Bible Verses About Patience: 20 Scripture Quotes

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I have often heard it said that you should never pray for patience because when you do, the Lord is sure to give you something to try your patience. Patience is a word and a concept that is used a lot in the Bible. An Old English word for patience is “longsuffering”.  Some other synonyms for patience or patient are: tolerance, forbearance and resignation. Here are twenty Scripture quotes that relate to patience.

God is Patient

Numbers 14:18 (KJV) ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

Psalm 86:15 (KJV) But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Romans 2:3-4 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Limits of Patience

Genesis 6:3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”

Proverbs 29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

Jeremiah 44:22 The LORD could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day.

Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…” (Jesus speaking)

Evidence of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 12:12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Colossians 1:11-12  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Colossians 3:12-13 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Waiting with Patience

Luke 8:15 “… As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (Jesus speaking in the parable of the sower)

Romans 2:6-7 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life…

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.

1 Timothy 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Christian Quotes About Patience

“The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect opportunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

“If I have not the patience of my Saviour with the souls who grow slowly; if I know little of travail (a sharp and painful thing) till Christ be fully formed in them, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”  ~ Amy Carmichael

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them– every day begin the task anew.”  ~ Francis de Sales

“Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek him.” ~ Matthew Henry

“Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.” ~ T. D. Jakes

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman July 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Fine work, again, and as usual Pam. I agree, be careful for what you ask for because you might just get it…the hard way. These verses though are spot on the mark. Well done.


Pam July 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

Thanks Jack for the words of encouragement. It is so great to have the Word of God right at our fingertips to remind us of how we can have abundant life right here on this planet while we are “waiting” for our heavenly home!


Ashanti March 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

Also, we can’t forget Isaiah 40:31, which has been my rock for many sleepless nights. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Thank you so much for this list. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and we are praying for God to work on our patience! God bless you!


Sandra May 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Why does what you’ve referenced as KJV, not match what my KJV says?


mona23 July 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

they probably have the new kjv


Shawn June 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

God bless u Pam


James July 28, 2012 at 3:12 am

I’m madly inlove with this girl, I have been for years now. If I have patience and faith and live a more clean life, will God bless me and bring us together?


James August 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I’m madly inlove with this girl, I have been for years now. If I have patience and faith and live a more clean life, will God bless me and bring us together?


Derek Hill October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thank you for this article Pam. It is exactly what I needed to read. I have been sent wave after wave of trials lately and I am finally learning to be patient and joyful through it all. I absolutely love the verse from Romans 8:24-25. It provided me the peace that passes all understanding when I read it. Blessings upon your family!


Pamela Rose Williams October 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

All glory to God Derek


sipho November 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

Nice 1. God bless u.


Utelene Nugent March 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

This morning I listened to Joyce Meyer and she said something so profound, my mind recoiled in shock. Quote” If you have a problem with controlling your temper, you should not be looking at scriptures about prosperity.” Holy Scriptures, she said, should be used as medicine. Would you believe this morning I prayed about my anger. I am extremely impatient with and have a very short fuse. After Joyce’s programme was finished, I went on the Internet to find scripture on patience, and behold I found your site. Let me tell you the ones that knocked the wind out of my sail – 1 Timothy 1:16; Romans 2: 3-4. Prayer: Lord keep me from presumptuous sin. And then Quote by Matthew Henry that was sooooooo comforting. I will be checking up on him in a little while.

Blessings and Peace be with you, and may you continue to bless people with your website always.


Lyn Leahz April 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

Your article just helped me with a post I made called, “Fast Food Christianity!” Thanks so much and God bless you!


Name* June 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Thanks for posting
Very verry verry very good verses
Stay humble stay happy ….. and patient as well


Gil June 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I pray for patience , even The Lord will teach me , in some difficult way . But i look at it in a growing way . And yes sometimes i don’t have patience at all . But i do at sometimes .


samuel 0chan December 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

very educative, reassuring


Ronald Collins February 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

I do not think you or anyone else answered the question. Should or should you not pray for patience. I pray for patience I hope I am not wrong.


Toni July 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

As Jack stated above, be careful what you pray for. My father use to caution me on this very same subject & statement, because I too have a short fuse. I say have a short fuse, although it’s been almost a couple of decades since I had an out of control outburst. I’m still and always will be a work in progress in this area of my life & continue to be tested. Remember, faith that is not tested, can’t be trusted. When we pray for patience as Ronald (above) stated. God doesn’t remove what frustrates and aggravate us, but he places opportunities in our midst for us to practice & improve our love at heart for our fellow man. That means my brother, we (you) have a lot of work to do, & the trials never comes in the form we would choose. At least when I have had to practice this sin in my life. Good luck, God speed and God bless you. I hope that helps and answers your question.


Lady J August 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Whenever we are close to receiving deliverance,help and or blessings. The enemy test us in many ways. He has been certainly trying to test my faith and trust. But,I will no falter I will be patient and believing that my heavenly father is in control. So get away and out of my way Satan! I am here to stay. In the name of Jesus as for me I will wait on my Lord. Deliverance is near!!!


Liggi October 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I LOVE them


รับซื้อ Patek Philippe February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

I do consider all the concepts you have presented to
your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work.
Still, the posts are too short for beginners.

May just you please prolong them a little from next time?
Thanks for the post.


Sandra Owen March 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

Pam thank you so much for this article. I am involved in jail ministry and someone as me if I could give them some scriptures on patience. Through your article which is a great teaching tool I will be able to go back to her with some answers. THANK YOU SO MUCH.


Pamela Rose Williams March 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Hello Sandra, I am blessed by your words of encouragement. I am delighted that you were able to use this writing as a teaching tool. All glory to God for that!


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