100 Bible Verses about Sovereignty

Psalm 115:3 ESV / 2,605 helpful votes

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

Job 42:2 ESV / 2,339 helpful votes

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Proverbs 19:21 ESV / 2,317 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 2,269 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.

Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 2,161 helpful votes

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Psalm 103:19 ESV / 2,150 helpful votes

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 1,967 helpful votes

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

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 ESV / 1,958 helpful votes

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Psalm 135:6 ESV / 1,890 helpful votes

Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

Proverbs 21:1 ESV / 1,889 helpful votes

The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Daniel 4:35 ESV / 1,819 helpful votes

All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

Isaiah 46:10 ESV / 1,659 helpful votes

Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Genesis 50:20 ESV / 1,532 helpful votes

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Romans 9:18 ESV / 1,504 helpful votes

So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

Romans 9:21 ESV / 1,476 helpful votes

Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

Lamentations 3:37 ESV / 1,452 helpful votes

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?

Ephesians 1:11-12 ESV / 1,442 helpful votes

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Proverbs 16:33 ESV / 1,440 helpful votes

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

Isaiah 46:9-10 ESV / 1,382 helpful votes

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Matthew 19:26 ESV / 1,378 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Isaiah 43:13 ESV / 1,371 helpful votes

Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”

1 Timothy 6:15 ESV / 1,337 helpful votes

Which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

Proverbs 16:4 ESV / 1,270 helpful votes

The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Deuteronomy 32:39 ESV / 1,264 helpful votes

“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 1,197 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 20:6 ESV / 1,183 helpful votes

And said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.

Colossians 1:16 ESV / 1,176 helpful votes

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

Acts 2:23 ESV / 1,157 helpful votes

This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

Jeremiah 32:27 ESV / 1,141 helpful votes

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Revelation 4:11 ESV / 1,107 helpful votes

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

1 Samuel 2:10 ESV / 1,090 helpful votes

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

John 6:44 ESV / 1,083 helpful votes

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Isaiah 14:27 ESV / 1,061 helpful votes

For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 1,043 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 14:24 ESV / 984 helpful votes

The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,

Exodus 4:11 ESV / 975 helpful votes

Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV / 968 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.

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 967 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Matthew 10:29-30 ESV / 959 helpful votes

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

Jeremiah 32:17 ESV / 956 helpful votes

‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Acts 13:48 ESV / 955 helpful votes

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 954 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Chronicles 29:11 ESV / 953 helpful votes

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

Daniel 2:21 ESV / 944 helpful votes

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Romans 9:11 ESV / 921 helpful votes

Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—

Luke 1:37 ESV / 897 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

John 1:3-4 ESV / 885 helpful votes

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Romans 11:36 ESV / 870 helpful votes

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Isaiah 43:15 ESV / 865 helpful votes

I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

Revelation 15:3 ESV / 858 helpful votes

And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!

Revelation 19:6 ESV / 853 helpful votes

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

Revelation 4:2 ESV / 850 helpful votes

At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.

Revelation 20:11 ESV / 842 helpful votes

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 832 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 14:22 ESV / 813 helpful votes

Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.

James 4:13-15 ESV / 793 helpful votes

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Acts 4:27-28 ESV / 785 helpful votes

For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Psalm 139:16 ESV / 778 helpful votes

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 757 helpful votes

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

John 6:65 ESV / 754 helpful votes

And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

Genesis 24:3 ESV / 754 helpful votes

That I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,

John 6:37 ESV / 744 helpful votes

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

Daniel 4:17 ESV / 739 helpful votes

The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 734 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.

Jeremiah 27:5 ESV / 733 helpful votes

“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.

Hebrews 4:13 ESV / 728 helpful votes

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Romans 9:20 ESV / 708 helpful votes

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

Deuteronomy 2:30 ESV / 693 helpful votes

But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day.

Romans 9:19 ESV / 690 helpful votes

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”

Romans 13:1-7 ESV / 663 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...

Colossians 1:17 ESV / 643 helpful votes

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 ESV / 641 helpful votes

Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

Job 1:12 ESV / 640 helpful votes

And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Ezra 6:22 ESV / 632 helpful votes

And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

John 19:11 ESV / 625 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

Job 23:13 ESV / 600 helpful votes

But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 565 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,

1 Samuel 2:6 ESV / 559 helpful votes

The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Hebrews 1:3 ESV / 557 helpful votes

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Psalm 104:24 ESV / 539 helpful votes

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Romans 8:29-30 ESV / 535 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Isaiah 46:9-11 ESV / 535 helpful votes

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

Amos 3:6 ESV / 526 helpful votes

Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?

Psalm 29:10 ESV / 525 helpful votes

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

Lamentations 3:37-38 ESV / 522 helpful votes

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?

Isaiah 40:22 ESV / 516 helpful votes

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

Luke 12:6-7 ESV / 514 helpful votes

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 1:51-53 ESV / 512 helpful votes

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

Matthew 5:34 ESV / 511 helpful votes

But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

Deuteronomy 4:39 ESV / 510 helpful votes

Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 509 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Matthew 19:28 ESV / 509 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 484 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.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 475 helpful votes

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

Romans 9:19-20 ESV / 473 helpful votes

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

Romans 8:29 ESV / 469 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Proverbs 16:1 ESV / 469 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 21:30 ESV / 442 helpful votes

No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.

Job 12:13-14 ESV / 442 helpful votes

“With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding. If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.

1 Chronicles 29:12 ESV / 425 helpful votes

Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

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