Bible verses about

We all experience grief. It’s an inevitable byproduct of an existence that includes sin.

Jesus Himself was a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). He knows the sadness that consumes you. He knows the loss you have experienced.

Cast all your cares on Him and let Him wipe the tears from your eyes. “In the world, you will have trouble,” Christ tells His followers, “But cheer up! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Jesus endured sorrow, abandonment, and grief; He knows how I feel

Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him.

Grief is exhausting, but prayer strengthens me

Luke 22:45-46

When he rose up from his prayer, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief, and said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Wisdom and grief often go together

Ecclesiastes 1:18

For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

God will ultimately banish all grief forever

Revelation 7:17; Revelation 21:4

For the Lamb who is in the middle of the throne shepherds them and leads them to springs of life-giving waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.

Companionship can be more comforting than words

Job 2:12-13

When they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and didn’t recognize him, they raised their voices, and wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the sky. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.

I join with my loved ones in grieving and protesting injustice

Esther 4:1, 3

Now when Mordecai found out all that was done, Mordecai tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and wailed loudly and bitterly. In every province, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

God knows all my troubles and helps me in my grief

Psalm 10:14

But you do see trouble and grief. You consider it to take it into your hand. You help the victim and the fatherless.

I can tell God everything I’m feeling

Psalm 88:8-9

You have taken my friends from me. You have made me an abomination to them. I am confined, and I can’t escape. My eyes are dim from grief. I have called on you daily, LORD. I have spread out my hands to you.

Someday God will permanently erase all my grief

Isaiah 35:10

“Then the LORD’s ransomed ones will return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Though I grieve for those who have died, because of Jesus’ resurrection, I believe I will see them again

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

I am affected when others grieve

2 Samuel 19:2

The victory that day was turned into mourning among all the people; for the people heard it said that day, “The king grieves for his son.”