'Sorrow' in the Bible
"Now as for me, Rachel died after I arrived in Canaan from Paddan, much to my sorrow. While I was on my journey to Ephrathah (also known as Bethlehem), I buried her there."
as the days on which the Jewish people enjoyed relief from their enemies. It was a month when things turned around for them, from sorrow to joy and from mourning to a holiday. They were to celebrate these days as days of feasting and joy, and they were to send presents to one another and gifts to the poor.
How long must I struggle in my soul at night and have sorrow in my heart during the day? How long will my enemy rise up against me?
My life is consumed by sorrow, my years with groaning. My strength has faltered because of my iniquity; my bones have been consumed.
We live for 70 years, or 80 years if we're healthy, yet even in the prime years there are troubles and sorrow. They pass by quickly and we fly away.
But they became few in number, and humiliated by continued oppression, agony, and sorrow.
The ropes of death were wound around me and the anguish of Sheol came upon me; I encountered distress and sorrow.
I weep because of sorrow; fortify me according to your word.
The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow the father of a fool has no joy.
For with much wisdom there is much sorrow; the more someone adds to knowledge, the more someone adds to grief.
Indeed, all of his days are filled with sorrow, and his struggles bring grief. In fact, his mind remains restless throughout the night. This is pointless, too!
Furthermore, all his days he lives in darkness with great sorrow, anger, and affliction.
Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble.
Banish sorrow from your heart, and evil from your body, since both childhood and the prime of life are pointless.
Then I'll besiege Aruel, and there will be sorrow and mourning; she will become to me like an altar fireplace.
and the LORD's ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing. Everlasting joy will rest upon their heads, gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and mourning will flee away."
For the LORD will have compassion on Zion, have compassion on all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her deserts like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving, and the sound of singing. Sorrow and sighing will flee away.
"The scattered ones of the LORD will return, and they will enter Zion with singing. Everlasting joy will be upon their heads; they will attain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Incurable sorrow has overwhelmed me, my heart is sick within me.
For this is what the LORD says: "Don't go to a house where there is mourning, don't go to lament, nor to express sorrow to them. For I've taken my peace away from this people," declares the LORD, "as well as gracious love and compassion.
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow, and to finish my life living in shame?
The virgins will rejoice with dancing, together with young men and old men. For I'll turn their mourning into joy, and I'll comfort them and give them gladness instead of sorrow.
"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."'
The leaders of cherished Zion sit silently on the ground; they throw dust on their heads and dress in mourning clothes. The young women of Jerusalem bow their heads in sorrow.
When he got up from prayer, he went to the disciples and found them asleep from sorrow.
But because I have told you this, sorrow has filled your hearts.
I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,
I wrote to you out of great sorrow and anguish of heart along with many tears not to make you sad but to let you know how much love I have for you.
and not only by his arrival but also by the comfort he had received from you. He told us about your longing for me, your sorrow, and your eagerness to take my side, and this made me even happier.
If I made you sad with my letter, I do not regret it, although I did regret it then. I see that the letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while.
Now I am happy, not because you had such sorrow, but because your sorrow led you to repent. For you were sorry in a godly way, and so you were not hurt by us in any way.
For having sorrow in a godly way results in repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets. But the sorrow of the world produces death.
See what great earnestness godly sorrow has produced in you! How ready you are to clear yourselves, how indignant, how alarmed, how full of longing and enthusiasm, how eager to seek justice! In every way you have demonstrated that you are innocent in this matter.
Indeed, he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow on top of another.