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10 Key Bible Verses on Anger

What is righteous vs. unrighteous anger? What does the anger of God look like? Glean insight about the right time and application for anger by reading these verses and commentary.

10 Key Bible Verses on Contentment

A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances, but firmly rooted in the good news of Christ and what he has accomplished for sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Courage

The Christian life isn’t guaranteed to be without struggle and strife—and it undoubtedly requires courage. God’s Word invites us to trust in God’s power and strength, and not our own.

10 Key Bible Verses on Creation

Jesus is not only the agent of creation but is also the goal of creation, for everything was created by him and for him, that is, for his honor and praise.

10 Key Bible Verses on Discipleship

Christ calls us to himself and then invites us to lead others to follow him in obedience and trust. We are called disciples when we love each other in this way.

10 Key Bible Verses on Envy

Learn more from Scripture about jealousy, envy, and covetousness—and how to trust and lean on the Lord for help when we're tempted.

10 Key Bible Verses on Faith

Faith is a necessary part of the Christian life and allows us to live as people of hope, even when we cannot always see the fruits of our hope.

10 Key Bible Verses on Fear

We are encouraged not to fear, but trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our strength and understanding, but on his.

10 Key Bible Verses on Freedom

As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.

10 Key Bible Verses on Giving

God loves joy-motivated giving to others because it expresses contentment in God’s gracious giving to the believer.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hardship

With the power and presence of Jesus in our lives, we are called to endure and thus shine the light of Christ in a dark world.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hope

As believers, we put our ultimate hope not in this world, but in what is unseen. We trust and wait expectantly for God to usher forth the promised King and kingdom.

10 Key Bible Verses on Humility

Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Idolatry

"Keep yourselves from idols" means to keep yourselves from trusting, obeying, revering, and following—that is, in effect, worshiping—anyone or anything other than God himself and his Son Jesus Christ.

10 Key Bible Verses on Joy

Joy is the gift of God to those who trust in Christ—not circumstantial, but the result of a deep trust in and love for Jesus.

10 Key Bible Verses on Justice

God is a righteous judge, and Scripture details just what true justice is. Read ten verses about justice alongside notes from the ESV Study Bible.

10 Key Bible Verses on Kindness

God is kind to us—most evident in Christ—and demonstrates how we can, in turn, show his character to others by being kind.

10 Key Bible Verses on Patience

God is unendingly patient with us, his children. In turn, we can exhibit grace and patience with others through the help of the Holy Spirit.

10 Key Bible Verses on Peace

May the God of peace be with believers—now and always—as we seek to usher in his kingdom here and now.

10 Key Bible Verses on Serving

Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.

10 Key Bible Verses on Sin

Because of Christ, our sin does not have to separate us from God. In fact, when we confess it and believe in him, we are cleansed from our unrighteousness.

10 Questions about Spiritual Gifts

Sam Storms

Spiritual gifts are capacities or abilities imparted to Christians by the Holy Spirit to enable them to exceed the limitations of their finite humanity in order to serve other believers to the glory of God.

12 Bible Passages for Overwhelmed Fathers

A father’s world is filled with responsibilities and concerns, and the stress that can arise from helping to support a family can be overwhelming. But God offers all fathers wisdom and strength from his Word.

1 Corinthians: A 9-Day Devotional for Women

In this 9-day devotional, read through the entire book of 1 Corinthians with devotional readings corresponding to select passages adapted from the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible.

4 Prayers to Pray for the Sick

When or loved ones are burdened with suffering and illness, find comfort in Scripture and in these historic prayers of saints that have gone before.

5 Myths about the Bible

Chris Bruno

The Bible tells one story of the one God who is redeeming one people in his one creation through the one Savior Jesus Christ. The unity of the Bible is breathtakingly joyous.

5 Ways Stephen Hawking Was Wrong

Scripture is true in all that it claims, and when interpreted rightly, it harmonizes perfectly with the book of nature. The church had misunderstood this principle and used Scripture to silence science.

6 Passages to Read for Advent

Celebrate the beginning of Advent season by reading these passages either on your own, with a friend, or with your family.

9 Notable Quotes from Providence

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.

A 30-Day Crash Course in Systematic Theology

We've created a free, 30-day crash course in systematic theology designed to give you an overview of key doctrines and show how they connect to the specific passages of Scripture.

Acts: A 14-Day Devotional for Men

In this 14-day devotional, read through the entire book of Acts with devotional readings corresponding to select passages adapted from the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible.

Advent: A 31-Day Reading Plan

The story of Christmas is meant to enliven, motivate, excite, and transform you. May the glory of the best gift ever recapture our hearts this season.

A Great Salvation

R. C. Sproul

What the author of Hebrews is getting at is the perfect marriage between doctrine and practice. If we believe the things that he has declared, that has radical implications for how we live our lives.

Artist Spotlight: Jake Weidmann

Learn more about artist and master penman, Jake Weidmann, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.

Bible Study Resources for Men

Men: Crossway wants to equip you with resources to help you joyfully receive, carefully study, and faithfully share God's Word.

Bible Study Resources for Women

One of the most important things you can schedule is consistent time in the Bible. How will you prioritize God's Word this fall?

Custom ESV Bibles for All

The Custom ESV Bible Program allows you to create a custom cover to represent your church, ministry, or organization.

Dangerous Bible Study and Puffy Christianity

Jen Wilkin

If all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable, surely there is no such thing as “useless” Bible knowledge. So, why so many warnings that studying the Bible could actually be perilous to our spiritual health?

Done before Do

Bryan Chapell

When you see the message of grace unfolding in the Bible a pattern emerges. God is gracious to us, and then expects us to respond.

Eschatology 101

John MacArthur

The Bible presents the greatest story ever told: the ultimate good-versus-evil storyline—the great cosmic battle between God and Satan.

Esther: A 10-Day Reading Plan

Over the course of 10 days, dig deeper into the book of Esther and learn how God is faithful to keep his promises and deliver his people.

ESV.org—How to Change the Interface Layout

Choose the Layout That's Right for You Did you know that you can change the interface layout at ESV.org to better suit your preferences? Click on the layout icon at the top of the screen …

ESV.org—How to Change Your Subscription Plan

Lots of Great Resources for One Low Cost Did you know you can change your ESV.org subscription plan at any time? To change your plan, simply click the profile icon at the top right of …

ESV.org—How to Use Supplemental Study Resources

Go Deeper in Your Study of God's Word Did you know that you can access supplemental study resources with ESV.org? To open the library and see which study resources are available for your account, click …

Exploring the Bible: A One-Year Reading Plan

The Bible can be rather intimidating to young readers (and old ones alike) and it can be immeasurably helpful to have a little guidance when independently working through the Scriptures.

God's Word Is Going Forth

Since its launch in 2001, the ESV has become one of the fastest growing English translations of the Bible in the world.

Has God's Kingdom Already Come?

Chris Bruno

When we think about the message of the Bible, we should never lose sight of God's kingdom, or his reign over his people, and ultimately his reign over the entire universe.

Hebrews 11: A 5-Day Devotional

Recount Hebrews 11 and the stories of faith-filled men and women throughout biblical history whom God commended for believing what they could not yet see.

He Nourishes and Cherishes Her

The words "nourish" and "cherish" in Ephesians 5 help us understand the meaning of true love—a love that Christ has for his church and that a husband is called to have for his bride.

How the Psalms Teach Us to Sing

Kristyn Getty

God’s people have always been a singing people. There must be a robust expression of our testimony to his grace, something not just seen in our lives but heard from our voices.

How to Be Sustained by Crumbs

Abigail Dodds

The Lord has a storehouse of blessing and honor for his people—the question is, are we humble enough to enter as unworthy characters in his story, humble enough to beg for crumbs?

How to Pray

The Lord's Prayer—a simple prayer which Jesus taught his disciples—can also show us how to talk with God in prayer.

How to Study the Bible: Day 2

Jen Wilkin

A good literacy-builder honors the learning process by moving through three distinct stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application.

Introducing the Blessed Podcast with Nancy Guthrie

In this new podcast, Nancy Guthrie—author, Bible teacher, and podcast host—leads listeners to a deeper understanding of the book of Revelation through conversations with respected Bible scholars, pastors, and other Bible teachers.

Is All Rest Sabbath Rest?

Jen Wilkin

The practice of remembering the Sabbath requires Israel (and us) to remember what God has ordained for his children from the earliest moments of human existence: a pattern of work followed by rest.

Issues of Race in Scripture

John Piper

Jesus was forceful about the issue of ethnocentrism, the conviction or the feeling that one’s own ethnic group should be treated as superior or privileged.

Loneliness: A 5-Day Devotional

Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt.

Luke: A 10-Day Devotional Reading Plan

See how the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the promised King of kings, showcasing how Jesus’s earthly ministry is good news to the downtrodden, the hurting, and the outsider.

Make Psalm 51 Yours

Dane C. Ortlund

God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.

Mark: An 8-Day Devotional Reading Plan

Over the course of eight days, be encouraged by Scripture and the wisdom of other women as you seek to apply the truths of Mark's gospel to your everyday life.

Marriage: A 7-Day Reading Plan

Marriage is God's invention intended to bring him glory. Begin a 7-day reading plan to guide you through what Scripture says about it.

Marveling at Mercy

Like Israel of old, we begin our lives with a sensory disability: we are spiritually ignorant, blind, and deaf.

On the Third Day

James M. Hamilton Jr.

The Lord called Abraham to take his son. The Lord called Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loved, up to Mount Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering there. …

Peace: A 7-Day Reading Plan

This 7-day Bible reading plan was designed to help you find the peace that God offers to us in his Word.

Praying the Bible: Day 1

Psalm 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He …

Praying the Bible: Day 2

Psalm 37 He Will Not Forsake His Saints Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. …

Praying the Bible: Day 3

Psalm 67 Make Your Face Shine upon Us To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, …

Praying the Bible: Day 4

1 Thessalonians 2 Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as …

Praying the Bible: Day 5

John 5 The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a …

Recommit to Bible Reading in 2017

Adopting habits and regimens may appear to provide some stability in out-of-control situations, but without Christ, our feet falter on shifting sand.

Rich in Mercy

Dane C. Ortlund

If God sent his own Son to walk through the valley of condemnation, rejection, and hell, you can trust him as you walk through your own valleys on your way to heaven.

Simply Read: Day 1

Day 1 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 2

Day 2 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 3

Day 3 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 4

Day 4 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 5

Day 5 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 6

Day 6 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 7

Day 7 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Simply Read: Day 8

Day 8 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

Study Bibles for the Whole Family

God's Word is a gift, and the fact that his children are afforded the opportunity handle it, study it, and meditate on it is an immeasurable grace.

Suffering: A 7-Day Reading Plan

This 7-day Bible reading plan was created to help you draw encouragement from God's Word in the midst of suffering—leading to hope in the gospel through the power of the Spirit.

The Bad News of the Kingdom

Michael Lawrence

The news of the kingdom of God is simultaneously good and bad—good for the cosmos and bad for sinners. Systematic theology helps us personally resolve the bad news of the kingdom.

The Best Reason to Read the Bible

Jen Wilkin

A lot of people think that the reason they are to study the Bible is so that they can know the Bible well. But when we study the Bible, we always should be coming to an increasing knowledge of God not just the Bible.

The Bible and Islam

Timothy C. Tennent

The emergence of Islam and the Qur’an can be properly understood only within the larger context of the Bible and the monotheism of Islam’s two main predecessors, Judaism and Christianity.

The Food of Christian Survival

Abigail Dodds

When you understand Bible reading as the means, the food, the fuel, the sustenance of your Christian life, then you will consume it with joy, like a hungry person eats bread.

The Fuzzification of Faith

J. I. Packer

When the church ceases to treat the Bible as a final standard of spiritual truth and wisdom, it is going to wobble between maintaining its tradition in a changing world and adapting to that world.

The Glory Meant for Us

Abigail Dodds

You and I and all those who belong to him and are his children are indeed called to his glory, and we shall become partakers of his divine nature.

The Gospel in 1–2 Kings

Miles V. Van Pelt

The clear contrast between God’s covenant-keeping and Israel’s covenant breaking, particularly among Israel’s kings, is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Kings.

The Gospel in 1–2 Samuel

V. Philips Long

In the riveting stories of 1 and 2 Samuel we catch glimpses of who God is, what he does, what life is like with him and without him, and what life can become by his grace and in the power of his Spirit.

The Gospel in 1–3 John

Mike Bullmore

The word “gospel” never appears in the letters of John. Yet it is hard to imagine a book more intimately connected to the gospel of saving grace in Christ Jesus than John’s first letter.

The Gospel in 1 Timothy

R. Kent Hughes

The thrust of 1 Timothy is that godliness is central to the Christian’s continuing in the gospel and the church’s proclamation of the gospel.

The Gospel in Daniel

Bryan Chapell

The “gospel according to Daniel” comes in glowing revelations of the power of God to redeem his people, overcome their enemies, and plan their future.

The Gospel in Esther

Elyse Fitzpatrick

For believers today, the significance of the book of Esther is that it coordinates with the rest of the Old Testament to foreshadow Jesus as deliverer and mediator for God’s people.

The Gospel in Ezra

Kathleen Nielson

God’s covenant promises are gloriously on display as this weak, struggling remnant returns to Jerusalem after the exile to live together again as his people.

The Gospel in Hebrews

Robert A. Peterson

While Hebrews clearly makes its own unique contribution, it joins other New Testament books in exulting in the same amazing grace in Jesus that forms the Bible’s main message.

The Gospel in Isaiah

Kelly M. Kapic

Isaiah’s messianic profile informs Christian worship of Jesus as the suffering servant who brings a new creation through his life-giving resurrection.

The Gospel in Jonah

Colin S. Smith

Once we begin to pull back the layers of the story, we discover that it is not really about what Jonah is doing for God, but what God is doing for Jonah.

The Gospel in Malachi

Iain M. Duguid

The book of Malachi contains six oracles (or disputations) that each begin with a saying of the people, to which the Lord responds through his prophet.

The Gospel in Matthew

Frank Thielman

For Matthew, the gospel is the good news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his plan to reclaim the world from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign over it.

The Gospel in Nahum

Michael J. Glodo

In a variety of ways, the prophecy of Nahum brings home the gospel and carries along the redemptive story that culminates in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel in Proverbs

The book of Proverbs is one of the “many ways” God spoke, leading us to his only Son Jesus.

The Gospel in Romans

Robert W. Yarbrough

Romans explains the saving work of Jesus reported in the Gospels, and unpacks many of the teachings that were foundational to the churches that arose in Acts.

The Gospel in Zechariah

Iain M. Duguid

Writing to people who were discouraged by living, after the exile, Zechariah encouraged them to look forward to the day when the Lord would act once again.

The Heart Behind the ESV

The ESV is an “essentially” translation of the Bible in contemporary English emphasizing “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.

The Legacy of the ESV Study Bible

When we first began work on the ESV Study Bible, we could never have anticipated the way God would use it to encourage and equip Christians to study his word.

The Power of Double Listening

Tim Chester

Double listening . . . is the faculty of listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us.

The Promises of God: A 7-Day Devotional

We are to treat a promise of God as reality, as someone treats a check. We are to take the promise and endorse it with our own name by personally receiving it as true.

The Value of Being Blunt

John Piper

We have much to learn from the apostle who had the ability to be blunt and corrective while striving toward peace with others in kindness.

To Be Human, To Read the Bible, To Live

James M. Hamilton Jr.

James M. Hamilton Jr. discusses the challenges of being human, bearing the image, striving to know God, to find truth, and to help others find their joy, satisfaction, purpose, meaning, and life in knowing God through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Spirit.

Video: Biblical Theology Has A Center

In the Old Testament: God used judgment of the Egyptians and Canaanites to save the Israelites. In the New Testament: God's righteous judgment on the cross brought us salvation. At the end of time: God's …

Video: Elyse Fitzpatrick on How She Reads the Bible

In this video, author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick explains why she stopped reading through the entire Bible every year and reminds us that God doesn't get "mad" at us when we miss a day of reading his Word.

Video: Kristyn Getty on Coming Back to the Bible

In this video, singer and songwriter Kristyn Getty shares two passages that have had a big influence on her life and offers some encouragement for those struggling to consistently read God's Word.

Walk in Love

Gloria Furman

Casting off the old self and walking in love is only possible through God's work in us as new creation.

We Cannot Domesticate Jesus

John Piper

Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at him. Don’t close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.

What Did Jesus Teach about Evangelism?

Jerram Barrs

When we look at Jesus’s life and ministry we also see that he was the greatest evangelist. In his earthly ministry he was the light of the world, the one who always lived in a way that was pleasing to his Father.

What Does 1 Corinthians 10:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

This verse promises that God will never allow a temptation that we cannot stand under because he will provide the power to escape through endurance. But what is Paul getting at here in particular?

What Does 1 Corinthians 16:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

“Act like men” is a phrase that could be easily misunderstood in light of modern sensibilities. For many, at first blush, it could read as a sexist statement by Paul. So, what does it mean?

What Does Philippians 4:13 Mean?

Jason C. Meyer

This verse is well-loved and often quoted, but frequently misunderstood and thus misapplied. This verse is not a promise that God will enable believers to do whatever they want whenever they want it.

What Is the Gospel?

Greg Gilbert

Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus.

What Makes Evangelicals Different?

Kevin DeYoung

What is it that separates evangelicals from the rest of the world, even some other branches of Christianity? The fundamental dividing line is the belief in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture. Why does it matter if we believe this or not?

What Your Complaining Says about God

One of the things that’s important for us to do for our own sanctification is to ask the question, “Why am I grumbling and complaining about this?”

When Jesus Sang

I wonder what that song was like for Jesus. I wonder because of the other details the Gospel writers also included about that evening—and there are many.

Which Large Print ESV Bible Is Right for You?

Whether you're a pastor looking for a large print Bible for preaching or you're simply wanting a larger, readable type size for personal reading and study, Crossway offers several editions to suit your needs.

Why God Saved You

Paul R. House

God saves people for a purpose. Salvation in Christ begins a life spent growing into being like him and serving him faithfully.

Why Study the Book?

Know the Bible In the following posts, contributors to the Knowing the Bible series explain the vital contribution each biblical book makes to the whole, and why each one is worth knowing. Old Testament Why …

Why Study the Book of Acts?

Justin S. Holcomb

The book of Acts does not primarily provide us with human patterns to emulate or avoid. Instead, it repeatedly calls us to reflect upon the work of God, fulfilled in Jesus Christ, establishing the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Why Study the Book of James?

Greg Gilbert

James is an intensely practical book, filled with exhortations to Christians about the way they should live their lives now that they have been given new life in Jesus.

Why Study the Book of Job?

Eric Ortlund

Perhaps the most important reason for reading the book, however, is that Job’s tragedy—an experience of searing pain and loss which did not make sense within any framework Job had—is all too common.

Why Study the Book of Judges?

Miles V. Van Pelt

The narratives contained in the book of Judges were written to “bear witness” or “testify” to the person and work of Jesus and the great salvation that he has achieved for his people.

Why Study the Books of 1–2 Kings?

Gavin Ortlund

This is a theologically rich book that makes a unique contribution to our understanding of our sin and frailty, God’s character and provision, and the plan of redemption being worked out in history.

Why the Book of Psalms Is for You

Dane C. Ortlund

The Psalms were written for ordinary Christians leading ordinary lives—lives marked by depression, discouragement, despair, frustration, or maybe even numbness toward God or anger toward others.