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20 Bible Verses to Help You with Depression

  • Liz Kanoy Senior Editor
20 Bible Verses to Help You with Depression

The Burden of Depression

Depression is real … the feelings are real, the pain is real, the burden feels heavy. Depression affects all different kinds of people—people who have enough and people who don’t, people with great jobs and people who are unemployed, people who are famous and people who feel like nothing, and the list goes on. Even several people in the Bible went through depression. Moses, Elijah, David, Job, and Naomi among others experienced pain and depression for different reasons. But God and His Word will comfort you, give you hope, and remind you of the joy you can have despite your circumstances or feelings.

Here are 20 Bible verses on depression:

  • 1. Deuteronomy 31:8

    1. Deuteronomy 31:8

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    It 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.” – Deut. 31:8

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    2. Isaiah 41:10

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    …fear 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.” –Is. 41:10

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    3. Psalm 40:1-3

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    I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.” -Ps. 40:1-3

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    4. Deuteronomy 33:27a

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    The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” -Deut. 33:27a

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    5. Psalm 3:3

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    But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” -Ps. 3:3

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    6. 2 Samuel 22:29

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    You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.” -2 Sam. 22:29

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    7. Psalm 42:11

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    Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” -Ps. 42:11

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    8. Psalm 31:22,24

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    “In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. …Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” -Ps. 31:22,24

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    9. Isaiah 40:31

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    “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Is. 40:31

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    10. Psalm 143:7-9

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    Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.” -Ps. 143:7-9

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    11. John 16:33

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    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -Jn. 16:33

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    12. Psalm 145:14

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    The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” -Ps. 145:14

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    13. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  -2 Cor. 1:3-4

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    14. Psalm 147:3

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    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Ps. 147:3

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    15. 1 Peter 4:12-13

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    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”  -1 Peter 4:12-13

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    16. Psalm 34:18-19

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    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” -Ps. 34:18-19

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    17. 1 Peter 5:6-7

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    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  -1 Peter 5:6-7

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    18. Psalm 9:9-10

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    The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” -Ps. 9:9-10

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    19. Romans 15:13

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    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -Rom. 15:13

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    20. Ecclesiastes 9:4a

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    Anyone who is among the living has hope…” -Ec. 9:4a

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