24 Scriptures on Purpose (ESV)

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Table of Contents

  1. Romans 9:17 - "For the Scripture says to Pharaoh,..."
  2. Romans 8:28 - "And we know that for those..."
  3. Proverbs 16:4 - "The LORD has made everything for..."
  4. Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "For everything there is a season,..."
  5. Exodus 9:16 - "But for this purpose I have..."
  6. Proverbs 19:21 - "Many are the plans in the..."
  7. 2 Timothy 1:9 - "who saved us and called us..."
  8. Ecclesiastes 8:6 - "For there is a time and..."
  9. Philippians 2:13 - "for it is God who works..."
  10. 2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Each one must give as he..."
  11. Ephesians 3:11 - "This was according to the eternal..."
  12. Philippians 2:2 - "complete my joy by being of..."
  13. Job 42:2 - ""I know that you can do..."
  14. Ephesians 1:11 - "In him we have obtained an..."
  15. Isaiah 46:10 - "declaring the end from the beginning..."
  16. Acts 13:36 - "For David, after he had served..."
  17. Isaiah 55:11 - "so shall my word be that..."
  18. Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are his workmanship, created..."
  19. 1 Peter 2:21 - "For to this you have been..."
  20. Acts 26:16 - "But rise and stand upon your..."
  21. Romans 9:21 - "Has the potter no right over..."
  22. 2 Timothy 2:20 - "Now in a great house there..."
  23. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 - "For God has not called us..."
  24. 1 Timothy 4:7 - "Have nothing to do with irreverent,..."

1. Romans 9:17

17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

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2. Romans 8:28

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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3. Proverbs 16:4

4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

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4. Ecclesiastes 3:1

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

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5. Exodus 9:16

16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

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6. Proverbs 19:21

21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

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7. 2 Timothy 1:9

9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

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8. Ecclesiastes 8:6

6 For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him.

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9. Philippians 2:13

13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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10. 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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11. Ephesians 3:11

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

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12. Philippians 2:2

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

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13. Job 42:2

2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

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14. Ephesians 1:11

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

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15. Isaiah 46:10

10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'

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16. Acts 13:36

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

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17. Isaiah 55:11

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

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18. Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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19. 1 Peter 2:21

21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

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20. Acts 26:16

16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,

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21. Romans 9:21

21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?

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22. 2 Timothy 2:20

20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.

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23. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

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24. 1 Timothy 4:7

7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

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Table of Contents

  1. Exodus 9:16
  2. Job 42:2
  3. Proverbs 16:4
  4. Proverbs 19:21
  5. Ecclesiastes 3:1
  6. Ecclesiastes 8:6
  7. Isaiah 46:10
  8. Isaiah 55:11
  9. Acts 13:36
  10. Acts 26:16
  11. Romans 8:28
  12. Romans 9:17
  13. Romans 9:21
  14. 2 Corinthians 9:7
  15. Ephesians 1:11
  16. Ephesians 2:10
  17. Ephesians 3:11
  18. Philippians 2:2
  19. Philippians 2:13
  20. 1 Thessalonians 4:7
  21. 1 Timothy 4:7
  22. 2 Timothy 1:9
  23. 2 Timothy 2:20
  24. 1 Peter 2:21

Exodus 9:16

16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

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Job 42:2

2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

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Proverbs 16:4

4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

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Proverbs 19:21

21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

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Ecclesiastes 8:6

6 For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him.

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Isaiah 46:10

10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'

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Isaiah 55:11

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

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Acts 13:36

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

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Acts 26:16

16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,

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Romans 8:28

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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Romans 9:17

17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

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Romans 9:21

21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?

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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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Ephesians 1:11

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

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Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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Ephesians 3:11

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

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Philippians 2:2

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

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Philippians 2:13

13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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1 Thessalonians 4:7

7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

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1 Timothy 4:7

7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

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2 Timothy 1:9

9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

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2 Timothy 2:20

20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.

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1 Peter 2:21

21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

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