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Bible passages used in Handel's oratorio "Messiah"

These verses express very simply how God has always planned for Jesus to come to die for us, as a substitutionary sacrifice, to make atonement for our sins, so that we sinners might be reconciled to God.

 Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort, comfort my people,

says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.


 A voice of one calling:

“In the desert prepare

the way for the LORD ;

make straight in the wilderness

a highway for our God.  

Every valley shall be raised up,

every mountain and hill made low;

the rough ground shall become level,

the rugged places a plain.

And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

and all mankind together will see it.

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Haggai 2:6-8

“This is what the LORD Almighty says:

‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

 Malachi 3:1-3

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?

For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness ...

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 

Matthew 1:23

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”

Isaiah 40:9

You who bring good tidings to Zion,

go up on a high mountain.

You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,

lift up your voice with a shout,

lift it up, do not be afraid;

say to the towns of Judah,

“Here is your God!”  

Isaiah 60:1-3

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth

and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the LORD rises upon you

and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

 Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.  

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  

Luke 2:8-14

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the LORD.  

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”  

Zechariah 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!

Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

and the war-horses from Jerusalem,

and the battle bow will be broken.

He will proclaim peace to the nations.

His rule will extend from sea to sea

and from the River to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 35:5-6

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened

and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  

Then will the lame leap like a deer,

and the mute tongue shout for joy. 

Water will gush forth in the wilderness

and streams in the desert.  

Isaiah 40:11

He tends his flock like a shepherd:

He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.  

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   

 John 1:29-30

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,

“Look, the Lamb of God,

who takes away the sin of the world!” 

Isaiah 50:6

I offered my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.  

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,

yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace

was upon him, and by his wounds

we are healed.


We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

each of us has turned to his own way;

and the LORD has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.  

 Psalm 22:7-8

All who see me mock me;

they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

“He trusts in the LORD;

let the LORD rescue him.

Let him deliver him,

since he delights in him.”


Matthew 27:43-44

He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, “’I am the Son of God.’”  

In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.  

Psalm 69:20

Scorn has broken my heart

and has left me helpless;

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

for comforters, but I found none.  


“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?

Look around and see.

Is any suffering like my suffering

that was inflicted on me,

that the LORD brought on me

in the day of his fierce anger?  

Isaiah 53:8

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

And who can speak of his descendants? 

For he was cut off from the land of the living;

for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 

Acts 2:30-32

Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.  

Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, O you gates;

be lifted up, you ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?


The LORD strong and mighty,

the LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates;

lift them up, you ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?


The LORD Almighty —

he is the King of glory.


Hebrews 1:5-6

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father”?


Or again,


“I will be his Father,

and he will be my Son”?


 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.” 

Psalm 68:18

When you ascended on high,

you led captives in your train;

you received gifts from men,

even from the rebellious —

that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.  

Ephesians 4:7-8

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,

he led captives in his train

and gave gifts to men.”  

Psalm 68:11

The Lord announced the word,

and great was the company of those who proclaimed it ….

 Romans 10:15

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” 

Romans 10:18

But I ask: Did they not hear?

Of course they did:

“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.”  

Psalm 2:1-4

Why do the nations conspire

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand

and the rulers gather together

against the LORD

and against his Anointed One.

“Let us break their chains,” they say,

“and throw off their fetters.”


The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord scoffs at them.  

Psalm 2:9

“You will rule them with an iron scepter;

you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 

Revelation 19:6

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:


For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 


Revelation 19:16

On his robe and on his thigh

he has this name written:


Job 19:25-26

I know that my Redeemer lives,

and that in the end

he will stand upon the earth.  

And after my skin has been destroyed,

yet in my flesh I will see God;  

1 Corinthians 15:20-22

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

For as in Adam all die,

so in Christ all will be made alive. 

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”  


The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through

our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Romans 8:31-35

What, then, shall we say

in response to this?


If God is for us, who can be against us?


He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him,

graciously give us all things?


Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

It is God who justifies.

Who is he that condemns?

Christ Jesus, who died

— more than that, who was raised to life —

is at the right hand of God

and is also interceding for us.  

Revelation 5:12-13

In a loud voice they sang:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and strength

and honour and glory and praise!”


Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:


“To him who sits on the throne

and to the Lamb

be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”



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