When you or someone you love is terminally ill and knows that death is close, it can be a difficult time for all involved. This period can bring so many emotions like fear, denial, shock, and discouragement.
When we are hurting and in pain, the Word of God offers comfort and relief. In these 63 Bible verses for the dying, you’ll find hope, encouragement, and strength to face the inevitable with courage.
For the Christian, death means going home to be with the Lord and resting from the pain and suffering on earth. This gives us hope and comforts us and our loved ones.
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Comforting Bible Verses for the Dying
The imminent loss of a family member is a difficult trial that requires time to process and adjust to. One of the best ways to find some comfort during a time of grief is to turn to God’s Word.
These Bible verses for the dying will give anyone a different perspective about dying. They offer hope and help you see that death will lead to us going to a perfect home to be with the Lord forever.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse is a powerful reminder of God’s love, the promise of eternal life, and the inclusive nature of salvation. They are a good starting point as you share the Gospel with someone who is dying and invite them to receive salvation.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This verse provides comfort in the face of death by acknowledging sin’s consequences and the free gift of God through Jesus Christ. Eternal life with Christ in His victory over sin and death and we are blessed to have a secure future we can look forward to.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
God is present with us, even in the darkest valley, providing comfort and guidance. When one is facing death, this verse comforts us because we know God will be with us every step of the way.
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
When faced with death, this scripture provides hope and comfort because it assures us that the old order of things, including death, suffering, and pain ends in eternity.
There will be rejoicing, perfect love, and peace with our Heavenly Father. That truth should help to ease the pain of someone who is dying.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
You can trust that God’s righteous right hand is guiding and supporting you. God can sustain us in His love and care even in the face of death.
2 Corinthians 4:17–18
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
This reminds us that our momentary affliction is temporary compared to the eternal glory that awaits God’s children. We look forward to a better life than the one we have on earth.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
What an encouraging scripture from Apostle Paul, one of the most inspiring writers of the New Testament. Death signifies hope for eternal life and the joy of being in God’s presence and marks the transition to something greater.
While we look at dying as loss, when we have an eternal perspective we learn to look at it as gain.
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: And merciful men are taken away, none considering That the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.
This verse provides comfort by assuring us that death spares the righteous man from the suffering of this life. When we die, we rest from the problems of this world and enter into eternal rest with the Lord. There we will experience peace forevermore.
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
As we lean on God’s unfailing love, we find hope in His compassion. We can face the difficult emotions that come with death and ask Him for mercies and grace to sustain us in hard times.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Death cannot separate us from the love of God that we find in our Savior Jesus Christ. His love is everlasting and transcends our sins, the enemy’s tactics, and even death. There is great comfort in this verse.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Jesus Christ already went to prepare a place for us in heaven. He is waiting to receive us in His loving arms. This gives us hope and security that we will someday soon be in a far better place with Him.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
The Lord himself is our comforter in times of pain and sorrow. Because of that, we are also able to comfort others who are facing death and need our encouragement and support.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Even in death, the Lord promises that His goodness will follow us. We will dwell with Him in heaven forever because He loves us as His dear children.
1 Corinthians 15:42–44
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
We die in the natural body but the spiritual body continues to live and is the one that goes to be with the Lord. That’s why God’s Word encourages us to focus our minds and hearts on the spiritual things that last, not the things of this world that will come to pass.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
If you are physically ill and close to death, the Lord will give you strength to face death with courage in your spirit. He remains the Source of our strength and will be with us forever.
More Comforting Bible Verses When Facing Death
The Bible is filled with comfort for the hurting and discouraged. Here are several more Bible verses that bring much needed comfort when we are facing death, whether our own or of someone dear to us.
Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of his saints.
1 Corinthians 15:51–57
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
1 Thessalonians 4:15–16
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
2 Corinthians 4:14
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
He healeth the broken in heart, And bindeth up their wounds.
For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.
He will swallow up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; And the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: For the Lord hath spoken it.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
And said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
The Bible teaches us that death is a transition to eternal life and that God is with us, providing comfort, strength, and peace amidst our fears and grief. We can find comfort in His presence and in the eternal love of Christ.
You can share these comforting Bible verses for the dying with someone who is struggling with the thoughts of leaving this world to give them hope that, as a child of God, they can look forward to a better future with the Lord.
The person dying must receive salvation, so their future will be with the Lord. The Lord has prepared a perfect and peaceful place for us when we die where we can finally, in His loving arms, rest from pain and suffering.