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The Wonder of 3:6


Pretty well all believers can quote John 3:16. Even many unbelievers can quote some of it. If you attend athletic games, whether baseball or football, somebody is holding a sign in the stands… JOHN 3:16.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years, is that there are other interesting verses that land on the 3:16 designation. I compiled a list called “The Wonder of 3:16”.

This article compiles a new list focusing on the 3:6 verses… they are not as common, but still enlightening.

 I hope you will not only enjoy this compilation, but that you will be Blessed as you read God’s Word.



Part 1 – The New Testament


Matthew 3:6           New Living Translation

     6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. [speaking of John the Baptist]


Mark 3:6                  New Living Translation

     6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.


Luke 3:6                    New Living Translation

      6 And then all people will see the salvation sent from God.’”[a]


John 3:6                    New Living Translation

     6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.[a]


Acts 3:6                     New Living Translation

     6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the           Nazarene, get up and walk!”


Romans 3:6               New Living Translation

      6 Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world?


1 Corinthians 3:6      New Living Translation

     6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. [speaking of the Good News of  the Gospel]


2 Corinthians 3:6      New Living Translation

     6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old     written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.


Galatians 3:6            New Living Translation

     6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[a]


Ephesians 3:6           New Living Translation

     6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s     children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.[a]


Philippians 3:6         New Living Translation

     6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.


Colossians 3:6          New Living Translation

     6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[a]


1 Thessalonians 3:6        New Living Translation

     6 But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always               remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you.


2 Thessalonians 3:6        New Living Translation

     An Exhortation to Proper Living

     6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all   believers[a] who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received[b] from us.


1 Timothy 3:6           New Living Translation

     6 A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[a]


2 Timothy 3:6           New Living Translation

     6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are           burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.


Titus 3:6                    New Living Translation

     6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.


Philemon 3                New Living Translation

     3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.


Hebrews 3:6             New Living Translation

     6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain         confident in our hope in Christ.[a]


James 3:6                 New Living Translation

     6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire   body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[a]


1 Peter 3:6                New Living Translation

     6 For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is   right without fear of what your husbands might do.


2 Peter 3:6                New Living Translation

     6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.


1 John 3:6                 New Living Translation

     6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who   he is.


2 John 3                    New Living Translation

     3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to   be with us who live in truth and love.


3 John 3                    New Living Translation

     3 Some of the traveling teachers[a] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that   you are living according to the truth.


Jude 3                       New Living Translation

    The Danger of False Teachers

     3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write   about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.


Revelation 3:6          New Living Translation

     6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.



The Wonder of 3:6


Part 2    –     The Old Testament


The following are the meaningful 3:6 verses found going through the Old Testament.


Genesis 3:6               New Living Translation

     6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it   would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it,     too.


Exodus 3:6                New Living Translation

     6 I am the God of your father[a]—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he     covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.


Leviticus 3:6             New Living Translation

     6 “If you present an animal from the flock as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no     defects.


Numbers 3:6             New Living Translation

     6 “Call forward the tribe of Levi, and present them to Aaron the priest to serve as his assistants.


Deuteronomy 3:6     New Living Translation

     6 We completely destroyed[a] the kingdom of Bashan, just as we had destroyed King Sihon of Heshbon. We destroyed all the   people in every town we conquered—men, women, and children alike.


Joshua 3:6                New Living Translation

     6 In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the [Jordan] river.”   And so they started out and went ahead of the people.


Judges 3:6                New Living Translation

     6 and they intermarried with them. Israelite sons married their daughters, and Israelite daughters were given in marriage to   their sons. And the Israelites served their gods.


Ruth 3:6                    New Living Translation

     6 So she went down to the threshing floor that night and followed the instructions of her mother-in-law.


1 Samuel 3:6-7         New Living Translation

     6 Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!”

Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”

“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.”

     7 Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before.


2 Samuel 3:6            New Living Translation

     Abner Joins Forces with David

     6 As the war between the house of Saul and the house of David went on, Abner became a powerful leader among those loyal   to Saul.


1 Kings 3:6               New Living Translation

     6 Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true       and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on           his throne.


2 Kings 3:6-7            New Living Translation

     6 So King Joram promptly mustered the army of Israel and marched from Samaria. On the way, he sent this message to       King Jehoshaphat of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you join me in battle against him?”

And Jehoshaphat replied, “Why, of course! You and I are as one. My troops are your troops, and my horses are your horses.”


1 Chronicles 3:6-8    New Living Translation

     6 David also had nine other sons: Ibhar, Elishua,[a] Elpelet,[b] Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.


2 Chronicles 3:6-8    New Living Translation

     6 He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim. He overlaid the             beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls.

     8 He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its       interior with 23 tons[a] of fine gold.


Ezra 3:6                     New Living Translation

     6 Fifteen days before the Festival of Shelters began, the priests had begun to sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord. This was   even before they had started to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple.


Nehemiah 3:6           New Living Translation

     6 The Old City Gate[a] was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid the beams, set up its   doors, and installed its bolts and bars.


Esther 3:6                 New Living Translation

     6 He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he         looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes. [Persia]


Job 3:1                      New Living Translation

     Job’s First Speech

     3 At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth…

     6 Let that night be blotted off the calendar, never again to be counted among the days of the year, never again to appear among the months.


Psalm 3:6                  New Living Translation

     I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.


Proverbs 3:6             New Living Translation

      Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.


Ecclesiastes 3:6        New Living Translation

      A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.


Song of Solomon 3:6       New Living Translation

      Young Women of Jerusalem

     6 Who is this sweeping in from the wilderness
like a cloud of smoke?
Who is it, fragrant with myrrh and frankincense
and every kind of spice?


Isaiah 3:6                        New Living Translation

     In those days a man will say to his brother,
“Since you have a coat, you be our leader!
Take charge of this heap of ruins!”


Jeremiah 3:6                   New Living Translation

      Judah Follows Israel’s Example

     6 During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what fickle Israel has done? Like a wife who commits   adultery, Israel has worshiped other gods on every hill and under every green tree.


Lamentations 3:6            New Living Translation

      He has buried me in a dark place,
like those long dead.


Ezekiel 3:6                       New Living Translation

     6 No, I am not sending you to people with strange and difficult speech. If I did, they would listen!


Daniel 3:5-6                     New Living Translation

     5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments,[a] bow to the ground     to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing               furnace.”


Joel 3:5-6                        New Living Translation

     5 You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples. You       have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,[a] so they could take them far from their homeland.


Amos 3:6                          New Living Translation

     6 When the ram’s horn blows a warning,
shouldn’t the people be alarmed?
Does disaster come to a city
unless the Lord has planned it?


Obadiah                           New Living Translation

     1 This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom…

     6 Every nook and cranny of Edom[a]
will be searched and looted.
Every treasure will be found and taken.


Jonah 3:6-8                     New Living Translation

     6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He  dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:

“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must        wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all                their violence.


Micah 3:6                         New Living Translation

      Now the night will close around you,
cutting off all your visions.
Darkness will cover you,
putting an end to your predictions.
The sun will set for you prophets,
and your day will come to an end.


Nahum 3:6                       New Living Translation

      I will cover you with filth
and show the world how vile you really are.


Habakkuk 3:6                  New Living Translation

     6 When he stops, the earth shakes.
When he looks, the nations tremble.
He shatters the everlasting mountains
and levels the eternal hills.
He is the Eternal One![a]


Zephaniah 3:6                 New Living Translation

      “I have wiped out many nations,
devastating their fortress walls and towers.
Their streets are now deserted;
their cities lie in silent ruin.
There are no survivors—
none at all.


Zechariah 3:6-7               New Living Translation

     6 Then the angel of the Lord spoke very solemnly to Jeshua and said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: If         you follow my ways and carefully serve me, then you will be given authority over my Temple and its courtyards. I will let              you walk among these others standing here.


The following is the last 3:6 verse in the last book of the Old Testament.


Malachi 3:6                      New Living Translation

      A Call to Repentance

      6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.



Heavenly Father, Bless the reading of your Word.

May Your Holy Spirit be present, confirming your Word in the hearts of those who read this.

Your Word is living and active… it is alive… may it touch those who have seen it… may it pierce the hearts of those who have beheld it.

May your Word be understood by those who have taken the time to read it.

Surround them with Your Love, Peace, and Comfort.


May they call on Your Name, and have every need met,


In Jesus Name we ask…





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