entire Israelite community departed from Elim and came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left 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

Otherwise, I will strip her naked
and expose her as she was on the day of her birth.
I will make her like a desert
and like a parched land,
and I will let her die of thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

An oracle about the animals of the Negev:Through a land of trouble and distress,
of lioness and lion,
of viper and flying serpent,
they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people who will not help them.

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint-like rock for you.

Topics on Deserts

Deserts Used Figuratively

24;2;31

Evil generation,
pay attention to the word of the Lord!
Have I been a wilderness to Israel
or a land of dense darkness?
Why do My people claim,
“We will go where we want;
we will no longer come to You”?

Deserts, Specific

1;21;14

Early in the morning Abraham got up, took bread and a waterskin, put them on Hagar’s shoulders, and sent her and the boy away. She left and wandered in the Wilderness of Beer-sheba.

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