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Theasaurus: Deserts

19 Bible Verses about Deserts

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Jeremiah 2:6

"They didn't ask, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through the land of desert and pits, through the land of dryness and deep darkness, a land that people don't pass through, and where no one lives?'

Exodus 3:1

Meanwhile, Moses continued tending the sheep that belonged to his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the sheep to the western desert and came to Horeb, God's mountain, where

Hebrews 3:17

And with whom was he angry for 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned and whose bodies fell dead in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 2:7

Indeed, the LORD your God blessed all the works of your hands. He knows about your travels through this vast desert. The LORD your God was with you these past 40 years, so that you didn't lack anything.

1 Corinthians 10:5

But God wasn't pleased with most of those people, and so they were struck down in the wilderness.

Matthew 3:3

He was the one the prophet Isaiah was referring to when he said, "He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"

Isaiah 48:21

They didn't thirst when he led him through the desolate places. He made water gush from a rock for them; he split open the rock, and water gushed out.

Psalm 106:14

They were overwhelmed with craving in the wilderness, so God tested them in the wasteland.

John 6:31

Our ancestors 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 beasts will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures; there owls will dwell, and goat-demons will dance there.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I resemble a pelican in the wilderness or an owl in a desolate land.

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

The entire community of the Israelis entered the Zin wilderness during the first month. The people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

Meanwhile, Joab and Abishai continued to chase Abner. At dusk, as they approached the hill of Ammah that is located near Giah on the way to the Gibeon desert,

Exodus 23:31

"I'll set your borders from the Reed Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, bringing the inhabitants of the land under your control, and you are to drive them out ahead of you.

Exodus 19:2

They had set out from Rephidim and arrived at the desert of Sinai where they camped in the desert. Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

1 Samuel 23:24

The people from Ziph got up and left Saul, while David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. Then he took them away with him privately to a city called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

So they went away in a boat to a deserted place by themselves.

Luke 4:42

At daybreak he left and went to a deserted place, while the crowds kept looking for him. When they came to him, they tried to keep him from leaving them.

More verses: Exodus 5:3

Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning on her beloved? Under theapple tree I awakened you. There your mother had gone into labor with you; there she went into labor and gave birth to you.

Song of Songs 3:6

What is this coming up from the desert like columns of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense from all the fragrant powders of the merchant?

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 107:33

He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into dry ground,

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

Deuteronomy 28:24

The LORD will change the rain on your land to powder and dust. It will come down from the sky until you are exterminated."

Jeremiah 4:12-13

A wind too strong for that is coming at my bidding. Now I'm judging them as I speak." Look, he comes up like clouds, and his chariots are like a whirlwind. His horses are as swift as eagles. Woe to us we're destroyed!

Deserts » Illustrative of » Desolation by armies

Jeremiah 12:10-13

Many shepherds will destroy my vineyard. They'll trample down my portion. They'll turn my pleasant portion into a desolate desert. They'll make it into a desolate place, and, desolate, it will cry out in mourning to me. The whole land will be desolate because no one takes it to heart. On all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will come. Indeed, a sword of the LORD will devour from one end of the land to the other. There will be no peace for any person. read more.
They have sown wheat, but they have harvested thorns. They have tired themselves out, but they don't show a profit. Now be disappointed about your harvest because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Jeremiah 50:12

your mother will be greatly devastated, she who gave birth to you will be ashamed. She will become the least of the nations, a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

Pharaoh will say about the Israelis, "They're wandering aimlessly in the land, and the desert has closed in on them.'

2 Corinthians 11:26

I have traveled extensively and have been endangered from rivers, robbers, my own people, and gentiles. I've also been in danger in the city, in the open country, at sea, from false brothers,

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

Then Moses responded, "Please don't leave us now, since you know where we can camp in the wilderness. You could be our guide.

Deuteronomy 32:10

The LORD found him in a desert land, in a barren, eerie wilderness. He surrounded, cared for, and guarded him as the pupil of his eye.

Deserts » Infested with robbers

Jeremiah 3:2

"Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? You have sat beside the road, waiting for them like a nomad in the desert. And you have polluted the land with your fornication and your wickedness.

Lamentations 4:19

Our pursuers were swifter than soaring eagles; they pursued us over the mountains, lying in wait for us in the wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beer-sheba

Genesis 21:14

So early the next morning, Abraham got up, took bread and a leather bottle of water, gave them to Hagar, and placed them on her shoulder. He then sent her away, along with the child. She went off and roamed in the Beer-sheba wilderness.

1 Kings 19:3-4

Elijah was terrified, so he got up and ran for his life to Beer-sheba, which is part of Judah, and left his servant there and ran for a day's journey deep into the wilderness. He found a juniper tree, sat down under it, and prayed that he could die. He asked God, "Enough! LORD! Take my life, because I'm not better than my ancestors!"

Deserts » Described as » Dry and without water

Deuteronomy 8:15

who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, and who led you through the vast and dangerous desert, that parched land without water, with its poisonous snakes and scorpions. He brought water out of solid rock for you,

Exodus 17:1

The whole congregation of the Israelis set out from the desert of Sin, traveling from place to place according to the command of the LORD. They camped at Rephidim, but 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 he lived in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not let David slip into Saul's control.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Paran

Genesis 21:21

Later he settled in the desert area of Paran, and his mother chose a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Numbers 10:12

so the Israelis set out from the Sinai Wilderness until the cloud settled in the Paran Wilderness,

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

2 Kings 19:7

"This is what the LORD says: "Never be afraid of the words that you have heard by which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Look! I'm going to cause an attitude to grow within him so that he'll hear a rumor and return to his own territory, where I'll make him die by the sword in his own land!"'"

Jeremiah 4:11

At that time, it will be told this people and to Jerusalem, "A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert is coming toward my people, and it's not for winnowing or cleansing.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

The entire community of the Israelis entered the Zin wilderness during the first month. The people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

because in the wilderness of Zin, when the community rebelled, you rebelled against my command to treat me as holy before their eyes in regards to the Meribah Springs in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin."

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

"Go and announce to Jerusalem: "This is what the LORD says: "I remember the loyal devotion of your youth, your love as a bride. You followed me in the desert, in a land that was not planted.

Numbers 20:5

Why did you take us out of Egypt and bring us to this terrible place? There's no place to plant seeds, fig trees, vines, or pomegranates! And there's no water to drink!"

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

I'll put cedar trees in the wilderness, along with acacia, myrtle, and olive trees. I'll plant cypresses in the desert box trees, and pine trees together

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

Zibeon's children were Aiah and Anah. Anah discovered the hot springs in the wilderness while grazing his father Zibeon's donkeys.

Exodus 3:1

Meanwhile, Moses continued tending the sheep that belonged to his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the sheep to the western desert and came to Horeb, God's mountain, where

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

Everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was malcontent gathered around him, and he became their leader. There were about 400 men with him.

Acts 21:38

The tribune asked, "Oh, do you speak Greek? You're not the Egyptian who started a revolt some time ago and led 4,000 assassins into the desert, are you?"

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

When evening had come, the disciples went to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and it's already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves."

Mark 6:31

He told them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while," because so many people were coming and going that they didn't even have time to eat.

Deserts » Infested with wild beasts

Isaiah 13:21

But desert beasts will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures; there owls will dwell, and goat-demons will dance there.

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

So they collected and filled twelve baskets full of pieces of the five barley loaves 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-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God so he does not strike us with pestilence or sword."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

Tomorrow you are to go down to attack them. Pay attention, now they'll be coming up near the ascent of Ziz. You'll find them at the end of the valley that looks out over the Jeruel wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and he lived in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not let David slip into Saul's control. David was afraid because 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

The people from Ziph got up and left Saul, while David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon in the Arabah south of Jeshimon. When Saul and his men went to search for David, some people told David, and he went down to the Rock of Escape and remained in the wilderness of Maon. Saul heard this and he pursued David into the wilderness of Maon.

Deserts » Described as » Waste and howling

Deuteronomy 32:10

The LORD found him in a desert land, in a barren, eerie wilderness. He surrounded, cared for, and guarded him as the pupil of his eye.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kedemoth

Deuteronomy 2:26

"I sent messengers from the desert of Kedemoth to King Sihon of Heshbon with this message of peace:

Deserts » Described as » Great and terrible

Deuteronomy 1:19

"Then we set out from Horeb and walked through that vast and dreadful desert, where you observed the road to the Amorite hill country. Just as the LORD our God ordained for us, we finally arrived at Kadesh-barnea.

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

God was with the boy as he grew up. He settled in the wilderness and became an expert archer. Later he settled in the desert area of Paran, and his mother chose a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Infested with serpents

Deuteronomy 8:15

who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, and who led you through the vast and dangerous desert, that parched land without water, with its poisonous snakes and scorpions. He brought water out of solid rock for you,

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

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Damascus

1 Kings 19:15

The LORD replied to him, "Go! Return to Damascus, and when you get there, 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, "Look, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

2 Samuel 2:24

Meanwhile, Joab and Abishai continued to chase Abner. At dusk, as they approached the hill of Ammah that is located near Giah on the way to the Gibeon desert,

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sinai

Exodus 19:1-2

On the third New Moon after the Israelis went out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came to the desert of Sinai. They had set out from Rephidim and arrived at the desert of Sinai where they camped in the desert. Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

"You, generation, pay attention to this message from the LORD! Am I the desert to Israel, or a land of gloom? Why do my people say, "We're free to roam? We won't come to you anymore.'

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

He will be like a bush in the desert, and he won't see when good comes. He will dwell in parched places in the wilderness, a land of salt, without inhabitants.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

"I'll set your borders from the Reed Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, bringing the inhabitants of the land under your control, and you are to drive them out ahead of you.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

So God led the people the roundabout way of the desert toward the Reed Sea. The Israelis went up from the land of Egypt in military formation.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

Their border started on the north side at the Jordan River, proceeded to the slope of Jericho on the north, then westward through the hill country, and terminated at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Deserts » Described as » Uninhabited and lonesome

Jeremiah 2:6

"They didn't ask, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through the land of desert and pits, through the land of dryness and deep darkness, a land that people don't pass through, and where no one lives?'

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

Watch! I'm about to carry out something new! And now it's springing up don't you recognize it? I'm making a way in the wilderness and paths in the desert.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

I'll stretch out my hands to strike them and send devastation to the land, from the wilderness of Diblah, throughout all their dwelling places. Then they'll know that I am the LORD."

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

A message concerning the pasture by the Sea. "Like whirlwinds in the Negev sweep on, it comes from the desert, from a distant land.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Judea

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Edom

2 Kings 3:8

"I'm coming," Jehoshaphat replied. "I'm like you! My army will act like your army and my cavalry like your cavalry," Then Jehoshaphat added: "What road do we take?" Jehoram answered, "We'll go along the Edom desert road."

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

Later, they left Elim, and the whole congregation of the Israelis came to the desert of Sin, which lay 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 voice of 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'll strip her naked as she was on the day she was born make her like a wilderness, turn her into a parched land, and cause her to die of thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

An oracle about the animals of the Negev: "Through a land of trouble, dryness, and distress, of lionesses and roaring lions, where there is no water, a land of vipers and darting snakes, he carries their riches on donkeys' backs, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a nation that cannot benefit them,

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, and who led you through the vast and dangerous desert, that parched land without water, with its poisonous snakes and scorpions. He brought water out of solid rock for you,

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Deserts Used Figuratively

24;2;31

"You, generation, pay attention to this message from the LORD! Am I the desert to Israel, or a land of gloom? Why do my people say, "We're free to roam? We won't come to you anymore.'

Deserts, Specific

1;21;14

So early the next morning, Abraham got up, took bread and a leather bottle of water, gave them to Hagar, and placed them on her shoulder. He then sent her away, along with the child. She went off and roamed in the Beer-sheba wilderness.

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