17 Inspirational Bible Verses for Cancer Patients

by Pamela Rose Williams on January 18, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Receiving the news that you have a terminal illness, such as cancer can be devastating. As believer’s we want to believe that God has a purpose in our affliction. We can look to the Bible for inspiration when we know someone who is suffering or we ourselves have been diagnosed with cancer. I pray these Bible verses will inspire you as you wait on the Lord for peace, courage, comfort and deliverance.

God is Big; Comfort & Rest for the Restless

Deuteronomy 31:6 “ …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Psalms 138:3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

God is Faithful; Calm for the Anxious

Psalms 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalms 33:20-22 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7 …do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

God is Trustworthy; He Has a Plan for You

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also…”

God is Hope; Even When it Seems Hopeless

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Sources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Telling January 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

Very nice selection of verses Pam. How timely for so many with questions, doubts, and uncertainties about the future. I recently received Dr. Williams “King James Old English Word Definition Guide-3rd Edition Pocket Size” and find it quite helpful when I struggle with certain Old English terms in the King James Version. I was unaware of his informative website, http://www.Wisdom4Today.org, until I received my copy. Thank you for your wonderful writing on this site, and your ministry at Selah Mountain Ministries!

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Pam January 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Thanks Jeff, I went to the Lord before I wrote that article. Terminal illness is such a difficult thing. I really wanted to point out the hope that we can have in Jesus — even in what seem to be hopeless times. I am so glad that you are finding the KJOEWDG helpful! The Wisdom4Today website has been a personal ministry tool of ours for quite a number of year, Dr. Mike recently revamped it will a newer tool and we are happy with the new front end. It is my good pleasure to write at WCWTK and serve in our ministry at in Albuquerque, NM. Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words I will be sure to encourage my husband with them too!

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Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms February 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for these verses. I saw them awhile back but just recently sent them to a friend on Facebook ;)

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Dianna Miller May 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I prayed for some Bible verses today that would comfort a friend (she does not have cancer) and this is where the lord brought me. Thank you for these lovely scripture verses!!!
I prayed for peace and inspiration and these are perfect.
My daughter and son have both been enduring a long season of testing that I pray will be coming to an end soon. My daughter Rachel has experienced many broken friendships that have left her heart so sad and she has a very serious neck injury that we are trying to find the answers and Gods guidance for. She has chronic pain that torments her daily, it breaks my heart!!! We are going back to the doctors again this week for help…nothing has helped in the past 10 months since it started.
My son Sean has also endured hardships for quite some time.
He has some strongholds in his life that he is struggling with and the enemy is trying to defeat him. He had his heart broken by a christian woman who devastated and used him for about a year and then cast him aside broken on so many levels. His job has been a real challenge too with a boss who
is holding out on deserved income.
Thank you for listening. If you have any pearls of wisdom to guide me as a mother who prays I would be so grateful.
Bless you and your ministry, Dianna

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Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hi Dianna, I am so happy that these verses brought you comfort. “Pearls of wisdom” — just keep praying for your children I believe there is nothing more powerful than the prayers of a mother. You are doing good, keep it up!

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Juddie May 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi Pam

What a pleasure it gives me to read these verses, My aunt just diagnosed with cancer and I was just searching for scriptures I can read to her; here it leads me. When so much overwhelms you God chooses the right inspirational heart to calm you.

Thank you lord for inspiring pam to send those inspiring scriptures.

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moi June 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

It is very much helpful to share a scripture of different verse i would say i love it very much and it must helps in each individual life.<3<3<3

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brittanie August 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

pam thanks for the quotes i found on this website i am 11 yrs old and i find out my mammaw has pancriatic cancer type 4 it went down to a 3 i think but when i look up these qouts it help me understand she is very sick and falls alot but this quotes really r inspirational and thank you so much :)

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Cheryl Waters November 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hello Pam. I wanted to thank you so much. I got the news (still fresh) on Friday. I wake up about 3 a.m. I know there’s purpose in the pain . . . It’s just difficult to look into my daughter’s hurting eyes. I wanted to thank you for these that will help the sleep to come! He is good and I find my strength in Him. These are reminders of His faithfulness. Thank you!

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Monique December 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Hello Pam, we just got news that my father-in-law has been diagnosed with cancer and he is in hospice care. This is so heart breaking for me since my father also died of cancer. The whole family is broken. Especially my husband who doesn’t talk too much about it. I am doing my best to be a strong pillar during these times. Thank u for the verses i will meditate on them and share them.
Thanks and please pray for my father-in-law
Monique

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Eve March 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

Hi Pam:

These are wonderful and uplifting scriptures. My mother who is 92+ has had a remarkable and very full life. Until recently she has been active and sharp. She continues to fight for every additional moment in this world, but we siblings feel it is a matter of months before she leaves us. As we don’t live close to one another, I thought it would be nice to telephone her and leave 1 scripture per day for her to listen to. Something that is uplifting and positive about God’s promises for a future with him. If you have any other scriptures, it would be a blessing.

Thank you and bless you for your words of encouragement.

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Pamela Rose Williams March 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hello Eve, I have more scriptures for you dear, take a look at our collection which is sorted by topic:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-by-topic-inspirational-scriptures-by-subject/

You have inspired me with your story of how you are encouraging your Momma. Thank you for sharing.

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steve March 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hello pam. I was diagnosed with melanoma cancer 6 weeks ago stage 3. In im having a difficult time with this. Im 48 yrs old with two beautiful yound kids 4 a d 6. The only thing that seems to help through the sleepless night is scripture and keeping my faith that god has a reason for everything. These scriptures have certainly helped Thankyou

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Darlitha April 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

hi Pam

thank you so much for the word of God you shared with us here.it has really touched me and also I used it to encourage my best friend who was just telling me how bad she feels about the news that her elder sister has been diagnosed with terminal cancer..I didn’t know how to comfort her as she was just Crying..I came across this and it really helped .thank you so much and God bless.

would you kindly sent me some words to encourage me keep up with my marriage as I am going through a tough time. my husband has another woman outside and he disappeared every weekend and stay with that woman leaving me alone with the children and what is worse is that he keeps his phone off…when something happen to us we cant get hold of him. he also doesn’t support us financially that much anymore and he drinks more alcohol and spend most of his time with the mistress or at the bars.

please help me.

D.K

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Kathy Kirby April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

Darlitha, I printed out the verses from this website not realizing I would print all of the comments with it…I read yours. My beautiful Sister in Christ, please know I am praying for you. I see that your comment was almost 1 year ago, I pray your situation has improved. YOU ARE LOVED!

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Amanda June 18, 2013 at 4:04 am

My Grandfather has stage 4 Cancer, he is going through tremendous
Pain. Im a believer in christ, and I believe that HE is with him
Through his suffering and affliction. My grandfather never smoked or drank in his life, he is 71. There is a tumor inside his lung and there is a lot of cancerous fluid spreading all throughout his body. My grandfather is very nasty. He is Angry. All I want for my grandpa is to trust in jesus, I dont want him to go to hell. Me and my mom have tried to witness to him about jesus in the past. (Sigh) Before its too late, please pray for my grandfather. His name is -Ralph konecny- (ko-neck-knee)

Thankyou so much for your generous support in prayer. ♥

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Amanda June 18, 2013 at 4:10 am

GOD BLESS

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Carina September 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Elna and Dick Liebenberg South Africa

Please everyone pray for God to heal my sister from aggressive malignant mesothelioma cancer and to heal and restore her husband from  damage caused by massive stroke that all happened in the beginning of April 2013, almost on the same day. The doctors has given Elna only a few months to live. Please pray for devine healing for Elna and Dick Liebenberg. Their lives have been ripped to pieces overnight.  Elna’s entire life was spend Sunday to Sunday to go to church to fetch her “spiritual food parcel” for the week ahead. Thank you for taking the time to read my request, but more importantly thank you for your prayers. Carina 

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Hattie Conerly May 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

I ask Father God for deliverance over your sister and brother in law to restore what the devil trying to steal in Jesus mighty name. Trust, believe and see the eyes of God not man. May God be with you all. My sister just recently was also diagnose with terminal cancer and I use that word in rebuke in Jesus name because it is man word not God. Her name is Vanessa Honore please keep her and the family in prayer.

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Gina Dusza October 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thank you Pam for putting together and posting these encouraging scriptures. I was looking for something to write in a card for my 45 yr. old brother, who was recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, that is inoperable at this time. I know he will find comfort in these verses, as have I. Great reminders from a powerful source of truth. May God bless you and your ministry. Gina

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Kay February 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Aloha Gina:

I will pray for the recovery of your brother. he main thing is to have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE, and believe in the power of Our Lord (the greatest doctor) and that he WILL heal him. Keep praying.

Peace be with you

Kay

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Marsha February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Pam, thank you for these verses. My 17 year old son has two different types of cancer– one in his arm and one in his abdomen. We are believers and most days I have peace, but today, I feel pretty scared. Please pray for my beautiful son William. Thank you so much. Marsha ,

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Kenan April 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

Wonderful encouraging bible verses.,,,thanks so much Pam
Please remember my aunty in your prayers, her name is Lishabeni.
She has been diagnosed with CA Cervix stage III, the doctor has finished with her MRI test, followed will be radiation, please pray that God will heal my aunty, pray that God will kill all the cancer cells in her body, thanking you all for your prayer support. God bless you all. Amen..

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M. McCoy July 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Please pray for my sister Erica Curiel who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the bones. She is 34 and has 3 young children. We pray for healing, happiness, love and understanding of gods plan.

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Jack Wellman July 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I will pray for your sister my friend and for God’s tender mercies to be upon her and the doctors and the technicians and for Him to strengthen you both.

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Pamela Rose Williams July 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Just looking over comments on this article. Please know that I have taken notes and all of your requests on my prayer list.

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Allen Stocks August 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Thank you so much for sharing the word to hurting people!!

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