100 Bible Verses about Guidance

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 1,017 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 948 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

John 16:13 ESV / 555 helpful votes

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Isaiah 30:21 ESV / 471 helpful votes

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 396 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Matthew 7:7-11 ESV / 383 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV / 341 helpful votes

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

James 1:5-6 ESV / 330 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 262 helpful votes

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

John 14:26 ESV / 251 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 250 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Psalm 37:23-24 ESV / 229 helpful votes

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.

Isaiah 58:11 ESV / 218 helpful votes

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 182 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

James 1:5-8 ESV / 178 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 170 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Psalm 37:23 ESV / 146 helpful votes

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;

Psalm 25:9-10 ESV / 138 helpful votes

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 133 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Isaiah 48:17 ESV / 105 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.

Psalm 25:5-9 ESV / 102 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. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Luke 1:79 ESV / 99 helpful votes

To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Leviticus 19:31 ESV / 97 helpful votes

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

James 1:5 ESV / 91 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 90 helpful votes

A man's steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?

Romans 8:14 ESV / 87 helpful votes

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Psalm 40:2 ESV / 85 helpful votes

He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

Psalm 5:8 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 81 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 25:9 ESV / 79 helpful votes

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Isaiah 11:2 ESV / 78 helpful votes

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 74 helpful votes

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Psalm 143:10 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Psalm 73:23-24 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ESV / 71 helpful votes

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 31:3 ESV / 68 helpful votes

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 67 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Psalm 143:8 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Genesis 18:14 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Hebrews 11:8 ESV / 60 helpful votes

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 60 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 91:1-16 ESV / 59 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Proverbs 1:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 56 helpful votes

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.

Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV / 56 helpful votes

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

John 6:35 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

John 5:30 ESV / 54 helpful votes

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Psalm 40:1-3 ESV / 51 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Isaiah 30:19-22 ESV / 50 helpful votes

For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”

John 10:3-4 ESV / 49 helpful votes

To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Psalm 48:14 ESV / 49 helpful votes

That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 24:6 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 20:18 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

1 Chronicles 10:13 ESV / 43 helpful votes

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 42 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 42 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Psalm 94:12-14 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;

1 Peter 4:11 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:133 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Psalm 16:7-8 ESV / 40 helpful votes

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Hebrews 13:21 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Galatians 5:18 ESV / 37 helpful votes

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Psalm 119:9 ESV / 37 helpful votes

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Psalm 32:8-9 ESV / 37 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 36 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. ...

Proverbs 14:12 ESV / 35 helpful votes

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Psalm 139:23-24 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Nehemiah 2:7-8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

2 Kings 16:15 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, saying, “On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering and the king's burnt offering and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. And throw on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice, but the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 33 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.

Habakkuk 2:19 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.

Job 33:12-25 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man's words’? For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, ...

Colossians 3:1 ESV / 32 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.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Psalm 61:1-2 ESV / 30 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. Of David. Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Isaiah 30:20 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.

Psalm 25:12-15 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Psalm 73:24 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

Psalm 27:11 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Psalm 35:21-23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!” You have seen, O Lord; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me! Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

John 16:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

John 5:19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

Psalm 23:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Romans 11:33 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Acts 13:2 ESV / 21 helpful votes

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Habakkuk 2:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

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