What God Says About Himself

We thought it would be a fun and illuminating exercise to list many of the verses in the Bible that God says something about Who and What He is – and what He does and doesn’t do. Also, all verses will be ESV unless another version has a better sense of meaning, in which case other versions will be included and noted. Some verses may have notes to enhance the meaning (translation, cultural or historical references).

This is very obviously a work in progress and we will go book by book in order so we don’t duplicate ourselves. You are welcome to add your ideas in the comments and they will be incorporated if we think they are consistent.

GENESIS

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 21:33
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.

EXODUS

Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 34:6-7
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

NUMBERS

Numbers 23:19
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

DEUTERONOMY

Deuteronomy 4:31
For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.

Deuteronomy 6:4
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Deuteronomy 32:4
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

I KINGS

I Kings 8:56
Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.

I CHRONICLES

I Chronicles 28:9
And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off [allow you to be cast off] forever.

II CHRONICLES

II Chronicles 6:30
then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind,

PSALMS

Psalms 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalms 11:7
For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

Psalms 23:1
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalms 27:1
Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 41:3, 13
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

Psalms 89:34
I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

Psalms 90:2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalms 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalms 119:89-90, 160
Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Psalms 139:1-12
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Psalms 145:18
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Psalms 147:5
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”

PROVERBS

Proverbs 3:19
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

ISAIAH

Isaiah 40:28-29
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 46:10
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,’

JEREMIAH

Jeremiah 9:23,24
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord,
who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 10:10a
But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.

EZEKIEL

Ezekiel 33:11 KJV
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

JONAH

Jonah 4:2
And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

MALACHI

Malachi 3:6
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

LUKE

Luke 16:15
And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Luke 18:27
But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

JOHN

John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

ACTS

Acts 15:8
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

ROMANS

Romans 16:27
to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

COLOSSIANS

Colossians 1:15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

I TIMOTHY

I Timothy 1:17
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

TITUS

Titus 1:2
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

JAMES

James 1:13, 17
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

I JOHN

I John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

I John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

REVELATION

Revelation 19:6
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.

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