If you’re looking for a way to express your sadness, or if you’re just curious about the Bible’s best verses for mourning, read on. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 verses from the Bible that will help you mourn a loved one in a meaningful way.
- Job 14:1-5: “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God; for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?”
- Psalm 57:2-3: “I cry aloud to God Most High; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord.”
- Psalm 107:29-30: “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and vegetation for man’s work.”
- Ecclesiastes 12:7-8: “Then the dust returns to the earth as it was, And the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
Mourning Verses In The Bible
I’ve never seen a verse of the Bible that speaks directly to my current need. I’m going through a time in my life when, like me, most of the people that I know are grieving some loss or another, and they’re all hurting. So when I asked God what He might have to say about it, I was surprised at how many verses related to mourning He put on my heart. As you read these verses, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your grief—and remember who is with you through it all.
Grief is a normal part of life. It’s a process that takes time, and it isn’t something to be ashamed of or afraid to talk about.
Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This verse teaches us that grief is not something we should feel ashamed about when it happens in our lives. It acknowledges that grief is an inevitable part of life and assures us that God will provide comfort in the midst of our sorrows.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
But in all things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For he has been raised from the dead
and appears to have conquered death for good; therefore we must also be willing to stand up for his resurrection and live lives worthy of him who died for us and was raised again by God.
God is the source of all comfort. He is the only one who can give us peace, hope and strength. Only God can give us forgiveness and grace. God knows what we are going through because he went through it first when Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could be forgiven if we ask him to forgive us (1 John 1:9). The Bible says in Psalms 9:9: “The Lord will establish his throne in heaven; that he may rule over the nations and assemble their kingdoms;
to raise up a banner to gather those who have been dispersed”
This verse means that God wants you to come back to him so that he can help you find peace in your life again!
God is with you in your grief. He knows how hard it is, and he will help you through it.
God will help you to find joy again: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I may learn thy statutes” (Psalm 119:71).
God will help you remember the good times so that they can live on in your memories and bring comfort: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes” (Psalm 119:71)
God will also remind us of the good things about our loved ones so they are always remembered fondly: “They shall be mine, says the Lord Almighty.”
God is the One who gives strength to the weary. God is the One who gives power to the weak. God is the One who gives courage to the fearful, hope to hopeless souls and life to those who have lost it all.
God is the one who will bring comfort to you, console you and give you peace. God is the one who will bring hope in your life when there seems to be no way out.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 55-57
When a loved one passes away, it’s natural to feel grief. Grief is a normal part of life and not something we should be ashamed of; rather, it’s something we should embrace as an opportunity to show love for our departed loved ones. Grief is not a sin or weakness; it doesn’t mean you failed at being a good person or didn’t love your deceased family member enough.
Grieving can take many forms—from crying over the loss of someone special in our lives, to missing their presence in our daily activities and memories together. These feelings don’t stop when the grieving process does—they’re just part of life! The Bible says that those who do not grieve will mourn (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). When we die ourselves someday, let’s hope that those who survive us will mourn for us just as much as we mourned when our loved ones died before us!
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God is a loving God, and His love for you is unchanging. Psalm 136:26 says: “His love endures forever.” This means that God’s love for you will never die out! No matter what happens in your life, or how many times you mess up, His everlasting and unconditional love will always be there waiting for you to come back to Him.
Romans 8:18-19, 38-39
Romans 8:18-19 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 40 For 40 because we are convinced of this very thing and have been called with such a holy calling as he has been given us by our Savior Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:8).
39 We know that no one can rob us of Gods promises because they belong to God (Romans 8:38).
40 We know that nothing can separate us from Gods love which is made complete through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).
John 16:20, 33
This verse is a comfort and a promise. Jesus tells us that he is with us in our pain, and that he will never leave us. He promises to be with us in all of our future experiences of grief, too.
In addition to the verses above, there are many others where God speaks directly to his people about mourning:
- Psalm 74:17-18; Isaiah 26:19-20; Jeremiah 16:5-7; Hosea 8:8
- 1 Samuel 30:1-3 (David mourns for Abner)
Short Mourning Verses In The Bible
You are not alone in your grief.
There are many verses about mourning throughout the Bible. The following is a list of some of those verses:
- Psalm 139:3-4
- Psalm 27:4, 6 (ESV)
- Psalm 30:5, 7 (ESV)
- Job 1:20-21 (NIV)
You may safely and confidently navigate all the mazes of this world with God’s Word in your hands and mind. The true and narrow path is so boldly outlined that even a runner can read it. A traveler, even a fool, can safely navigate it (Isaiah 35:8) because it is clearly marked with God’s laws, even though the rest of the world can’t see them. The Spirit of Truth, who is unseen, guides us and reassures us when we are unsure of what to do, saying “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21). As a result, you can continue on your journey to the city of God with peace of mind as you rely on the Bible as “a lamp to your feet, and a light unto your path” (Psalm 119:105), a route that no one knows save He who leads you.
The path brightens as you travel over mountains and through valleys, eventually leading to the ideal day. That’s what the wise say (Proverbs 4:18). If we pay attention and steer our rickety schooner by God’s Word, we will reach the promised land of eternal peace and rest without hitting any snags along the way. But if we are not careful and arrogant and rely on our own conceits, we will sink our faith. A young lieutenant in the English navy recently reported a previously unknown and potentially hazardous rock in the Mediterranean to the admiralty. The directive to include it on all charts was sent via telegraph to every station.
The first vessel to pass over the spot was captained by an elderly man who, upon seeing the fresh warning on his map, was curious as to who had first reported the rock. When told this, he said, “There is no such rock there.” Twenty years of sailing this sea has left me without evidence of such a rock. Then, full of self-importance, he ordered his sailing-master to take the ship straight over the target. The brave ship sailed straight through the perilous area. The ship crashed with terrible force, taking the lives of everyone aboard. Many a Christian has gone down in flames due to arrogance or ignoring his infallible compass. We pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt us to carefully examine the course laid out for us by God.
There is no need to be ashamed of your grief. In fact, it is healthy for you to grieve a loss, and the Bible reminds us that God will be there for you throughout this difficult time. The next time you are feeling overwhelmed by the grief you are experiencing, remind yourself that God loves you. He knows what you are going through and He will never leave your side.