In times of discouragement and sorrow, look to the Bible to be encouraged and consoled by the God of all comfort. Consider these comforting verses.
Psalm 23:4, 6
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. … Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
King David drew on his experience as a shepherd to craft this famous psalm. 11th or 10th century B.C.
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
King David wrote this psalm in commemoration of a time when God delivered him from a deadly illness. 11th or 10th century B.C.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
The psalmist is not identified, but it may have been written after the return of the Jewish people from Babylonian captivity in the sixth century B.C.
“‘Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ says your God.”
The prophet Isaiah recorded these words of encouragement from God in the eighth century B.C.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Jesus Christ said this in His famous Sermon on the Mount, probably between A.D. 28 and 30.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus Christ said this during His Galilean ministry, probably between A.D. 28 and 30.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Corinth around A.D. 56.
“You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.”
After facing “great and severe troubles” (verse 20), the psalmist seeks relief and comfort from our righteous God who does “wondrous works” (verse 17).
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.”
God’s Word contains His promises and examples of the faithful fulfillment of those promises. Studying it gives us comfort.
“And in that day you will say: ‘O LORD, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.’”
Sin led to God’s anger, which led to the scattering of His people. But “in that day” of Christ’s intervention they will be regathered and comforted (Isaiah 11:11).
“Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.”
God, the Creator of music, identifies key reasons to break out in singing: His comfort and mercy.
“For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
God has always wanted to give us the very best, so the beauty of the Garden of Eden will be reprised.
“I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass?”
When men cry “awake, awake” (verse 9), God responds with the doubled pronoun, “I, even I.” As Matthew Henry points out, “It is absurd to be in such dread of a dying man.”
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Verse 1 and the first phrase of verse 2 were quoted by Jesus as being part of His mission for His first coming (Luke 4:18-21). The rest will be fulfilled in His second coming.
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
God is a merciful Father, but here He shows Himself like a loving mother.
“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.”
God’s comfort can turn mourning and sorrow into joy for all.
“Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”
After Saul the persecutor was converted (we know him as the apostle Paul), the churches had peace. God gives comfort through the power of His Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 7:6
“Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.”
The apostle Paul gives an example of how God comforts those who are downcast. Titus encouraged Paul with good news about the congregation in Corinth.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
The full meaning of the word translated as edify is “‘build one another up, that you may all together grow into a temple of God.’ … It is very difficult to express the meaning by any single word in English” (W.J. Conybeare and J.S. Howson, The Life and Epistles of St. Paul, p. 310).
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”
“God’s past provision is introduced as an encouragement to trust Him for future courage and strength” (Believer’s Bible Commentary, note on 2 Thessalonians 2:16).