Scriptures Against Depression

Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job had to deal with it. In the world, Sir Winston Churchill called depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety he would not allow himself carry a knife. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. And sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 -  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?Three Ways to Meditate God’s Word

282 comments to Scriptures Against Depression

  • Rain

    I’m at my lowest nowadays, having terrible headaches and would easily get angry and shout or ignore as if I dont hear or see anything. I’ve been very blessed and I’m grateful but I feel like I’m not good enough or everything’s not good enough. I was looking for bible verses on anxiety and depression and come across this site and was able to relate to MariY. I feel better after reading the verses and depression is a spirit – it must be fought with the Word of God. Thank you! Please help me pray to overcome these negative thoughts and feelings. I dont want to lose my family’s love and I want my son to see me as a loving, kind and compassionate mother.

  • troubled me

    I’ve been dealing with depression for most of my life. I am a 36 Year old male who for the most part has ruined just about every aspect of his entire life…..in one form or another. I have three children from two different woman. I am now in route to destroying the relationship I have w the mother of my four year old son. Just as with my first relationship (the mother of my first two children) I pretty much would eventually fall out of love…. and lead a pationless empty life. To make matters worse I have now met another woman whom I have engaged in a full blown relationship with, while not entirely calling it off w my current partner. On the one end I love this new woman dearly. There are things about her that trouble me a bit….. her status is so much higher than mine. Despite that I love her and feel that with all the experience I’ve gained….I could really make it work this time. I had a vasectomy, so more children is out of the question. Overall my guilt is eating me alive. I did call it quits w the relationship I was in but like I said…..I did it while being in another one already. My emotions are running wild. I’m so conflicted. If I call off what I have now and stay…I feel I’ll never forgive myself and be miserable anyway. My instincts fail me….I feel like I don’t deserve to be happy and never will!

    • A

      Seek out relationship counseling as single person. You are not the first person to deal with all you described. Talk, get familair with Holy Spirit…and listen to Gods order your steps….Read Psalms…over and over. See Ps 34:18, 19. Peace be unto you.

  • Jeff

    I am never comfortable…feel like I will never be ahead or happy. Lovely wife, two lovely children and a third on the way. I can’t find a job that pays me a decent wage, drowning in debt and my ex-wife is burying me with court and legal fees. I’m in a financial pit and it’s killing me.

  • MariY

    I ask that you all pray for me … I have been battling this depression for 8 yrs . My biggest fear is that my 6yr old will become a product of my depression . God has been real good to me blessing me with a wonderful partner but i fear he will leave because of this depression . Please break me free my holy father .

  • Renee

    I am suffering deeply from depression. I want help. I am scared that if something doesn’t change soon I am not going to make it. Please pray for me. I have a twelve year old daughter and she is all the family I have. I am in a very dark place without family or close friends. I came across this website in search of help. I am trying but I am tired. I have been through so much pain and I can’t take anymore. I have lost everything including my courage, confidence, faith and hope. I don’t know why or how this happened but it is real and I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

    • Eliza

      Renee, It’s 3 AM and I stumbled upon this site while looking for scriptures for a friend and I just happened to read your comment. I hardly ever comment on anything but feel compelled to relay a message to you. My friend, you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ! The victory is already yours. The battle against your depression is won, it was won at the cross with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You were bought at a price. You are His treasured possession. He loves you, will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be deceived; you are not alone in this. He is with you and promises to walk through this storm with you. I know what you’re walking through is real and feelings of defeat may overwhelm you, but that is not so. When your faith runs out, ask Him to supply His. When your strength ceases, request His. His strength is made perfect in your weakness. You were made on purpose for a purpose. One of those is that you were most definitely God-willed and purposed to be your 12 year old little girl’s parent. She loves you, admires you, and needs you. Nobody can love her better than you. I do not know you, Renee, but my heart sends you lots and lots of love! “You are stronger than you know, more talented than you think, and more loved than you can imagine.”

    • Love

      First, I would like to say that I have felt exactly how you are feeling. As a matter of fact I still experience bouts of deep depression from time to time and I know that it is not easy at all to get through but I want to let you know that you can get through it with not only prayer but by getting out more, becone involved in various activities, support groups, etc., in an attempt to take your mind off of your problems/worries etc. Depression can feel like a constant struggle and it is something that you continuously have to work on. Renew your mind by meditating on God’s word, think positive and surround yourself with positive people. I pray that you will overcome your depression and be able to lead a happy and successful life. You can do it! :-).

    • Brandi

      Praying for you. Stay strong. Your daughter needs you.

    • S H

      Please, get help. Reach out, go to church and talk to someone, find out if you can get some counseling. I’ll be praying for you.

  • dave wilson

    I went through a severe depression earlier this month.I picked up a book on spiritual warfare and read it and prayed and ready and prayed…pray pray pray..meditate on the scriptures and learn of the bad spirits and how to pray them away in His name.It really helps the healing process.

  • concerned friend

    Two days ago, Someone I dearly love told me that they are feeling depressed. I didn’t even know what to say or how to respond, but I tried to give the best advice I could and when I ran out of advice I just started to pray. I’ve been praying so hard and calling on God and the power in His name to take away all of the worry and heaviness that the devil is trying to use against my friend. Today I googled “Christianity and depression” and this article popped up. It is so powerful and I can’t wait to share it with them. Thank you so much.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on depression and relationships. How to save a relationship affected by depression…how to support the one suffering through depression.

  • Gail

    I’ve gone through a miraculous healing:
    Speaking of depression, (a social construct), I’ve learned recently that I’d considered myself to be a victim and had lived most of my life with a “victim mentality!” Recently when I decided to google “victim mentality!” This is one of the articles that came up! I’ve gone through a miraculous healing based in part upon some of these readings:

    http://www.insead.edu/facultyresearch/research/doc.cfm?did=50114

    I was reading about a paradoxical reaction to drugs/medications that can happen with anti-depressants:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradoxical_reaction

    I hope this is useful to someone!

  • nea

    Please help me Dear Lord please forgive me please let these test come back negative I know you won’t put me through more then I can bare please Lord I can’t sleep or eat I barely. Made it out to work I want to give up completely my boyfriend of 9 years cheated on me and left me for someone at. His job I thought it would get easier it’s been 5 months now and I need help

    • Nea – I am praying for the grace and favor and mercy of God to be all over you in Jesus Name!! I speak peace and love and acceptance and forgiveness and hope to you. Lord, I ask for your mercy and grace on this test. Free her from this circumstance, and set her free from this guy in every way – thank you Jesus Christ, Lord God.

      Nea, no matter what, you ARE going to have a wonderful future in Jesus Name. This is His promise, not mine. Follow Him, seek Him, speak His word to yourself daily to build yourself up daily. Stand strong in Him by standing strong in His word. We love you and are for you and are praying for you. Go girl in God!

  • Carol

    would you please pray for GOD to take this depression away I struggle with every day.
    I have been really struggling with it for six years now. I am functioning now which I didn’t for several years but still depressed and don’t feel any happiness. I have been on a lot of meds, overmedicated and now I am only wearing an ensam patch and taking clonazepam and sleeping pills because a side effect of the patch is insomnia. They don’t want to try anything else because of everything I was on and I am very drug sensitive. They took everything away for a while and I really sank, cried most of the time,stopped talking and doing anything.

  • Susan

    Jennifer, if it’s of any comfort, I’m in the same position as u. Feel hopeless, but Jesus is our strength and He’ll sort this mess out.:-)

  • Dave

    Really helping me to heal..Thank you oh Lord

  • Micki

    Thank you for supplying these verses. My 32nd birthday is tomorrow, I am unemployed and feeling like I am worthless.

    Without these verses, I would be in a lot more despair. I just hope by reading them nighty, as I do, it will lift me to a place of hope and peace.

  • jennifer

    ive never felt so low dear god. please pray as I am in a failing marriage and have three sons who need me. I feel like you gave up on me and turned your back on me. please help me see the light heavenly father

    • Dave

      Jennifer ..keep reading the verses here on depression.Pray for the hopelessness to be replaced with Hope..command the spirit of depression to be gone in Jesus Name..Pray and dwell upon this..I am going through this to..Praypray..talk with family talk with those who feed you support.

  • Karen G.

    Asking for prayer. My oldest child stopped talking to me 2 1/2 years ago. She won’t give me a reason. Thursday is her birthday. She will be 33 years old. This is killing me. I feel like I’m barely holding on today. Thank you for the bible verses.

  • lynsey

    Please pray for me. I am a Christian mother of three small boys suffering depression at the moment. It is affecting my marriage. I am saved 16years today and feeling so low. Thanks in advance x

    • Lynsey – I will pray for your deliverance in Jesus Name. His mercy and grace is sufficient! However, there are some things that you must also do that will help. Being saved does not mean that we will not be attacked by the devil. We are told to resist him with the word of God. The Word builds faith in the heart and it also changes our thinking – We are to ‘think on these things.’ It is the only long-term solution.

      Take a look at my response below and go to the linked articles. Depression many times (not always) is a spirit and must be dealt with accordingly. Read the articles and speak the word-of-God confessions. They will build God’s strength into your heart and will relieve your soul.

      Walking as a Christian is not only a walk of submission TO HIM, it is also a walk of authority IN HIM. It takes both to be victorious in Christ. After all, we do live in a war zone.

      We love you and we are believing for you complete long-term deliverance in Jesus Name!! Have hope, you will make it.

  • Meagan Bonany

    I really need some encouragement. I’m a christian, I’ve been saved for a year and a half now. I suffered from depression for 2 years then got saved and it seemed to have been gone but about 5 months ago I was attacked by the same spirit, I tried to hide it from my family but yesterday I had a severe anxiety attack. I was weeping, shaking and drooling, I thought I was loosing my mind. I’m so confused, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m serving God, so why am I feeling like this?

    • Meagan – We will pray for you, but just because you are serving God does not mean that the devil will not try to hinder you. The devil attacks you at your weak places see – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God. When we become a new Christian, it is like being a newborn and nothing is expected of us, but as we grow, we must take on more responsibility for our lives.

      The good news is, there is deliverance, but it takes work. I can’t snap my fingers and make it all go away, but I can lead you to the materials that can make it go away forever. Read the Bible and learn about the authority that you have in Jesus Name to handle these things. Then keep putting His word inside until you have the faith and authority to use it. That is the reason for a site like this, to spread materials that teach people that we do not have to put up with these terrible things in our lives.

      Look down our articles to the right and see which ones jump out at you. I have had people comment back to me to say that just speaking through these scriptures delivered them. One young man had terrible fears all his life – gone in an instant – Scriptures Against Fear. At the very least, they will give you relief. Look at the following scripture lists – Scriptures On Protection From Evil, Scriptures On Fighting the Enemy, Confession – Walking In Victory, Confession – Change Your Life. And read – Dare To Believe, Then Command – Wigglesworth, and more.

      You have the authority in Jesus Name but you have to learn how to use it. We are with you. The issues that you have are not YOU; they are something outside coming to hurt you. You must take the word of God and resist it. You are able in God’s grace and power.

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