100 Bible Verses about Desire

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 194 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:24 ESV / 108 helpful votes

What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 74 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 2:3-5 ESV / 58 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 / 54 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.

Luke 10:42 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Romans 13:13-14 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 40 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 3:25 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Hosea 6:6 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:10 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV / 26 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.

Psalm 145:19 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:21 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:34 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Psalm 40:8 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 4:27 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Mark 11:23-24 ESV / 18 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 9:13 ESV / 18 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 119:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 18 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!

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Psalm 118:17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Matthew 16:23 ESV / 14 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.”

Psalm 119:133 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 12 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.

Isaiah 26:8 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Song of Solomon 7:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Habakkuk 3:2 ESV / 10 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.

Lamentations 3:41 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 26:9 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 19:2-3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

Psalm 123:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:40 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 105:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

1 Peter 1:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,

James 4:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Hebrews 10:5 ESV / 8 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;

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

Luke 20:46 ESV / 8 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,

Jeremiah 29:7-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord. “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 55:1 ESV / 8 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.

Psalm 119:156 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 94:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 86:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 70:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 69:32 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 69:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 63:1 ESV / 8 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 42:1-11 ESV / 8 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 25:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 22:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

1 John 2:15-17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 6 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.

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 6 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.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV / 6 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. ...

Romans 13:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Romans 10:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 8:25 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

John 15:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

John 4:1-6:71 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. ...

John 3:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.

Matthew 6:1-34 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ...

Matthew 5:28 ESV / 6 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 55:2 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 8:17 ESV / 6 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 6:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 6:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?

Proverbs 19:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 3:1-6:35 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ...

Psalm 143:1-12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. ...

Psalm 130:1-8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 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 119:1-176 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...

Psalm 86:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 84:2 ESV / 6 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 81:10 ESV / 6 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 68:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 65:1-66:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; ...

Psalm 63:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 62:1 ESV / 6 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 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 37:34 ESV / 6 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 33:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 27:1-14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. ...

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 6 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 / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Psalm 9:1 ESV / 6 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.

James 1:1-27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ...

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