3:16’s in the Bible?

Lately,  Proverbs 3:16 has been quoted often:

Length of days is in her (Wisdom’s) right hand, in her left hand are riches and honor. 

Most of us know the first verse of the Bible I remember memorizing:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

happy nerdWell, I decided to see what the 3:16’s in the other books of the Bible had to say.  I immediately found not all of them have a 3:16, but this is what I have found, starting with the Old Testament:

Genesis 3:16  God told the woman about the pain and sorrow in childbirth she’d now experience and that her husband will rule over her; the curse brought on by sin.

Exodus 3:16  God sends Moses to the Israelites to let them know He has heard their cry and will bring them out of the affliction of Egypt into the land of Canaan.

Leviticus 3:16 tells of the burnt offering being a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Numbers 3:16 Moses numbered the people according to the word of the Lord as he was commanded.                                                                                                            author

Deuteronomy 3:16 describes the land borders allotted to the tribes of Reuben and Gad in the new land and  Joshua 3:16 the waters of the Jordan being cut off for the Israelites to cross over, led by Joshua .

Judges 3:16  Ehud makes himself a dagger and fastens it under his clothes to kill the wicked king of Moab to free the Israelites.

1 Samuel 3:16  Eli called Samuel to him in the morning to see what the Lord had said to him.  1 Kings 3:16 begins with the two women who were harlots, the first show of Solomon’s Godly wisdom.

2 Kings is in the midst of Moab rebelling against Israel, while 1 Chronicles 3:15 is in the middle of listing the lineage of Solomon. 2 Chronicles 3:15 is in the midst of the account of the building of Solomon’s temple, Nehemiah 3:15 in the midst of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem as the Israelites are coming out of captivity.

 cry me a riverJob 3:16 Job asks why he wasn’t hidden like a stillborn child who never saw the light,  Ecclesiastes 3:16 Solomon saw under the sun wickedness in place of judgement, iniquity in place of righteousness and Isaiah 3:16 is just shy of being the shortest verse:  “Moreover the Lord says:”…  

Jeremiah 3:16 is in the midst of a call to repentance, while Ezekiel 3:16 begins the prophet’s call as a watchman for the house of Israel.  Daniel 3: 16  Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego are about to be thrown into the fiery furnace and Nahum 3:16  tells of the woes God is sending to Nineveh.  Habakkuk 3:16 prefaces the “Hymn of Faith”  Tho’ the fig tree fails to blossom and no fruit be on the vine…  Zephaniah 3:16 “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear Zion, let not your hands be weak.” – for the Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One will save. rejoice

Praise and thanks be to God! the Old Testament finishes out with hope:

Malachi 3:16Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.                                                                                                                            thank youIn other words, in these verses we are shown our need for the Savior and God’s plan to send the Savior,which comes out of His love for His creation.

I  end with this week’s part of my Psalm 91 study:

Psalm 91:5a You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

This promise of protection covers us from every evil known to man. Violence is committed in order to frighten and/or to achieve power.  If we choose to trust God’s promises in verses 1-4, we can wield the power of faith to overcome all the power of all fear from the enemy included in “terror by night”.  Peggy Joyce says: “Faith is just the choice to receive what Jesus has already done.  Fear comes when we think we are responsible for bringing about this protection ourselves; it’s the opposite of faith.”  Our part is to believe God’s truth is stronger than the fear and speak out His promises of protection.

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5 thoughts on “3:16’s in the Bible?

  1. Yes as I shared Musingsalonglifesjourney, in God’s Wonderful Plan of Salvation for All of His Redeemed Children Now and in The Past, we can’t earn our Salvation it is a Free Gift given in Love to us by our Abba Father but we will show we have it and those who fear doing so don’t have it but they will when they Repent from their Hearts and than willingly Turn away from evil and seek to do God’s Good Works by the Empowering of The Holy Spirit.

    Yes they like us they are to Work out their Salvation but not meaning Work for it, we have it to before we are Born by God’s Foreknowledge of our Faith in Christ Jesus who is the only way to Him and so He Chooses us to be conformed into the image of Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

    God’s Love and Blessings – Anne.

    P.S Hop fully I will return tomorrow to read more of your Messages and to Comment..


    1. Yes, I got your message. Just a couple days ago I found two 10:10’s in the Bible, so I’ll probably do another post or two about those when I get a chance. This week I was busy with my granddaughter visiting and didn’t get to posting yet; will work on it today now I’ve got the house to myself! Blessings Sister!

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  2. For sure Heidi Christmas is a very busy time I have also had visits to Doctors and more to come and I’m also booked in for an Operation to remove the Cataract in my right eye next week which may prevent my Blogging for a few days.

    Do you have plans Heidi for a Holiday in the New Year? I was planing to go to Sydney later on in the Year but it depends now on my Health and when they book the Open Heart Surgery again.

    I was reading your list of 3:16’s again Heidi and I will look forward to the 10’s and if able I will comment about both. Even though in Scripture the Names of the Books, Chapters and Verses were added later, I also believe they have significance.

    Blessings – Anne.


    1. Thanks! I think I’ll include some 1:10’s as well as 10:10’s since I’m finding some good verses there in books that don’t have 10 chapters/10 verses in 10th chapter! I’m praying your eye surgeon does an efficient job on you and God’s Spirit guides his hands and your prep and recovery (I had PRK vision correction almost 10 years ago and remember all the pre-post drops and the recovery where I had to wear sunglasses most of the time; inside as well as out!) and also pray that your heart has a miraculous healing, in Jesus’ precious name, Amen!


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