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81 Bible Verses about Unhappiness

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Matthew 26:21-22

While they were eating, He said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.” Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”

Mark 14:19

They began to be distressed and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?”

Genesis 26:34-35

When Esau was 40 years old, he took as his wives Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

Genesis 40:6-7

When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they looked distraught. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

Genesis 42:24

He turned away from them and wept. Then he turned back and spoke to them. He took Simeon from them and had him bound before their eyes.

1 Samuel 1:8

“Hannah, why are you crying?” her husband Elkanah asked. “Why won’t you eat? Why are you troubled? Am I not better to you than 10 sons?”

Nehemiah 2:1-3

During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence, so the king said to me, “Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but depression.”I was overwhelmed with fear and replied to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”

Job 17:7

My eyes have grown dim from grief,
and my whole body has become but a shadow.

Job 30:25

Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?
Has my soul not grieved for the needy?

Psalm 13:2

How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?

Psalm 31:9

Be gracious to me, Lord,
because I am in distress;
my eyes are worn out from angry sorrow—
my whole being as well.

Isaiah 19:8-10

Then the fishermen will mourn.
All those who cast hooks into the Nile will lament,
and those who spread nets on the water will shrivel up. Those who work with flax will be dismayed;
the combers and weavers will turn pale. Egypt’s weavers will be dejected;
all her wage earners will be demoralized.

Jeremiah 45:3

‘You have said, “Woe is me, because the Lord has added misery to my pain! I am worn out with groaning and have found no rest.”’

2 Samuel 19:1

It was reported to Joab, “The king is weeping. He’s mourning over Absalom.”

John 16:5-6

“But now I am going away to Him who sent Me, and not one of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ Yet, because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

Genesis 38:12

After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had finished mourning, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to the sheepshearers.

Genesis 42:38

But Jacob answered, “My son will not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. If anything happens to him on your journey, you will bring my gray hairs down to Sheol in sorrow.”

Genesis 48:7

When I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died along the way, some distance from Ephrath in the land of Canaan. I buried her there along the way to Ephrath,” (that is, Bethlehem).

2 Samuel 1:26

I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother.
You were such a friend to me.
Your love for me was more wonderful
than the love of women.

2 Samuel 14:2

So Joab sent someone to Tekoa to bring a clever woman from there. He told her, “Pretend to be in mourning: dress in mourning clothes and don’t put on any oil. Act like a woman who has been mourning for the dead for a long time.

Matthew 17:23

They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.” And they were deeply distressed.

Luke 22:45

When He got up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief.

Luke 24:17

Then He asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged.

John 20:11

But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb.

Acts 20:38

grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

Ezekiel 9:4

“Pass throughout the city of Jerusalem,” the Lord said to him, “and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the detestable practices committed in it.”

1 Corinthians 5:1-2

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and the kind of sexual immorality that is not even tolerated among the Gentiles—a man is living with his father’s wife. And you are inflated with pride, instead of filled with grief so that he who has committed this act might be removed from your congregation.

Numbers 14:39

When Moses reported these words to all the Israelites, the people were overcome with grief.

Judges 20:26

The whole Israelite army went to Bethel where they wept and sat before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord.

Judges 21:6

But the Israelites had compassion on their brothers, the Benjaminites, and said, “Today a tribe has been cut off from Israel.

1 Samuel 2:33

Any man from your family I do not cut off from My altar will bring grief and sadness to you. All your descendants will die violently.

Nehemiah 8:9-11

Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all of them, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.” And the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, since today is holy. Do not grieve.”

Psalm 88:1-9

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out before You day and night. May my prayer reach Your presence;
listen to my cry. For I have had enough troubles,
and my life is near Sheol.read more.
I am counted among those going down to the Pit.
I am like a man without strength, abandoned among the dead.
I am like the slain lying in the grave,
whom You no longer remember,
and who are cut off from Your care. You have put me in the lowest part of the Pit,
in the darkest places, in the depths. Your wrath weighs heavily on me;
You have overwhelmed me with all Your waves.Selah You have distanced my friends from me;
You have made me repulsive to them.
I am shut in and cannot go out. My eyes are worn out from crying.
Lord, I cry out to You all day long;
I spread out my hands to You.

Psalm 107:39

When they are diminished and are humbled
by cruel oppression and sorrow,

Lamentations 1:4-5

?DaletThe roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to the appointed festivals.
All her gates are deserted;
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she herself is bitter. ?HeHer adversaries have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease,
for the Lord has made her suffer
because of her many transgressions.
Her children have gone away
as captives before the adversary.

Ezekiel 21:6-7

“But you, son of man, groan! Groan bitterly with a broken heart right before their eyes. And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ then say: Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt, and every hand will become weak. Every spirit will be discouraged, and every knee will turn to water. Yes, it is coming and it will happen.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

Matthew 27:3

Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.

Romans 9:2

that I have intense sorrow and continual anguish in my heart.

2 Corinthians 2:2-5

For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me? I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn’t have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy will also be yours. For I wrote to you with many tears out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart—not that you should be hurt, but that you should know the abundant love I have for you.read more.
If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree—not to exaggerate—to all of you.

2 Corinthians 7:8-11

For even if I grieved you with my letter, I do not regret it—even though I did regret it since I saw that the letter grieved you, yet only for a little while. Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. For godly grief produces a repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief produces death.read more.
For consider how much diligence this very thing—this grieving as God wills—has produced in you: what a desire to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what deep longing, what zeal, what justice! In every way you showed yourselves to be pure in this matter.

1 Kings 21:4

So Ahab went to his palace resentful and angry because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had told him. He had said, “I will not give you my fathers’ inheritance.” He lay down on his bed, turned his face away, and didn’t eat any food.

Proverbs 23:29-30

Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason?
Who has red eyes? Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine.

Luke 18:23

After he heard this, he became extremely sad, because he was very rich.

Matthew 26:38

Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow —to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me.”

Mark 14:34

Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow —to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake.”

John 11:33

When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved.

John 13:21

When Jesus had said this, He was troubled in His spirit and testified,“I assure you: One of you will betray Me!”

Genesis 6:6-7

the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Then the Lord said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.”

Genesis 18:20

Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is immense, and their sin is extremely serious.

2 Samuel 24:16

Then the angel extended his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, but the Lord relented concerning the destruction and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough, withdraw your hand now!” The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Jeremiah 42:10

‘If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will rebuild and not demolish you, and I will plant and not uproot you, because I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought on you.

Lamentations 3:32-33

Even if He causes suffering,
He will show compassion
according to His abundant, faithful love. For He does not enjoy bringing affliction
or suffering on mankind.

Psalm 6:7-8

My eyes are swollen from grief;
they grow old because of all my enemies. Depart from me, all evildoers,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

Psalm 10:14

But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are a helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 116:1-6

I love the Lord because He has heard
my appeal for mercy. Because He has turned His ear to me,
I will call out to Him as long as I live. The ropes of death were wrapped around me,
and the torments of Sheol overcame me;
I encountered trouble and sorrow.read more.
Then I called on the name of Yahweh:
“Yahweh, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate. The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and He saved me.

Isaiah 51:11

And the redeemed of the Lord will return
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.

Isaiah 60:20

Your sun will no longer set,
and your moon will not fade;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and the days of your sorrow will be over.

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of our God’s vengeance;
to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who mourn in Zion;
to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
festive oil instead of mourning,
and splendid clothes instead of despair.
And they will be called righteous trees,
planted by the Lord
to glorify Him.

Jeremiah 31:12-13

They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
they will be radiant with joy
because of the Lord’s goodness,
because of the grain, the new wine, the fresh oil,
and because of the young of the flocks and herds.
Their life will be like an irrigated garden,
and they will no longer grow weak from hunger. Then the young woman will rejoice with dancing,
while young and old men rejoice together.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
give them consolation,
and bring happiness out of grief.

John 16:20-22

“I assure you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. When a woman is in labor she has pain because her time has come. But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world. So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will rob you of your joy.

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