The portion left over after a part has been removed. Thus, it may refer to vegetation (Exod 10:5) or human and animal life (Gen 7:23). In the Bible, the term often refers to that element of a community that has escaped death or exile (Jer 24:8; Ezra 9:13-15). Thus, the concept of “remnant” is used with reference to postjudgment Israel. Amos speaks of a pitiful remnant in his prophecies of rebuke (Amos 3:12, Amos 5:3, Amos 6:9, Amos 7:1-6, Amos 9:1 cf. Amos 1:8). Jeremiah’s prophecies sometimes depict no surviving remnant (Jer 6:9, Jer 11:21-23, Jer 15:9) or predict a terrible destiny for survivors (Jer 8:3, Jer 24:8-10); but see also Jer 23:3-4; Jer 31:7). Ezekiel similarly portrays the destruction of even the remnant of Judah (Ezek 5:1-4, Ezek 5:8-17, Ezek 9:4-10; Jer 42:9-22; but see also Ezek 11:13-22). Isaiah speaks more hopefully of a remnant who will return to God in repentance and to the land in redemption (Isa 7:3, Isa 10:20-22, Isa 11:10-16, Isa 17:5-8, Isa 28:5, Isa 30:17-19, Isa 7:4, Isa 6:13). In many prophetic writings, the term comes to mean “those who will be redeemed” (Mic 4:6-7; Mic 5:2-8 [cf. Mic 2:12]; Mic 7:18-20; Joel 3:5 [cf. Obad 1:17]; Zeph 3:11-20 [cf. Zeph 2:3, Zeph 2:7, Zeph 2:9]). Zechariah promises the remnant a life of peace and prosperity (Zech 8:1-15), but they must adhere to moral behavior (vv. Zech 8:16-17). In Israelite history, the postexilic community identified itself as “the remnant” (Hag 1:12; Hag 1:14; Hag 2:2; Ezra 9:13-15; Neh 1:2-3; Neh 7:72), as did the community at Qumran that kept the Dead Sea Scrolls. So too the apostle Paul, citing prophecies from Hosea and Isaiah (Rom 9:25-29), concludes that those Jews who follow Christ constitute the true remnant, “chosen by grace” (Rom 11:5).

Exod 10:5

5They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They shall devour the last remnant left you after the hail, and they sha ... View more

Gen 7:23

23He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out ... View more

Jer 24:8

8But thus says the Lord: Like the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem ... View more

Ezra 9:13-15

13After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and h ... View more

Amos 3:12

12Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be re ... View more

Amos 5:3

3For thus says the Lord GOD:
The city that marched out a thousand
shall have a hundred left,
and that which marched out a hundred
shall have ten left.

Amos 6:9

9If ten people remain in one house, they shall die.

Amos 7:1-6

Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb Line
1This is what the Lord GOD showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter gr ... View more

Amos 9:1

The Destruction of Israel
1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said:
Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake,
and shatter them on the heads ... View more

Amos 1:8

8I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
and the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
I will turn my hand against Ekron,
and the remnant of the Philisti ... View more

Jer 6:9

9Thus says the Lord of hosts:
Glean thoroughly as a vine
the remnant of Israel;
like a grape-gatherer, pass your hand again
over its branches.

Jer 11:21-23

21Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the people of Anathoth, who seek your life, and say, “You shall not prophesy in the name of the Lord, or you will die ... View more

Jer 15:9

9She who bore seven has languished;
she has swooned away;
her sun went down while it was yet day;
she has been shamed and disgraced.
And the rest of them I will ... View more

Jer 8:3

3Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, says the Lord of hosts.

Jer 24:8-10

8But thus says the Lord: Like the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem ... View more

Jer 23:3-4

3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fr ... View more

Jer 31:7

7For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
“Save, O Lord, your ... View more

Ezek 5:1-4

A Sword against Jerusalem
1And you, O mortal, take a sharp sword; use it as a barber's razor and run it over your head and your beard; then take balances for we ... View more

Ezek 5:8-17

8therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I, I myself, am coming against you; I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations.9And because of all your a ... View more

Ezek 9:4-10

4and said to him, “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are commit ... View more

Jer 42:9-22

9and said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea before him:10If you will only remain in this land, then I wi ... View more

Ezek 11:13-22

13Now, while I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face, cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah Lord GOD! will you make a full ... View more

Isa 7:3

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller's Fi ... View more

Isa 10:20-22

The Repentant Remnant of Israel
20On that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on the one who struck them, but wi ... View more

Isa 11:10-16

Return of the Remnant of Israel and Judah
10On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwel ... View more

Isa 17:5-8

5And it shall be as when reapers gather standing grain
and their arms harvest the ears,
and as when one gleans the ears of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.6Glean ... View more

Isa 28:5

5In that day the Lord of hosts will be a garland of glory,
and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people;

Isa 30:17-19

17A thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
at the threat of five you shall flee,
until you are left
like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
like a signal ... View more

Isa 7:4

4and say to him, Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, because of the fierc ... View more

Isa 6:13

13Even if a tenth part remain in it,
it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak
whose stump remains standing
when it is felled.”
The holy seed is its s ... View more

Mic 4:6-7

Restoration Promised after Exile
6In that day, says the Lord,
I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away,
and those whom I have afflict ... View more

Mic 5:2-8

The Ruler from Bethlehem
2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in I ... View more

Mic 2:12

A Promise for the Remnant of Israel
12I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob,
I will gather the survivors of Israel;
I will set them together
like sheep in a ... View more

Mic 7:18-20

God's Compassion and Steadfast Love
18Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does no ... View more

Joel 3:5

5For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.

Obad 1:17

Israel's Final Triumph
17But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,
and it shall be holy;
and the house of Jacob shall take possession of those who dis ... View more

Zeph 3:11-20

11On that day you shall not be put to shame
because of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
for then I will remove from your midst
your proudly ... View more

Zeph 2:3

3Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
who do his commands;
seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the Lord's wrath.

Zeph 2:7

7The seacoast shall become the possession
of the remnant of the house of Judah,
on which they shall pasture,
and in the houses of Ashkelon
they shall lie down a ... View more

Zeph 2:9

9Therefore, as I live, says the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel,
Moab shall become like Sodom
and the Ammonites like Gomorrah,
a land possessed by nettles and ... View more

Zech 8:1-15

God's Promises to Zion
1The word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying:2Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealo ... View more

Zech 8:16-17

16These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace,17do not devise evil i ... View more

Hag 1:12

12Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, an ... View more

Hag 1:14

14And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spir ... View more

Hag 2:2

2Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say,

Ezra 9:13-15

13After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and h ... View more

Neh 1:2-3

2one of my brothers, Hanani, came with certain men from Judah; and I asked them about the Jews that survived, those who had escaped the captivity, and about Jer ... View more

Neh 7:72

72And what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, two thousand minas of silver, and sixty-seven priestly robes.

Rom 9:25-29

25As indeed he says in Hosea,
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ ”26“And in the very plac ... View more

Rom 11:5

5So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.

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