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Theasaurus: Discouragement

75 Bible Verses about discouragement

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Job 3:20-26

"Why does God give light to the sufferer or life to the bitter person: To those who are longing for death even though it does not come? To those who search for it more than for hidden treasure? To those who are happy beyond measure when they reach their graves?read more.
To the formerly successful man who lost his way in life, and God fenced him in? "As far as I'm concerned, my food comes to me in the form of sighs, and my cries of anguish pour out like water. For the dreaded thing that I feared has happened to me, what caused me to worry has engulfed me. I will not be at ease; I will not be quiet; I will not rest; because trouble has arrived."

Numbers 21:4-5

After this, they traveled from Mount Hor along the caravan route by way of the Sea of Reeds and went around the land of Edom. But when the people got impatient because it was a long route, the people complained against the LORD and Moses. "Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?" they asked. "There's no food and water, and we're tired of this worthless bread."

Joshua 2:8-11

Before the scouts had lain down, she went up to them on the roof "I'm really convinced that the LORD has given you the land," she said, "because we're overwhelmed with fear of you. All the other inhabitants of the land are demoralized at your presence, because we heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Reed Sea right in front of you as you were coming out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan River to Sihon and Og whom you completely destroyed. read more.
When we heard these reports, we all became terrified and discouraged because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath.

1 Samuel 17:10-11

The Philistine said, "I defy the ranks of Israel today. Send me one man and let's fight together." When Saul and all the Israelis heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and very frightened.

Deuteronomy 1:21

Look! The LORD your God has given the land that lies before you. Go and possess it, just as the LORD God of your ancestors commanded you. Don't be afraid or discouraged.'

Job 5:6-7

For wickedness doesn't crop up from dust, nor does trouble sprout out of the ground; But mankind is born headed for trouble, just as sparks soar skyward."

Psalm 38:1-14

LORD! Do not rebuke me in your anger; do not correct me in your wrath, because your arrows have sunk deep into me, and your hand has come down hard on me. My body is unhealthy due to your anger, and my bones have no rest due to my sin.read more.
My iniquities loom over my head; like a cumbersome burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds have putrefied and festered because of my foolishness. I am bent over and walk about greatly bowed down; all day long I go around mourning. My insides are burning and my body is unhealthy. I am weak and utterly crushed; I cry out in distress because of my heart's anguish. Lord, all my longings are before you, and my groaning is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me, even the gleam in my eye is gone. As for my friends and my neighbors, they stand aloof from my distress; even my close relatives stand at a distance. Those who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek to do me harm brag all day long about their wicked planning. I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, and like the mute, who cannot open his mouth. Indeed, I have become like a man who hears nothing, and in whose mouth there is no rebuke.

1 Samuel 17:32

David told Saul, "Let no one's courage fail because of him; your servant will go fight this Philistine."

Isaiah 42:3-4

A crushed reed he will not break, and a fading candle he won't snuff out. He'll bring forth justice for the truth. And he won't grow faint or be crushed until he establishes justice on the mainland, and the coastlands take ownership of his Law."

Proverbs 1:26-27

I will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when what you fear comes, when what you dread comes like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10

Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities; in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger; with purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; with the Holy Spirit, genuine love, read more.
truthful speech, and divine power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right and left hands; through honor and dishonor; through ill repute and good repute; perceived as deceivers and yet true, as unknown and yet well-known, as dying and yet as you see very much alive, as punished and yet not killed, as sorrowful and yet always rejoicing, as poor and yet enriching many, as having nothing and yet possessing everything.

Isaiah 21:2-4

A dire vision has been announced to me: the traitor betrays, and the plunderer takes loot. Get up, Elam! Attack, Media! I am putting a stop to all the groaning she has caused. Therefore my body is racked with pain; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am so upset that I cannot hear; I am so frightened that I cannot see while I'm reeling around. And as for my heart, horror has terrified me; the twilight I longed for has started to make me tremble.

2 Chronicles 32:7

"Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid or disheartened because of the king of Assyria or because of the army that accompanies him, because the one who is with us is greater than the one with him.

Jeremiah 45:3

"You have said, "How terrible for me, for the LORD has added sorrow to my pain. I'm weary with my groaning, and I haven't found rest."'

Jeremiah 51:46

Do this now, so your heart does not grow faint, and so you don't become frightened because of the rumors that are heard in the land a rumor comes one year and then after it another rumor comes the next year about violence in the land and one ruler against another ruler.

Ezekiel 21:7

When they'll ask you, "Why are you groaning?' you are to say, "Because of the news that just arrived. Every heart will melt with fear, every hand will grow limp, every spirit will grow faint, and every knee will glisten with sweat.' Look! It has come and it will be fulfilled," declares the Lord GOD.

Hebrews 12:3

Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.

Zechariah 10:2

Truly the family idols talk nonsense and the diviners discern lies, describing delusional dreams. Since their comfort is vacuous, they wander off on their own like sheep, because there is no shepherd.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, about the suffering we experienced in Asia. We were so crushed beyond our ability to endure that we even despaired of living. In fact, we felt that we had received a death sentence so we would not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

Jeremiah 8:9

The wise men will be put to shame. They'll be dismayed and taken captive. Look, they have rejected the message from the LORD! So what kind of wisdom do they have?

Psalm 42:5-11

Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for once again I will praise him, since his presence saves me. My God, my soul feels depressed within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, from the heights of Hermon, even from the foothills. Deep waters call out to what is deeper still; at the roar of your waterfalls all your breakers and your waves swirled over me.read more.
By day the LORD will command his gracious love, and by night his song is with me a prayer to the God of my life. I will ask God, my Rock, "Why have you forsaken me? Why do I go around mourning under the enemy's oppression?" Like the shattering of my bones are the taunts of my oppressors, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?" Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for once again I will praise him, since his presence saves me and he is my God.

1 Samuel 28:15-18

Samuel told Saul, "Why did you disturb me by bringing me up?" Saul said, "I'm in great distress. The Philistines are waging war against me. God has departed from me and won't answer me anymore, either by messages written by the hand of the prophets or by dreams. So I've summoned you to tell me what I should do." Samuel said, "Why do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done to you exactly as he spoke through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom away from you and has given it to your colleague David. read more.
Because you didn't obey the LORD and didn't display his fierce anger against Amalek, therefore, the LORD will do this thing to you today.

Ephesians 3:13

So then, I ask you not to become discouraged because of my troubles on your behalf, which work toward your glory.

Deuteronomy 26:6-7

"A wandering Aramean was my ancestor, who went down to Egypt and traveled there with very few family members, yet there he became a great, powerful, and populous nation. But the Egyptians oppressed us, afflicted us, and assigned us to hard labor. So we cried out to the LORD God of our ancestors, and he heard our cries and observed our affliction, trouble, and oppression.

Job 15:24-25

Distress and pressure terrify him; they overwhelm him, like a king poised for attack. "For he has raised his fist against God, defying the Almighty.

2 Samuel 22:7

I cried out to the LORD in the middle of my troubles; I cried out to my God. He listened to my voice from his sanctuary, and my call for help was heard.

Romans 8:35-39

Who will separate us from the Messiah's love? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or a violent death do this? As it is written, "For your sake we are being put to death all day long. We are thought of as sheep headed for slaughter." In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us. read more.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in union with the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.

Zephaniah 1:17

"And I'll bring so much distress to people that they will walk around like the blind. Because they have sinned against the LORD, their blood will be poured out like dust and their intestines will spill out like manure.

2 Chronicles 20:9

"If evil comes upon us, such as war as punishment, disease, or famine and we stand in your presence in this Temple (because your Name is in this Temple) and cry out to you in our distress, then you will hear and deliver.'

Nehemiah 9:32

"Now therefore, our God, the great, mighty, and awesome God, who keeps the covenant and gracious love, don't let all of the difficulties seem trifling to you, all of hardships that have come upon us, upon our kings, upon our leaders, upon our priests, upon our prophets, upon our ancestors, and upon all of your people from the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.

1 Chronicles 28:20

David continued with these words for his son Solomon: "Be strong and courageous, and get to work. Never be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor will he abandon you right up to your completion of the work for the service of the Temple of the LORD.

Psalm 31:9-12

Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress. My eyes have been consumed by my grief along with my soul and my body. My life is consumed by sorrow, my years with groaning. My strength has faltered because of my iniquity; my bones have been consumed. I have become an object of reproach to all my enemies, especially to my neighbors. I have become an object of fear to my friends, and whoever sees me outside runs away from me.read more.
Like a dead man, I am forgotten in their thoughts like broken pottery.

Judges 2:14-15

So in his burning anger against Israel, the LORD gave them into the domination of marauders who plundered them. The enemies who surrounded the Israelis controlled them, and they were no longer able to withstand their adversaries. Wherever they went, the LORD worked against them to bring misfortune, just as the LORD had warned, and just as the LORD had promised them. As a result, they suffered greatly.

2 Chronicles 20:15

"Pay attention, everyone in Judah, in Jerusalem, and you, too, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says to you: "Stop being afraid, and stop being discouraged because of this vast invasion force, because the battle doesn't belong to you, but to God.

Isaiah 38:14

Like a swallow or a crane I chirp, I moan like a dove. My eyes look weakly upward. O Lord, I am oppressed, so stand up for me!

Isaiah 26:16

LORD, they came to you in distress; they poured out their secret prayer when your chastenings were afflicting them.

Jeremiah 8:18-19

Incurable sorrow has overwhelmed me, my heart is sick within me. Listen! My people cry from a distant land: "Is the LORD no longer in Zion? Is her king no longer there?" "Why did they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign gods?"

Isaiah 40:29-31

He's the one who gives might to the faint, renewing strength for the powerless. Even boys grow tired and weary, and young men collapse and fall, but those who keep waiting for the LORD will renew their strength. Then they'll soar on wings like eagles; they'll run and not grow weary; they'll walk and not grow tired."

Jonah 2:1-2

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the sea creature. He said: "I called out to the LORD from the midst of affliction directed at me, and he answered me. From the depths of death I cried out for help; and you heard my cry.

Exodus 6:9

Then Moses reported this to the Israelis, but they did not listen to Moses due to their irritation and impatience because there was no deliverance and because of the cruel bondage.

2 Samuel 4:1

When Saul's son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his courage failed and all of Israel was disturbed.

Ezra 4:4

After this, the non-Israeli inhabitants of the land undermined the people of Judah, harassing them in their construction work

Jeremiah 30:10

"My servant Jacob, don't be afraid,' declares the LORD, "and Israel, don't be dismayed. For I'll deliver you from a distant place and your descendants from the land of their captivity. Jacob will return. He will be undisturbed and secure, and no one will cause him to fear.

Job 4:5

"But now it's your turn, and you're the one who is worn out! Now it's striking you, and you're dismayed!

Deuteronomy 1:28

Where can we go? Our brothers discouraged us when they said that the people are bigger and taller than we are. Their cities are tall and fortified to the sky, and we also saw the Anakim there.'

Numbers 32:7

"Why would you discourage the Israelis from crossing over to the land that the LORD has given them?

Psalm 109:16

For he didn't think to extend gracious love; he harassed to death the poor, the needy, and the broken hearted.

Acts 15:19

"Therefore, I have decided that we should not trouble these gentiles who are turning to God.

Job 6:14

The friend shows gracious love for his friend, even if he has forsaken the fear of the Almighty.

From Thematic Bible


Discouragement » Delay in fulfilment of desires

Discouragement » The difficulty of the task

Nehemiah 4:10

Meanwhile, the people of Judah said, "The builders are tired and there's so much rubble that we can't reconstruct the wall!"

Discouragement » The prosperity of the wicked

Psalm 73:2-3

Now as for me, my feet nearly stumbled, as I almost lost my step. For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.

Discouragement » The hardness of the way

Numbers 21:4

After this, they traveled from Mount Hor along the caravan route by way of the Sea of Reeds and went around the land of Edom. But when the people got impatient because it was a long route,

Topics on Discouragement

Endurance In Discouragement

53;1;4

As a result, we rejoice about you among God's churches about your endurance and faith through all the persecutions and afflictions you are experiencing.

God's Help In Discouragement

47;7;6

Yet God, who comforts those who feel miserable, comforted us by the arrival of Titus,

Overcoming Discouragement

43;16;33

I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you'll have trouble, but be courageous I've overcome the world!"

Prayer In Discouragement

19;42;5-11

Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for once again I will praise him, since his presence saves me.

Resisting Discouragement

49;3;13

So then, I ask you not to become discouraged because of my troubles on your behalf, which work toward your glory.

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