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Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Part of being a Christian is living a life of thanksgiving. No matter the circumstances, you’re supposed to keep saying what God said, and keep doing what God told you, as that is the best way to live. But humans often think negatively, and that’s probably why there are so many thanksgiving Bible verses reminding us to be thankful.

We are no doubt in the midst of a serious challenge for our country, and it’s easy to get caught up in all of the negativism. But it shouldn’t override the reality that we still live in the land of the Pilgrims. We continue to have great opportunities in America, if we want to try to make the most of it – and that is something to be thankful for. We should also be thankful that we are free to read the Bible of our choice.

Did you know that the Geneva Bible, also known as “the Pilgrim Bible,” is one of the most historically significant English translations? Originally printed in 1560 during the reign of Queen Mary I, the Geneva Bible was translated from early Greek and Hebrew texts by British Puritan refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the first Bible to use chapters, numbered verses, and extensive margin notes, making it the first study Bible.

The Geneva Bible was the most popular version of its time. It was used by William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and many others. It was the Bible of the Protestant Reformation. However, the official Church of England disagreed with the Geneva Bible’s commentary. That’s why the King James Bible was published in 1611. King James I then banned the Geneva Bible and persecuted anyone caught reading it.

The Pilgrims gave of their lives, liberty, and fortunes in the desire to worship freely and read their Bible. To escape persecution, they set sail for America. The Pilgrims brought the Geneva Bible aboard the Mayflower, which means it was the Bible that shaped early American Colonial life and culture more than any other. The Pilgrims’ faith comforted, encouraged, and strengthened them to persevere through adversity.

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held three days of Thanksgiving to God for His provision and blessings. They surely would have read thanksgiving scriptures from the Geneva Bible during that time. They also invited their American Indian friends to partake in the the Pilgrims’ first harvest feast, commemorated by our Thanksgiving holiday.

It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with all of our daily tasks and activities that we forget to stop and reflect on our blessings. Thanksgiving Day is set aside as a specific time to remember everything that God has given us. The thanksgiving scriptures that follow were taken from the same Bible used by the Pilgrims. Take a minute to stop and read these thanksgiving Bible verses as you consider all the ways God has blessed you!

“Thine, O Lord, is greatness and power, and glory, and victory and praise: for all that is in heaven and in earth is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou excellest as head over all. Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and strength, and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious Name.” ~1 Chronicles 29:11-13

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“In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:18

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“Thanks therefore be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” ~2 Corinthians 9:15

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“And whatsoever ye shall do, in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God even the Father by him.” ~Colossians 3:17

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“Let your patient mind be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be nothing careful, but in all things let your requests be shewed unto God in prayer and supplication with giving of thanks. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall preserve your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:5-7

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“I will praise the Name of God with a song, and magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~Psalm 69:30

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“A Psalm of Praise. Sing ye loud unto the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before him with joyfulness. Know ye that even the Lord is God: he hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with praise, and into his courts with rejoicing: praise him and bless his Name. For the Lord is good: his mercy is ever lasting, and his truth is from generation to generation.” ~Psalm 100:1-5

(Did you know..? The Mayflower Pilgrims sang Psalm 100 on November 19, after hearing someone shout “Land ho!”)

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“My soul, praise thou the Lord, and forget not all his benefits. Which forgiveth all thine iniquity, and healeth all thine infirmities. Which redeemeth thy life from the grave, and crowneth thee with mercy and compassions. Which satisfieth thy mouth with good things: and thy youth is renewed like the eagles.” ~Psalm 103:2-5

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“Praise ye the Lord, because he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” ~Psalm 107:1; 118:1

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“Saying, Amen. Praise, and glory, and wisdom, and thanks, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for evermore, Amen.” ~Revelation 7:12

TIP: Use these inspirational Bible quotes at home or church, in greeting cards, on Thanksgiving placemats, for memory verses, or as the start of an essay titled “What I’m Thankful for on Thanksgiving.”

The 1560 Geneva Bible is now available on Kindle! Click here for a hardcover edition. You can also read it online or download it as a PDF.

All of us at Homeschooling Teen wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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