Bible Verses About Trials: 20 Scriptures on Tribulations

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Trials and tribulations are words that we do not like to hear.  We all face different trials and tribulations.  They come to us in every walk of life.  Some of us will face financial trials for our entire life.  Many will face physical trials or troubles.  Maybe it is family or relationship trials. We all seem to have some “cross to bear.”  Some people seem to believe that if you become a Christian, that all of your trials will go away.  Some have called this the “prosperity gospel” which means that if you believe in Jesus, everything will be great!  This type of belief is not found in Scripture.  Quite the contrary.  Jesus never told his followers that if they followed him, everything would be great or rosy.  He told people that followed Him that it will be a difficult road.  Thankfully, there are many passages and verses concerning trials and tribulations (some other words used too are “trouble,” “affliction,” and “oppression”).  Here are some examples to think on…

2Peter 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

Verses on Trials

Deuteronomy 4:34 Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

Deuteronomy 7:19 the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So will the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.

Deuteronomy 29:3 the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders.

Luke 22:28  “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials,

Acts 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

Bible Scriptures on Rejoicing During Trials

James 1:2  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

1Peter 1:6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Bible Verses About Trials and Tribulations

Even when it seems like your world is falling apart, God has a purpose for your trial.

Tribulations Quotes From The Bible

Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

Deuteronomy 4:30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice.

Mark 4:17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

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 2:9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

1Samuel 26:24 Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.”

Verses on Trouble

Joshua 7:25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.

Judges 11:35 And as soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot take back my vow.”

1Samuel 13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were hard pressed), the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns,

2Samuel 14:5 And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead.

Sometimes people think that trials are the same thing as temptations.  These are not the same thing. What is the difference between a “trial” and a “temptation”?

According to the dictionary, a trial is “a test of faith, patience, or stamina by suffering or temptation.” A temptation is “an enticement to do something wrong by promise of pleasure or gain.” It is “the act of tempting, especially to evil.” Temptation comes from evil desires inside us, not from God. It begins with an evil thought and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and allow it to become an action. People who live for God sometimes wonder why they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? No. God tests people but he does not tempt them by trying to seduce them into sin. But God does allow Satan to tempt people in order to refine their faith and help them grow in their dependence on Christ. Don’t ever confuse temptation with God’s testing your faith (trials) as a way to strengthen it.

James 1 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Trials will indeed come our way.  If you are not facing a trial right now, Praise God!  But be ready because one is sure to come your way.  God never allows us to go through more than we can handle.

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Resources – 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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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam Nielsen June 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Purity comes only through suffering and trials. It can not be earned except by scars.


Chris Martel June 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hey Daryl,

I am currently reading a book called “The way of the Master” by Ray Comfort, and I have to tell you it is an eye opener! There really are an awful lot of preachers and ministers who teach the “Feel Good” gospel, there could be nothing farther from truth. These “Buddy Christ” type of people are going to lead more souls to hell than they are going to save. I find it absolutely amazing that this system is being used especially knowing just how bad it is. I have heard some say it doesn’t matter how you get people to believe as long as you do, as far as I’m concerned those people are doing a great disservice to everyone.
When ever I talk about my faith to those who are not saved as yet, I do my level best to be honest with them, it does no good when these people run into hard times that they will not only blame me, but will more than likely never even give Jesus a thought.


Pamela Rose Williams June 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi Chris, I saw your comment come through just wanted to chime in to say that Ray Comfort has some great witnessing tools online too. Take a look at his site here: I think you will find it one that you will want to bookmark. Thanks for sharing here in the comments. Blessings!


Raymond mbayaki June 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I really like those words of encouragement, thanks alot may the Lord continue using you.


Daryl Evans June 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

Thanks for the comments everyone. Chris I agree with you assessment of what some preachers are doing these days. They are standing in front of congregations and giving a “feel good” talk that could be given not only to the church but also a local business meeting or any social gathering. Preachers of the Word of God must point us to the cross of Jesus Christ. Blessings.


angelo August 8, 2012 at 5:44 am

Thank you for these verses, i needed to read and be encouraged


mike August 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

thank you for scriptures, test n temptation differences, the test are very hard but gods word,grace,makes us strong to make it till our end ,he is glorfied, giving up is not a option


Mala August 20, 2016 at 7:21 am

Thank you for your comment, Pamela. The other night I asked the Lord to help me know what I can say about Jesus to someone I know I’ll never see again – someone in public, just for a few minutes. I checked out the link you shared and it really hit the mark! Thank you.


obianuju November 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Thanks for the bible verses and word of encouragement, in trial God prepares us for a better place


Kathy Dockett July 26, 2017 at 2:16 am

Thank you for letting God use you to write. At this time I am experiencing a trial. This is much needed.


Kathy Dockett July 26, 2017 at 2:19 am

Thank you for letting God use you to write this. At this time in my life I am experiencing a trial, but God’s love and grace is sufficient. This was much needed.


Keke November 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

Thanks for this piece. It is spot on. That said, Ray Comfort preaches a false gospel. One that says we must turn from our sins ie forsake all sins and turn to God for salvation. But has he forgotten that the very reason why Jesus came to die for us is because we cannot fulfil the requirements of the Law?


Jack Wellman November 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

Hello Keke. Actually Jesus said the gospel includes repentance and faith so Mr. Comfort does indeed preach what Jesus preached (Mark 1:14-15) so to say he is preaching a false gospel is wrong. Even though God grants repentance (1 Pet 3:9), it must be repentance and faith. Jesus came to fulfill the law but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to obey it. He came to give His life as a ransom but Jesus Himself said, “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish” so Mr. Comfort is spot on.


Don Bennett February 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm

If you can please send me your articles on Trials. Thank You


Bear JC K. December 4, 2019 at 10:14 am

Daryl, Thank You, Although I feel Know I,We need Trust JESUS-GOD Immanuel, my qiestiom To you is this. I am going through crud Now. I am CHRISTian all my life, but what I say fake. Went Church weekly, ushered,Choir,communion for shit ins, and various things. Now Reborn 2yrs And might say stuff hitting the fan!!! I may be able to gey twist the man made state law to fit my situation, but confused that may be(kinda) why I am where i am All I know is God TheLord JESUS & The HOLY SPIRIT GOT MY BACK. Must B honest not easy in this one today’s mans(human) world. Hosanna Lord, Marantha. If you can understand my Babel, plse reply,,, i’d take your opinion in Pray ask HIS GOD’ WHO LL B Done. Thank you Brother in Christ… BEAR JC


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