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Want to know what the Bible says about Desire? Here are 66 Bible verses about Desire from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 10:24 NIV
What the wicked dread will overtake them;
    what the righteous desire will be granted.
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Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
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Matthew 5:6 NIV
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
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Proverbs 2:3-5 NIV
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
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1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
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.
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Luke 10:42 NIV
but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
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Romans 13:13-14 NIV
13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
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Lamentations 3:25 NIV
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
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Hosea 6:6 NIV
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
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Isaiah 40:31 NIV
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
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Proverbs 8:34 NIV
Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
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Luke 6:21 NIV
Blessed are you who hunger now,
    for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
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Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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Matthew 9:13 NIV
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
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Isaiah 26:8 NIV
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,
    we wait for you;
your name and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.
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Proverbs 4:27 NIV
Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.
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Lamentations 3:26 NIV
it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
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1 Peter 2:2 NIV
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
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Song of Solomon 7:10 NIV
I belong to my beloved,
    and his desire is for me.
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Matthew 16:23 NIV
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
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