12 LIFE GIVING Bible Verses To Conquer Depression and Hopelessness

Are there Bible verses for depression?

It depends what you mean.

The Bible is not a dispensary that we come to for our daily dose of inspiration or good feelings. The Bible is primarily the grand story of God’s plan to redeem a people for himself for the glory of his name.

Nevertheless, the Bible does speak directly to the depressed, which is good news for people like me who often find themselves engulfed in the darkness.

So yes, there are Bible verses for depression and hopelessness. These verses shine light into dark places, give hope to the hopeless, and allow the depressed person to have God’s perspective rather than their own dismal view.

If you’re depressed, burn the following verses on your heart. Print them out. Think about them and rejoice in them. They can be life to you.

Now, one thing that’s really important to note as you read these verses. You probably won’t FEEL any different after reading these verses.

There’s this weird idea in some Christian circles that the moment you change your thinking your feelings will also change. That as you read these Bible verses for depression, the gloom will suddenly lift.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when it comes to mental illness. But here’s the good news: all these promises are TRUE. They don’t depend on you. They’re all about God and his mighty works on your behalf.

As you read these, thank God that they’re true, regardless of what you feel.

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Here are eleven bible verses for depression. May these give you hope and strength as you wait for God to lead you out of the Valley of Darkness.

  1. Deuteronomy 31:8
  2. Isaiah 41:10
  3. Psalm 40:1-3
  4. Psalm 3:3
  5. Psalm 34:18-19
  6. Isaiah 40:31
  7. Isaiah 42:3
  8. Matthew 11:28-30
  9. Romans 8:38-39
  10. Psalm 34:17
  11. Psalm 42:11
  12. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Bible Verse About Depression #1: God Will Never Leave You

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 (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Don’t be dismayed because God is with you! Just as he swore to never desert the people of Israel, he will NEVER leave you or forsake you because you are in Christ. You are his child, and like a dad clearing a path through the woods for his small child, so God is going ahead of you, clearing the way.

Bible Verse For Depression #2: God Will Strengthen You and Uphold You

 …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 (Isaiah 41:10).

In your depression, you feel like you can’t hang on to God. Like your weak and helpless, unable to do anything. Sometimes you can’t even get out of bed. The last thing you feel is “spiritual“.

Good news! You don’t have to hold on to God because he is holding to you. When you fall, he will uphold you with his righteous right hand. When you are weak, he will strengthen you. Even if you don’t have assurance of your salvation, you can be assured that God has a firm hold on you.

The reality is, you ARE weak, you’re just feeling it more acutely now. Take heart, because God loves to sustain the weak. God’s grace is sufficient for you, even in these deep, dark times.

Bible Verse About Depression #3: God Hears Your Cry

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 (Psalm 40:1-3).

God hears your cries and sees your tears. He is not ignoring you and his heart breaks over your suffering. He takes no delight in the suffering of his people.

You can be sure that God will respond to your pleas for mercy. Maybe not when you want or in the way you want, but he is your loving, merciful Father, and he can’t ignore the cries of his children. He will put a new song in your mouth and set your feet upon the rock. Joy will come in the morning.

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Bible Verse For Depression #4: The Lord Is Your Shield

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head (Psalm 3:3).

God is your shield when you are weak, helpless, and hopeless. He is standing over you, guarding you, protecting you, keeping watch over you. Even though you are broken by depression, the almighty God is your shield.

He will lift your head out of the dirt and set you on your feet again. He will move you to sweet places and green pastures. You can trust HIS sustaining, protecting power even though you have no strength in yourself.

Bible Verse For Depression #5: God Is Near To The Brokenhearted

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 (Psalm 34:18-19).

When you are sunk into the depths of depression, you feel constantly brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. The soundtrack of your life is in a minor key.

God has a special place in his heart for the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. When you find yourself under a crushing burden, God draws near to you. He sees you in the midst of your affliction and moves toward you with deliverance. Even though you can’t feel his presence, God is nearer to you now than ever, and he is working on your behalf.

Bible Verse About Depression #6: The Lord Will Renew Your Strength

…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Few things sap your strength like depression or feeling anxious. Everything seems overwhelming and impossible. Even the most mundane acts require a massive amount of effort.

The good news is that God is in the business of giving strength to those who have none. He loves to sustain those who are fainting and give life to those who feel completely depleted. Wait for the Lord and he will give you life. He has promised to renew your strength even though you don’t feel it now. He has good things in store for you.

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Bible Verse For Depression #7: A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

…a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice (Isaiah 42:3).

A bruised reed is one that that is on the verge of breaking, and a faintly burning wick is a flame that is almost entirely extinguished. That’s a very apt description of depression. You feel as though you’re about to be completely broken or totally extinguished.

And though others may judge you because they don’t understand what you’re experiencing, God most certainly does not.

But doesn’t break bruised reeds or blow out flames that are sputtering and smoking. Rather, he nurtures them and heals them and brings them back to life. God doesn’t despise you in your bruised, broken, smoldering state. Rather, he is near to you, nurturing you and sustaining you.

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Bible Verse About Depression #8: Come All Who Labor and Are Heavy Laden

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). 

Jesus gives rest to those who are crushed by the weight of the world. He is gentle and lowly in heart, and he doesn’t rebuke those who find themselves laboring under the overwhelming yoke of depression.

Come to Jesus in your depression and find rest for your soul. Let him carry the heavy end of your burden. Confess your utter weakness and frailty and let him be the burden bearer.

Bible Verse For Depression #9: Nothing Can Separate You From God

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

When you’re haunted by the specter of depression, you feel very cut off from the love of God. Everything seems dark and bleak, as if there will never be another good thing in your life. You feel as though God has left you to wallow in the mire.

Nothing could be further from the truth. You are not outside of God’s sovereign will and gracious love. Because you are in Christ, nothing can separate you from God’s love. The only way God will stop loving you is if he stops loving Jesus. Though you may feel alone and unloved, there is absolutely NOTHING, including depression, that can stop God from loving you.

Your body may be a broken down temple, but that doesn’t diminish God’s love for you one bit.

Bible Verse About Depression #10: The Lord Hears Your Cry

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles (Psalm 34:17).

When you are sunk into the valley of depression, it feels like you are totally and completely alone. Like no one cares, like no one is listening. You feel isolated, cut off, and like God has abandoned you.

But has not, and could never abandon you. When you cry to him for help, he hears and delivers. Maybe the deliverance won’t come tomorrow, but make no mistake, it will come. God does not leave his people to wallow and blunder their way through depression and hopelessness.

He hears every cry you utter, sees every tear that rolls down your cheek. You are not alone. You have a good Father who is with you and for you.

Bible Verse For Depression #11: Hope In God

Why are you cast down, O my soul and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Psalm 42:11).

Depression and hopelessness cause turmoil deep within your soul. You feel crushed, broken, downhearted, overwhelmed, and like there is no hope for tomorrow. But even though it feels like you have no hope for tomorrow, you DO have hope.

Why do you have hope? Because God is your salvation. If your hope depended on you and your ability to pull yourself up, you would have no hope. But your hope depends on God. You shall again praise him, even though it feels like that day will never come. Hope in God and trust him to lead you out of the dark valley you find yourself in.

Bible Verse About Depression #12: Comforted By God

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

When you’re in the midst of a bout of depression or hopelessness or anxiety, it feels like you’re all alone. Like no one understands and like no one cares about you. But there is at least one person who deeply loves you and desires to comfort you, and that is God.

God is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. Run to him in the midst of your brokenness. Flee to him for comfort and grace and strength. He desires to meet you and to comfort you and refresh you.

Don’t try to make it through the darkness of depression on your own. Run to the God of all comfort. Take shelter in the Father of mercies. He is for you and on your side.

Fear Not The Storm

Charles Spurgeon, who was no stranger to depression, said:

Love letters from heaven are often sent in black-edged envelopes. The cloud that is black with horror is big with mercy. Fear not the storm. It brings healing in its wings and when Jesus is with you in the vessel the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.

In the midst of your depression, all you see are clouds that are black with horror. Remember, it is God himself who controls the storms and Jesus is with you in your boat. You may not feel his nearness and it may seem that he is asleep in the stern, but he is with you nonetheless.

When the moment is right, he will deliver you. Until then, hold fast to these verses.


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98 thoughts on “12 LIFE GIVING Bible Verses To Conquer Depression and Hopelessness”

  1. Thank you for sharing these Bible verses that remind us that God is with us in the darkness and has not left us alone. Your thoughts on the passages are also encouraging. May God continue to bless you and all His people who struggle with dark days of depression with His comforting care.

  2. Hello Stephen,

    Thanks for these words. I am in a very dark place right now . Is one of those days that my world looks so bleak . I do find hope and healing in these words but I feel so down .

  3. Especially appreciated the reminder that these verses are true of those in Christ even when our feelings say otherwise.
    Someone may have already made this point but I’ve been taught to also read and memorize these verses when not in the throws of depression.

  4. Thank you! This is truly ‘a word in due season’ for me! Nothing new. I’ve heard all these verses before. I know the God that spoke them. Truly, His Word is alive and does not return void!

  5. This is so very well written and so very true about how you just can’t feel God in that place. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. I lost my oldest son to suicide last year. He too was a Christian. Those verses about catching you when you fall and being held in His right hand have taken on a different meaning for me as I picture how he caught my son and now safely holds him, free of mental anguish.

  6. Hi. Thank you so much for the inspirational message. With your permission I would like to share these thought with our congregation on Sunday morning. Please let me know if this would be in order. Blessings. Jonathan Els. South Africa

  7. I cried like a baby while reading these scriptures and your comments. It was/is so comforting to know that I’m not alone and that God has not forsaken me. It was truly the FIRST time that I have ever felt immediate relief (in the form of tears) from scripture. If only I could remember that our God is faithful, loving and merciful. Although I already am aware of these scriptures, they will now hold a very special place in my heart.

  8. Thank you for putting these verses in one place. While I wouldn’t mind looking through the entire Bible, it is far easier finding it in one place.

    I have a friend who needs to hear the works of God, but his family is not religous. He has day to day struggles with depression, and I’m wondering which Bible verses to use. Can you help me?

    Once again, Thank you

    • Theses verses did nothing for me. Like literally nothing. They are promises that until fulfilled leave you wondering what is going on . These verses dont inspire me or encourage me to hold on. They feel empty despite my belief they are true. I’d rather smoke weed and feel better while I wait for God to take his time with what he’s doing.

  9. So happy I found this. It helped me find strength to get out of bed. It feels often times like no one understands but your commentary between the verses showed me that you understand. Thank you!

  10. I appreciate your post, Stephen. There is such a need for this message now, that God embraces those dealing with deep loss and mental illness and that he suffers when they suffer.

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  12. My husband and I are going to visit a neighbor who attempted suicide. I have been in prayer for her since I found out and wanted to bring her specific verses to help her. Thank you for your helpful perspective and passages. I have printed them out and will be sharing them with her today. I am also going to write her a letter to let her know that I will be continuing in prayer for her and that we are here for her with love and friendship.

  13. This is really a wonderful page to come across. Out of the blue this evening, I experienced the throws of depression. I just started crying. I feel like the whole world hates me; even had visions of suicide. I haven’t felt this bad in years, but all of a sudden tonight, it hit me. I don’t want to feel like this, but I have no control over this matter. I know that God loves me, and Jesus watches over me. I pray for everyone who is experiencing the same feelings. God bless us all.

  14. Thank you for these encouraging scriptures. My Aunt passed away and I had a hard time dealing with her death. I didn’t go to work, I was crying all the time, I wasn’t reading my bible, I wasn’t doing anything. There was This deep hurt inside of me, my heart was beyond broken, I felt like giving up, I couldn’t feel, my husband said he didn’t understand. Our son was trying to talk to me, I didn’t want to hear, I was in a dark place and didn’t know if I would come out of it. I asked God to help me, I didn’t want to feel this way. My husband said I lost weight I don’t look the same, I couldn’t say anything but look at him. Today I read my bible, these scriptures, I started to feel light, everything I was feeling that was weighing me down God removed it from me, I’m grateful! Thank you again for these scriptures which I will keep and read. God bless you!

  15. Stephen,

    I have been dealing with depression in an increasing way these last few years, and especially this last month. I have not been able to explain what’s going on to my wife and it was until yesterday that I found one of your articles in the Desiring God website that I finally was able to understand what I am going through. (https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-to-fight-for-faith-in-the-dark)
    Now, my wife has read that article on Desiring God and she is also praising God that she can love me better because of this new understanding.

    Brother, I am so thankful that you write of your own experience and that through it I know that someone understands even when I don’t understand myself most of the time. (I am even grateful God let you share my same suffering, so you could help me and a lot of people out there). Your articles are the air I needed to breathe that pointed me to God’s faithfulness evcn I dont feel He is faithful.

    Thank you for helping me understand my own situation and for not minimizing it not asking me to be more spiritual or asking me to believe things I already know but they are hard to fathom in my depression.

    With brotherly affection, Alex

  16. “There’s this weird idea in some Christian circles that the moment you change your thinking your feelings will also change. That as you read these Bible verses for depression, the gloom will suddenly lift.”

    It’s not a weird idea to think that God change your thinking or your feelings when you seek Him in trying times/moments of heavy depression because the HOLY SPIRIT of God is there as our Comforter, and He is the One that gets us or will get us through that hump. Maybe the person is not 100% spiritually-minded at that moment and it may seem that they don’t feel anything but I do believe none-the-less the Holy Spirit can take over and embrace that person in their time of need. Only God is there one to one with that person if even in their mind they proclaim the name of Jesus and ask for help. I know I’ve been there. There is a song that says Just say Jesus, and sometimes that is all I have for words is just saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus……May the Lord reach out to those in need. Amen

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  18. Thank you. These verses brought tears to my eyes. I am in a hopeless situation but its refreshing to Know God’s got me and he is in the stern of my boat.

  19. Thank you so much for writing this, I’m so grateful I found it. Depression is still a difficult topic for many people, even in 2018. Still greatly misunderstood in terms of the force it has on the mind & physical body (especially by Christian folk) Reaching out is exactly the opposite of what I’m capable of doing while I’m engulfed in Depression but now I know better and the voice in me can call on Jesus. With that being said I feel new guilt and shame that tells me I’m going through this because I’m not a good Christian, and blah blah blah all of which I eventually realize are lies of Satan who knows right where to strike. I also start to wonder where the fine line is between faith trust/consequences of my sin?? Do I keep trusting GOD, of course, but so do I quietly suffer? I’m seriously seeking advice because there are not many who can answer that question. A lot of the same answers are given by both groups Christians and non-Christians. I must add that the most comfort I find is in GODS word, Prayer & the writings you share along with your honesty about Depression & Anxiety. Again Thank you! Gods Mercy & Grace may it be ours forever.

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  21. Excellent read! I’m currently dealing with myelomalacia and a bruised spine causing extreme bi laterial arm and hand nerve pain! Your article has helped me with the depression that chronic pain brings. Maranatha

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  23. Thanks for sharing such encouraging bible readings.They have enriched me and I have shared them with my daughter .May God bless you for reaching out to those who need this support

  24. I’m feeling down rn but with these helping verse it makes me worry less and feeling relieve thanks for this. God loves us so much even we’re not worthy enough but still he’s so gracious and merciful to us.

  25. when I need these verses you were there to provide and I thank you very much for the encouragement of scripture again I thank you I will keep reading your postings from now on glad to a part of your ministry .

  26. I’ve read several other lists of verses for when you’re dealing with depression and they all have come off feeling like they were put together by people who have never struggled with depression. It does feel like people just want to tell you that reading a scripture will automatically change all of those feelings. I so appreciate your openness to sharing your own struggle and the commentary you added with each verse. There is so much power in vulnerability.

  27. I appreciate what you say about our feelings and emotions not necessarily changing immediately after learning a new truth. That concept applies to a whole lot of areas of life, and is super helpful to remember. Thanks!

  28. Thank you Jesus for your unconditional LOVE. Your word will set free everyone that are going through tough times including myself.May Jesus takeover every households. Healing and restoration in the MIGHTY name of Jesus. Amen

  29. Thank you for the lovely scriptures, very comforting, my husband passed away in 2016, I feel so depressed and lonely, I was angry at God and I can’t accept he’s gone.

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