45 Scriptures on Joy (ESV)

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  1. Romans 12:12 - "Rejoice in hope, be patient in..."
  2. Philippians 4:4 - "Rejoice in the Lord always; again..."
  3. Zephaniah 3:17 - "The LORD your God is in..."
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing,..."
  5. Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day that the..."
  6. Psalm 94:19 - "When the cares of my heart..."
  7. Habakkuk 3:17-18 - "Though the fig tree should not..."
  8. 1 Peter 1:8-9 - "Though you have not seen him,..."
  9. Psalm 16:11 - "You make known to me the..."
  10. John 16:24 - "Until now you have asked nothing..."
  11. Isaiah 61:10 - "I will greatly rejoice in the..."
  12. 2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Each one must give as he..."
  13. 2 Corinthians 12:10 - "For the sake of Christ, then,..."
  14. Proverbs 15:23 - "To make an apt answer is..."
  15. Romans 12:15 - "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep..."
  16. Psalm 32:7 - "You are a hiding place for..."
  17. Galatians 5:22-23 - "But the fruit of the Spirit..."
  18. Psalm 119:111 - "Your testimonies are my heritage forever,..."
  19. Romans 15:32 - "so that by God's will I..."
  20. Hebrews 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible..."
  21. Psalm 149:4 - "For the LORD takes pleasure in..."
  22. Psalm 119:14 - "In the way of your testimonies..."
  23. 1 Timothy 6:17 - "As for the rich in this..."
  24. Proverbs 23:24 - "The father of the righteous will..."
  25. 3 John 1:4 - "I have no greater joy than..."
  26. 1 Timothy 6:6 - "Now there is great gain in..."
  27. Matthew 17:5 - "He was still speaking when, behold,..."
  28. Proverbs 17:22 - "A joyful heart is good medicine,..."
  29. John 15:11 - "These things I have spoken to..."
  30. Nehemiah 8:10 - "Then he said to them, "Go..."
  31. Ecclesiastes 7:14 - "In the day of prosperity be..."
  32. Romans 5:3-4 - "More than that, we rejoice in..."
  33. Psalm 9:2 - "I will be glad and exult..."
  34. Malachi 4:2 - "But for you who fear my..."
  35. Ecclesiastes 9:7 - "Go, eat your bread in joy,..."
  36. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 - "I perceived that there is nothing..."
  37. 2 Corinthians 6:10 - "as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as..."
  38. Luke 10:20 - "Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this,..."
  39. Luke 15:7 - "Just so, I tell you, there..."
  40. Luke 15:10 - "Just so, I tell you, there..."
  41. Proverbs 12:20 - "Deceit is in the heart of..."
  42. Ecclesiastes 5:19 - "Everyone also to whom God has..."
  43. Ecclesiastes 12:1 - "Remember also your Creator in the..."
  44. Luke 2:10 - "And the angel said to them,..."
  45. Proverbs 23:15 - "My son, if your heart is..."

1. Romans 12:12

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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2. Philippians 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

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3. Zephaniah 3:17

17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

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4. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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5. Psalm 118:24

24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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6. Psalm 94:19

19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

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7. Habakkuk 3:17-18

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

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8. 1 Peter 1:8-9

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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9. Psalm 16:11

11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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10. John 16:24

24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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11. Isaiah 61:10

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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12. 2 Corinthians 9:7

7 Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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13. 2 Corinthians 12:10

10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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14. Proverbs 15:23

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

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15. Romans 12:15

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

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16. Psalm 32:7

7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

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17. Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

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18. Psalm 119:111

111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

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19. Romans 15:32

32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

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20. Hebrews 11:6

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

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21. Psalm 149:4

4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

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22. Psalm 119:14

14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

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23. 1 Timothy 6:17

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

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24. Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

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25. 3 John 1:4

4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

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26. 1 Timothy 6:6

6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

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27. Matthew 17:5

5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."

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28. Proverbs 17:22

22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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29. John 15:11

11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

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30. Nehemiah 8:10

10 Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

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31. Ecclesiastes 7:14

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

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32. Romans 5:3-4

3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

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33. Psalm 9:2

2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

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34. Malachi 4:2

2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

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35. Ecclesiastes 9:7

7 Go, eat your bread in joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

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36. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man.

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37. 2 Corinthians 6:10

10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

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38. Luke 10:20

20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

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39. Luke 15:7

7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

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40. Luke 15:10

10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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41. Proverbs 12:20

20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

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42. Ecclesiastes 5:19

19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God.

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43. Ecclesiastes 12:1

1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, "I have no pleasure in them";

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44. Luke 2:10

10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.

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45. Proverbs 23:15

15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 118:24
  2. Psalm 94:19
  3. Psalm 16:11
  4. Psalm 32:7
  5. Psalm 119:111
  6. Psalm 149:4
  7. Psalm 119:14
  8. Psalm 9:2
  9. Nehemiah 8:10
  10. Proverbs 12:20
  11. Proverbs 15:23
  12. Proverbs 17:22
  13. Proverbs 23:15
  14. Proverbs 23:24
  15. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
  16. Ecclesiastes 5:19
  17. Ecclesiastes 7:14
  18. Ecclesiastes 9:7
  19. Ecclesiastes 12:1
  20. Isaiah 61:10
  21. Habakkuk 3:17-18
  22. Zephaniah 3:17
  23. Malachi 4:2
  24. Matthew 17:5
  25. Luke 2:10
  26. Luke 10:20
  27. Luke 15:7
  28. Luke 15:10
  29. John 15:11
  30. John 16:24
  31. 3 John 1:4
  32. Romans 5:3-4
  33. Romans 12:12
  34. Romans 12:15
  35. Romans 15:32
  36. 2 Corinthians 6:10
  37. 2 Corinthians 9:7
  38. 2 Corinthians 12:10
  39. Galatians 5:22-23
  40. Philippians 4:4
  41. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  42. 1 Timothy 6:6
  43. 1 Timothy 6:17
  44. Hebrews 11:6
  45. 1 Peter 1:8-9

Psalm 118:24

24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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Psalm 94:19

19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

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Psalm 16:11

11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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Psalm 32:7

7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

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Psalm 119:111

111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

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Psalm 149:4

4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

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Psalm 119:14

14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

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Psalm 9:2

2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

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Nehemiah 8:10

10 Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

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Proverbs 12:20

20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

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Proverbs 15:23

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

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Proverbs 17:22

22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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Proverbs 23:15

15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

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Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man.

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Ecclesiastes 5:19

19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God.

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Ecclesiastes 7:14

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

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Ecclesiastes 9:7

7 Go, eat your bread in joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

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Ecclesiastes 12:1

1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, "I have no pleasure in them";

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Isaiah 61:10

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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Habakkuk 3:17-18

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

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Zephaniah 3:17

17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

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Malachi 4:2

2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

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Matthew 17:5

5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."

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Luke 2:10

10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.

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Luke 10:20

20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

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Luke 15:7

7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

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Luke 15:10

10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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John 15:11

11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

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John 16:24

24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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3 John 1:4

4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

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Romans 5:3-4

3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

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Romans 12:12

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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Romans 12:15

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

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Romans 15:32

32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

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2 Corinthians 6:10

10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

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2 Corinthians 9:7

7 Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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2 Corinthians 12:10

10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

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Philippians 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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1 Timothy 6:6

6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

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1 Timothy 6:17

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

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Hebrews 11:6

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

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1 Peter 1:8-9

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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