7 Good Bible Verses About Sorrow

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Times of grief and sorrow will visit on every person at some point in time. Believers aren’t insulated from tragedies and painful situations. However because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we have hope that keeps us one moment at a time. Because of the overwhelming pressure of sorrow, we’re often unaware of how our coping reflects our testimony and faith in God. We don’t weep as the world weeps. Let the following 7 Bible verses about sorrow bring peace to your mind:

A Time for Sorrow:

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

The Bible clearly recognizes that there will be times of sorrow. This can’t be avoided because of sin that is in the world. Sinful people and actions will bring sorrow on others until Jesus comes back. We can take hope that our sorrow is already known by our Father in heaven and He will help us through it. Even in our times of sorrow, we can show the grace, love, and hope of God in our words and actions.

Our solid hope is in the Lord to comfort, sustain, and restore us in those days of sorrow.

Our solid hope is in the Lord to comfort, sustain, and restore us in those days of sorrow.

A Season of Sorrow:

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

Sorrow has a start and stop time as the Lord doesn’t keep His people in a constant state of weeping. He fills us with the Holy Spirit who translates our moans and groans into prayers to heaven. Our Lord also gives us peace to endure through the difficult days so that we can make it through. Many tears run through the darkness of pain; however, through the light of Christ we can take joy in the midst of it.

A Witness of Sorrow:

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2).

When we comfort those who are going through sorrowful times, we are reminded of the brevity of life and the promise of heaven. These moments help us realign our lives with God’s will and purpose for our lives. We waste less time on the fruitless pursuits of worldliness and charge forward towards holiness and righteousness. The house of mourning sets in place the reality of that we are ambassadors for Christ and this world isn’t our home.

A Blessing of Sorrow:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

Some mourn because of the regrets from sinful ways and others mourn because of the sinful acts of others against them. Knowing Christ makes the difference as He has sent the Comforter to those who place their trust in Him. We are comforted even when we are stricken with grief as the Lord brings peace that passes all understanding through the Holy Spirit. In sorrowful days we may not feel blessed at that time—yet we will know His comforting hand over our hurting souls.

A Removal of Sorrow:

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever” (Psalm 30:11).

Many people get lost in their sorrow so that it encompasses their whole lives. Yet for those who put their hope in Christ, even in seasons of sorrow—the Lord’s faithfulness is demonstrated with a believer’s renewed joy in the spirit. For those who know Christ there will be days of rejoicing again because the joy of the Lord is our strength.

A Weariness of Sorrow:

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28).

Over a period of time, sorrow can wear a believer down. It’s important to keep a close focus and attention on God’s word. By reading or meditating on Scripture during the sorrowful days, God gives us strength to push forward. God uses His word to bring the necessary healing we need on a daily basis. It’s our responsibility to make the Bible a centralized part of our lives every day even when it’s difficult.

A Godly Sorrow:

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:10).

There are distinct differences between godly and worldly sorrow. As demonstrated by Peter who was sorrowful, but returned to the disciples in contrast to Judas who was sorrowful, but committed suicide. Godly sorrow brings us to our knees in complete surrender to the Lord. However the worldly sorrow can only offer temporary relief at best—that will end in death eventually.

No more Sorrow…

In Revelation 21:4 we learn that in heaven, God will wipe away every tear and never will sorrow come to His people again. Yet while we are on this earth, we will suffer times of sorrow. Our solid hope is in the Lord to comfort, sustain, and restore us in those days of sorrow.

Something more to read: What Does the Bible Say About Grief?

Resource – New International Version Bible, The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblca, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Saly N Thomas September 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I am in a state of sorrow and disappointment thinking about my sons


Kenneth Boakye January 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

Mr sally thames, don’t worry so much, meditate on the word of God. I believe God will help you. If you do not church, i suggest you find a God believing church and worship with them.


denise kennedy June 11, 2016 at 6:07 am

Saly never give up on your sons. Our Father in Heaven never gives up on us, always awaits for us to come back to him when we are far away in spirit. I have had times of despair and sorrow with my son and within my marriage- both times I submitted them to the Lord and prayed every day for his help and guidance. He has been faithful to his promise to always be with me and we as a family have renewal where we once saw sorrow and pain.
Pray every day for your sons and for yourself to be strong in the face of adversity and to find peace of spirit and mind. The journey of renewal happens one day at a time, some good, some bad, so persevere.


Margie October 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

Please pray for me as I fight addiction and brokenness I’m surrender myself to the Lord cause I cannnot fight these battles alone


Jack Wellman October 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

Hello Margie. Please read this article about overcoming addictions and I pray it helps. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/


Cyrus December 30, 2016 at 6:15 am

Please include me in your prayers I’m broken hearted i dont know what and how to start


Mary McFarland April 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Cyrus, start with giving everything to Christ, e.g. your marriage, your children, your work, your hopes and dreams. Be in His Word everyday. Fill your life with things that are honoring to Him, e.g. sermons from solid Biblical teachers, Christian music, a good prayer life, memorizing encouraging (or convicting), scripture a solid Biblical church, His Word. Accept the comfort that God has to offer you as He is the God of all comfort. May He bless you richly as you give Him your life, just as Jesus gave his life for you.


Kathy Curtiss October 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

A few months ago The Holy Spirit washed over me with such joy & peace. I suffered from depression before this experience & now months later when I have “come down” from the “high” I am dealing with a different type of drepression. I am set free & cry with joy most of the time but I am still having major problems controlling my depression. How can I be a good witness like this?


Clarence November 28, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Im on a deep darkness of my life now because my husband kick me and my son out his house. He wants me to be deported back to my country..but i leave all things behind there when i koved here.pls help me pray. Thank you..


Pastor William Dipok Dewri September 23, 2019 at 1:57 am

Pls pray for me. I am retired Pastor.


Jack Wellman September 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

Hello Pastor. I am going to pray for you right now, after this comment. God bless you for all your years of labor of love for His glory. He will not forget your labor for HIm and your longsuffering.


Brandon d Clark September 28, 2019 at 11:01 pm

Hello my name is brandon. Latly i have a si king feeling of sorrow and dread. I suffer for this . the intense emotion this has on me has effected my life. And my relationship with my family. And at time taken me to a angry personality. Alot of this stems from being a security officer in mew mexico. Where o had witnessed alot of what is called the darkside of Albuquerque. The memories still affect me from time to time. I wont go into detail on what o saw. But compare it to looking directly into the eyes of satin. I suffered a leg injury in the line of duty as a security officer. And now i cant find work. It is heart breaking. I most of all meed preyor for healing . in both mental and physical. And in finding work .
God bless


Mark Paquette October 11, 2020 at 2:19 pm

I hope you have found comfort and things have taken a turn for the better for you, Brandon. I have only just found this page, and trust I am not too late to offer my prayers.


Jack Wellman October 11, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Thank you Mark. You are so kind to pray for Brandon sir.


James James October 8, 2019 at 3:03 am

Im broke.. my salary is not enough..my son lost his job..i still believe sorrow will pass


Eric Kleinschmidt Sr April 30, 2020 at 4:00 am

I’m looking for a Bible verse I read long ago that reads something like blessed are the sorrowful for their eyes are open to the wickedness of the world. Does that sound right? Please let me know, in having a hard time in life and that verse (or loose translation of it) always brings me comfort. Thank you.


Jack Wellman April 30, 2020 at 10:15 am

Hello Eric. I could not find the Bible verse you mentioned, but it sounds very much like Matthew 5:4 and Psalm 84:10. I hope this helps sir.


Mark Paquette October 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm

I hope that those who have posted have found strength and comfort. I, too, live with a lifetime of sorrow and now regrets, but there is still beauty and good to be done: if there is so little good, then all the more that we are there to nurture it.


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