Bible verses about "universe" | ISV

Job 26:10

10 He has delimited a boundary over the surface of the oceans as a limit between light and darkness.

Psalms 14:1

1 To the Director: A Davidic Psalm. Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." They are corrupt and commit evil deeds; not one of them practices what is good.

Job 26:7

7 he spreads out the north over empty space, suspending the earth over nothing.

Isaiah 46:10

Romans 3:1-9:33

1 What advantage, then, does the Jew have, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 There are all kinds of advantages! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the utterances of God. 3 What if some of the Jews were unfaithful? Their unfaithfulness cannot cancel God's faithfulness, can it? 4 Of course not! God is true, even if everyone else is a liar. As it is written, "You are right when you speak, and win your case when you go into court." 5 But if our unrighteousness serves to confirm God's righteousness, what can we say? God is not unrighteous when he vents his wrath on us, is he? (I am talking in human terms.) 6 Of course not! Otherwise, how could God judge the world? 7 For if through my falsehood God's truthfulness glorifies him even more, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 Or can we say {— } as some people slander us by claiming that we say {— } "Let's do evil that good may result"? They deserve to be condemned! 9 What, then, does this mean? Are we Jews any better off? Not at all! For we have already accused everyone, both Jews and Greeks, of being under the power of sin. 10 As it is written, "Not even one person is righteous. 11 No one understands. No one searches for God. 12 All have turned away. They have become completely worthless. No one shows kindness, not even one person! 13 Their throats are open graves. With their tongues they deceive. The venom of poisonous snakes is under their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 They run swiftly to shed blood. 16 Ruin and misery characterize their lives. 17 They have not learned the path to peace. 18 They don't fear God. 19 Now we know that whatever the law says applies to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore, God will not justify any human being by means of the actions prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the full knowledge of sin. 21 But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness is revealed and is attested by the Law and the Prophets {— } 22 God's righteousness through the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah {— } for all who believe. For there is no distinction among people, 23 since all have sinned and continue to fall short of God's glory. 24 By his grace they are justified freely through the redemption that is in the Messiah Jesus, 25 whom God offered as a place where atonement by the Messiah's blood would occur through faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because he had waited patiently to deal with sins committed in the past. 26 He wanted to demonstrate at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies anyone who has the faithfulness of Jesus. 27 What, then, is there to boast about? That has been eliminated. On what principle? On that of actions? No, but on the principle of faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the actions prescribed by the law. 29 Is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the gentiles, too? Yes, of the gentiles, too, 30 since there is only one God who will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised by that same faith. 31 Do we, then, abolish the law by this faith? Of course not! Instead, we uphold the law.

Romans 4:1-9:33

1 What, then, are we to say about Abraham, our human ancestor? 2 For if Abraham was justified by actions, he would have had something to boast about {— } though not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." 4 Now to someone who works, wages are not considered a gift but an obligation. 5 However, to someone who does not work, but simply believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6 Likewise, David also speaks of the blessedness of the person whom God regards as righteous apart from actions: 7 "How blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered! 8 How blessed is the person whose sins the Lord will never charge against him!" 9 Now does this blessedness come to the circumcised alone, or also to the uncircumcised? For we say, "Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness." 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was he circumcised or uncircumcised? He had not yet been circumcised, but was uncircumcised. 11 Afterward he received the mark of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. Therefore, he is the ancestor of all who believe while uncircumcised, in order that righteousness may be credited to them. 12 He is also the ancestor of the circumcised {— } those who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law, but through the righteousness produced by faith. 14 For if those who were given the law are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless, 15 for the law produces wrath. Now where there is no law, neither can there be any violation of it. 16 Therefore, the promise is based on faith, so that it may be a matter of grace and may be guaranteed for all of Abraham's descendants {— } not only for those who were given the law, but also for those who share the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. 17 As it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations." Abraham acted in faith when he stood in the presence of God, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that don't yet exist. 18 Hoping in spite of hopeless circumstances, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," just as he had been told: "This is how many descendants you will have." 19 His faith did not weaken when he thought about his own body (which was already as good as dead now that he was about a hundred years old) or about Sarah's inability to have children, 20 nor did he doubt God's promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, his faith became stronger and he gave glory to God, 21 being absolutely convinced that God would do what he had promised. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." 23 Now the words "it was credited to him" were written not only for him 24 but also for us. Our faith will be regarded in the same way, if we believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was sentenced to death because of our sins and raised to life to justify us.

Romans 5:1-9:33

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace by which we have been established, and we boast because of our hope in God's glory. 3 Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5 Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, the Messiah died for the ungodly. 7 For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person. 8 But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. 9 Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life! 11 Not only that, but we also continue to boast about God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah, through whom we have now been reconciled. 12 Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death resulted from sin, therefore everyone dies, because everyone has sinned. 13 Certainly sin was in the world before the law was given, but no record of sin is kept when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death ruled from the time of Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the same way Adam did when he disobeyed. He is a foreshadowing of the one who would come. 15 But God's free gift is not like Adam's offense. For if many people died as the result of one man's offense, how much more have God's grace and the free gift given through the kindness of one man, Jesus the Messiah, been showered on many people! 16 Nor can the free gift be compared to what came through the man who sinned. For the sentence that followed one man's offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift brought justification, even after many offenses. 17 For if, through one man, death ruled because of that man's offense, how much more will those who receive such overflowing grace and the gift of righteousness rule in life because of one man, Jesus the Messiah! 18 Consequently, just as one offense resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone. 19 For just as through one man's disobedience many people were made sinners, so also through one man's obedience many people will be made righteous. 20 Now the law crept in so that the offense would increase. But where sin increased, grace increased even more, 21 so that, just as sin ruled by bringing death, so also grace might rule by bringing justification that results in eternal life through Jesus the Messiah, our Lord.

Romans 6:1-9:33

1 What should we say, then? Should we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 Of course not! How can we who died as far as sin is concerned go on living in it? 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into union with the Messiah Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore, through baptism we were buried with him into his death so that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too may live an entirely new life. 5 For if we have become united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old natures were crucified with him so that our sin-laden bodies might be rendered powerless and we might no longer be slaves to sin. 7 For the person who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with the Messiah, we believe that we will also live with him, 9 for we know that the Messiah, who was raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 For when he died, he died once and for all as far as sin is concerned. But now that he is alive, he lives for God. 11 In the same way, you too must continually consider yourselves dead as far as sin is concerned, but living for God through the Messiah Jesus. 12 Therefore, do not let sin rule your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. 13 Stop offering the parts of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have been brought from death to life and the parts of your body as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin will not have mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace. 15 What, then, does this mean? Should we go on sinning because we are not under law but under grace? Of course not! 16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey {— } either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, though you were once slaves of sin, you became obedient from your hearts to that form of teaching with which you were entrusted! 18 And since you have been freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in simple terms because of the frailty of your human nature. Just as you once offered the parts of your body as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater disobedience, so now, in the same way, you must offer the parts of your body as slaves to righteousness that leads to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were "free" as far as righteousness was concerned. 21 What benefit did you get from doing those things you are now ashamed of? For those things resulted in death. 22 But now that you have been freed from sin and have become God's slaves, the benefit you reap is sanctification, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in union with the Messiah Jesus our Lord.

Romans 7:1-9:33

1 Don't you realize, brothers {— } for I am speaking to people who know the law {— } that the law can press its claims over a person only as long as he is alive? 2 For a married woman is bound by the law to her husband while he is living, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning her husband. 3 So while her husband is living, she will be called an adulterer if she lives with another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from this law, so that she is not an adulterer if she marries another man. 4 In the same way, my brothers, through the Messiah's body you also died as far as the law is concerned, so that you may belong to another person, the one who was raised from the dead, and may bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were living according to our human nature, sinful passions were at work in our bodies by means of the law, to bear fruit resulting in death. 6 But now we have been released from the law by dying to what enslaved us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit, not under the old writings. 7 What should we say, then? Is the law sinful? Of course not! In fact, I wouldn't have become aware of sin if it had not been for the law. I wouldn't have known what it means to covet if the law had not said, "You must not covet." 8 But sin seized the opportunity provided by this commandment and produced in me all kinds of sinful desires, since apart from the law, sin is dead. 9 At one time I was alive without any connection to the law. But when the rule came was revealed, sin sprang to life, 10 and I died. I found that the very rule that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity provided by the rule, deceived me and used it to kill me. 12 So then, the law itself is holy, and the rule is holy, just, and good. 13 Now, did something good bring me death? Of course not! But in order that sin might be recognized as being sin, it used something good to cause my death, so that through the rule, sin might become more exposed as being sinful than ever before. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am merely human, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I don't understand what I am doing. For I don't practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate. 16 Now if I practice what I don't want to do, I am admitting that the law is good. 17 As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I don't do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don't want to do. 20 But if I do what I don't want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me. 21 So I find this to be a principle: when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being, 23 but I see in my body a different principle waging war with the law in my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death? 25 Thank God through Jesus the Messiah, our Lord, because with my mind I myself can serve the law of God, even while with my human nature I serve the law of sin.

Romans 8:1-9:33

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in union with the Messiah Jesus. 2 For the Spirit's law of life in Messiah Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did. By sending his own Son in the form of humanity, he condemned sin by being incarnate, 4 so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to human nature but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace. 7 That is why the mind that focuses on human nature is hostile toward God. It refuses to submit to the authority of God's law because it is powerless to do so. 8 Indeed, those who are under the control of human nature cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not under the control of the human nature but under the control of the Spirit, since God's Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to him. 10 But if the Messiah is in you, your bodies are dead due to sin, but the spirit is alive due to righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then the one who raised the Messiah from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you. 12 Consequently, brothers, we have an obligation {— } not with respect to human nature {— } to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to human nature, you are going to die, but if by the Spirit you continually put to death the activities of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, we are heirs {— } heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah {— } if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us. 19 For the creation is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God's children, 20 because the creation has become subject to futility, though not by anything it did. The one who subjected it did so in the certainty 21 that the creation itself would also be set free from corrupting bondage in order to share the glorious freedom of God's children. 22 For we know that all the rest of creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time. 23 However, not only the creation, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For we were saved with this hope in mind. Now a hope that can be observed is not really hope, for who hopes for what can be seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet observe, we eagerly wait for it with patience. 26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words, 27 and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God's will. 28 And we know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined, he also called; and those whom he called, he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 The one who did not spare his own Son, but offered him as a sacrifice for all of us, surely will give us all things, along with his son, won't he? 33 Who shall accuse God's Elect? It is God who justifies! 34 Who is the one to condemn? It is the Messiah Jesus who is interceding on our behalf. He died, and more importantly, has been raised and is seated at the right hand of God. 35 Who shall separate us from the Messiah's love? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or a violent death do this? 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being put to death all day long. We are thought of as sheep headed for slaughter." 37 In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.

Romans 9:1-33

1 I am telling the truth because I belong to the Messiah {— } I am not lying, and my conscience confirms it by means of the Holy Spirit. 2 I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart, 3 for I could wish that I myself were condemned and cut off from the Messiah for the sake of my brothers, my own people, 4 who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To the Israelites belong the patriarchs, and from them, the Messiah descended, who is God over all, the one who is forever blessed. Amen. 6 Now it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, 7 and not all of Abraham's descendants are his true descendants. On the contrary, "It is through Isaac that descendants will be named for you." 8 That is, it is not merely the children born through natural descent who were regarded as God's children, but it is the children born through the promise who were regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the language of the promise: "At this time I will return, and Sarah will have a son." 10 Not only that, but Rebecca became pregnant by our ancestor Isaac. 11 Yet before their children had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God's plan of election might continue to operate 12 according to his calling and not by actions), Rebecca was told, "The older child will serve the younger one." 13 So it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." 14 What can we say, then? God is not unrighteous, is he? Of course not! 15 For he says to Moses, "I will be merciful to the person I want to be merciful to, and I will be kind to the person I want to be kind to." 16 Therefore, God's choice does not depend on a person's will or effort, but on God himself, who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says about Pharaoh, "I have raised you up for this very purpose, to demonstrate my power through you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." 18 Therefore, God has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses. 19 You may ask me, "Then why does God still find fault with anybody? For who can resist his will?" 20 On the contrary, who are you {— } mere man that you are {— } to talk back to God? Can an object that was molded say to the one who molded it, "Why did you make me like this?" 21 A potter has the right to do what he wants to with his clay, doesn't he? He can make something for a special occasion or something for ordinary use from the same lump of clay. 22 Now if God wants to demonstrate his wrath and reveal his power, can't he be extremely patient with the objects of his wrath that are made for destruction? 23 Can't he also reveal his glorious riches to the objects of his mercy that he has prepared ahead of time for glory {— } 24 including us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but from the gentiles as well? 25 As the Scripture says in Hosea, "Those who are not my people I will call my people, and the one who was not loved I will call my loved one. 26 In the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called children of the living God." 27 Isaiah also calls out concerning Israel, "Although the descendants of Israel are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore, only a few will be saved. 28 For the Lord will carry out his plan decisively, bringing it to completion on the earth." 29 It is just as Isaiah predicted: "If the Lord of the Heavenly Armies had not left us some descendants, we would have become like Sodom and would have been compared to Gomorrah." 30 What can we say, then? Gentiles, who were not pursuing righteousness, have attained righteousness, a righteousness that comes through faith. 31 But Israel, who pursued righteousness based on the law, did not achieve the law. 32 Why not? Because they did not pursue it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on achievements. They stumbled over the stone that causes people to stumble. 33 As it is written, "Look! I am placing a stone in Zion over which people will stumble {— } a large rock that will make them fall {— } and the one who believes in him will never be ashamed."

2 Peter 3:10

10 But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day the heavens will disappear with a roaring sound, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be exposed.

Genesis 6:4

4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days. Soon after, divine beings cohabited with human women, who gave birth to children for them. These children became the heroes of ancient times, men of renown.

Psalms 90:4

4 One thousand years in your sight are but a single day that passes by, just like a night watch.

Genesis 1:14

14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to distinguish day from night, to act as signs for seasons, days, and years,

Isaiah 4:5


Genesis 1:26

26 Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!"

Genesis 1:2

2 When the earth was unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters,

Isaiah 40:22

Genesis 1:1-31

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 When the earth was unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters, 3 God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness, 5 calling the light "day," and the darkness "night." The twilight and dawn were day one. 6 Then God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water!" 7 So God made the expanse, separating the water beneath the expanse from the water above it. And so it was. 8 God called the expanse "sky." The twilight and the dawn were the second day. 9 Then God said, "Let the water beneath the sky come together into one area, and let dry ground appear!" And so it was. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and he called the water that had come together "oceans." And God saw how good it was. 11 Then God said, "Let vegetation sprout all over the earth, including seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each kind containing its own seed!" And so it was: 12 Vegetation sprouted all over the earth, including seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each kind containing its own seed. And God saw that it was good. 13 The twilight and the dawn were the third day. 14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to distinguish day from night, to act as signs for seasons, days, and years, 15 to serve as lights in the expanse of the sky, and to shine on the earth!" And so it was. 16 God fashioned two great lights {— } the larger light to illumine the day and the smaller light to illumine the night {— } as well as the stars. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, 18 to illumine both day and night, and to distinguish light from darkness. And God saw how good it was. 19 The twilight and the dawn were the fourth day. 20 Then God said, "Let the oceans swarm with myriads of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth throughout the sky!" 21 So God created every kind of magnificent sea creature, every kind of living sea crawler with which the waters swarmed, and every kind of flying bird. And God saw how good it was. 22 God blessed them by saying, "Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the oceans. Let the birds multiply throughout the earth!" 23 The twilight and the dawn were the fifth day. 24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature, each kind of livestock and crawling thing, and each kind of wild animal!" And so it was. 25 God made each kind of wild animal, along with every kind of livestock and crawling thing. And God saw how good it was. 26 Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!" 27 So God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God created him; he created them male and female. 28 God blessed these humans by saying to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and be master over it! Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!" 29 God also told them, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows throughout the earth, along with every tree that grows seed-bearing fruit. They shall produce your food. 30 I have given all green plants as food for every wild animal of the earth, every bird that flies, and to every living thing that crawls on the earth." And so it was. 31 Now God saw all that he had made, and, indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.

Psalms 19:1

1 To the Director: A Davidic Psalm. The heavens are declaring the glory of God, and their expanse shows the work of his hands.

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