97 Bible Verses about Darkness

John 1:5 ESV / 160 helpful votes

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

1 John 1:5-7 ESV / 100 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 11:10 ESV / 94 helpful votes

But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

Acts 26:18 ESV / 82 helpful votes

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Luke 1:79 ESV / 77 helpful votes

To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

John 3:19-21 ESV / 69 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Psalm 139:12 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Colossians 1:13 ESV / 48 helpful votes

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

John 8:12 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Ephesians 5:8 ESV / 32 helpful votes

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 John 2:8-11 ESV / 29 helpful votes

At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Hebrews 12:18 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Matthew 8:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes

While the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Revelation 9:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.

Isaiah 50:10 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Romans 1:21 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

2 Peter 2:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Luke 12:3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Isaiah 9:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.

Isaiah 42:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Genesis 1:2 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

1 John 1:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

1 John 1:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Matthew 25:30 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Isaiah 8:22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Matthew 6:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,

Joel 2:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.

Revelation 8:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.

Mark 15:33 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

Exodus 10:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.”

Revelation 16:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish

2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Amos 8:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“And on that day,” declares the Lord God, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.

Isaiah 13:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light.

Proverbs 20:20 ESV / 12 helpful votes

If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Psalm 18:28 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.

Romans 13:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Lamentations 3:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

He has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;

Exodus 10:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Matthew 22:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Ezekiel 32:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and put darkness on your land, declares the Lord God.

Ezekiel 32:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light.

Jeremiah 4:28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“For this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above be dark; for I have spoken; I have purposed; I have not relented, nor will I turn back.”

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Psalm 18:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.

Exodus 20:21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

Luke 23:45 ESV / 9 helpful votes

While the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Micah 7:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

Jeremiah 13:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Proverbs 4:19 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

Genesis 1:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

Mark 13:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

Joel 2:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Jeremiah 4:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.

Isaiah 60:1-2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

Psalm 13:2-3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

Deuteronomy 4:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

Exodus 20:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 19:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.

James 1:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Romans 13:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

John 11:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

Matthew 27:45 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Matthew 6:23 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Matthew 4:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

Amos 5:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

Amos 5:18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light,

Psalm 105:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He sent darkness, and made the land dark; they did not rebel against his words.

Job 38:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

When I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,

2 Chronicles 6:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

1 Kings 8:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

2 Samuel 22:10-12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind. He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.

Matthew 24:29 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Amos 4:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

Ezekiel 34:11-15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God.

Psalm 97:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Psalm 88:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

James 1:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke 22:53 ESV / 5 helpful votes

When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Deuteronomy 1:1-46 ESV / 5 helpful votes

These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them, after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth and in Edrei. Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this law, saying,

1 John 1:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Luke 2:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.

Isaiah 25:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 2:1-25 ESV / 3 helpful votes

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

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