Free Will Verses
                                                                                                                    David Bennett
                                                                                                     © 1 May 2010

A Calvinist once wrote me stating as (in his opinion) there are so many more verses in the Bible for Predestination
than there are for Free Will how could I possibly believe that God allows us free will? I wrote back asking for his list
of pro-predestination verses so we could compare notes. I never heard back from him.  I do however have my list.  
Keep in mind this list is not an exhaustive list.  Also, having more verses on the side of free will or predestination
doesn't automatically prove one or the other to be right. My mission is to demonstrate the over all theme of the
scriptures, which does have definite bearing on doctrine.

What these verses reveal, particularly the Old Testament scriptures, is that God desires a relationship with each of
us, that He is loving and compassionate and that we can make Him angry and disappointed with us (an emotion  
that wouldn't be there if people were rejecting God because He created them to reject Him). The Old Testament
verses over and over show that man can and does resist and/or reject God and that rejection is not what God
wants. Time after time we are told to
seek God and to repent. This is contrary to the Calvinists claim that we are
utterly unable to do so and puts mankind in a position of being commanded by God to do something and at the
same time being purposefully prevented from doing what we are commanded to do in order to cause our own
destruction. Over and over we see that God does get
angry and yet is pleased when mankind repents and returns
to Him. God was even concerned about the wicked people in Nineveh
(Jonah 4:10-11).

It is amazing to me that we have the ability to anger or please a
sovereign God (otherwise an actual relationship
with our Creator and LORD would be impossible). Calvinists claim that because God is sovereign we have absolutely
no ability to make real choices, to accept or reject God, or to influence anything to include how He sees us. The
Reformed Theology definition of "sovereignty" is a very poor one at best which mischaracterizes God and His
attributes.  We do not serve and worship a passionless and impersonal God as Calvinism and Reformed Theology
teach. We are created and loved by a God who wants to know each and every one of us, warts and all.

As I have stated many times before, if all our actions are predetermined then any admonition to obey God or love
our enemies is needless.

The verses in
bold are a selection of verses that show God's anger when His people do things that He specifically
commanded us not to do (something of an impossibility if we do not have free will to resist God).  Non-bold verses
do not necessarily imply they have less application than bold verses.

As a mentor of mine once observed:
The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.

    Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message
    with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
    Acts 17:11

Genesis 1:27                     Genesis 1:31                       Genesis 2:16-17          Genesis 3:17
Genesis 3:22-23                Genesis 4:6-7                   Genesis 6:3                 Genesis 6:5-6
Genesis 15:6                     Genesis 22:1-3                   Genesis 22:9-12            Genesis 22 15-18
Genesis 28:20-22

Exodus 20:3-6                  Exodus 32:9-10                 Exodus 32:32-33         Exodus 33:7

Leviticus 1:3                      Leviticus 4:1-3                    Leviticus 4:13-14           Leviticus 10:1-2
Leviticus 19:5                    Leviticus 26:14-16             Leviticus 26:18-19       Leviticus 26:21
Leviticus 26:23-24           Leviticus 26:27-28           Leviticus 26:40-41

Numbers 11:1-10              Numbers 5:5-7                   Numbers 14:1-4; 11-12; 13-19; 20-23 ;26-27
Numbers 14:35                   Numbers 14:39-44          Numbers 25:1-3

Deuteronomy 1:26            Deuteronomy 4:3-4        Deuteronomy 4:9             Deuteronomy 4:29            
Deuteronomy 5:7-10
Deuteronomy 5:28-29         Deuteronomy 6:13-18       Deuteronomy 7:3-4            Deuteronomy 7:9-12
Deuteronomy 8:1-2          Deuteronomy 8:11-13       Deuteronomy 8:19-20      Deuteronomy 9:4
Deuteronomy 9:6-8             Deuteronomy 9:11-13    Deuteronomy  9:15-16        Deuteronomy 9:19-20
Deuteronomy 9:22-28      Deuteronomy 10:12-16   Deuteronomy 10:20            Deuteronomy 11:1
Deuteronomy 11:8              Deuteronomy 11:16-17   Deuteronomy 11:22-23    Deuteronomy 11:26-28
Deuteronomy 11:31-32      Deuteronomy 12:1              Deuteronomy 12:4-5          Deuteronomy 12:28-32
Deuteronomy 18:19         Deuteronomy 19:8-9          Deuteronomy 24:16            Deuteronomy 26:16-18
Deuteronomy 28:1-2          Deuteronomy 28:9           Deuteronomy 28:15         Deuteronomy 29:9-15
Deuteronomy 28:20         Deuteronomy 29:25-28   Deuteronomy 30:1-3        Deuteronomy 30:9-20
Deuteronomy 31:16-22    Deuteronomy 31:24-29   Deuteronomy 32:3-6        Deuteronomy 32:15-21
Deuteronomy 32:26-27       Deuteronomy 32:36-38     Deuteronomy 32:50-51

Joshua 24:14-15               Joshua 24:23

Judges 2:1-2                    Judges 2:11-23                 Judges 3:3-4                      Judges 3:7-9
Judges 3:12                     Judges 4:1-2                     Judges 5:2                            Judges 6:1
Judges 6:6-10                  Judges 7:4-6                      Judges 10:6-8                    Judges 10:13-16
Judges 13:1                     Judges 21:25

Ruth 1:14-18

1 Samuel 2:10                  1 Samuel 3:11-13               1 Samuel 7:3-4                    1 Samuel 12:20-25        

2 Samuel 11:14-17          2 Samuel 11:26-27              2 Samuel 12:7-10                2 Samuel 12:13-14
2 Samuel 24:10

1 Kings 3:14                 1 Kings 6:11-13                  1 King 8:25                          1 King 8:33-36
1 King 8:38-39              1 King 8:46-50                    1 Kings 9:3-9                       1 Kings 11:1-11
1 Kings 13:16-21          1 Kings 14:15                      1 Kings 14:22-24                  1 Kings 13:33
1 Kings 14:7-9             1 Kings 14:21-24                 1 Kings 15:1-3                       1 Kings 15:9-11
1 Kings 15:25-30         1 Kings 15:33-34                 1 Kings 16:15-19                    1 Kings 16:23-25
1 Kings 16:8-13            1 Kings 16:7                         1 Kings 18:16-21                  1 Kings 22:41-43
1 Kings 22:51-53

2 Kings 3:1-3               2 Kings 5:1-27                    2 Kings 8:16-17                      2 Kings 8:25-27        
2 Kings 12:1-2              2 Kings 13:1-3                   2 Kings 13:10-11                    2 Kings 14:1-6
2 Kings 14:23-24          2 Kings 15:1-5                    2 Kings 15:8-9                        2 Kings 15:17-18
2 Kings 15:23-24          2 Kings 15:27-28                2 Kings 15:32-34                    2 Kings 16:1-3
2 Kings 17:1-2             2 Kings 17:7-28                  2 Kings 18:1-3                        2 Kings 18:11-12        
2 Kings 21:1-16          2 Kings 21:1-2                     2 Kings 21:19-22                    2 Kings 22:1-2
2 Kings 22:8-13          2 Kings 22:16-20                2 Kings 23:3                           2 Kings 23:25-27
2 Kings 23:31-32         2 Kings 23:36-37                 2 Kings 24:8-9                        2 Kings 24:18-19

1 Chronicles 5:20       1 Chronicles 5:25-26           1 Chronicles 9:1                    1 Chronicles 10:13-14
1 Chronicles 15:1-13  1 Chronicles 16:11            1 Chronicles 17:1-6                 1 Chronicles 20:1-14
1 Chronicles 28:9

2 Chronicles 6:32-33    2 Chronicles 7:12-22          2 Chronicles 12:1-16            2 Chronicles 13:1-22
2 Chronicles 14:2-3      2 Chronicles 14:7                 2 Chronicles 15:1-4               2 Chronicles 15:8
2 Chronicles 15:15     2 Chronicles 16:7-8            2 Chronicles 16:12                  2 Chronicles 17:3-4
2 Chronicles 21:11       2 Chronicles 24:1-4              2 Chronicles 24:17-21             2 Chronicles 24:23-24
2 Chronicles 25:1-2     2 Chronicles 25:14-15          2 Chronicles 25:27                   2 Chronicles 28:19
2 Chron 28:24-25        2 Chronicles 29:6-9            2 Chronicles 30:6-9               2 Chronicles 31:20-21
2 Chronicles 33:2-3     2 Chronicles 33:10-13        2 Chronicles 33:21-23             2 Chronicles 34:3
2 Chronicles 34:21    2 Chronicles 34:24-27        2 Chronicles 34:31                   2 Chronicles 35:20-24
2 Chronicles 36:12-16

Ezra 3:5                       Ezra 5:12                              Ezra 8:22                               Ezra 10:10-11
Ezra 9:11

Nehemiah 9:16-18    Nehemiah 9:26-30  

Esther 4:13-14

Job 1:9-12                     Job 23:10-12                      Job 24:13-17                           Job 27:1-6
Job 28:28                      Job 34:10-11                      Job 34:26-27                          Job 34:33
Job 36:5                       Job 36:8-13

Psalm 5:2-3                  Psalm 5:4                             Psalm 5:10                               Psalm 9:1-2
Psalm 9:10                  Psalm 10:4                           Psalm 19:1-3                             Psalm 26:2
Psalm 28:5                  Psalm 33:5
Psalm 34:18                 Psalm 40:16                        Psalm 42:1-2                             Psalm 51:17
Psalm 61:1                   Psalm 69:6                          Psalm 77:2                                Psalm 78:5-8
Psalm 78:21-22          Psalm 78:59                          Psalm 78:40-42                       Psalm 79:5
Psalm 81:11-14          Psalm 85:5                            Psalm 86:5                                Psalm 86:15
Psalm 95:7-8               Psalm 95:10                          Psalm 105:3                              Psalm 106:29                            
Psalm 107                   Psalm 116:1-4
Psalm 118:22              Psalm 119:118                        Psalm 119:132                          Psalm 119:155                          
Psalm 125:4-5                    
Psalm 132:11-12         Psalm 145:9                        Psalm 145:17-20                        

[actually all of Proverbs]
Proverbs 1:1-10         Proverbs 1:23-33                   Proverbs 3:5-6                        Proverbs 4:7
Proverbs 3:11-12
Proverbs 11:30

Ecclesiastes 7:29

Song of Solomon
The Song of Solomon is a prophetic record of God’s drawing His bride, His rejection and heartbreak, His tireless work,
wooing, more heartbreak, and final victory in drawing a people unto himself in righteousness.  

The book describes people whose primary concern is to enjoy life and the blessings God pours out, without an
appreciation for or even an acknowledgment of Him; an adulterant people who would rather eat, drink and be merry,
AND then sleep the night away. This is a people who acknowledge Gods’ existence, but want Him do His thing and they’ll
do theirs.  

Isaiah 1:2-4                 Isaiah 1:18-20                  Isaiah 5:1-7                              Isaiah 5:20
Isaiah 5:24                  Isaiah 9:11-17                  Isaiah 12:1                               Isaiah 45:22   
Isaiah 53:6
Isaiah 55:1                  Isaiah 55:6-7                    Isaiah 56:1-8                            Isaiah 57:15
Isaiah 65:12     

Jeremiah 2:7-8               Jeremiah 2:13                 Jeremiah 2:17                        Jeremiah 2:19
Jeremiah 2:30                Jeremiah 3:11-12               Jeremiah 3:22                           Jeremiah 4:1
Jeremiah 4:18             Jeremiah 5:3                    Jeremiah 5:23                           Jeremiah 6:8
Jeremiah 6:16                Jeremiah 6:19                   Jeremiah 7:12-13                  Jeremiah 7:22-26  
Jeremiah 7:30-31        Jeremiah 8:9                       Jeremiah 8:14                           Jeremiah 9:7
Jeremiah 9:11-14          Jeremiah 9:22-24                Jeremiah 11:8                        Jeremiah 11:10
Jeremiah 11:17              Jeremiah 12:14-17           Jeremiah 13:10-11                 Jeremiah 15:6-7
Jeremiah 15:19-21        Jeremiah 16:10-12           Jeremiah 17:5-8                        Jeremiah 17:13
Jeremiah 18:1-12          Jeremiah 19:1-5               Jeremiah 19:15                         Jeremiah 21:8-9
Jeremiah 22:4-5            Jeremiah 22:8-9                  Jeremiah 23:1-4                       Jeremiah 25:4-9
Jeremiah 26:1-8            Jeremiah 29:11-14              Jeremiah 29:19-23                 Jeremiah 31:30
Jeremiah 31:33-34        Jeremiah 32:30-35           Jeremiah 34:10-18                    Jeremiah 36:3
Jeremiah 36:5-7            Jeremiah 42:5-22                Jeremiah 43:4                           Jeremiah 43:10-11
Jeremiah 44:1-6

Lamentations 1:5          Lamentations 1:8                 Lamentations 1:12                    Lamentations 1:18
Lamentations 2:3          Lamentations 3:40-42

Ezekiel 3:6                    Ezekiel 3:18-19                 Ezekiel 14:6                              Ezekiel 18:23
Ezekiel 18:30-32         Ezekiel 33:11

Daniel 1:8                     Daniel 12:3

Hosea 10:12                Hosea 11:1-8

Joel 2:12-13                Joel 2:32

Amos 2:4-7                 Amos 4:7-12                       Amos 5:4-6                              Amos 5:12-15        
Amos 7:1-9

Obadiah 1:1;10            Obadiah 1:15

Jonah 1:1-2                  Jonah 2:8                             Jonah 3:3-5                               Jonah 3:7-10
Jonah 4:1-3                Jonah 4:10-11

Micah 6:8                     Micah 6:13

Nahum 1:2-3                Nahum 1:7

Habakkuk 2:4

Zephaniah 1:1-6            Zephaniah 2:3

Haggai 1:7-12

Zechariah 1:12-13      Zechariah 7:11-13              Zechariah 8:14-15                     Zechariah 8:20-23

Malachi 1:6-8            Malachi 1:10                      Malachi 2:1-2                           Malachi 2:17
Malachi 3:6-7            Malachi 4:1-2                     Malachi 4:5-6

Matthew 5:44            Matthew 6:15                      Matthew 6:21-24                        Matthew 6:33  
Matthew 7:7-8
Matthew 7:24          Matthew 8:26                      Matthew 9:13                            Matthew 9:22      
Matthew 9:27-31       Matthew 11:15                  Matthew 11:20-24                       Matthew 11:28
Matthew 12:50          Matthew 13:15                  Matthew 15:15-28                     Matthew 16:8
Matthew 16:26          Matthew 18:3                    Matthew 21:27-31                     Matthew 22:1-3; 9  
Matthew 21:33-46    Matthew 23:37
Matthew 24:13        Matthew 24:45-51            Matthew 25:24-28                      Matthew 26:28  
Matthew 26:41          Matthew 28:19

Mark 1:15               Mark 1:40-45                     Mark 2:17                                 Mark 3:5                                     
Mark 3:35
Mark 4:5                   Mark 4:14-20                    Mark 5:34                                 Mark 6:6                                         
Mark 7:31-36
Mark 9:38-41
Mark 10:52               Mark 11:22                         Mark 13:13                                Mark 14:24
Mark 14:38               Mark 16:15-16

Luke 2:8-11             Luke 2:30-32                     Luke 5:12-16                             Luke 5:31-32                               
Luke 6:36
Luke 6:46                  Luke 7:36-48                      Luke 7:50                                  Luke 8:11-14
Luke 8:48                  Luke 9:23                           Luke 11:5-13                            Luke 13:3                
Luke 13:34
Luke 14:15-24         Luke 15:2                            Luke 15:7                                Luke 15:1-33
Luke 18:42                Luke 19:10                          Luke 19:41-44                         Luke 22:31-32

John 1:4                     John 1:6-9                          John 1:10-12                           John 1:7
John 1:12                  John 1:29                            John 2:23                                  John 3:14-21
John 3:36                  John 4:10                            John 4:39-42                            John 5:24
John 5:39-40            John 6:33                           John 6:37                                  John 6:39-40
John 6:47                  John 6:51                          John 7:17                                 John 7:37-39
John 8:12                  John 8:23-24                     John 10:7-9                               John 11:25
John 12:32                 John 12:48                         John 14:21-24                          John 15:9-10
John 16:1                   John 16:8-11                      John 16:27                               John 17:20-26
John 20:31               

Acts 1:3                     Acts 2:21                          Acts 2:37-39                             Acts 3:19
Acts 5:3                     Acts 7:51                          Acts 9:29                                   Acts 10:43
Acts 11:21                 Acts 13:39                         Acts 13:46                                Acts 13:48
Acts 14:1-2              Acts 14:8-10                      Acts 14:11-15                           Acts 15:13-17  
Acts 16:17                Acts 16:29-31                  Acts 17:2-4
Acts 17:11                Acts 17:17                        Acts 17:24-28                            Acts 17:27     
Acts 17:30
Acts 18:4                   Acts 18:8                          Acts 18:28                                Acts 19:9
Acts 20:21                Acts 26:15-18                 Acts 28:23                                Acts 28:26-27  

Romans 1:5              Romans 1:12                   Romans 1:16-22                       Romans 2:5-8                          
Romans 2:12-15
Romans 3:21-25      Romans 4:5                     Romans 5:1-2                          Romans 5:6
Romans 5:8               Romans 5:12                   Romans 5:15                            Romans 5:18-19
Romans 6:12-13        Romans 6:17                    Romans 6:23                            Romans 7:18    
Romans 7:21-24      Romans 8:3                      Romans 8:28
Romans 9:1-4          Romans 10:1-21             Romans 11:1-2                        Romans 11:11-15          
Romans 11:20-23    Romans 11:32                Romans 12:1-2                          Romans 12:9   
Romans 14:10           Romans 14:12

1 Corinthians 1:21  1 Corinthians  3:1-2           1 Corinthians 9:16-17             1 Corinthians 15:1-2

2 Corinthians 1:13               2 Corinthians 2:11    2 Corinthians 4:3-4                 2 Corinthians 5:11
2 Corinthians 5:18-19       2 Corinthians 5:21    2 Corinthians 7:9-10

Galatians 1:3-4          Galatians 2:20                    Galatians 3:6-9                       Galatians 3:13-14
Galatians 3:22         Galatians 3:26                 Galatians 6:7-8        

Ephesians 1:4-7         Ephesians 1:13-14            Ephesians 2:8-9                          Ephesians 3:12
Ephesians 4:17-26

Philippians 1:27           Philippians 2:12-13

Colossians 1:6-9         Colossians 1:21-23    Colossians 2:1-4                         Colossians 2:18-19     
Colossians 3:5-6         Colossians 3:25        

1 Thessalonians 1:3     1 Thessalonians 2:4          1 Thessalonians 2:13              1 Thessalonians 2:18
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5  1 Thessalonians 3:7-8   1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4    2 Thessalonians 1:8-11   2 Thessalonians 2:1-4               2 Thessalonians 2:8-11
2 Thessalonians 2:13

1 Timothy 1:15-16      1 Timothy 1:18-20              1 Timothy 2:3-6                      1 Timothy 4:1
1 Timothy 4:10-11      1 Timothy 4:16                   1 Timothy 5:15                          1 Timothy 6:12

2 Timothy 3:1-8            2 Timothy 4:3-4                  2 Timothy 4:14-15                    2 Timothy 4:17

Titus 2:11

Philemon 1:8-9           Philemon 1:14

Hebrews 2:1-3          Hebrews 2:9                 Hebrews 3:7-16                      Hebrews 3:19
Hebrews 4:1-2           Hebrews 4:3-7               Hebrews 4:12-13                    Hebrews 4:16
Hebrews 5:9             Hebrews 8:7-10              Hebrews 10:22-24                  Hebrews 10:26-29
Hebrews 10:36          Hebrews 10:38-39          Hebrews 11:1-2                      Hebrews 11:6
Hebrews 12:1-3         Hebrews 12:15               Hebrews 12:25        

James 1:5-6             James 1:18                      James 1:13-15                          James 1:21
James 4:8                James 5:16

1 Peter 1:7                1 Peter 2:15-16               1 Peter 5:8-9

2 Peter 2:1               2 Peter 1:10-11                 2 Peter 3:5                               2 Peter 3:9

1 John 1:9                1 John 2:1-6                    1 John 2:9-11                           1 John 3:7-8
1 John 4:8                 1 John 4:10                      1 John 4:14-15                        1 John 5:10
1 John 5:13               1 John 5:19-20               

2 John 1:9-11

3 John 1:11

Jude 1:3-4                    Jude 1:14-15                  Jude 1:20-23

Revelation 1:3           Revelation 2:20-22        Revelation 3:2-3                  Revelation 3:5
Revelation 3:20         Revelation 13:9                Revelation 16:9                   Revelation 21:7-8                   
Revelation 22:10-13
Revelation 22:17

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