Bible verses about Depression
A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one’s strength. – Proverbs 17:22 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but with a heartache comes depression. – Proverbs 15:13 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. – Psalm 143:7 (New Living Translation)
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. – Proverbs 12:25 (New King James Version)
For such a person the punishment already imposed on him by the majority is sufficient, so that now you should do the opposite — forgive him, encourage him, comfort him. Otherwise such a person might be swallowed up in overwhelming depression. So I urge you to show that you really do love him. – 2 Corinthians 2:6-8 (Complete Jewish Bible)
On the other hand, we exhort YOU, brothers, admonish the disorderly, speak consolingly to the depressed souls, support the weak, be long-suffering toward all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:14
However, I consider it necessary to send to YOU E·paph·ro·di´tus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, but YOUR envoy and private servant for my need, since he is longing to see all of YOU and is depressed because YOU heard he had fallen sick. Yes, indeed, he fell sick nearly to the point of death; but God had mercy on him, in fact, not only on him, but also on me, that I should not get grief upon grief. – Philippians 2:25-27
The spirit of a man can put up with his malady; but as for a stricken spirit, who can bear it? – Proverbs 18:14
I live in terror now.
My honor has blown away in the wind,
and my prosperity has vanished like a cloud.
“And now my life seeps away.
Depression haunts my days.
At night my bones are filled with pain,
which gnaws at me relentlessly.
– Job 30:15-17 (New Living Translation)
After that, whenever the bad depression from God tormented Saul, David got out his harp and played. That would calm Saul down, and he would feel better as the moodiness lifted. – 1 Samuel 16:23 (The Message)
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?” – Nehemiah 2:1-3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
if you reject my laws and look at my rules with disgust, if you reject my promise by disobeying my commands, then this is what I will do to you: I will terrorize you with disease and fever. You will suffer from eye problems and depression. You will plant your crops and get nothing because your enemies will eat them. I will condemn you so that you will go down in defeat in front of your enemies. Those who hate you will be your rulers. You will run away even when no one is chasing you. – Leviticus 26:15-17 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
At the evening sacrifice I arose from my depression, and, having rent my undergarment and my mantle, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God, – Ezra 9:5