Three Days and Three Nights in the Bible

Last updated: 1-Jun-2017

The numbered list below, along with some other scriptures, are the references to three days in the Bible which point to Jesus Christ's death and resurrection after three days.

    Old Testament
1 Genesis 22:4 It took 3 days for Abraham to reach the destination to offer Isaac up a burnt offering.   It shows that Abraham trusted God to bring Isaac back from the dead, figurtively speaking, which God did do by stopping Abraham hands after the third day of the pronouncement by God to take his son's life in Genesis 22:2.
2 Genesis 42:17 Joseph was in the pit for most likely 3 days in Genesis 37:24 before being sold by his brothers. We can infere this by how Joseph handles his brothers during the testing of their visit to Egypt to buy food.   And he put them all in custody for three days.
  Exodus 19:11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.  There are four references to 3 days in this chapter.
  Joshua 1:11 Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for yourselves, for with three days you are to cross the Jordan, to go into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, to possessit.'
  Joshua 2:16 She said to them, "Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way."
3 Jonah 1:17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah.  And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.   From Jonah 2:2, Jonah is praying from depth of Sheol which is the grave.  In other words, it appears that Jonah had died in the belly of the fish and God resurrected him.
    New Testament
4 Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
5 Mark 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered up into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again.
6 Luke 2:46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
7 John 2:19 Destroy this temple, [of His body] and in three days I will raise it up.
Extra Ref Revelation 11:9 And they (Two Witnesses) of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

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