100 Bible Verses about Preparation

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 882 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 826 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 800 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Proverbs 24:27 ESV / 764 helpful votes

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

Luke 21:36 ESV / 762 helpful votes

But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

John 16:33 ESV / 695 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Luke 14:28 ESV / 627 helpful votes

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

Matthew 24:44 ESV / 588 helpful votes

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 564 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.

Romans 13:11 ESV / 556 helpful votes

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 535 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Matthew 25:1-46 ESV / 521 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

Matthew 24:13 ESV / 521 helpful votes

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:42 ESV / 511 helpful votes

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV / 425 helpful votes

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Proverbs 21:31 ESV / 424 helpful votes

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Proverbs 16:1-33 ESV / 403 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. ...

Luke 12:47 ESV / 402 helpful votes

And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.

Ezekiel 38:7 ESV / 398 helpful votes

“Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them.

Hebrews 11:7 ESV / 383 helpful votes

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 364 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.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 322 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Luke 21:9-36 ESV / 315 helpful votes

And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. ...

Mark 15:42 ESV / 310 helpful votes

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

Romans 12:2 ESV / 303 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 298 helpful votes

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Matthew 24:3 ESV / 296 helpful votes

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 295 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 295 helpful votes

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 294 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 25:1-13 ESV / 290 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 289 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 287 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 286 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

John 19:31 ESV / 284 helpful votes

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

Luke 23:54 ESV / 283 helpful votes

It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.

John 14:2 ESV / 282 helpful votes

In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Matthew 24:42-44 ESV / 279 helpful votes

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 27:62 ESV / 273 helpful votes

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 273 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.

1 John 2:2 ESV / 263 helpful votes

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 19:14 ESV / 259 helpful votes

Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 252 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 252 helpful votes

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Matthew 24:22 ESV / 250 helpful votes

And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 249 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 248 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

John 19:42 ESV / 248 helpful votes

So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 243 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

1 Peter 1:13 ESV / 238 helpful votes

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 236 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.

Proverbs 28:19-20 ESV / 231 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 223 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 19:21 ESV / 220 helpful votes

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 213 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Acts 2:40 ESV / 208 helpful votes

And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”

Luke 14:28-30 ESV / 203 helpful votes

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Ephesians 6:13 ESV / 201 helpful votes

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Matthew 24:36 ESV / 201 helpful votes

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 201 helpful votes

I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Proverbs 6:6 ESV / 201 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 199 helpful votes

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

1 John 5:19 ESV / 198 helpful votes

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 197 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.

Acts 17:30-31 ESV / 195 helpful votes

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

John 14:27 ESV / 195 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 194 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Romans 10:9 ESV / 192 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

2 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 189 helpful votes

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

Matthew 24:21-22 ESV / 189 helpful votes

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Acts 3:19-21 ESV / 188 helpful votes

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

John 14:3 ESV / 188 helpful votes

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Ephesians 6:15 ESV / 185 helpful votes

And, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

Isaiah 40:3 ESV / 179 helpful votes

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 27:62-64 ESV / 164 helpful votes

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.”

John 14:6 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 160 helpful votes

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ...

Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, ...

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 150 helpful votes

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

Exodus 23:20 ESV / 144 helpful votes

“Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.

1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV / 141 helpful votes

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 139 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Romans 9:1-33 ESV / 139 helpful votes

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. ...

John 9:4 ESV / 138 helpful votes

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 ESV / 134 helpful votes

So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

John 3:2 ESV / 133 helpful votes

This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 132 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

John 17:17 ESV / 129 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 126 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 14:1-3 ESV / 125 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Joel 3:9 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.

Exodus 16:23 ESV / 124 helpful votes

He said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’”

Romans 8:31 ESV / 122 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Genesis 6:21 ESV / 122 helpful votes

Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.”

Luke 21:34 ESV / 121 helpful votes

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Ephesians 6:16 ESV / 115 helpful votes

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

Luke 14:31 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

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