Death is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about. It’s something that we all will experience at some point, but it’s also something that can be very difficult to come to terms with. The Bible has a lot to say about death, and these verses can provide comfort and hope in the midst of grief.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
~1 Thessalonians 4:14
And whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
And the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
~1 Corinthians 15:26
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
~2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
~1 Corinthians 15:51
It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
those who go down to the place of silence;
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewal[a] to come.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
~2 Corinthians 5:8
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.
The people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”[a]
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
~1 Corinthians 15:53
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life.
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
~1 John 2:24-25
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
~2 Timothy 2:11
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
~1 Corinthians 15:21
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
~1 Corinthians 15:22
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
~2 Corinthians 5:1
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,[a] the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
As it is with the good,
so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
so with those who are afraid to take them.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return