HOLY FACE

OLD TESTAMENT

Genesis

Genesis 32:31
“Jacob named the place Peniel,* “because I have seen God face to face,” he said, “yet my life has been spared.”

Genesis 33:10
“No, I beg you!” said Jacob. “If you will do me the favor, accept this gift from me, since to see your face is for me like seeing the face of God—and you have received me so kindly.”

Exodus

Exodus 33:11
“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another. Moses would then return to the camp, but his young assistant, Joshua, son of Nun, would not move out of the tent.”

Exodus 33:18-23
“Then Moses said, “Please let me see your glory!” The LORD answered: I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim my name, “LORD,” before you; I who show favor to whom I will, I who grant mercy to whom I will. But you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live. Here, continued the LORD, is a place near me where you shall station yourself on the rock. When my glory passes I will set you in the cleft of the rock and will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand, so that you may see my back; but my face may not be seen.”

Numbers

Numbers 6:24-26
“The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!”

Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 5:4-21
“Face to face, the LORD spoke with you on the mountain from the midst of the fire, while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to announce to you these words of the LORD, since you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain: (The Decalogue).”

Deuteronomy 31:17-18
“At that time my anger will flare up against them; I will forsake them and hide my face from them; they will become a prey to be devoured, and much evil and distress will befall them. At that time they will indeed say, “Is it not because our God is not in our midst that these evils have befallen us?” Yet I will surely hide my face at that time because of all the evil they have done in turning to other gods.”

Deuteronomy 34:10-12
“Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land, and all the great might and the awesome power that Moses displayed in the sight of all Israel.”

1 & 2 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 16:11
“Rely on the mighty LORD; constantly seek his face.”

2 Chronicles 7:13-16
“If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among my people, if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land. Now, therefore, my eyes shall be open and my ears attentive to the prayer of this place; now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart shall be there always.”

2 Chronicles 30:9
“If you return to the LORD, your kinfolk and your children will find mercy with their captors and return to this land. The LORD, your God, is gracious and merciful and he will not turn away his face from you if you return to him.”

Job

Job 34:29
“If he is silent, who then can condemn? If he hides his face, who then can behold him, whether nation or individual?’

Psalms

Psalms 4:7
“Many say, May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!”

Psalms 13:2
“How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?”

Psalms 27:8-9
“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”; your face, LORD, do I seek! Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You are my salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior!”

Psalms 30:8-10
“LORD, you showed me favor, established for me mountains of virtue. But when you hid your face I was struck with terror. To you, LORD, I cried out; with the Lord I pleaded for mercy: “What gain is there from my lifeblood, from my going down to the grave? Does dust give you thanks or declare your faithfulness?”

Psalms 31:17
“Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your mercy.”

Psalms 34:17
“The Lord’s face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth.”

Psalms 44:4
“Not with their own swords did they conquer the land, nor did their own arms bring victory; It was your right hand, your own arm, the light of your face for you favored them.”

Psalms 51:13
“Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from me your holy spirit.”

Psalm 67:2-3
“May God be gracious to us* and bless us; may his face shine upon us. So shall your way be known upon the earth, your victory among all the nations.”

Psalms 69:18
“Do not hide your face from your servant; hasten to answer me, for I am in distress.”

Psalms 80:4
“O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved.”

Psalms 80:8
“O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved.”

Psalms 80:20
“LORD God of hosts, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved.”

Psalms 88:15
“Why do you reject my soul, LORD, and hide your face from me?”

Psalms 102:2-3
“LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.”

Psalms 104:29
“When you hide your face, they panic. Take away their breath, they perish and return to the dust.”

Psalms 105:4
“Seek out the LORD and his might; constantly seek his face.”

Psalms 119:135
“Let your face shine upon your servant; teach me your statutes.”

Psalms 143:7
“Hasten to answer me, LORD; for my spirit fails me. Do not hide your face from me, lest I become like those descending to the pit.”

Isaiah

Isaiah 8:17
“I will trust in the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob; yes, I will wait for him.”

Isaiah 54:8
“In an outburst of wrath, for a moment I hid my face from you; But with enduring love I take pity on you, says the LORD, your redeemer.”

Isaiah 64:6
“There are none who call upon your name, none who rouse themselves to take hold of you; For you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our crimes.”

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 18:17
“Like the east wind, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back, not my face, in their day of disaster.”

Jeremiah 33:4-5
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which are being torn down because of the siege works and the sword: men come to battle the Chaldeans, and to fill these houses with the corpses of those whom I have struck down in my raging anger, when I hid my face from this city because of all their wickedness.”

Ezekiel

Ezekiel 7:22
“I will turn my face away from them. My treasure will be defiled; the violent will enter and defile it.”

Ezekiel 14:8
“I will set my face against them and make them a sign and a byword, and cut them off from the midst of my people. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.”

Ezekiel 15:7
“I will set my face against them: Although they have escaped the fire, the fire will still devour them; You shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.”

Ezekiel 20:34-35
“With mighty hand and outstretched arm, with wrath poured out, I will bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries over which you are scattered; I will lead you to the wilderness of the peoples and enter into judgment with you face to face.”

Ezekiel 39:23-24
“The nations shall know that the house of Israel went into exile because of its sins. Because they betrayed me, I hid my face from them, handing them over to their foes, so they all fell by the sword. According to their defilement and their crimes I dealt with them, hiding my face from them.”

Ezekiel 39:29
“I will no longer hide my face from them once I pour out my spirit upon the house of Israel—oracle of the Lord GOD.”

Micah

Micah 3:4
“When they cry to the LORD, he will not answer them; He will hide his face from them at that time, because of the evil they have done.”

NEW TESTAMENT

Gospels & Acts

Matthew 17:2
“And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”

Matthew 18:10
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,* for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

John 14:8-9
“Philip, said to him, “Master, show us the father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

Acts 6:15
“All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”

Letters

1 Corinthians 13:12
“At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.”

2 Corinthians 3:18
“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.”

1 Peter 3:12
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.”

Revelation

Revelation 1:16
“In his right hand he held seven stars.* A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest.”

Revelation 10:1
“Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire.”

Revelation 22:4
“They will look upon his face,* and his name will be on their foreheads.”

HOLY SHROUD

John 20:3-8
“So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.  When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.”

HOLY EUCHARIST

Gospels

Matthew 26:26-30
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.” Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:22-25
“While they were eating,f he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed* for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:14-22
“When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”

Luke 24:29-31
“But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.”

John 6:11
“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.”

John 6:31-35
“Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

John 6:48-58
“I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Acts of the Apostles

Acts 2:42
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”

Acts 2:46-47
“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”

Acts 20:7
“On the first day of the week* when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight.”

Letters

1 Corinthians 10:16-17
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.”

1 Corinthians 11:20-22
“When you meet in one place, then, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper, for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper, and one goes hungry while another gets drunk. Do you not have houses in which you can eat and drink? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and make those who have nothing feel ashamed? What can I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this matter I do not praise you.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,k that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”

1 Corinthians 11:27-34
“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. If we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment; but since we are judged by [the] Lord, we are being disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that your meetings may not result in judgment. The other matters I shall set in order when I come.”