100 Bible Verses about Happiness

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 675 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:12 ESV / 355 helpful votes

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;

Philippians 4:4 ESV / 273 helpful votes

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Isaiah 12:2 ESV / 268 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.”

Proverbs 3:13-18 ESV / 226 helpful votes

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. ...

Proverbs 14:13 ESV / 204 helpful votes

Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

Isaiah 12:3 ESV / 165 helpful votes

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Philippians 4:7 ESV / 162 helpful votes

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 3:14 ESV / 138 helpful votes

But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

Ecclesiastes 3:13 ESV / 128 helpful votes

Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.

Psalm 37:3 ESV / 121 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Job 5:17-27 ESV / 104 helpful votes

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal. He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you. In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. ...

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV / 102 helpful votes

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.

Matthew 5:8 ESV / 97 helpful votes

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

1 Peter 4:12 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Romans 5:2 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Psalm 40:8 ESV / 70 helpful votes

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 16:11 ESV / 69 helpful votes

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Proverbs 17:22 ESV / 65 helpful votes

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

1 Peter 4:13 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

1 John 3:18 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Psalm 144:15 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Matthew 25:21 ESV / 54 helpful votes

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Proverbs 15:13 ESV / 54 helpful votes

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Matthew 5:4-12 ESV / 51 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. ...

Esther 8:16 ESV / 50 helpful votes

The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.

James 4:2 ESV / 49 helpful votes

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

John 15:11 ESV / 47 helpful votes

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV / 47 helpful votes

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV / 47 helpful votes

For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

James 5:13 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Philippians 4:11-13 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 14:21 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Psalm 146:5 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Psalm 68:3 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Deuteronomy 24:5 ESV / 44 helpful votes

“When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.

John 16:22 ESV / 41 helpful votes

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Luke 6:1-49 ESV / 41 helpful votes

On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” ...

Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV / 41 helpful votes

So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 41 helpful votes

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Psalm 34:8 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:5 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV / 38 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

1 Thessalonians 3:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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.

John 16:24 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 10:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Luke 16:25 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 ESV / 34 helpful votes

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. ...

Proverbs 29:18 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 28:14 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Psalm 16:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

Job 7:7 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.

Nehemiah 8:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Luke 11:28 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Habakkuk 3:1-19 ESV / 29 helpful votes

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. Selah His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels. ...

Psalm 17:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes

From men by your hand, O Lord, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 1:2-3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

John 14:27 ESV / 25 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Psalm 105:1-45 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, ...

Psalm 37:4-14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. ...

Job 5:17 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.

Esther 5:9-11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And Haman went out that day joyful and glad of heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai. Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and brought his friends and his wife Zeresh. And Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches, the number of his sons, all the promotions with which the king had honored him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and the servants of the king.

Genesis 12:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Isaiah 61:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Ecclesiastes 2:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity.

Psalm 126:1-6 ESV / 24 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! ...

Psalm 24:3-4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

Psalm 4:6-7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Numbers 6:24-26 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 5:4 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

2 Corinthians 1:15-18 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.

Psalm 63:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

Luke 6:43-49 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: ...

Luke 6:20-23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Matthew 25:1-46 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 20 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.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 ESV / 20 helpful votes

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

John 14:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

John 1:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 9:9-13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ...

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

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