Bible Verses about Depression

Published: Jan 10, 2022
Bible Verses about Depression

What does the Bible really say about depression? In biblical times, life was full of tribulations and unexpected catastrophes much like today. We have examples from scripture to emulate and to avoid when dealing with despair and suffering.

The Bible frequently discusses methods to deal with and overcome feeling depressed in the face of hardship and sorrow. Below you will discover and learn from the most notable Bible verses about depression!

Bible Verses about Depression

Bible Verses about Depression

Psalm 30:11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Deuteronomy 31:8It 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.”

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

Isaiah 40:31  - But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

John 10:10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 

John 16:33I 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.

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Scripture Quotes on Depression

Scripture Quotes on Depression

Isaiah 41:10Fear 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.

Matthew 11:28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jeremiah 29:11For 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. 

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 143:7-8Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 

Psalm 30:5 - For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Bible Verses for Anxiety

Bible Verses for Anxiety

1 Peter 5:7Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 143:7-8Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Psalm 23:4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Romans 8:28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Depression in the Bible

Depression in the Bible

Proverbs 12:25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Romans 12:2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

Psalm 9:9The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 

2 Timothy 1:7For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

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.”

Bible Verses and Prayers For When You're Depressed

Bible Verses and Prayers For When You're Depressed

Psalm 34:17-18When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Matthew 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 15:13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

John 16:33I 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.

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

A Prayer Against Depression

“Heavenly Father, please strengthen our hearts, and remind us to encourage one another when the troubles of life start to overwhelm us. Please guard our hearts against depression. Give us the strength to rise up each day and fight against the struggles which seek to weigh us down. Amen." - John Barnett

A Prayer for Those Struggling with Depression

God bless all who are battling those inner demons of depression, loneliness, unworthiness, and hopelessness. Shine Your warm Heavenly Light down upon all of us, Lord, who are looking for our soul mates. Guide us to find peace, happiness, and contentment in our lives and within ourselves. Amen.

Prayer For Overcoming Depression

Dear Lord, I am suffering from depression and anxiety disorder. Thank you for giving me the medical attention that has helped place my soul back into my skin. Give all of us who suffer this stress the courage and strength to trust you and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. You love and through your love all things are possible. In Jesus’ name, we praise you. Amen.

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Originally published Monday, 10 January 2022.