100 Bible Verses about Encouragement

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 4,073 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John 16:33 ESV / 3,610 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 3,124 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Romans 15:13 ESV / 3,043 helpful votes

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 3,031 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 2,958 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 2,838 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Psalm 31:24 ESV / 2,473 helpful votes

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 2,450 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 14:27 ESV / 2,434 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 2,319 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 2,246 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Romans 15:4 ESV / 2,237 helpful votes

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV / 2,214 helpful votes

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 2,147 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 43:2 ESV / 2,054 helpful votes

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 2,002 helpful votes

Even 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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 1,960 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV / 1,937 helpful votes

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,930 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Psalm 34:4 ESV / 1,904 helpful votes

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 1,896 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 1,847 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Mark 11:24 ESV / 1,841 helpful votes

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Psalm 28:7 ESV / 1,822 helpful votes

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 1,813 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 121:1-8 ESV / 1,806 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. ...

Romans 8:31 ESV / 1,733 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV / 1,682 helpful votes

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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Romans 15:5 ESV / 1,675 helpful votes

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

Romans 8:28 ESV / 1,634 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 121:1-2 ESV / 1,631 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV / 1,600 helpful votes

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Romans 15:2 ESV / 1,581 helpful votes

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Psalm 55:22 ESV / 1,530 helpful votes

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 1,524 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV / 1,513 helpful votes

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 1,452 helpful votes

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV / 1,431 helpful votes

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Psalm 27:1 ESV / 1,406 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 1,392 helpful votes

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Isaiah 43:4 ESV / 1,381 helpful votes

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.

Luke 12:6-7 ESV / 1,372 helpful votes

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Romans 1:11-12 ESV / 1,369 helpful votes

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 1,363 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...

Isaiah 12:2 ESV / 1,359 helpful votes

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Psalm 34:8 ESV / 1,359 helpful votes

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Isaiah 51:12 ESV / 1,356 helpful votes

“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass,

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 1,354 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Revelation 7:16-17 ESV / 1,351 helpful votes

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 1,341 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Proverbs 30:5 ESV / 1,337 helpful votes

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

1 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV / 1,316 helpful votes

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 4:17 ESV / 1,310 helpful votes

That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 1,300 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Joshua 1:1-9:27 ESV / 1,297 helpful votes

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. ...

1 Corinthians 8:1-12:31 ESV / 1,296 helpful votes

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— ...

1 Corinthians 4:1-16:24 ESV / 1,294 helpful votes

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 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. ...

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV / 1,291 helpful votes

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 1,274 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10:2 ESV / 1,232 helpful votes

Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

Psalm 126:5 ESV / 1,215 helpful votes

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

Psalm 16:8 ESV / 1,146 helpful votes

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

1 Corinthians 1:2 ESV / 1,145 helpful votes

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Psalm 31:2 ESV / 1,139 helpful votes

Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

Luke 12:2 ESV / 1,136 helpful votes

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Psalm 23:2 ESV / 1,133 helpful votes

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

Romans 8:31-32 ESV / 1,123 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Psalm 46:1 ESV / 1,119 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV / 1,114 helpful votes

And by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 1:5 ESV / 1,107 helpful votes

That in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—

John 14:2 ESV / 1,094 helpful votes

In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Matthew 11:3 ESV / 1,090 helpful votes

And said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV / 1,080 helpful votes

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Deuteronomy 31:2 ESV / 1,079 helpful votes

And he said to them, “I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’

Romans 15:3 ESV / 1,074 helpful votes

For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 1,067 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Psalm 90:3 ESV / 1,066 helpful votes

You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 1,021 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 1,015 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

John 3:16 ESV / 1,012 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 ESV / 1,011 helpful votes

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Isaiah 43:2-3 ESV / 997 helpful votes

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Psalm 118:14 ESV / 984 helpful votes

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 971 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Colossians 3:15 ESV / 926 helpful votes

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Hebrews 10:23 ESV / 905 helpful votes

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 903 helpful votes

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Psalm 32:2 ESV / 902 helpful votes

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV / 896 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Exodus 15:2 ESV / 889 helpful votes

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Proverbs 14:2 ESV / 875 helpful votes

Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.

Ezra 10:4 ESV / 864 helpful votes

Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 857 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Revelation 21:4 ESV / 853 helpful votes

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV / 853 helpful votes

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

John 15:13 ESV / 842 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV / 808 helpful votes

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Matthew 6:34 ESV / 792 helpful votes

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 781 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

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