20 Comforting Bible Verses for Grief and Grieving

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Being in the ministry my husband and I come in contact with many people who are grieved at the loss of a loved one. Bible verses for grief and grieving can be very helpful to have in your heart when someone asks why God would allow such grief in their lives. Sometimes it is just good to listen and say nothing, but when the opportunity presents itself, be prepared with these Bible verses for grief and grieving.

Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

People Need Time to Grieve

Bible Verses For Grief

... I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Genesis 37:34-35 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

Deuteronomy 34:8  And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

2 Samuel 12:16-17 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance

Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Psalms 77:2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.

Psalms 119:92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

Proverbs 15:13-14 glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.14  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 3:13-14  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Believers Have a Blessed Hope

Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Psalms 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

Isaiah 51:11 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;  they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

1 Corinthians 15:54-55 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”55  “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Thessalonians 4:13  But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Derick February 22, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Hi im 26 years old and i came to this site to try and understand that god hears my cries ive made some bad decisions in my life and therefore in the process these past decisions seem to haunt me in truth, im scared that the day when the world is judged my past bad decisions will deny me a place in gods kingdom.


Jack Wellman February 23, 2017 at 7:23 am

Hello Derick. I would talk to your pastor today and tell him just what you told me. Anyone who has been brought to repentance and trust in Christ has no more condemnation, so why do you not think God will forgive you? If you are not sure you are saved, then by all means find out today and don’t pillow your head tonight until you talk to someone about this. There are many in churches today who feel that way, but I pray God gives you reassurance thru His Word and through counsel.


tammy July 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm

My dearest friend just lost her sister in a car accident and I’m searching for words of encouragement in helping her through this struggle. From outside the relm of greif I can rejoice in her sister’s beginning in the Eternity that God himself has promised to us who believe in Him, as she was a devout Catholic. however my friend is in the depths of the pain and not quite ready to rejoice just yet. I could use some suggestions besides “sorry for your loss” or “she’s in a better place” to help my friend at this stage of her greif…any thoughts will be appreciated. God Bless You!


Jack Wellman July 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm

I am sorry to hear of your friend’s great loss but one of the best things to say is, “I don’t know what to say.” When you say to a grieving person, “I don’t know what to say,” in a sense it shows respect for their loss, as if I don’t presume to have an easy right answer, something to say that’s going to fix this. And so that’s a good thing,

Or just to say, “I’m so sad.” Sometimes we tend to think that someone who’s going through grief, that their sadness is a problem. And we want them to get through that sadness to being happy again — or back to some sense of normal — and yet it makes sense when you’ve lost someone you love, that you be sad.

And so to interact with someone, anticipating that they would be sad, and then expressing, “I am sad with you.” I mean, grief is a very lonely experience. You know, even if all your friends are there for you in the best way possible — your spouse is there for you, all of those things — the essence of grief is a deep, pervasive loneliness. And it means so much for people around us to overcome the awkwardness — and maybe even the desire and fears that I’ll say the wrong thing — to say something. Honestly, the most painful thing is when you’ve had a loss and someone around you—because of the awkwardness — never acknowledges it. That’s what hurts the most. Because what it says to you is that person you love who died doesn’t even really merit a mention. And that’s devastating.

But for many of us, when you’re carrying this huge load of sorrow and you look up, and you see someone who is shedding tears — that they are so identifying with your loss that they are in a sense carrying some of the load of sorrow for you — that’s an incredible gift to give to someone who’s grieving.


Esther September 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

I’m tasked to be a programme director at my sister in christ home who just lost her husband in a car accident, which scriptures do I quote during the service?


Jack Wellman September 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm

I think the Isaiah verses from chapter 53 are good. Here are more in this article that would all be good to use: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-death/


Angy September 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Hi I lost two brothers in 2015 and one survived in the car accident. I have make peace but it seems like my brother who survived has turn into evil. He never shared anything on what really happened that day. And he gave his life on alcohol I tried to talk to him asking him to seek help. He mentioned what that he doesn’t sleep at night and he saw someone shaking. Referred to the accident pls help as he is bringing pain and he knows well how much I loved my brothers as now I’m in pain and crying.


Jack Wellman September 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm

I am so very sorry. I am praying for God’s comfort and strength for you Angy.


Norwu yorgbor October 21, 2018 at 11:33 pm

I am grieved but I can’t explain because I am shame


john August 16, 2020 at 9:04 pm

i have been there a lot thru our church and friends on the outside and found that being a christian loving friend and not trying to tell them right of bat to do this or do that but to tell them you love them and if there is anything you can do for them just to let you know and mean it. i have also found that just listening is the greatest help for most people and at future date can get into witnessing to them about Jesus and what he will do for them if they know him as their savior and guide them to scriptures in Bible that will comfort


Jack Wellman August 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm

Hello John. You have very, very good counsel for us sir. Thank you. Such a servant’s heart to be there, love the, and just listen. How kind. God bless you for that John.


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