Bible Verses for Rock Climbers

Scrambling up Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Scrambling up Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

A few weeks ago, I did a post on “Bible Verses for Hikers.”  That was a lot of fun, and it turns out others have enjoyed it, too!  So this week, I’ll be sharing some Bible verses for rock climbers.  Be encouraged: There were rock climbers even back in Bible times!

Rope in Lock 33 on the Erie Canal, Rochester, New York
Rope in Lock 33 on the Erie Canal, Rochester, New York

He dwells on a cliff and lodges there; his stronghold is on a rocky crag. (Job 39:28)

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Near Mono Pass, Inyo National Forest, California
Near Mono Pass, Inyo National Forest, California

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)

Enlarge the site of your tent, stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not hold back. Lengthen your ropes and drive your stakes in deep. (Isaiah 54:2)

A climber repelling through the pothole in Neon Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Utah
A climber repelling through the pothole in Neon Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Utah

“There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2)

For from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I behold him; behold, a people dwelling alone, and not counting itself among the nations! (Numbers 23:9)

Scrambling down the scree of Goat Peak, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Montana
Scrambling down the scree of Goat Peak, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Montana

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! (Psalm 95:1)

“Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests in the sides of the mouth of a gorge. (Jeremiah 48:28)

Scrambling up a headland near Third Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Scrambling up a headland near Third Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

He will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. (Isaiah 33:16)

From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, (Psalm 61:2)

Wallface Mountain, Adirondack Park, New York
Wallface Mountain from Indian Pass, Adirondack Park, New York

Then Rahab let them down by a rope through the window, since the house where she lived was built into the wall of the city. (Joshua 2:15)

Be my rock of refuge, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:3)

Upper Chute Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah
Upper Chute Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah

The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”  Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. (1 Samuel 14:12-13)

Cliffs along the Tonto Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Cliffs along the Tonto Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:4-6)

A rock climber on Sundance Tower above North Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming
A rock climber on Sundance Tower above North Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:4)

Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; (Psalm 31:2-3)

Scrambling up the first dryfall in Grotto Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
Scrambling up the first dryfall in Grotto Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California

And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, (Exodus 33:21)

Who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, (Deuteronomy 8:15)