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23 Bible Verses about Theocracy

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Exodus 19:5-6

Now therefore, if ye will give ear to hearken unto my voice and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a special treasure unto me above all peoples; for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be my kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the sons of Israel.

Exodus 19:8

And all the people answered together and said, All that the LORD has spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Exodus 24:3

And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rights, and all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which the LORD has said we will do.

Deuteronomy 5:27

Go thou near and hear all that the LORD our God shall say, and thou shalt tell us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Today the LORD thy God has commanded thee to comply with these statutes and rights; take care, therefore, to keep and do them with all thine heart and with all thy soul. Thou hast lifted up the LORD today to be thy God and to walk in his ways and to keep his statutes and his commandments and his rights and to hearken unto his voice. And the LORD has lifted thee up this day to be his unique people, as he has promised thee, and that thou should keep all his commandments,read more.
and to make thee high above all the Gentiles which he has made, in praise, and in fame, and in glory; and that thou may be a holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he has spoken.

Deuteronomy 29:9-15

Thou shalt keep, therefore, the words of this covenant and do them that ye may understand all that ye do. Ye stand today, all of you, before the LORD your God, your princes of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and thy strangers that dwell within thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water,read more.
that thou may enter into covenant with the LORD thy God and into his oath, which the LORD thy God makes with thee today, to confirm thee today as his people and that he may be unto thee as God, as he has said unto thee, and as he has sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath, but with those that stand here with us today before the LORD our God and also with those that are not here with us today.

Joshua 24:24-25

And the people replied unto Joshua, We will serve the LORD our God and hear his voice. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set them statutes and laws in Shechem.

Deuteronomy 33:5

And he was king in Jeshurun when the heads of the people, the tribes of Israel, were gathered together as one.

Numbers 23:21

He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen rebellion in Israel; the LORD his God is with him, and the battle-cry of a king is in him.

Deuteronomy 33:26

There is no other like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rides upon the heavens for thy help, in the clouds with his excellency.

Judges 8:23

But Gideon replied, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.

Psalm 145:1

Aleph I will extol thee, my God, my king, and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Exodus 20:1-17

And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.read more.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath nor that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons unto the third and fourth generation of those that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of generations of those that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone that takes his name in vain. Thou shalt remember the sabbath day, to sanctify it. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work; but the seventh day shall be the sabbath of the LORD thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manslave, nor thy maidslave, nor thy beast, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them and rested the seventh day; therefore, the LORD blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it. Honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may be lengthened upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not give false testimony against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manslave, nor his maidslave, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Deuteronomy 5:6-21

I AM thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt from the house of slavery. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in the heavens above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the waters beneath the earth.read more.
Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them, for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons unto the third and fourth generation of those that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands, to those that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him innocent that takes his name in vain. Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God has commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the sabbath unto the LORD thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy son nor thy daughter nor thy manslave nor thy maidslave nor thine ox nor thine ass nor any animal of thine nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, that thy manslave and thy maidslave may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a slave in the land of Egypt and that the LORD thy God brought thee out of there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore, the LORD thy God has commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God has commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not give false testimony against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field or his manslave or his maidslave, his ox or his ass or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Exodus 21:1

Now these are the rights which thou shalt set before them.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2

Now, therefore, hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rights which I teach you, for in doing them ye shall live and go in and inherit the land which the LORD God of your fathers gives you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish anything from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 17:18-19

And it shall be when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom that he shall cause a copy of this second law to be written in a book in the presence of the priests the Levites; and it shall be near unto him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them,

Deuteronomy 31:12-13

Gather the people together, men and women and children and thy strangers that are within thy gates, that they may hear and that they may learn and fear the LORD your God and observe to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known any thing, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God all the days that ye live in the land unto which ye are to pass the Jordan to inherit it.

Joshua 1:7-8

Only be thou strong and very courageous that thou mayest keep and do according to all the law, which Moses my slave commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left that thou may be prospered in all the things that thou doest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou may keep and do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way to prosper, and then thou shalt understand everything.

1 Samuel 8:7

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.

1 Samuel 8:19

Nevertheless, the people refused to hear the voice of Samuel, and they said, No, but we will have a king over us

1 Samuel 10:19

But ye have this day rejected your God, who saves you out of all your afflictions and your troubles, and ye have said unto him, No, but set a king over us. Now, therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your thousands.

1 Samuel 12:12

And when ye saw that Nahash, the king of the sons of Ammon, came against you, ye said unto me, No, but a king shall reign over us when the LORD your God was your king.

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Theocracy » Over israel

1 Samuel 8:7

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.

Exodus 19:8

And all the people answered together and said, All that the LORD has spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Numbers 9:18

At the commandment of the LORD the sons of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched camp; as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle, they rested.

Deuteronomy 29:12

that thou may enter into covenant with the LORD thy God and into his oath, which the LORD thy God makes with thee today,

Judges 8:23

But Gideon replied, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.

More verses: 1 Samuel 12:12

Theocracy » Established

Exodus 24:7

And he took the book of the covenant and read in the audience of the people, and they said, All that the LORD has said we will do, and we will hear.

Exodus 19:8

And all the people answered together and said, All that the LORD has spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Judges 8:23

But Gideon replied, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.

1 Samuel 12:12

And when ye saw that Nahash, the king of the sons of Ammon, came against you, ye said unto me, No, but a king shall reign over us when the LORD your God was your king.

Exodus 24:3

And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rights, and all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which the LORD has said we will do.

Theocracy » Rejected by israel

2 Chronicles 13:8

And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David because ye are a great multitude, and ye have with you the golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

1 Samuel 8:7

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.

1 Samuel 10:19

But ye have this day rejected your God, who saves you out of all your afflictions and your troubles, and ye have said unto him, No, but set a king over us. Now, therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your thousands.

1 Samuel 8:19

Nevertheless, the people refused to hear the voice of Samuel, and they said, No, but we will have a king over us

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Exacting tribute

Deuteronomy 16:16

Three times each year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose: in the solemn feast of unleavened bread and in the solemn feast of weeks and in the solemn feast of the tabernacles. And they shall not appear before the LORD empty,

Leviticus 27:30

And all the tithes of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's; it is holiness unto the LORD.

Exodus 35:4-29

And Moses spoke unto all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, This is what the LORD commanded, saying, Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD: gold, silver, brass; blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats' hair; read more.
rams' skins dyed red, badgers' skins, cedar wood; oil for the light, spices for anointing oil and for the aromatic incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the pectoral. And everyone that is wise hearted among you shall come and make all that the LORD has commanded: The tabernacle, its tent, and its covering, its hooks, and its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets; the ark and its staves, the seat of reconciliation, and the veil of the tent, the table and its staves and all its vessels, and the showbread; the lampstand also for the light and its vessels and its lamps, and the oil for the light; and the altar of incense and its staves, and the anointing oil, and the aromatic incense, and the hanging for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle, the altar of burnt offering with its brasen grate, its staves, and all its vessels, the laver and its base, the hangings of the court, its pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court, the stakes of the tabernacle and the stakes of the court, and their cords, the clothing of service to minister in the sanctuary, that is, the holy garments of Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons to serve in the priesthood. And all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, every man whose heart stirred him up, and every one whose spirit made them willing, and they brought the LORD's offering for the work of the tabernacle of the testimony and for all his service and for the holy garments. And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought chains and earrings, rings and bracelets, and all jewels of gold; and anyone that offered an offering of gold unto the LORD. Every man who had blue or purple or scarlet or fine linen or goats' hair or red skins of rams or badgers' skins brought them. Anyone that offered an offering of silver or brass brought the offering unto the LORD; and every man, with whom was found cedar wood, brought it for all the work of the service. And all the women that were wise hearted spun with their hands and brought that which they had spun: blue or purple or scarlet or fine linen. And all the women whose heart lifted them up in wisdom spun goats' hair. And the princes brought onyx stones and the stones to be set for the ephod and for the pectoral; and aromatic spice and oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the aromatic incense. Of the sons of Israel, men and women, all that had a willing heart to bring for all the work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses, brought a voluntary offering unto the LORD.

Deuteronomy 26:1-4

And it shall be when thou art come in unto the land, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance and possess it and dwell therein, thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God gives thee, and shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to cause his name to dwell. And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days and say unto him, I declare today unto the LORD thy God that I have entered into the land which the LORD swore unto our fathers to give us. read more.
And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Being the supreme judge

Numbers 15:34

And they put him in ward because it was not declared what should be done to him.

Numbers 9:8-11

And Moses said unto them, Wait, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you. And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your generations should be unclean by reason of a dead body or be on a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. read more.
The fourteenth day of the second month, between the two evenings they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Numbers 27:5-11

And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right; thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren, and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. read more.
And thou shalt speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, If a man dies and has no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. And if he has no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. And if he has no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren. And if his father has no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his lineage, and he shall inherit it; and it shall be unto the sons of Israel a law of rights, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Appointing civil officers

Exodus 3:10

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh that thou may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.

Numbers 27:18

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take Joshua, the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay thine hand upon him

Numbers 27:20

And thou shalt put some of thy splendour upon him that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may hear him.

Theocracy » Was established on » The right of redemption

Isaiah 43:3

For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Keeper; I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

2 Samuel 7:23

And who in the earth is like thy people, like Israel? A Gentile for the love of whom God went to ransom as a people to himself and to give him a name and to do with you great and terrible things in thy land because of thy people whom thou didst redeem unto thee from Egypt, from the Gentiles and their gods?

Exodus 6:6-7

Therefore say unto the sons of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will free you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm and with great judgments. And I will take you as my people, and I will be your God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Exercise of the prerogative of mercy

Deuteronomy 9:18-20

And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water because of all your sins in which ye sinned in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him, and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

Numbers 14:20

Then the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Promulgating laws

Deuteronomy 5:22-23

These words the LORD spoke unto all your congregation in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone and delivered them unto me. And it came to pass when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness and saw the mountain that burned with fire that ye came near unto me, even all the princes of your tribes and your elders;

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Proclaiming war

Exodus 17:14-16

And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in the book and tell Joshua that I must utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar and called the name of it The LORD is my Banner, for he said, Because Amalek lifted his hand against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Numbers 31:1-2

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Avenge the sons of Israel upon the Midianites; afterward thou shalt be gathered unto thy peoples.

Theocracy » The tabernacle designed as a royal residence for God during

Leviticus 26:11-12

And I will set my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Appointing ecclesiastical officers

Exodus 28:1

And cause Aaron, thy brother, to come unto thee with his sons, from among the sons of Israel, that they may be my priests, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Exodus 40:12-15

And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the testimony and wash them with water. And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments and anoint him and sanctify him, that he may be my priest. And thou shalt bring his sons and clothe them with coats. read more.
And thou shalt anoint them as thou didst anoint their father, and they shall be my priests; and it shall be that their anointing shall be unto them for a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations.

Theocracy » Lasted from the deliverance out of egypt until the appointment of kings

1 Samuel 8:7

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.

Exodus 19:4-6

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will give ear to hearken unto my voice and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a special treasure unto me above all peoples; for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be my kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the sons of Israel.

Theocracy » Was established on » The right of covenant

Deuteronomy 26:17-19

Thou hast lifted up the LORD today to be thy God and to walk in his ways and to keep his statutes and his commandments and his rights and to hearken unto his voice. And the LORD has lifted thee up this day to be his unique people, as he has promised thee, and that thou should keep all his commandments, and to make thee high above all the Gentiles which he has made, in praise, and in fame, and in glory; and that thou may be a holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he has spoken.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Directing the movements of the nation

Exodus 40:36-37

And when the cloud lifted itself up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel went onward in all their journeys; but if the cloud did not lift itself up, then they did not journey until the day that it lifted itself up.

Theocracy » The emblem of the divine presence appeared over the tabernacle during

Numbers 9:15-16

And on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle over the tent of the testimony; and in the evening there was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire until the morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

Theocracy » Consisted in his » Distribution of conquered lands

Joshua 13:1-7

Now when Joshua was old and advanced in years, the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to be possessed. This is the land that yet remains: all the borders of the Philistines and all Geshuri from the Nile, which is before Egypt, even unto the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted among the Canaanites; five cardinals of the Philistines; the Gazathites and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites, also the Avites; read more.
towards the Negev all the land of the Canaanites and Mearah that is beside those of Sidon unto Aphek to the border of the Amorite; and the land of the Giblites and all Lebanon toward the sunrising, from Baalgad at the root of Mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath. All the inhabitants of the mountains from Lebanon unto the hot springs and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the sons of Israel; only thou shalt divide the country by lot unto the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded thee. Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes and the half tribe of Manasseh,

Theocracy » Guilt of israel in rejecting

1 Samuel 2:17

Therefore, the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for men despised the present of the LORD.