Numerous people struggle with depression today. This is especially true when faced with a lack of security regarding a job, finances, or relationships. I myself have experienced deep depression in my life, where I dreaded to wake up in the morning because I felt like every day was worse than the one before. This is not a good place to be.
If you are experiencing depression, God does provide some encouragement and help in Scripture for you, and some of these verses are listed below. However, if your depression is getting severe, please seek out the help of a friend, a family member, a pastor, a counselor, or even a doctor who might be able to discuss what is going on in your life, and develop some ideas for getting through this difficult period.
Scriptures on Depression
If you want to know what Scripture says about depression, some good Bible verses are listed below.
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Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Scriptural Books on Depression
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of depression. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.