100 Bible Verses about Desire

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV / 46 helpful votes

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Proverbs 2:3-5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 23 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 18 helpful votes

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:25 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Psalm 119:10 ESV / 15 helpful votes

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

Luke 6:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

Proverbs 8:34 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

Proverbs 4:27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 9:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Hosea 6:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Psalm 118:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Psalm 40:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Psalm 145:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

Psalm 119:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

Hebrews 10:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Lamentations 3:41 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:

Psalm 119:149 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.

Psalm 119:133 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Psalm 119:40 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Psalm 94:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 70:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

Luke 20:46 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,

Mark 11:23-24 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Matthew 16:23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Isaiah 55:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Isaiah 26:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

Proverbs 8:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Psalm 143:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.

Psalm 130:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

Psalm 123:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us.

Psalm 123:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Psalm 119:156 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your rules.

Psalm 119:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Psalm 69:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.

Psalm 42:1-11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation

Psalm 40:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 34:10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Deuteronomy 12:1-16 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way. But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go,

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Isaiah 55:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isaiah 8:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 8:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.

Song of Solomon 7:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me.

Song of Solomon 6:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Before I was aware, my desire set me among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.

Psalm 143:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Psalm 130:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

Psalm 119:122 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.

Psalm 119:88 ESV / 5 helpful votes

In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Psalm 119:77 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.

Psalm 105:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Psalm 63:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 62:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Psalm 37:34 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

Psalm 27:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 24:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Psalm 9:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

John 15:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Matthew 5:28 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Isaiah 55:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

Song of Solomon 8:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.

Song of Solomon 3:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

Psalm 86:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.

Psalm 86:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalm 81:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psalm 69:32 ESV / 4 helpful votes

When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

Psalm 68:28 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.

Psalm 63:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 39:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.

Psalm 37:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Psalm 33:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 27:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Psalm 25:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Psalm 22:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!

Psalm 17:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A Prayer of David. Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!

1 Samuel 15:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

Genesis 2:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

John 12:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

John 12:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.

Luke 10:42 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Habakkuk 3:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.

Psalm 119:117 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually!

Psalm 119:116 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

Psalm 86:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 84:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Psalm 51:1-17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

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