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Theasaurus: Deserts

19 Bible Verses about Deserts

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Jeremiah 2:6

Neither did they say, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through and where no man dwelt?

Exodus 3:1

Now as Moses shepherded the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, he led the flock to the backside of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Hebrews 3:17

But with whom was he indignant forty years? Was it not with those that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 2:7

For the LORD thy God has blessed thee in all the works of thy hand; he knows thy walking through this great wilderness; these forty years the LORD thy God has been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:5

But with many of them God was not pleased; therefore, they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Matthew 3:3

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, who said, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.

Isaiah 48:21

And they did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he caused water to flow out of the rock for them; he clave the rock, and the waters gushed out.

Psalm 106:14

They gave themselves over to lust in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert.

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the lily.

John 6:31

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

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Beasts » Found in » Deserts

Isaiah 13:21

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

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.

Deserts » Notable

Numbers 20:1

Then came the sons of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month; and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner, and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Exodus 23:31

And I will set thy borders from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines and from the desert unto the river; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

Exodus 19:2

For they had departed from Rephidim and were come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched in the wilderness, and there Israel camped before the mount.

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 right hand side of the wilderness.

Deserts » General references to

Luke 9:10

And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

Mark 6:32

And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Luke 4:42

And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place, and the people sought him and came unto him and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.

More verses: Exodus 5:3

Deserts » Illustrative of » The world

Song of Songs 8:5

Who is she that comes up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I woke thee up under the apple tree; there thy mother had birth pains; there she had pains that brought thee into the light.

Song of Songs 3:6

Who is she that rises out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense and with all the aromatic powders?

Deserts » Illustrative of » Barrenness

Psalm 106:9

He reprehended the Red sea also, and it was dried up, so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

Psalm 107:33

He turned rivers into a wilderness and the watersprings into dry ground;

Psalm 107:35

He turns the wilderness into reservoirs of water and dry ground into watersprings.

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

Deuteronomy 28:24

The LORD shall make the rain of thy land dust and ashes; from the heavens it shall come down upon thee, until thou art destroyed.

Jeremiah 4:12-13

A wind much more violent than these shall come unto me; for now I will also speak judgments against them. Behold, he shall come up as a cloud, and his chariots as a whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us, for we are given over to be spoiled!

Deserts » Illustrative of » Desolation by armies

Jeremiah 12:10-13

Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard; they have trodden my heritage under foot; they have made my precious heritage a desolate wilderness. They have made it desolate; it cries against me, desolate; the whole land was made desolate because there was no man that would see. The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land; there is no peace for any flesh. read more.
They have sown bread, but shall reap thorns; they had the heritage, but they did not profit; and they shall be ashamed because of your fruits, by the fierce anger of the LORD.

Jeremiah 50:12

your mother was sore confounded; she that bore you was ashamed: see here the latter end of the Gentiles: wilderness, dry land, and desert.

Deserts » Danger of travelling in

Exodus 14:3

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

2 Corinthians 11:26

in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by those of my nation, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Deserts » Guides required in

Numbers 10:31

And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; for thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou shalt be to us instead of eyes.

Deuteronomy 32:10

He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Deserts » Infested with robbers

Jeremiah 3:2

Lift up thine eyes unto the high places and see if there is anywhere thou hast not been ravished. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

Lamentations 4:19

Koph Our persecutors were swifter than the eagles of the heaven; they pursued us upon the mountains; they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beer-sheba

Genesis 21:14

So Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child and sent her away; and she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

1 Kings 19:3-4

And when he saw that, he arose and departed to save his life and came to Beersheba, which is in 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 desiring to die, he said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am not better than my fathers.

Deserts » Described as » Dry and without water

Deuteronomy 8:15

who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness of burning serpents and scorpions and drought, where there was no water, who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint,

Exodus 17:1

And all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and set up camp 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 strong holds and remained in a mountain 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

And 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 sons of Israel moved out of the wilderness of Sinai, and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

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

2 Kings 19:7

Behold, I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumour and shall return to his own land, and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

Jeremiah 4:11

At that time it shall be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places of the wilderness came toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Zin

Numbers 20:1

Then came the sons of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month; and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.

Numbers 27:14

For ye were rebels to my word in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me in the waters before their eyes. These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

Deserts » Described as » Uncultivated

Jeremiah 2:2

Go and cry out in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD: I remember thee, the mercy of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou didst go after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Numbers 20:5

And why have ye made us to come up out of Egypt to bring us in unto this evil place? It is not a place to plant seed or of figs or of vines or of pomegranates; there is not even any water to drink.

Deserts » Illustrative of » The gentiles

Isaiah 41:19

I will bring forth in the wilderness cedars, thorns, myrtles, and olive trees; I will set in the desert the fir tree and the pine and the box tree together:

Isaiah 35:1

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the lily.

Deserts » Parts of, afforded pasture

Genesis 36:24

And these are the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah and Anah; this was that Anah that invented mules in the wilderness as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

Exodus 3:1

Now as Moses shepherded the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, he led the flock to the backside of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Deserts » The disaffected fled to

1 Samuel 22:2

And every one that was in distress and every one that was in debt and all whose souls were bitter gathered themselves unto him, and he became the captain over them, and there were about four hundred men with him.

Acts 21:38

Art not thou that Egyptian, who before these days made an uproar and led four thousand men out into the wilderness that were murderers?

Deserts » Uninhabited places

Matthew 14:15

And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.

Mark 6:31

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a while; for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Deserts » Infested with wild beasts

Isaiah 13:21

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

Deserts » Vast barren plains

John 6:13

Therefore they gathered them together and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over from those that had eaten.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews has found us; therefore we shall go three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice unto the LORD our God lest he encounter us with pestilence or with the sword.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Jeruel

2 Chronicles 20:16

Tomorrow ye shall go down against them; behold, they shall come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them next to the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Ziph

1 Samuel 23:14-15

And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. And David, seeing that Saul had come out to seek his soul, stayed in the woods in the wilderness of Ziph.

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 right hand side of the wilderness. Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David, and he came down from there into a rock and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, 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 led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kedemoth

Deuteronomy 2:26

And I sent ambassadors out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto 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 ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorite, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.

Deserts » Inhabited by wandering tribes

Genesis 21:20-21

And God was with the lad, and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness and became an archer. And 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 thee through that great and terrible wilderness of burning serpents and scorpions and drought, where there was 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 the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way by the wilderness of Damascus; and thou shalt arrive there and anoint Hazael to be king over Syria;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » En-gedi

1 Samuel 24:1

And it came to pass when Saul was 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

But Joab and Abishai pursued after Abner, and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sinai

Exodus 19:1-2

In the third month from when the sons of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim and were come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched in the wilderness, and there Israel camped before the mount.

Deserts » Illustrative of » What affords no support

Jeremiah 2:31

O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? Why do my people say, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

Deserts » Heath often found in

Jeremiah 17:6

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

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Arabian or great desert

Exodus 23:31

And I will set thy borders from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines and from the desert unto the river; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Of the red sea

Exodus 13:18

but God led the people round about through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea. And the sons of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Beth-aven

Joshua 18:12

And their border on the side of the north was from the Jordan and that border goes up beside Jericho on the north side and up to the mountain westward and comes out at the wilderness of Bethaven;

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Shur

Genesis 16:7

And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

Deserts » Described as » Uninhabited and lonesome

Jeremiah 2:6

Neither did they say, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through and where no man dwelt?

Deserts » Described as » Trackless

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I will do a new thing; it shall come to light quickly; shall ye not know it? I will again make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Deserts » Described as » Desolate

Ezekiel 6:14

So will I stretch out my hand upon them and make the land desolate, even more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Deserts » Phenomena of, alluded to » Tornadoes or whirlwinds

Isaiah 21:1

The burden of the desert of the sea. As the whirlwinds which pass through the wilderness in the land of the south, so they come from the 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 answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Sin

Exodus 16:1

And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

Deserts » Mentioned in scripture » Kadesh

Psalm 29:8

The voice of the LORD that shall shake the wilderness; the LORD shall shake 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 like a dry land and slay her with thirst.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent; they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

Serpents » Infest » Deserts

Deuteronomy 8:15

who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness of burning serpents and scorpions and drought, where there was no water, who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint,

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Deserts Used Figuratively

Jeremiah 2:31

O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? Why do my people say, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

Deserts, Specific

Genesis 21:14

So Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child and sent her away; and she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.