Bible Verses Explained

Discover the real meaning of popular Bible verses and phrases. Learn the background of the verses as you read them in their context. Deepen your understanding with the help of explanatory footnotes and cross-references.

Proverbs 16:3 Explained​—“Commit to the LORD Whatever You Do”

What are two reasons that humans should look to God for guidance when making decisions?

Proverbs 22:6 Explained​—“Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go”

What is “the way” a child should go? Is it different for each person?

Ecclesiastes 3:11 Explained​—“He Has Made Everything Beautiful in Its Time”

God’s beautiful works include more than just his creation. How does this affect you?

Isaiah 26:3 Explained​—“You Will Keep in Perfect Peace Those Whose Minds Are Steadfast”

Is it really possible to experience perfect peace? What does it mean to have a steadfast mind?

Jeremiah 33:3 Explained​—“Call to Me, and I Will Answer You”

God promised to reveal “great and incomprehensible things” to those who accepted this invitation. What things? Is the same true today?

Matthew 6:34 Explained​—“Do Not Worry About Tomorrow”

Jesus did not mean that we should avoid planning for the future.

Matthew 11:28-30 Explained​—“Come to Me, . . . and I Will Give You Rest”

Was Jesus offering immediate relief from all oppression and injustice?

Mark 11:24 Explained​—“Whatever You Ask in Prayer, Believe That You Have Received It”

How can Jesus’ advice on faith and prayer help us to overcome challenges today?

Luke 1:37 Explained​—“For With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible”

Nothing can prevent Almighty God from fulfilling what he promises. What does that mean for you?

John 14:27 Explained​—“Peace I Leave With You”

What kind of peace did Jesus leave, or give, his true followers? How can we receive it?

John 15:13 Explained​—“Greater Love Has No One Than This”

How can Jesus’ followers imitate the love he showed?

Acts 1:8 Explained​—“You Shall Receive Power”

What power did Jesus promise his followers, and what would that power help them do?

Romans 6:23 Explained​—“The Wages of Sin Is Death, but the Gift of God Is Eternal Life”

No sinful human can earn salvation, but we can accept God’s gift of eternal life. How?

Romans 10:13 Explained​—“Call Upon the Name of the Lord”

God extends to all people the opportunity to be saved and gain everlasting life, regardless of their nationality, race, or social status.

Romans 12:12 Explained​—“Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient in Tribulation, Be Constant in Prayer”

How can Christians stay faithful despite persecution and other difficulties?

Romans 15:13 Explained​—“May the God of Hope Fill You With All Joy and Peace”

How are the qualities of joy and peace linked to hope and holy spirit?

1 Corinthians 10:13 Explained​—“God Is Faithful”

In what ways does God’s faithfulness especially help us when we face temptation?

2 Corinthians 12:9 Explained​—“My Grace Is Sufficient for You”

How did the apostle Paul benefit greatly from God’s undeserved kindness? How can we?

Galatians 6:9 Explained​—“Let Us Not Grow Weary of Doing Good”

What will be the outcome for Christians who persist in doing good?

Ephesians 3:20 Explained​—“[God] Is Able to Do Exceeding Abundantly Above All That We Ask or Think”

In what ways does God answer the prayers and fulfill the expectations of his worshippers?

Philippians 4:6, 7 Explained​—“Do Not Be Anxious About Anything”

What forms of prayer can help worshippers of God relieve worry and receive inner peace?

Colossians 3:23 Explained​—“Whatever You Do, Work At It With All Your Heart”

How does a Christian’s attitude toward work affect his relationship with God?

Hebrews 4:12 Explained​—“The Word of God Is Living and Active”

Do you allow God’s word to be active in your life? What does that reveal about you?

1 Peter 5:6, 7 Explained​—“Humble Yourselves . . ., Casting All Your Care Upon Him”

What does it mean to “cast” our anxieties on God, and how could that bring relief?

Revelation 21:1 Explained​—“A New Heaven and a New Earth”

What clues does the Bible provide as to the meaning of this verse?

Revelation 21:4 Explained​—“He Will Wipe Away Every Tear”

This verse contains a wonderful promise for the future.