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15 Bible Verses about Powerlessness

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Genesis 19:14

And Lot went out and spoke unto his sons-in-law, those who were to marry his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons-in-law.

Matthew 17:16-20

And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O unfaithful and crooked generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him here to me. And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon departed out of him and the child was cured from that very hour.read more.
Then the disciples came to Jesus apart and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unfaithfulness; for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove from here to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Leviticus 26:37

And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursue; and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

Deuteronomy 28:32

Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no strength in thine hand.

Joshua 7:12

Therefore, the sons of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but shall turn their backs before their enemies because they have been in the anathema; neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the anathema from among you.

Judges 1:21

And the sons of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; thus the Jebusites dwell with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

2 Chronicles 20:12

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that comes against us; we do not know what to do; but our eyes are fixed upon thee.

Isaiah 19:16

In that day Egypt shall be like unto women, and it shall be afraid and fear in the presence of the tall hand of the LORD of the hosts, which he shall raise up over them.

Jeremiah 50:37

A sword is upon their horses and upon their chariots and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women; a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.

Jeremiah 51:30

The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight; they have remained in their holds; their might has failed; they became as women: the enemies have burned her dwellingplaces; they have broken her bars.

Nahum 3:13

Behold, thy people in the midst of thee shall be like women; the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies; the fire shall devour thy bars.

Isaiah 16:14

But now the LORD has spoken, saying, Within three years, as a hireling counts the years, the glory of Moab shall be cast down, with all her great multitude; and the remnant shall be few, small and feeble.

Job 6:13

Am I not doing all that I can, and even with all this I lack the power to do anything?

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Powerlessness » Of men, often due to sin and unbelief » Israel could not stand before their enemies

Judges 1:21

And the sons of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; thus the Jebusites dwell with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

Judges 2:14

And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.

Leviticus 26:37

And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursue; and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

Deuteronomy 28:32

Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no strength in thine hand.

Joshua 7:12

Therefore, the sons of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but shall turn their backs before their enemies because they have been in the anathema; neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the anathema from among you.

Powerlessness » Of men, often due to sin and unbelief » Unbelief rendered the apostles helpless to contend with satanic forces

Mark 9:18

and wherever he takes him, he tears him, and he foams and gnashes with his teeth and pines away; and I spoke to thy disciples that they should cast him out, and they could not.

Powerlessness » Of men, often due to sin and unbelief » Apostasy produced a nation of cowards

1 Samuel 17:24

And all the men of Israel when they saw the man fled from him and feared greatly.

Powerlessness » Of men, often due to sin and unbelief » Babylon enervated by idolatry

Jeremiah 51:30

The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight; they have remained in their holds; their might has failed; they became as women: the enemies have burned her dwellingplaces; they have broken her bars.

Powerlessness » Of men, often due to sin and unbelief » A broken covenant stripped samson of his strength

Judges 16:17

Therefore, he told her all his heart and said unto her, A razor has never come upon my head, for I am a Nazarite of God from my mother's womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.