What Does the Bible Say About Doves? 11 Powerful Verses


Matthew 10:16

ESV“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
KJVBehold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
NASB“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
NIV“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
NLT“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

John 1:32

ESVAnd John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.
KJVAnd John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
NASBJohn testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.
NIVThen John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
NLTThen John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.

Luke 3:22

ESVAnd the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
KJVAnd the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
NASBand the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
NIVand the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
NLTand the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

Isaiah 60:8

ESVWho are these that fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows?
KJVWho are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
NASB“Who are these who fly like a cloud And like the doves to their lattices?
NIV“Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?
NLT“And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel, like doves to their nests?

Leviticus 12:8

ESVAnd if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’”
KJVAnd if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
NASB‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
NIVBut if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
NLT“If a woman cannot afford to bring a lamb, she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons. One will be for the burnt offering and the other for the purification offering. The priest will sacrifice them to purify her, and she will be ceremonially clean.”

John 2:14

ESVIn the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.
KJVAnd found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
NASBAnd He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
NIVIn the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.
NLTIn the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.

Matthew 3:16

ESVAnd when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
KJVAnd Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
NASBAfter being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,
NIVAs soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
NLTAfter his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

John 10:30

ESVI and the Father are one.”
KJVI and my Father are one.
NASB“I and the Father are one.”
NIVI and the Father are one.”
NLTThe Father and I are one.”

Leviticus 14:22

ESVAlso two turtledoves or two pigeons, whichever he can afford. The one shall be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering.
KJVAnd two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.
NASBand two turtledoves or two young pigeons which are within his means, the one shall be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering.
NIVand two doves or two young pigeons, such as they can afford, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
NLTThe offering must also include two turtledoves or two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford. One of the pair must be used for the sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.

Hebrews 2:14

ESVSince therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
KJVForasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
NASBTherefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
NIVSince the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
NLTBecause God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.

Hebrews 1:3

ESVHe is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
KJVWho being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
NASBAnd He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
NIVThe Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
NLTThe Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

Titus 2:13

ESVWaiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
KJVLooking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
NASBlooking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
NIVwhile we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
NLTwhile we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

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