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What is Restoration in the Bible? A blog talking about restoration in the Bible and what it means to us.

Restoration is a term that refers to the reclamation of something that was lost. In the Bible, restoration can be applied to many things, including the people of God and their relationship with Him.

As it pertains to people, restoration can refer to the return of an individual’s or community’s original purpose. This can include spiritual matters, such as the return of someone’s devotion to God; physical matters, such as the regaining of health; or both.

As it pertains to God’s relationship with His people, restoration refers to His forgiveness for sin and His acceptance of us back into fellowship with Him. This happens through Jesus Christ, who is our mediator between ourselves and God (1 Timothy 2:5).

Restoration in the Bible is synonymous with healing, repairing, returning to a previous state of being. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Although we may stray from steadfast faith and obedience, there are numerous Bible verses about restoration we can look to for inspiration for renewal in our lives.

Restoration is a recurring theme in scripture as those who strayed from the teachings and love of God sought to restore their divine relationship with Him. Further occurrences of repairing what had decayed included personal relationships, fortunes, and health.

Bible Verses aboutRestoration

 

Joel 2:25-26 ESV / 1,458 helpful votes 

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Jeremiah 30:17 ESV / 1,438 helpful votes 

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Psalm 51:12 ESV / 1,214 helpful votes 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Isaiah 61:7 ESV / 1,013 helpful votes 

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 875 helpful votes 

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Job 42:10 ESV / 870 helpful votes 

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Acts 3:19-21 ESV / 845 helpful votes 

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

1 John 5:4 ESV / 723 helpful votes 

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Mark 11:24 ESV / 682 helpful votes 

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Zechariah 9:12 ESV / 550 helpful votes 

Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 523 helpful votes 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Revelation 21:1-5 ESV / 517 helpful votes 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 488 helpful votes 

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

John 14:1 ESV / 465 helpful votes 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 446 helpful votes 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Hosea 6:1 ESV / 393 helpful votes 

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

Isaiah 42:1-25 ESV / 370 helpful votes 

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: …

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 348 helpful votes 

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …

James 5:16 ESV / 347 helpful votes 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

John 10:10 ESV / 324 helpful votes 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Psalm 71:20-21 ESV / 315 helpful votes 

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.

Jeremiah 32:27 ESV / 313 helpful votes 

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Romans 15:13 ESV / 297 helpful votes 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 293 helpful votes 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Psalm 51:11 ESV / 274 helpful votes 

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Jeremiah 30:1-24 ESV / 249 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.” These are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “Thus says the Lord: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace. …

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