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68 Bible Verses about Sanctuary

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Exodus 25:8-9

“They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.

Exodus 36:1

36 1 Bezalel, Oholiab, and all the skilled people are to work based on everything the Lord has commanded. The Lord has given them wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work of constructing the sanctuary.”

Hebrews 8:2

a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that was set up by the Lord and not man.

Exodus 30:7-10

Aaron must burn fragrant incense on it; he must burn it every morning when he tends the lamps. When Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he must burn incense. There is to be an incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. You must not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt or grain offering; you are not to pour a drink offering on it.read more.
“Once a year Aaron is to perform the purification rite on the horns of the altar. Throughout your generations he is to perform the purification rite for it once a year, with the blood of the sin offering for atonement. The altar is especially holy to the Lord.”

Leviticus 7:37-38

This is the law for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the restitution offering, the ordination offering, and the fellowship sacrifice, which the Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai on the day He commanded the Israelites to present their offerings to the Lord in the Wilderness of Sinai.

Leviticus 23:44

So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.

Exodus 39:1

They made specially woven garments for ministry in the sanctuary, and the holy garments for Aaron from the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Numbers 3:30-31

and the leader of the family of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. Their duties involved the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the sanctuary utensils that were used with these, and the screen—and all the work relating to them.

Hebrews 9:1

Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary.

Exodus 36:4-5

Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work for the sanctuary came one by one from the work they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than is needed for the construction of the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

Leviticus 12:4

She will continue in purification from her bleeding for 33 days. She must not touch any holy thing or go into the sanctuary until completing her days of purification.

Leviticus 21:21-23

No descendant of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to present the fire offerings to the Lord. He has a defect and is not to come near to present the food of his God. He may eat the food of his God from what is especially holy as well as from what is holy. But because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar. He is not to desecrate My sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sets them apart.”

Numbers 3:10

You are to appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out their priestly responsibilities, but any unauthorized person who comes near the sanctuary must be put to death.”

Numbers 8:19

From the Israelites, I have given the Levites exclusively to Aaron and his sons to perform the work for the Israelites at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on their behalf, so that no plague will come against the Israelites when they approach the sanctuary.”

Numbers 18:5

“You are to guard the sanctuary and the altar so that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again.

Numbers 19:20

But a person who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person will be cut off from the assembly because he has defiled the sanctuary of the Lord. The water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean.

2 Chronicles 26:18

They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, “Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the Lord—only the consecrated priests, the descendants of Aaron, have the right to offer incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully! You will not receive honor from the Lord God.”

1 Chronicles 22:17-19

Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon: “The Lord your God is with you, isn’t He? And hasn’t He given you rest on every side? For He has handed the land’s inhabitants over to me, and the land has been subdued before the Lord and His people. Now determine in your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Get started building the Lord God’s sanctuary so that you may bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant and the holy articles of God to the temple that is to be built for the name of Yahweh.”

1 Chronicles 28:2-3

Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the Lord’s covenant and as a footstool for our God. I had made preparations to build, but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’

1 Kings 6:19

He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple to put the ark of the Lord’s covenant there.

1 Kings 8:6

The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place beneath the wings of the cherubim.

2 Chronicles 5:7

The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place, beneath the wings of the cherubim.

1 Chronicles 6:49

But Aaron and his sons did all the work of the most holy place. They presented the offerings on the altar of burnt offerings and on the altar of incense to make atonement for Israel according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

Hebrews 9:1-4

Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called the most holy place.read more.
It contained the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant, covered with gold on all sides, in which there was a gold jar containing the manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.

Exodus 15:17

You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of Your possession;
Lord, You have prepared the place
for Your dwelling;
Lord, Your hands have established the sanctuary.

Genesis 28:16-17

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.”

Exodus 3:1-5

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. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed. So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?read more.
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses, Moses!”“Here I am,” he answered. “Do not come closer,” He said. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Psalm 15:1

A Description of the GodlyA Davidic psalm. Lord, who can dwell in Your tent?
Who can live on Your holy mountain?

Psalm 63:2

So I gaze on You in the sanctuary
to see Your strength and Your glory.

Psalm 73:16-17

When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless until I entered God’s sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny.

Jeremiah 17:12

A throne of glory
on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.

Leviticus 26:31

I will reduce your cities to ruins and devastate your sanctuaries. I will not smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices.

2 Chronicles 30:8

Don’t become obstinate now like your fathers did. Give your allegiance to Yahweh, and come to His sanctuary that He has consecrated forever. Serve the Lord your God so that He may turn His burning anger away from you,

Ezekiel 7:24

So I will bring the most evil of nations
to take possession of their houses.
I will put an end to the pride of the strong,
and their sacred places will be profaned.

Lamentations 2:7

?ZayinThe Lord has rejected His altar,
repudiated His sanctuary;
He has handed the walls of her palaces
over to the enemy.
They have raised a shout in the house of the Lord
as on the day of an appointed festival.

Amos 7:9

Isaac’s high places will be deserted,
and Israel’s sanctuaries will be in ruins;
I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam
with a sword.”

Malachi 2:11

Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the Lord’s sanctuary, which He loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god.

Ezekiel 28:18

You profaned your sanctuaries
by the magnitude of your iniquities
in your dishonest trade.
So I made fire come from within you,
and it consumed you.
I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of everyone watching you.

Leviticus 20:3

I will turn against that man and cut him off from his people, because he gave his offspring to Molech, defiling My sanctuary and profaning My holy name.

Ezekiel 8:6

He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing here, more detestable things that the house of Israel is committing, so that I must depart from My sanctuary? You will see even more detestable things.”

Ezekiel 23:38-39

They also did this to Me: they defiled My sanctuary on that same day and profaned My Sabbaths. On the same day they slaughtered their children for their idols, they entered My sanctuary to profane it. Yes, that is what they did inside My house.

Ezekiel 44:7-8

When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to occupy My sanctuary, you defiled My temple while you offered My food—the fat and the blood. You broke My covenant by all your detestable practices. You have not kept charge of My holy things but have appointed others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.

Zephaniah 3:4

Her prophets are reckless—
treacherous men.
Her priests profane the sanctuary;
they do violence to instruction.

Joshua 20:2-3

“Tell the Israelites: Select your cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally or accidentally may flee there. These will be your refuge from the avenger of blood.

Numbers 35:6

“The cities you give the Levites will include six cities of refuge, which you must provide so that the one who kills someone may flee there; in addition to these, give 42 other cities.

Psalm 31:20

You hide them in the protection of Your presence;
You conceal them in a shelter
from the schemes of men,
from quarrelsome tongues.

Psalm 17:7-9

Display the wonders of Your faithful love,
Savior of all who seek refuge
from those who rebel against Your right hand. Protect me as the pupil of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings from the wicked who treat me violently,
my deadly enemies who surround me.

Psalm 64:1-2

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.God, hear my voice when I complain.
Protect my life from the terror of the enemy. Hide me from the scheming of wicked people,
from the mob of evildoers,

Isaiah 25:4

For You have been a stronghold for the poor,
a stronghold for the needy person in his distress,
a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.
When the breath of the violent
is like rain against a wall,

Ezekiel 11:16

“Therefore say: This is what the Lord God says: Though I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Psalm 102:19

He looked down from His holy heights—
the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth—

Hebrews 9:24

For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, so that He might now appear in the presence of God for us.

Psalm 114:2

Judah became His sanctuary,
Israel, His dominion.

Ephesians 2:21

The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.

John 2:19-21

Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.” Therefore the Jews said, “This sanctuary took 46 years to build, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body.

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Holy of holies » Was called the » Sanctuary

Leviticus 4:6

The priest is to dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary.

Psalm 20:2

May He send you help from the sanctuary
and sustain you from Zion.

Jesus Christ » Names of » Sanctuary

Isaiah 8:14

He will be a sanctuary;
but for the two houses of Israel,
He will be a stone to stumble over
and a rock to trip over,
and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Sanctuary » In the charge of high priest

Exodus 27:21

In the tent of meeting outside the veil that is in front of the testimony, Aaron and his sons are to tend the lamp from evening until morning before the Lord. This is to be a permanent statute for the Israelites throughout their generations.

Leviticus 24:3

Aaron is to tend it continually from evening until morning before the Lord outside the veil of the testimony in the tent of meeting. This is a permanent statute throughout your generations.

Numbers 18:5

“You are to guard the sanctuary and the altar so that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again.

Sanctuary » The holy place in the temple

Lamentations 2:20

?ReshLord, look and consider
who You have done this to.
Should women eat their own children,
the infants they have nurtured?
Should priests and prophets
be killed in the Lord’s sanctuary?

Lamentations 2:7

?ZayinThe Lord has rejected His altar,
repudiated His sanctuary;
He has handed the walls of her palaces
over to the enemy.
They have raised a shout in the house of the Lord
as on the day of an appointed festival.

Ezekiel 42:20

He measured the temple complex on all four sides. It had a wall all around it, 875 feet long and 875 feet wide, to separate the holy from the common.

Sanctuary » Reverence for

Sanctuary » Figurative

Ezekiel 11:16

“Therefore say: This is what the Lord God says: Though I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.

Sanctuary » Symbolical

Hebrews 8:2

a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that was set up by the Lord and not man.

Hebrews 8:5

These serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was about to complete the tabernacle. For God said, Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.

Sanctuary » Divine dwelling place

Sanctuary » In the tabernacle

Hebrews 9:2

For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves.

Stool » Footstool » Sanctuary

Symbols and similitudes » Sanctuary

Psalm 20:2

May He send you help from the sanctuary
and sustain you from Zion.

Tabernacle » The one instituted by moses was called » Sanctuary

Temple » Solomon's » Sanctuary

2 Chronicles 20:8

They have lived in the land and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name and have said,

Topics on Sanctuary

Filling The Sanctuary

2;40;34

The cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

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