Bible Verses About Depression: 15 Helpful Scriptures

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Depression is something that has been around for thousands of years. WebMD uses the following words in its definition of depression “Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities” [1]. People who suffer from depression often are sad or uninterested in anything. Depressed people sleep a lot and enjoy spending time in darkness, rather than the light. God’s Word encourages us to come out of the darkness and concentrate on the things of others.  This will take our focus off of ourselves and help us to find true peace and joy in serving others. I have found some things in the Bible that should help you to overcome depressing times.  Take a look at these 15 helpful Scriptures.

Featured Memory Verse:  Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

God Never Loses Sight of You 

Deuteronomy 31:8 “… It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.

Deuteronomy 32:10In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. 

Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

Your Trust and Hope is In Him; Call Upon Him 

Psalms 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalms 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

Psalms 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

He Has Great Plans for You; Hang in There 

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 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. 

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.

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.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

What Should I Do When I Fall Apart?

We need to call upon the Lord not only in the bad times — remember to count your blessings and praise Him for them too. Purpose in your heart to memorize some of these Bible verses so that they are easily recalled to your mind when you are falling into depression.

Resources: The Holy Bible, King James Version. 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.” [1] WebMD www .webmd.com/depression/ss/slideshow-depression-overview. Photo by Hollie Williams



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mary October 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Please help me overcome depression and be happy again

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Jack Wellman October 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I cannot help you overcome depression. Only God can but a great way to do this is to get your eyes off of yourself and start helping others by visiting the sick, visiting nursing home residents, witnessing to others about Christ and I would also talk to your pastor, stay in the Word at least every morning and evening and continue steadfast in prayer. I would even fast (if you have no medical problems such as diabetes). We have an article that addresses this very issue at this link Mary at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/ Don’t live this alone. Find fellow believers to pray with you, study with you, serve them, help the homeless in a soup kitchen.

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Jayson September 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm

@Mary it also been a year now. I hope you have already overcome your depression. Always talk to God and know His reason for your troubles and heartache. Talk to your friends also it may help you.
Always trust God in everything! God bless!

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bigscott January 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm

I need Gods love and support from this horrible depression, I am medicated but that can only do so much. I confess to my Lord my God that I am a horrible sinner of the mind. I need his strength and healing for that as well.
I confess the Lord Jesus Christ, is my Lord and Savior. Who died on the cross to give me eternal life and forgiveness of my sins. I repent and bow to my lord, spiritually and Physically. Please heal me of my mental illnesses and spiritual illnesses oh Lord!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aaron February 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

I’m going through some depression right now myself. I’m a Christian… but I still get depressed at times. I’ve discovered for my situation the devil has been lying to me. Telling me how worthless I am… My depression is brought on my a string of situations where I seem to fail miserably… it lowers how i feel about myself (my self-worth).

I’ve found part of the key is you start meditating on scripture that will lift you up and see yourself how God sees you. It really has helped lift my spirits and change my focus… So be encouraged… there are a lot of encouraging scripture to help with depression. Also some that tells you how God sees how (which is different to how the devil sees you)

Some that have helped me:

Romans 8:38-39

Romans 8:1

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:19

Psalm 40:1-3

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brij April 29, 2015 at 3:37 am

Dont forget to nourish your physical body as well with good foods and remember your B vitamins are called your happiness vitamins, especially Niacin or B3.

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MARY SANDERS June 28, 2015 at 2:17 am

MY FRIEND HAS FOUND HERSELF ALONE —HER SON MOVED OUT —-SHE ALSO HAS MANY MEDICAL ISSUES AND NOW IS AFRAID —I LIKE KING JAMES —IF YOU SEND ME ANY SCRIPTURES PLEASE LET IT BE KING JAMES —-GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU

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Pamela Rose Williams June 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

Hi Mary, Here are some KJV verses for you to read and share with your friend:

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Joshua 1:5 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Psalms 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

And this is always my favorite because when we think on the right things we cannot think on the things that make us lonely:

Philippians Chapter 4
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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Dwanna Benford July 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm

I really appreciated reading all of these scriptures to help me with the depression I am presently going through. I am truly blessed and am constantly praising God for the many positive happenings in my life. Last week my oldest son graduated high school and a couple weeks before God Blessed me with a full-time position at my job. I am so down because I really thought God sent me this guy I ended up dating for six months up until a month ago. I would see him everyday up until the evening I found him cheating on me at his apartment. I never seen any signs, he really acted like he cared for me. Even though it has been over a month now. I feel betrayed and worthless. I’m praying that God will give me strength to move on. Thanks and be blessed!

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Pamela Rose Williams July 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Oh Dwanna, I am so sorry for the betrayal that you are feeling even now. I will pray along with you that you will received the peace from this situation that only our Heavenly Father can give to you.

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dee August 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

ex preacher husband of 35 years ended marriage with internet sex and porn..im devasted.much prayer needed..

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Jack Wellman August 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Hello Dee. I am so very sorry. Count on my prayer my friend in Christ.

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Christina September 1, 2015 at 5:29 am

Dee, your husband’s behavior is a reflection of him and not you. I’ve said a prayer for you. A prayer of strength through this hardship, healing from a broken heart, peace for shaken soul, a renewal of your spirit, and the energy and desire to stand. God is with you. He has always been with you. He will lead you to the right people to assist you. He will lead you to a place of peace and prosperity that you never thought was possible to obtain. Amen, Dee! Amen!

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rei October 7, 2015 at 5:13 am

He Eventually Proposed But Then Changed His Mind…i felt betrayed after all the promises and efforts that he’ve said and made.. what happened to all of those? I am also a Christian, but does get depressed also, i felt that i am lost with myself and my faith bec’ of the emotion that i’m feeling. though i know that our Lord God will help me through all this… but im feeling bad, i need wisdom i need faith. please pray for me.

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thea October 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

Sometimes I feel so lonely and depressed, my husband divorced me few months back and now I am living with my 2 kids.
I just want to be happy again and be loved and cared for again.

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Jonathan October 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

Thanks.
-Age 12, turning 13.

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James Holesapple December 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

Days have become very hard and dark. I was laid off from my previous job 2.5 years ago and was fired from my last job 1.75 years ago. I know I made mistakes, but I wasn’t there 3 months. At 52 I am struggling for purpose and direction. The job market does not appear to be in my favor. God seems very distant and very silent. I want God’s will. I have eyes, but can’t see and ears, but I can’t hear. My spirit is crushed. This is the second time I have been laid off. The first was 2.5 years between 2003 and 05. There seems to be no end in sight.

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Dawn January 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Please pray for me my friends in Christ, i have had several health issues to deal with for several months and my diabetes is not that good right now. I have offered up all my concerns to our Heavenly Father. I feel alone sometimes and depressed. I know the Lord has tr uly blessed me but at times my faith falters. Im trying to remain strong and sincere. He is my everything. Please pray for me to overcome these feelings. I live alone except for my 2 dogs that are my best buddies, they to are sick and aging, Winter is hard on me. Thank u for your prayers. God Bless

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Rose January 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

I am only 26 years old I have a 5 year old son I was with his father for eight years I moved to a diffrent state to be with him and came to find out he was on drugs so I gave him a year to change and to stop doing those things in February will be one year all these 11 months I’ve hurt so much it’s like I lost the love of my life for ever I pray every night asking God to heal my heart and let me move forward with life for my son I’m depressed and I might need some kind of counceling please say a prayer for me and my son! Thank you all

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lex February 1, 2016 at 6:03 am

Depression is a horrible thing and while some of it can be from hormones or chemical imbalances or whatever I believe the majority of depression is from the devil. Our minds are where he attacks us with feelings of guilt anxiety fear self pity low self esteem etc. every one of these problems goes against what the word of God says. That’s why God says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” its because we don’t realize who we are in Christ. If the bible says we are more than conquerors in Christ (romans 8:37) that we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (phillipians 4:13) Then why the stuff do we allow the the devil (who’s works were destroyed 2000 years ago ) to use us soldiers of the most High God as a trampoline!? its because we don’t administer the word of God to our situations!!! if the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joint and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12) then why don’t we use this sword to pierce into our situations of depression sickness finances etc. His given us the tools people we have the word of God which is “the double edged sword” we just got to pick it up and start swinging it into our problems. take 2 Corinthians 10:4 for instance (weapons of our warfare) this scripture shows us that the fight is in our mind. That we need to cast unholy thoughts down that don’t line up with God’s word. Have you ever caught yourself thinking about something that’s totally against your Godly principles like adultery for instance. You know you wouldn’t but yet find yourself entertaining sexual thoughts. Or someone pisses you off and you think about how if you had a gun now youd empty it into that persons chest now even though your a calm kindhearted introvert. Surrprissee!!!! its the devil sending you the thoughts but its up to you to “cast those imaginations down” before they actually take root and you go for coffee with the secretary thinking its innocent or you take a gun to work saying oh well its for protection. 6 months ago I was a wealthy guy. I had a sports car went on overseas holidays I built a big house I had want for nothing. It was nothing to take $10000 and just go blow it on junk. In the blink of an eye and virtually over night I became bankrupt!! lost the car business crashed got myself into huge debt (that’s after my house and all my assets were paid off) I managed to undo what took years to build up because of bad descions. So naturally depression set in. I had feelings of guilt anger self pity I felt stupid man!! I was a mess. I couldn’t get out of bed stayed in a dark room while wallowing in my misery. Then my wife gave me phillipians 4:6 I took it meditated on it memorized it even wrote it on my arm like a tattoo. Everytime negative thoughts came I said” I cast this thought down in Jesus name it goes aginst God’s word in philippians 4:6!!!!!!” next thing I memorized Hebrews 4:12 then Hebrews 13:5 (I will never leave you nor forsake you ) and a few more others. once my mind started becoming sound I looked for scriptures pertaining to wealth the most powerful one for me being malachi 3:10 there are more but that one hits home for me. last week Monday I got up ready to put my house on the market but by Wednesday the horror was over. After 6 months of anguish and just trusting and standing on the promises of God’s word in one day my circumstances changed. God pulled off a deal for me that defies all logic !!! in the blink of an eye I was out my trouble people around me praised God because they knew my situation and saw that it could only be God who pulled me out. There I felt like a person floating in a huge ocean on a piece of wood but God is so faithful and true to His word and at the last minute He snatched my from destruction. But the power to do it was in my hands. Its the constant positive confession of His word reading HIs word meditating on it getting it to take root in my heart and standing with faith that that word will see me through and it did. I’m not saying God’s word might help you im saying that God’s word will absolutely 100% without a shadow of doubt heal you comfort you lift you out of depression restore finances and allow you to walk in a sound mind with joy and happiness and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Come guys lets all stand in agreement according to Mathew 18:19 and pray! Lord God we come to you in the name of Jesus that name which strikes fear into demons that name that comforts that name that heals that name by which a man can come to know You and we ask you to give us a hunger to use your word in every aspect of our lives. You’ve given us the sword God we now ask you to just give us the strength to pick it up and start swinging. We speak into this demonic device of the devil called depression and we break you now in the name of Jesus! we render you useless in Jesus name you have no business coming up against a child of God!! a soldier of the most high God!!! we have the mind of Christ we are more than conquerers in Christ we are armed with that double edged sword which is God’s word you said Lord JESUS in mark 11:22 speak to the mountain well we speak to the mountain of depression and we say we are no longer slaves be gone in Jesus name!!! AMEN take care people remember its a spiritual fight but you have the weapons don’t be destroyed for lack of knowledge get those scriptures in the midst of you heart for they are life unto your body and mind don’t get discouraged for God will neaver leave nor forsake you resist the devil and he will flee peace out God Bless you all!!!

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Bill February 3, 2016 at 5:39 am

Hello,

I’m a male, 32 years old and since 4 months I suffer from a terrible depression. I don’t know what to do, I feel hopeless, very scared and unable to feel happy again. I have never had such feelings before in my life. Once in a while I was sad, of course, but it lasted a couple of days at most and it wasn’t that bad. Now it is different, I even have thoughts of suicide but then I think of all the good things I have done and the nice things I have lived for (and all dreams that I had for the future) and that stops me from doing it. I liked my life and how happy I was. I did not consider myself a bad person, but since I have fallen into this hole I started thinking that I am selfish because of just thinking of my pain and being unhappy despite all the blessings and love I have around me. I am not married and I do not have children, but I am in a 3-year relationship with a wonderful person that tries to help me as much as possible since my depression started. I do not want my loved ones to suffer because of me and I do not want anyone to suffer this pain either. But it’s just to difficult to get over. I started therapy already and I am still searching the way to get through this. Sometimes it feels so unbearable that I just wish that the Lord takes me with him, but I do not want to leave all my dreams behind, and all the love I have found in my life. I think I am too young for that. I am scared that someday I will think it is too much suffering that I will just take my own life. I am also scared that this horrible feeling will stay forever with me. If someone out there has some advice please share it with me. Tears drop down my face as I write this, I am desperate.

Thank you.

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ROY February 9, 2016 at 2:29 pm

I enjoyed your comments ,I went through the same exsprence I lost all my retirement money in a ponzi sceem it has been totally devistating my only hope is in the lord.The enamie comes to steal and distroy. pray for me

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Jerushia MCDONALD Hylton March 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Hi Bill ,

I just finished reading your HEARTFELT & CRY for help message ,

First, I want to incourage you to FIGHT……Against these Powers of Darkness…..that’s over the entire world @ this time , The Enemy knows….YOU have a KEY….to DESTROY His Kingdom…..So his Job is to DESTROY YOU before YOU really KNOW….the POWERS…..That’s IN…..U !

I too have suffered from suppression & depression….for Years….Until, I had a VISITATION….From the LORD…..While IN…the Darkest PIT IN my LIFE….God Spoke these very WORDS I’m sharing with YOU KNOW.!

There’s so much I would like to share with you conserning this PIT of Darkness…..I can’t @ this time due to the privacy of MY book in progress of being published .

What I will do , is ask you to give me your FB page so I can inbox YOU or I will give you mine, let me know which you prefere ?

Also, My family & I have a Non-profit organization, thar helps prevent suicide,
This organization is called “Hands of Comfort ” , We birthed this Non-profit organization , due to my daughter husband committing suicide secen years ago , after the financial CRASH….With that said , that gives me the right to speak & support people as your self ,

Remember……There is A Warrior IN U !!!

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Rachel April 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Bill, thank you for your honesty. My heart breaks for you – it’s so very, very hard to deal with depression. From what you’ve said you sound like you are in the middle of a major depressive episode. The best advice I can give you is to get help ASAP – go to a Dr, to discuss symptoms and treatment options, and go to Christian leaders you trust for counsel & support. Continue your therapy. Please don’t give up – and, from the wife of a man with major depressive disorder, trust me that you are precious to your partner and you are not a burden. Suicide doesn’t end the pain it just passes it on to someone else, and if you’re thinking about it in any way you need to see a Dr straight away. Please please please get the help you need – there is life after depression, and oftentimes in spite of it, it’s impossible to see right now but it is there and it is good.

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Linnea Hanold Baker April 24, 2016 at 11:39 pm

I am a Christian Mental Health Educator & Counselor as well as a Worship Pastor and I need to express the dangers in treating depression as a character flaw or spiritual deficit or something that a few verses can help you with to overcome depression. Real Clinical Disease is a Brain Disorder – a Physical Illness. Depression can be just as fatal as Cancer, Heart Disease and other illnesses. If you are experiencing tremendous depression that lasts more than 3 months, please seek medical help. God is a miraculous healer, but more often than not, he uses doctors and medication to help heal us. Don’t think that you are self-absorbed, have a character flaw or spiritual deficit if you are seriously depressed to the point of not being able to get out of bed. Yes, verses help calm us and drawing near to God is the first step, but DON’T MISS THE HEALING THAT GOD PROVIDES THROUGH MEDICATION & DOCTORS. If someone had a broken bone, you would not tell them to just draw close to God and His Word and not take him to the doctors to get a cast! The word Depression is often Mis-used and misunderstood in the church and Christian Community. So Mary, and and to others who are struggling, know that it is a physical disease and needs to be treated as so. Please seek medical help.
Sincerely,
~Linnea Hanold Baker

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Fonchang Jude Shu June 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm

i am name Fonchang Jude Shu i am a citizen from Cameroon and i live there because of what i am passing through in life i will like God to look for a place in his heart to for give me because i lost my self to an extend that i zanted to sale my soul to the devile you can even check me on facebook on my name i am praying for God to forgive me i knoz i am a sinner and in these house there are pastor here please i need help remenber Jesus said to peter go and make the world change from their eveil did please house i will like to ask for a good friend that will help and share things with me plese i need help from you house mate please GOD BLESS

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Jack Wellman June 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

My friend…fear not for all who have turned from their way of life and God has brought them to a place of repentance and then trusting in Christ are saved to eternal life (John 3:16). If you have placed your trust in Jesus, you can be cleansed. Read 1st John 1:9. Please also read John 10:28-29 or Romans 8. Never a sin is too great for the cross and never too many that He couldn’t bear. Trust God. The blood of the Lamb of God is sufficient for ALL sins for all time…not just most of them. Believe what God’s Word says and not what you feel. I hope I have helped.

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