Military life brings many worries and concerns. During travel, deployment, and TDYs (trainings), military families often say goodbye to loved ones and worry about their safety for a long period of time. For some military spouses, leaning on religious practices like reading holy texts, praying, or attending worship services, can help to alleviate stress and give them strength for the journey ahead.
These 60 verses come from the Christian Bible– both Old and New Testaments–and feature themes of protection and safety. Use them consecutively or choose one that speaks to you. Here are a few ways to incorporate Bible verses in your daily practices:
- Choose a few protection verses and write them on sticky notes. Leave them places that you’ll see like mirrors, the microwave door, and the refrigerator.
- Keep a journal and write one of these verses every time you journal. Even if you don’t write about the verse, the physical act of writing it will help you reflect on the meaning of the verse.
- Choose a few of these verses and include them in Open When letters for your loved one.
- Write one of the verses on a business card-sized piece of paper and keep it in your wallet.
- Choose a verse and write it on the inside of your loved one’s pillow case.
- Have a verse engraved on a piece of jewelry or embroidered on the inside of a purse or jacket.
1. Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2. Psalm 91:1-16
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3. Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.
4. 2 Timothy 4:18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
5. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
6. Psalm 23:1-6
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.
7. 2 Samuel 22:3-4
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
8. Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
9. Psalm 46:1
…God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
10. Psalm 138:7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
11. James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
12. Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
13. 1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
14. Psalm 32:7
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
15. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
16. 1 John 5:18
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
17. 1 John 5:19
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
18. Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
19. Nahum 1:7
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
20. Hebrews 13:6
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
21. Psalm 62:2
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
22. Psalm 121:7-8
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
23. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
24. Luke 21:28
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
25. Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
26. Psalm 16:8
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
27. Psalm 34:22
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
28. Psalm 18:30
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
29. Malachi 3:6
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
30. Psalm 121:7
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
31. Genesis 28:15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
32. Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
33. Luke 10:19
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
34. Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
35. 1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
36. Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
37. Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
38. Psalm 3:3
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
39. Psalm 16:1
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
40. Psalm 118:6
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
41. Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
42. Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
43. Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
44. Psalm 118:8
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
45. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…
46. 1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
47. Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
48. Psalm 121:8
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
49. Psalm 34:19
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
50. Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.
51. Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
52. John 17:15
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
51. Psalm 91:10
No evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
52. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
53. Psalm 91:9-10
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
54. Genesis 50:20
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
55. 2 Samuel 22:32
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?
56. Psalm 144:1
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;
57. Psalm 91:7
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
58. Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
59. Psalm 140:4
Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet.
60. Luke 1:37
For nothing will be impossible with God.