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Theasaurus: Despair

45 Bible Verses about Despair

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2 Corinthians 1:8

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life:

Job 6:26

Do you intend to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Psalm 27:13

I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Ecclesiastes 2:20

Therefore I gave my heart up to despair of all the labor in which I toiled under the sun.

Psalm 88:15

I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer your terrors I am distracted.

Psalm 43:5

Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disturbed within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Jeremiah 17:16

As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was right before you.

Job 6:14

To him that is afflicted pity should be shown from his friend; even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disturbed within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Ezekiel 4:16

Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and in dismay:

Isaiah 9:1

Nevertheless the gloom shall not be such as was in her distress, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more heavily oppress her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

Job 9:23

If the scourge slays suddenly, he will laugh at the plight of the innocent.

Psalm 130:1

[A song of ascents.] Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O LORD.

Psalm 69:20

Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Psalm 18:6

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalm 61:2

From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Ezekiel 30:3

For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time for the nations.

Isaiah 19:9

Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave fine linen, shall lose hope.

1 Samuel 4:20

And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for you have borne a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.

Hosea 2:15

And I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 27:1

And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any border of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

Psalm 42:6

O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember you from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

Isaiah 57:16

For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

Ezekiel 12:19

And say unto the people of the land, Thus says the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dismay, that their land may be emptied from all who are in it, because of the violence of all them that dwell in it.

Job 38:16

Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in search of the depths?

Psalm 142:6

Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Deuteronomy 28:65

And among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the sole of your foot have rest: but the LORD shall give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

Zephaniah 1:14

The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens quickly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: there the mighty man shall cry out bitterly.

From Thematic Bible


Despair » General references to

Exodus 6:9

And Moses spoke so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses because of anguish of spirit, and of cruel bondage.

Deuteronomy 28:34

So that you shall be driven mad by the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

More verses: Ezekiel 37:11 Acts 27:20

Despair » Leads men to desire death

Numbers 11:15

And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

1 Kings 19:4

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Job 3:21

Who long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

Job 7:15

So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life.

Jeremiah 8:3

And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the rest of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places where I have driven them, says the LORD of hosts.

More verses: Jonah 4:3 Revelation 9:6

Despair » Sometimes drives men to suicide

2 Samuel 17:23

And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulcher of his father.

Acts 1:18

Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his insides gushed out.

1 Kings 16:18

And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burned the king's house over him with fire, and he died,

1 Samuel 31:4

Then said Saul unto his armorbearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armorbearer would not; for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

Despair » Produced in the wicked by divine judgments

Deuteronomy 28:34

So that you shall be driven mad by the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

Deuteronomy 28:67

In the morning you shall say, Would God it were evening! and at evening you shall say, Would God it were morning! because of the fear of your heart by which you shall fear, and because of the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

Despair » Leads to » Blasphemy

Isaiah 8:21

And they shall pass through it, hardpressed and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall be enraged, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.

Revelation 16:10-11

And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Despair » Leads to » Continuing in sin

Jeremiah 2:25

Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst: but you said, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

Jeremiah 18:12

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own plans, and we will everyone do the imagination of his evil heart.

Despair » Saints sometimes tempted to

Despair » Trust in God, a preservative against

Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disturbed within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Despair » Saints enabled to overcome

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Despair » Exemplified » Cain

Genesis 4:13-14

And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from your face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that anyone that finds me shall slay me.

Despair » Shall seize upon the wicked at the appearing of Christ

Revelation 6:16

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Despair » Exemplified » Ahithophel

2 Samuel 17:23

And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulcher of his father.

Despair » Exemplified » Judas