The word “sand” is mentioned several times throughout scripture. In most cases, it is used as a metaphor for a vast amount of something – an uncountable number. In Genesis, God says to Abraham, “I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.”
If you have ever seen the seashore, you know how impossible it would be to count every grain of sand. It’s infinite, an uncountable number. This was God’s way of telling Abraham that He was about to do something miraculous.
This theme shows up many more times in the Bible. In Psalm 139:18, David says, “If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.”
Habbakuk 2:14, though not mentioning sand, uses the concept of water in a similar way: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
God’s majesty is just as vast as the sand on the shore. It is just as endless as the sea. And that should move us to worship Him. On the whole, people tend to worship what they believe is above them. Time and time again, God has shown us that what He has planned for mankind is far beyond what our minds can fathom. He is infinitely good and infinitely wise. As a result, we trust our lives to Him. And we give Him the glory He rightfully deserves.
Bible Verses About Sand
Genesis 22:17 – that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gate of his enemies.
Genesis 32:12 – You said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which can’t be counted because there are so many.’”
Genesis 41:49 – Joseph laid up grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he stopped counting, for it was without number.
Exodus 2:12 – He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
Deuteronomy 33:19 – They will call the peoples to the mountain. There they will offer sacrifices of righteousness, for they will draw out the abundance of the seas, the hidden treasures of the sand.”
Joshua 11:4 – They went out, they and all their armies with them, many people, even as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots.
Judges 7:12 – The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is on the seashore for multitude.
1 Samuel 13:5 – The Philistines assembled themselves together to fight with Israel: thirty thousand chariots, six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped in Michmash, eastward of Beth Aven.
2 Samuel 17:11 – But I counsel that all Israel be gathered together to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle in your own person.
1 Kings 4:20 – Judah and Israel were numerous as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.
1 Kings 4:29 – God gave Solomon abundant wisdom and understanding, and very great understanding, even as the sand that is on the seashore.
Job 6:3 – For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas, therefore my words have been rash.
Job 29:18 – Then I said, ‘I will die in my own house, I will count my days as the sand.
Psalm 78:27 – He also rained meat on them as the dust, winged birds as the sand of the seas.
Psalm 139:18 – If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.
Proverbs 27:3 – A stone is heavy, and sand is a burden; but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
Isaiah 10:22 – For though your people, Israel, are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.
Isaiah 35:7 – The burning sand will become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water. Grass with reeds and rushes will be in the habitation of jackals, where they lay.
Isaiah 48:19 – Your offspring also would have been as the sand and the descendants of your body like its grains. His name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.”
Jeremiah 5:22 – Don’t you fear me?’ says Yahweh ‘Won’t you tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can’t pass it? Though its waves toss themselves, yet they can’t prevail. Though they roar, they still can’t pass over it.’
Jeremiah 15:8 – Their widows are increased more than the sand of the seas. I have brought on them against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday. I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.
Jeremiah 33:22 – As the army of the sky can’t be counted, and the sand of the sea can’t be measured; so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant and the Levites who minister to me.’”
Hosea 1:10 – Yet the number of the children of Israel will be as the sand of the sea, which can’t be measured or counted; and it will come to pass that, in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.
Habakkuk 1:9 – All of them come for violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand.
Matthew 7:26 – Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Acts 27:17 – After they had hoisted it up, they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were driven along.
Romans 9:27 – Isaiah cries concerning Israel, “If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant who will be saved;
Hebrews 11:12 – Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead.
Revelation 13:1 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten crowns, and on his heads, blasphemous names.
Revelation 20:8 – and he will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.