66 Inspirational Verses from Every Book of the Bible

The Bible is critical to our understanding of God. The more time we spend in its pages, the better we understand our relationship to our Creator and his creation

Between the covers of God’s Word, we find a remarkable amount of inspiration. These flashes of insight give us strength and encouragement in our most difficult moments. They embolden us to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us (Philippians 3:14).

We pulled together one verse from every book of the Bible to inspire you. In these verses you’ll find motivation to help you love and trust God more profoundly.

Inspiration from the Pentateuch

The first five books of the Bible have historically been credited to Moses and are called The Pentateuch. The word pentateuch comes from the Greek words pente (five) and teuchos (book). These five books focus on the creation of the world, and God’s establishment and covenant with his people (the nation of Israel).

1. Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

The Bible’s very first verse establishes the importance of Scripture. Our entire universe has been created by God, and its Scripture that tells us the story of his relationship with this world and its inhabitants

Why is this verse inspirational?
Even when we believe the truth of this verse, it’s easy to forget its significance. We are not alone. The God who invites us to walk with him is the same one who formed our solar system. Just stop and think about that. The same being who established the earth’s seasons and knit your central nervous system together cares immensely about you.

2. Exodus 34:6

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Moses had a profound relationship with God. Scripture tells us that he spoke to God “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). When Moses met with God on the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, God came down in a cloud and spoke these words to him.

Why is this verse inspirational?
God wants to tell Moses who he is. It’s profoundly significant that the first thing he wants Moses to understand is that he is compassionate and gracious. He doesn’t start by establishing his power or his wrath. He wants his people to know that he is “slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness.”

3. Leviticus 20:26

You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

The book of Leviticus is full of detailed laws regarding the Israelite’s day-to-day life. It demonstrates God’s concern for how we live our own lives. Leviticus 20:26 communicates why God is so interested in how we live.

Why is this verse inspirational?
The word holy literally means “set apart.” As God is set apart from his creation, he desires his people to be set apart from the world around them. Sometimes it’s easy to blend in, but it’s important to remember that God has called us to value and prioritize things differently than those around us.

4. Numbers 23:19

God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?

Balaam was a prophet who spoke for God in the book of Numbers. Here he is speaking to Balak, the king of Moab, who has asked Balaam to curse Jacob. Balaam can’t do it, because God has already made a promise to Jacob.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In this exchange with Balak, we’re reminded of God’s steadfastness. God’s promises don’t have an expiration date, and we don’t have to wonder if we can trust in them. If God said he will do it, he will. And that should give us an extraordinary amount of faith.

5. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

God is leading his people into the promised land. The journey is arduous and the obstacles are significant. Here Moses reminds his people that they can’t let fear stop them from believing that God will fulfill his promises.

Why is this verse inspirational?
We all have hurdles, especially when it comes to walking closely with God. We need to be reminded that God is faithful to us—even as we struggle to be faithful to him.

Inspiration from the Historical Narratives

The following books of the Bible fall under the category of historical narrative. They tell the continuing story of God and his people.

6. Joshua 1:7–9

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

After Moses’ death, Joshua must pick up his mantle and lead God’s people into the promised land—an intimidating responsibility for anyone. Here God instructs and encourages Joshua for the task that lies ahead.

Why are these verses inspirational?
It makes sense that Joshua would be nervous about the future. He needs to trust God and lead a contentious group of people through dangerous territory. God wants to remind him to keep the main thing the main thing. “Focus on obeying me,” God tells him, “and I’ll take care of the obstacles.” This is powerful advice we all need to remember.

7. Judges 3:9

But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.

Judges is a dark book. Israel is undergoing political and religious turmoil, and the tribes of Israel are at war with each other. God’s judgment comes in the form of foreign oppression. But as Israel repents and cries out to God, he raises up judges to save them.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Israel is suffering because of the bad choices they are making, but even in their disobedience and arrogance, God is listening. When they repent, God delivers them. We, too, find ourselves in troubles that we’ve created. But that doesn’t mean that God has departed from us. When we turn to him, he responds.

8. Ruth 1:17–18

“Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

During the time of the judges, there’s a significant famine. A woman named Naomi immigrates to Moab with her husband and her two sons. Her sons marry two Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah.

Within a couple years of her husband dying, Naomi’s sons die, too. She’s left with her daughters-in-law. Naomi tells the women to return to their mothers and remarry. Orpah agrees to leave, but Ruth pledges her faithfulness to Naomi with these words.

Why are these verses inspirational?
God never intended for us to walk through life alone. God has always been about raising up a people who would support each other and bless those around them. Here we see what that looks like. These verses remind us of the importance of support and faithfulness, and to look for God’s provision in our relationships.

9. 1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Saul, Israel’s first king, is an utter failure. God rejects him and sends his prophet Samuel to anoint the new king he has chosen. Samuel is to go to Bethlehem and invite a man named Jesse to the sacrifice. When Samuel sees Jesse’s strapping oldest son, Eliab, he thinks he’s found God’s anointed. But God tells him otherwise.

Why are these verses inspirational?
We spend our whole lives judging the world by appearances and having others judge us the same way. And if we’re honest, we tend to judge ourselves by appearance, too. It’s inspiring to remember that God doesn’t see things the way that we do. He sees beyond the obvious and encourages us to do the same.

10. 2 Samuel 7:22

“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Through the prophet Nathan, God reminds David that he’s taken him from the pasture and appointed him as ruler over Israel. He also informs him that David’s name will be great and the throne of his kingdom will endure forever. This verse comes from David’s prayerful response.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In a world full of idols, David reminds us that there is no God like the God of Israel. In light of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, we know that to be true in a way that even David couldn’t fathom. This world offers us plenty to worship, but nothing compares to the one true God.

11. 1 Kings 8:22–24

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and said: “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.

Solomon brings the Ark of the Covenant into the completed temple. This is a momentous occasion because the Ark represents God’s presence which will dwell in this holy place. Solomon then begins giving this dedication.

Why are these verses inspirational?
Throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites are constantly reminded of what God has done for them and the promises he has kept. This builds up their faith and encourages future faithfulness. These verses (and verses like them) are a reminder to us that our relationship with God began centuries ago with the Israelites. His faithfulness to them is part of the story of his devotion to us.

12. 2 Kings 22:19

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

Josiah becomes king at eight years old, but unlike his dad and grandfather, he’s a good ruler. During the eighteenth year of his reign, he instructs repairs be made to the temple. When a book of the Law is found and read to Josiah, it becomes obvious just how far Israel has strayed from God. In anguish, Josiah tears his clothes.

In a discussion with a prophetess named Huldah, Josiah is told that God intends to visit his wrath upon Israel for its sins, but then he promises mercy to Josiah because he has humbled himself before the Lord

Why is this verse inspirational?
The mercy Josiah experiences is in response to his distress at how far Israel has fallen from God. Josiah doesn’t call down curses on Israel, but as a part of God’s people, he hurts for how far from God the nation has fallen. God pays attention to us as we express heartache for how far we have drifted from him.

13. 1 Chronicles 22:13

Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

As the preparation is being made for the building of the temple, David calls his son and successor, Solomon, to his side to remind him of the importance of faithfulness.
Why is this verse inspirational?

Throughout Scripture, two of the messages that people receive most often are “be faithful” and “don’t be afraid.” Here we see these instructions again. The verse reminds us that if we are doing our best to be faithful to God, we have nothing to fear.

14. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” After the temple is completed and dedicated, God appears to Solomon with these words.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Despite the fact that God is speaking to Solomon about the nation of Israel, these are instructions that we can take to heart. God pays special attention to his people. Their posture to their sin (and the sin around them) has a profound impact on him. This verse should inspire us to regularly humble ourselves, turn from our wickedness, and seek his face.

15. Ezra 10:4

“Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”

Ezra was a Jewish priest and scribe who was integral to Israel returning from captivity to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. As Ezra laments Israel’s sin, he is approached by a descendant of Elam named Shekaniah. This man confesses Israel’s sin to Ezra and encourages Ezra to set things right and keep the law.

Why is this verse inspirational?
When you want to follow God, it’s easy to look at the obstacles and lose heart. It’s critical that we take Shekaniah’s words to heart. Discover God’s will, look for the people who support you, take courage, and do it.

16. Nehemiah 8:10

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Along with Ezra, Nehemiah oversaw the rebuilding of Jerusalem. In the eighth chapter of Nehemiah, Ezra reads from the book of the Law. As the people listen, they begin to mourn over how far they’ve drifted. Nehemiah encourages them not to mourn, but to celebrate. God’s about to do something amazing.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Repentance is hard work, but it’s also joyful. On one side you’re heartbroken over your sin, but on the other, it’s the gateway to a renewed relationship with God. It’s essential to allow ourselves to feel the sadness of repentance, but we can’t wallow there—because, on the other side of repentance, God is waiting to do amazing things!

17. Esther 4:14

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

The Persian king Ahasuerus is under the influence of Haman, a terrible counselor. Because of a perceived slight from a Jewish man named Mordecai, Haman decides to convince Ahasuerus to rid Persia of every Jew.

At the same time, the king is looking for a new queen, and falls for an attractive woman named Esther (Mordecai’s cousin). Mordecai encourages Esther to use her influence to save her people.

Why is this verse inspirational?
No situation is outside of God’s purview. This verse reminds us that there are times when our placement in a difficult situation is part of God’s plan to remedy the problem.

Inspiration from the Wisdom Literature

The Bible’s wisdom literature emphasizes the importance of seeking good judgment and common sense so that we can have a right relationship with God—and each other.

18. Job 19:25–27

I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Job. Used as a tool of the devil to prove that the most God-fearing man on earth is only faithful because of God’s blessing, Job has everything of value taken from him. He loses his children, his wealth, and eventually his health. The book primarily deals with Job and his friends’ struggle to understand why this is happening.

Why are these verses inspirational?
In Job’s pain and frustration, he remains steadfast. When he passes from this world, he is assured that he will stand before God. This kind of faith should motivate us to look beyond our momentary struggles to embrace an eternal hope.

19. Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs is a collection of sayings and aphorisms that are concerned with the development of a godly character. In it, you’ll find tons of practical advice, reminders, and admonitions to help you grow in godliness.

Why is this verse inspirational?
We all need to feel secure. When things get tough, it’s easy to look for security in things and people around us. It’s important to remember that the Lord is our first, and greatest, defense.

20. Ecclesiastes 12:13

Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.</em

The author of Ecclesiastes tells readers about his attempts to find meaning in life. The whole scope of the book warns us to avoid the traps of materialism and intellectual knowledge that, while not invaluable, do not give life any meaning. Throughout the book, readers are dangled over the pit of despair as they’re confronted with the vanity and meaninglessness of life. But the author finishes by informing them of what truly matters.

Why is this verse inspirational?
We’re constantly encouraged to find our worth and meaning in a lot of places that ultimately won’t deliver. The verse reminds us to define our lives in relationship to following and obeying God.

Inspiration from the Books of Poetry

The Bible is full of poems, but Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations are distinct works of beautiful poetry.

21. Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
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.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

David’s words in Psalm 23 are some of the most inspiring ever penned. It makes sense that this specific Psalm is used to bring comfort to people who are walking through the most trying and difficult times.

Why are these verses inspirational?
The image of God as a shepherd protecting and guiding his sheep is evocative and beautiful. To truly understand that he can be trusted to provide for us and protect us from our enemies has a way of completely transforming the way we look at our lives.

22. Song of Songs 2:4

Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.

Written as a lengthy dialogue between a young woman and her lover, Song of Songs seems like a strange book to include in the Bible. For centuries, teachers have used it to draw a parallel between our relationship with God.

Why is this verse inspirational?
If you take this book at face value as an ode to love, this is an inspiring reminder of the importance of love and relationship. If you also see this as a metaphor for God’s relationship with you, it’s a graphic reminder that God’s love is what drives him to pursue you.

23. Lamentations 3:22–26

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
geat is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

Judah’s continued idolatry caused the city of Jerusalem to be utterly destroyed. The book of Lamentation helps us see the heartbreaking nature of this event from an eyewitness’s perspective.

Why are these verses inspirational?
In the midst of God’s judgment which feels severe, the author of Lamentations focuses on God’s compassion. Because of his compassion, Israel isn’t completely wiped out and the author trusts that God will eventually deliver them. This is the epitome of looking on the bright side—a perspective that we can draw inspiration from.

Inspiration from the Books of Prophecy

Throughout the Bible, God raises up prophets to speak for him. These prophets are usually dispatched to warn Israel of coming judgment for their disobedience. But some prophecies offer a profound hope we can cling to in times of trouble.

24. Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah is one of Israel’s most important prophets. When Israel avoided destruction under the Assyrians and Egyptians, Isaiah was there to remind them about the importance of maintaining their standing before God. In the midst of his prophecies, we get some of the clearest glimpses into God’s plan to deliver mankind through Jesus.

Why is this verse inspirational?
“Do not be afraid” is one of the Scripture’s most repeated admonitions. We cannot hear this message enough, and we should be encouraged every time God reminds us.

25. Jeremiah 31:31

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.

Jeremiah has been called “the weeping prophet.” He is given the difficult job of preaching repentance to Judah, despite the heartbreaking realization that Judah will not listen.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In the midst of Jeremiah’s harangue against the nation of Israel, he gives this brief look into God’s future plans. In the midst of Judah’s disobedience, God is planning a new covenant where the Law will be made complete through the blood of the Lamb. Even when we’re far away, God is at work drawing us to him.

26. Ezekiel 36:26

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

Like most prophets, Ezekiel had the tough and thankless job of calling a decidedly sinful generation to repentance. Throughout this book, Ezekiel continually reminds Israel that God isn’t out to punish his people for punishment’s sake. He wants to restore the nation to obedience and blessing.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Ultimately, God is not simply concerned with Israel’s external obedience. He wants his people’s faithfulness to flow from their love for him. It’s an inspiring reminder that God’s looking at our motivations—and we should be, too.

27. Daniel 3:16–18

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, has conquered Judah and many Israelites are now living in Babylon. Among them are Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Due to their faithfulness to God, these young men are given favor among the king’s court—much to the chagrin of his Babylonian advisers.

When Nebuchadnezzar erects a gold statue and demands that his subject worship it under penalty of being thrown into a furnace, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse. This causes some of the court astrologers to turn them in. Furious, the king confronts these Jewish men, and this is their response.

Why are these verses inspirational?
There’s just something galvanizing about this response to Nebuchadnezzar. While not disrespectful or mean, these Jewish lads make it clear that they’re not going to bow to an idol—no matter what the consequence might be.

28. Hosea 14:9

Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.

It’s believed that Hosea was the first to use the metaphor of marriage as a picture of our covenant with God. God instructs Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman. And as she is serially unfaithful to him, he continues to find her, restore her, and bring her back home. God makes it clear through this prophet that he sees his relationship with Israel in the same light.

Why is this verse inspirational?
The point of this verse is clear. God’s ways are right and we’ll either walk in them or harm ourselves stumbling over them.

29. Joel 2:32

And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.

When a plague of locusts completely obliterates Judah, Joel steps in to let them know that this isn’t a random event. These locusts are an army that God has set loose on Israel to judge them for their sins. This passage comes during a portion of messianic prophecy that finds its fulfillment in the second chapter of Acts.

Why is this verse inspirational?
God isn’t far from anyone. Even as he is judging his people, he reminds them that all they need to do is turn to him. His salvation always awaits. How much truer is this in the light of the gospel?

30. Amos 3:7

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants the prophets.

God calls Amos, an uneducated shepherd, to warn Israel of coming judgment. Because Israel is incredibly prosperous at the time, they pay no heed to Amos’ bold message.

Why is this verse inspirational?
While it’s popular to say that God’s ways are a mystery, he has never been shy about telling his people what he is doing. Not only can we trust God’s Word to reveal who he is and what he is like, he gives us a glimpse of his plans.

31. Obadiah 1:21

Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.

In case you’re worried that God only judges Israel, we have the book of Obadiah. The nation of Edom had been at odds with Israel since ancient times, and God was tired of it. He sends Obadiah to communicate his judgment against Edom—and a message to any nation who stands against his people.

Why is this verse inspirational?
The whole earth and everything in it is the Lord’s. No one is beyond his authority. In the book of Romans, Paul reminds us that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Romans 12:19). He will set things right, and eventually, everything will be returned to its proper order.

32. Jonah 3:7–9

This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

You’ve probably heard of Jonah. He’s the unwilling prophet sent to warn his enemies, the Ninevites, of God’s coming wrath. Jonah doesn’t want to go because he’s afraid that they’ll repent and God will spare them. (He’s right.) So God swallows Jonah up in a fish for three days, has the fish spit him out on dry land, and convinces Jonah to do what he asks. When Jonah warns the king of God’s coming wrath, the king issues this decree.

Why are these verses inspirational?
Not even our enemies are beyond God’s reach. The story of Jonah should remind us that God can (and will) use us to reach those who are far from him.

33. Micah 7:8

Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.

Micah was called to judge both the southern and northern kingdoms in Israel. Similar to the message of Isaiah, Micah warned of a judgment that would eventually send the nation into exile.

Why is this verse inspirational?
It’s amazing and encouraging that almost every prophet delivers their warning with the same encouragement. God wants to show mercy, even in the darkest moments.

34. Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him.

Jonah had warned Nineveh of impending doom, and they had repented . . . for a time. Eventually, the Assyrians were back to their old tricks and had fallen under God’s judgment again. Only this time there was no warning—God’s wrath was coming. Unlike a lot of the Old Testament prophets who were sent to warn Israel of God’s wrath, Nahum was sent to comfort Judah and ensure the nation that judgment would soon befall their enemies.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Judah had suffered under the brutality of the Assyrians. The whole book of Nahum is a reminder that God cares, and that he’s paying attention. The context of this verse is helpful when you feel like you’re being mistreated or misunderstood.

35. Habakkuk 3:19

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

Habakkuk’s prophecy never directly addresses Judah. Instead, he questions God about his management of worldly affairs. The righteous continue to suffer and evil seems to prevail, and the prophet calls into question the fairness of it all. By the end of this short book, Habakkuk’s faith in God’s ultimate goodness is reaffirmed.

Why is this verse inspirational?
When we prayerfully address our doubts, God responds. Habakkuk is worried about God’s sense of justice, but in the end, his faith is renewed. God is ultimately just and trustworthy, and his children can trust him for guidance and protection.

36. Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

As is the case with a most of the prophets, Zephaniah has an important warning for Judah. God is coming to judge the nation for its faithlessness. But the prophet also wants them to know that God will forgive and bless those who turn from evil and return to their covenant relationship with him.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In spite of their wickedness, God longs to save his people. He is a tireless warrior who is constantly at war for the hearts of his people. In one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture, Zephaniah reminds us that God isn’t a heartless, angry God. He longs for us to turn to him, and he tenderly rejoices over us when we do.

37. Haggai 1:5

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”

The nation of Israel had come out of exile in Babylon, and in the process of rebuilding the temple had grown greatly discouraged by opposition and eventually gave up. Many years later, the nation is struggling economically and Haggai writes to encourage Israel to consider the lack of prosperity as a result of not rebuilding the temple.

Why is this verse inspirational?
This one little line says so much. Sometimes we’re so close to the problem that we can’t truly see how we’re contributing to it. By giving careful thought to our behavior, we can often dramatically change our experience.

38. Zechariah 1:3

Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’

Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai, and the message of the two prophets is very similar. He wants God’s people to remember their calling and history, and strengthen their resolve to rebuild the temple.

Why is this verse inspirational?
This verse represents God’s heart throughout Scripture. No matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, if you turn to me, I am here.

39. Malachi 4:2

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Unlike many of the prophets, Malachi doesn’t seem to be confronting flagrant idolatry. Instead, the nation of Israel has slid into religious apathy. Malachi calls them to the deep, fervent worship and sacrifice that the Lord deserves.

Why is this verse inspirational?
This is a truly beautiful verse that speaks profound truth to the Israelites (and us). Properly adoring and appreciating God’s goodness releases his power into our lives. When we are properly aligned with him, we are able to live with the kind of carefree exuberance that you’d see in frolicking calves.

Inspiration from the Gospels

When Jesus shows up in Palestine, Israel had been waiting for their Messiah for hundreds of years. The gospels tell the story of a Messiah that they never expected, a sacrifice too amazing to be believed, and the creation of a brand-new covenant.

40. Matthew 11:28–30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew’s gospel is written to convince a Jewish audience that Jesus was the Messiah they’ve been anticipating. He pays particular attention to the prophecies fulfilled in Christ’s life and teachings.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In a time when a good Israelite’s whole life was spent trying to follow the Law and please God, this verse was a revelation. God doesn’t want his relationship with people to be a burden, he wants it to be a partnership where we work alongside him.

41. Mark 10:27

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Mark is the shortest of the gospels. It’s not as focused on the sayings of Jesus. Instead, Mark wants people to experience the action of Jesus’ ministry. It isn’t as focused on the theology of Jesus as it is on the implication of Jesus’ story.

Why is this verse inspirational?
When Jesus is talking to the disciples about the deceitfulness of riches, he tells them how hard it is for the wealthy to be saved. The disciples respond with shock, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus responds with the words from Mark 10:27. The implication of these words extend beyond the context of his discussion with the disciples. We’re not confined to the limitations of what we see and experience. God is able to “do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

42. Luke 2:10–11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke’s gospel is written from extensive interviews with many of the gospel’s key players and other eyewitnesses. Like the book of Acts, Luke compiles the story for an influential person named Theophilus.

Why are these verses inspirational?
After Jesus’ birth, God makes an angelic birth announcement. Does he send an angel to Caesar or some other government official? Nope. He announces the birth of the Messiah to some of the people in the lowest rung of the social and economic ladder—shepherds. Christ’s birth is truly great news for all people.

43. John 3:16–17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John wrote the most theological of the gospels. He doesn’t begin with the birth of Christ, he goes all the way back to creation. This child born in a first-century manger is the same creative force that created the cosmos.

Why are these verses inspirational?
John 3:16 is arguably the most famous Bible verse. It pretty succinctly communicates the gist of the gospel message. Out of deep love, God sent his son to save those in the world who believe in him. Verse 17 communicates an important truth. God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but to save it.

44. Acts 2:22

Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

The book of Acts is considered a gospel because it communicates more about Jesus’ earthly ministry and the birth of his church. It’s the second part of Luke’s narrative to Theophilus about everything that Jesus came to do.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In the second chapter of Acts, Peter preaches the first gospel sermon—and over 3,000 people responded. It’s the implications here that make this such an incredibly inspirational verse. Peter is reminding people in Jerusalem about the signs and wonders that they’ve all heard about. If these miracles were all mythological, Peter wouldn’t have pointed to them as proof that Jesus was the Messiah. But he invokes these stories because they’re verifiable to everyone present.

Inspiration from the Epistles

The majority of the New Testament is letters written to churches and individuals. These letters provide insight and direction for living out the gospel in community, and in the midst of a contrary—often oppositional—world.

45. Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Paul’s letter to the church at Rome is probably the New Testament’s clearest explanation of the gospel. Many evangelists use it as an tool for evangelism because it lays out the sinfulness of man, sin’s consequences, and the hope of new life in Christ.

Why is this verse inspirational?
We all go through difficult times, and it’s helpful to know that in the midst of our challenges, God is at work bringing good out of them.

46. 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation, has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth is in response to a letter he has received from the church (1 Corinthians 7:1), and reports from Chloe’s household. It deals with doctrinal issues, immorality, and divisions that are springing up in the community. You know, church stuff.

Why is this verse inspirational?
There’s not a Christian alive that won’t deal with temptation, but it’s not a sin to be tempted. It’s helpful to know that in your battles with temptation, God has provided a way out!

47. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church offers a lot of insight into his life. In it, he defends his apostleship, encourages Corinthian generosity, and warns about false teachers who are spreading heresies.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Paul tells the Corinthians about a condition that he calls a “thorn in his flesh.” He never explicitly tells them what the struggle is, but he shares how he prayed to have this affliction removed from him. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, we read God’s response. Many Christians have found solace in these powerful words. God is actually glorified in our afflictions, and his power is displayed in our weaknesses.

48. Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The first contentious argument in the first-century church revolved around whether Christians were responsible to keep the Law. Jewish believers wanted Christians to submit themselves for circumcision, leading Paul to write his most strongly worded epistle.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In Ephesians, Paul talks about the dividing walls of cultural hostility being torn down in Christ (Ephesians 2:14). Galatians 3:28 further illustrates the fact that in Christ, we’re no longer separated by our race, gender, or social position. For Christians, there is only “in Christ.”

49. Ephesians 3:20–21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Of all Paul’s letters, Ephesians is one of the most formal. There isn’t a lot of personal insight into Paul’s life or his relationship with the church at Ephesus. But it is a robust letter about what it means to live an effective Christian life.

Why are these verses inspirational?
Paul ends a powerful letter with an equally powerful benediction. To think that God is able to do more than we can imagine is staggering—and that power is at work within us!

50. Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Unlike a lot of Paul’s letters to churches, Philippians isn’t written in response to a crisis. He wrote to the church at Philippi to express his sincere love and affection for this faithful church. The Philippians had supported Paul in his ministry, and he encourages them to continue to embrace both joy and unity.

Why is this verse inspirational?
We all have moments of anxiety and worry. This verse reminds us not to be anxious, but also gives us a practical alternative. Paul encourages us to take our worries, mingle them with gratefulness, and present them to God.

51. Colossians 3:16

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Not only did Paul’s letters aim to help new Christians deal with those who wanted to blend the new covenant with the Law, but he also had to contend with those who tried to mix Greek philosophy and teachings with new life in Christ. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wanted help the church understand Christ’s supremacy.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Paul encourages the Colossians to minister to each other through sharing Christ’s message in teaching and through music. It’s nice to remember that musical expression is a gift from God that has a variety of applications—including building one another up spiritually.

52. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Some members of the Thessalonian church had passed away, and the church wasn’t entirely sure what happened to Christians when they died. Expecting an imminent return of Christ, they weren’t entirely sure how death played into the second coming. Paul wrote this first letter to them to encourage and instruct them about these topics.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians was that they would be sanctified and kept blameless at Jesus’ second coming. We should pray this for ourselves and our churches, too!

53. 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

After his first letter, Paul still had some issues to clear up in Thessalonica. There was false teaching circulating that the “day of the Lord” had already come. His second letter to this church builds upon the eschatological teachings in from his first epistle.

Why are these verses inspirational?
As this church struggles to be faithful, Paul tells them that he and his fellow workers are constantly praying for them. In fact, he’s able to tell them how they’re prayed for. These two verses (which play out over and over in Paul’s other epistles) should remind us that the number one responsibility in ministry is to lift up those we care for before God’s throne.

54. 1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

If you’re looking for a good primer on church leadership, you can’t go wrong with Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Paul gives Timothy helpful instructions about the qualifications of elders and instructions about worship.

Why is this verse inspirational?
It’s easy to be intimidated by others. In Timothy’s case, it was because of his youth and inexperience. Paul offers him a powerful reminder not to be concerned about that, and focus on the example that he sets instead—words we could all live by.

55. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Paul knows that his ministry is almost over. He’s imprisoned in Rome, he’s been abandoned by many close to him, and things aren’t looking good. He writes Timothy again to strengthen and encourage him and persuade him to visit.

Why is this verse inspirational?
These words are particularly poignant considering Paul’s predicament. He’s sitting in prison with the real possibility of death hanging over his head, and he’s reminding Timothy that God doesn’t want us to be timid. We are to operate out of a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.

56. Titus 3:1–2

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

In Paul’s letter to Titus, you find more helpful instruction for Christian leadership. You also discover instruction about finding the balance between your faith and your behavior. Paul wants to see the members of Titus’ church discard bad teaching and embrace the message of Christ which leads to good, productive lives.

Why are these verses inspirational?
Paul’s message to Titus includes instructions for how Christians are to live in the world. These words should inspire and encourage us to interact with others in a peaceable, life-giving manner.

57. Philemon 1:4–5

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.

Slavery was a common practice in the first century, and in the book of Philemon, Paul deals with this very touchy subject. Philemon was a slave owner who hosted a church and one of his slaves, Onesimus, had robbed Philemon and ran away. Since then, Onesimus has found Paul and become a Christian. Paul is writing to Philemon to prepare him for Onesimus’ return and to encourage him not to simply see Onesimus as a returning slave, but a Christian brother.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Paul’s dealing with a very touchy subject, and he chooses to start by building upon the good in this situation. Philemon follows the Lord and loves God’s people. This is going to be important when Paul discloses that Onesimus is one of God’s people now, too. It’s encouraging to see Paul recognizing and thanking God for every positive step forward that he’s seen in the lives of others.

58. Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Jewish believers needed help bridging the gap between the faith that they grew up with and God’s new covenant. How did they work together? The writer of Hebrews explains the high priestly ministry of Jesus to believers. It’s through Jesus’ ministry and sacrifice that we are able to approach God’s throne with confidence.

Why is this verse inspirational?
The readers of Hebrews would have clearly picked up the imagery of Greek games. The picture of an audience cheering on athletes would have been very common, and the idea that the heroes of the faith like Moses and Abraham were cheering us on would have been incredibly exhilarating.

59. James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

The book of James is a bold reminder that God’s people should live godly lives. Intensely practical, James’ epistle encourages Christians to pursue holiness.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Not only does this verse remind us of the power of prayer, but also encourages Christians to live lives of honest transparency. Sometimes it’s the sin we keep covered and hidden that keep us sick and ineffective. Confession and the prayers of others can often give us the breakthroughs that we lack.

60. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Peter’s first epistle is all about perseverance. He wants to remind believers in Christ that they will likely experience suffering and persecution, but they need to continue to endure.

Why is this verse inspirational?
It’s not an accident that we have been called out of the world and made a part of God’s church. We have been singled out as a special possession whose job it is to proclaim God’s goodness and beauty to the rest of the world.

61. 2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

As if it wasn’t enough that believers were suffering persecution, Peter needed to write the church and address the false teachers that were plaguing the church. Walking with a correct understanding of God is important for believers, and Peter addresses it with the recipients of this epistle.

Why is this verse inspirational?
Believers don’t require any secret knowledge or teaching in order to live godly lives. As Peter points out here, God has equipped us with everything we need in our knowledge of him.

62. 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

In response to early forms of Gnosticism, John pens this epistle to give believers an overview of the salvation message. In it, he contrasts important ideas: light vs. darkness, love of the Father vs. love of the world, and righteousness vs. sin.

Why is this verse inspirational?
The relationship that believers are called to is contingent upon their openness and honesty with each other. If they’re hiding sin and areas of rebellion, they’re not walking in the light. The more open we are with one another and the more we seek guidance and prayer, the more likely it is that we can be purified from the sin that has us entangled.

63. 2 John 1:8

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

As is the case throughout John’s epistles, John writes his second letter to encourage the believers to love one another, show hospitality, and stand against deceptive teaching.

Why is this verse inspirational?
John’s warning should be one that we all take to heart. Having come this far, watch out that you’re not ensnared by false teaching. When Jesus comes, we all want our reward to be full, which means that we need to guard ourselves against falsehood.

64. 3 John 1:11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

John writes to a believer named Gaius who is dealing with particular troubles. The church had been able to grow because everyone took responsibility for caring for traveling missionaries. Another leader named Diotrephes was encouraging the church not to show hospitality to God’s workers.

Why is this verse inspirational?
It’s easy to make little compromises and concessions when we want to curtail conflict. John reminds Gaius that he shouldn’t be afraid and imitate the behavior of influential but evil individuals. What’s good is from God.

65. Jude 1:24–25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

Jude’s letter is short and to the point. There are those who have snuck into the church and are perverting its teaching, and they need to be resisted. Jude calls the faithful to defend the truth aggressively against these divisive parties.

Why are these verses inspirational?
It’s only appropriate that we would wrap up these inspirational verses with such a meaningful doxology. The all-powerful God that we serve is able to present us, without fault, before God’s throne. This is the gospel message in a nutshell and our God is worthy to be praised.

66. Revelation 21:6

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Along with the book of Daniel, Revelation often falls into a category known as apocalyptic revelation. These are future prophecies full of less obvious imagery and meaning. The apostle John received the visions in Revelation while on the Island of Patmos. It’s found at the end of the New Testament, closing the Christian canon.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In Genesis, we discover mankind’s fall from grace. Through the sin of the first man and woman, humanity is denied access to the Tree of Life, and death and destruction enter God’s creation. Revelation reveals a restoration of all things—access to the Tree of Life (Revelation 22), and the water of life promised to the woman at the well (John 4).

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