Our world is full of violence, and our daily lives can be marred by conflict and turmoil. But God promises His people a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Proverbs 16:7

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

King Solomon probably wrote this in the 10th century B.C.

Isaiah 26:3
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

The prophet Isaiah recorded these words of encouragement from God in the eighth century B.C.

John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Jesus Christ said this to encourage His disciples after His last Passover, the night before He died. The apostle John wrote this down perhaps around A.D. 90.

John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus Christ said this to encourage His disciples after His last Passover, the night before He died. The apostle John wrote this down perhaps around A.D. 90.

Philippians 4:6-7
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Philippi from prison, perhaps in the early A.D. 60s.

Leviticus 26:6
“I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land.”

Leviticus 26 is a chapter of blessings and curses; God promises blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience to His laws.

Numbers 6:26
“The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

This verse is part of the priestly blessing in ancient Israel. “The idea of the phrase lift up His countenance is that of sensing God’s smile” (NKJV Study Bible note on Numbers 6:26).

Psalm 4:8
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

Peaceful sleep is a blessing from God (Psalm 127:2) and a fruit of godly wisdom (Proverbs 3:24).

Psalm 37:11
“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Jesus drew from this passage about the meek in His Beatitudes (Matthew 5:5). Psalm 37:37 also ties being “blameless” and “upright” with peace.

Psalm 55:18
“He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.”

Our Almighty God is easily able to defeat any enemy, whether few or many.

Psalm 85:10
“Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.”

This psalm, composed by the sons of Korah, pictures the intimate relationship between righteousness and the peace it produces.

Psalm 119:165
“Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”

Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is a song of praise for God’s Word and His law. Love of God’s law brings peace and removes stumbling blocks in life.

Proverbs 3:2
“For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.”

What causes these wonderful results? Verse 1 says, “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands.”

Isaiah 9:6-7
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

Peace without end! What a wonderful prophecy of the Messiah’s reign! Read more in our article “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

Isaiah 32:17
“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”

What is the cause of peace? Doing what is right—righteousness—produces real peace. See our article “The Way of Peace.”

Isaiah 52:7
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

Jesus called His Church to preach the gospel—the good news—of peace. See our article “Armor of God: Gospel of Peace.”

Isaiah 54:13
“All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

This prophecy speaks to parents’ deep desire for peace and blessings for their children. God understands, and He wants the same for His children.

Isaiah 55:12
“For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

This beautifully describes a joyous second exodus and Christ’s peaceful millennial reign. Read more about these in our blog post and article “A Second Exodus?” and “1,000 Years—the Millennium.”

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

The prophet Jeremiah recorded this insight into God’s thoughts in a letter to the captives in Babylon at the beginning of the sixth century B.C.

Jeremiah 33:6
“Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”

Promises of health and healing from our Creator provide an additional dimension to our peace.

Mark 4:39
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

Jesus’ power over the wind and sea astonished His disciples, but it gave clear evidence of His power to bring real peace.

Luke 1:79
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was inspired to prophesy of John’s and Jesus’ mission.

Romans 5:1
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jesus Christ made it possible for us to go from being enemies of God to having peace. “The hostility between God and the believer has ceased. The believer has been reconciled to God” (NKJV Study Bible note on Romans 5:1).

Romans 8:6
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

The natural human mind is on the path toward death, but after repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, we can follow the way of peace and be on the path to eternal life. Read more in our booklet Change Your Life!

Romans 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

As we “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), we must put high priority on obeying God and growing in the fruit of the Spirit, including peace and joy. Read more in our article “The Fruit of the Spirit.”

Romans 16:20
“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

From the time he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan has worked to destroy relationships and peace. Soon he will be removed by the God of peace, reconciling humanity to God and thus making real, lasting peace. Read more in our article “God vs. Satan.”

1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

God intends for His Church to be peaceful and organized as the ideal place for His children to grow spiritually. For more on this verse, see “Not the Author of Confusion.”

2 Corinthians 13:11
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Paul had to correct the Corinthians in many things, but he concluded his second epistle with these words of encouragement to live the way of peace, reflecting the peace and love of our Creator.

Galatians 5:22
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

See more about the fruit of peace in our article “Fruit of the Spirit: Peace.”

Ephesians 2:14
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”

Jesus Christ opened the way for people of all nations to come near to God. “The middle wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles was vividly portrayed by an actual partition in the temple area, with a sign warning that any Gentile going beyond the Court of the Gentiles would receive swift and sudden death” (NKJV Study Bible note on Ephesians 2:14).

Ephesians 4:3
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

“Endeavoring means to make every effort, to work hard at maintaining the unity of the Spirit” (NKJV Study Bible note on Ephesians 4:3). As the Believer’s Bible Commentary adds, “Peace is the ligament that binds the members of the Body together in spite of their wide natural differences. … We must submerge our own petty, personal whims and attitudes and work together in peace for the glory of God and for common blessing.”

Ephesians 6:15
“And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

An essential part of the armor of God involves the Church’s mission to preach the gospel—the good news—of peace. See our article “Armor of God: Gospel of Peace.”

Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

The peace of God “is a gift to the whole community of believers, not just a feeling of serenity possessed by individuals” (The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible comment on Colossians 3:15).

1 Thessalonians 5:23
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Peace is such an essential quality of God’s character, Paul even calls Him the “God of peace.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

“This verse has been called ‘a peaceful close to a stormy Epistle’” (Believer’s Bible Commentary comment on 2 Thessalonians 3:16).

James 3:18
“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

As the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary explains, “Righteousness will grow only in a climate of peace; thus it must be sown and cultivated by the ‘peacemakers.’ Such persons not only love peace and live in peace but also strive to create conditions of peace.”

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