The word “desire” is found 153 times in the Old and New Testament. The image below reveals the locations of each occurrence. This cool graph starts with Genesis in the top left and ends with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 30 most important Bible scriptures on desire.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
“But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
Song of Solomon 7:10
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.