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Bible Quotes about death and life after death

The dead in Christ are much more alive than they ever were on earth, they are one with Christ and they share in His glory. The passages below give a deeper meaning to that great mystery and offer us words of comfort, hope & understanding in times of need. As we read through God’s word may we acquire a greater understanding & acceptance of His mysterious workings in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Any of the below passages can be adopted to our Gravestones or our Memorial Prayer Plaques.

Bible Quotes about death from the new testament
The Scripture quotations contained herein are taken directly from N.R.S.V. Bible
(New Revised Standard Version Bible, Catholic Edition)
Matthews Gospel about comfort

The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to speak, and taught them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” 5:1-4

Jesus Thanks His Father

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal to Him. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 11:28-30

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all His glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you – you of little faith? Therefore do not worry saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” 6:25-34

Marks Gospel about the death and resurrection of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, He is calling for Elijah”. And some ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to Him to drink, saying, “Wait, Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down”. Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said: “Truly this man was God’s Son.” 15:33-39

The Resurrection of Jesus

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”. When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them,”Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here. Look, there is the place they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.” 16:1-7

Lukes Gospel about death and Eternal Life

Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son at Nain

Soon afterwards He went to a town called Nain, and His disciples and a large crowd went with Him. As He approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And He said,”Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to His mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us! and God has looked favourably on His people!”. This word about Him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. 7:11-17

A Girl Restored to Life

While He was speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” When Jesus heard this, He replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.” When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but He said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But He took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then He directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but He ordered them to tell no one what had happened. 8:49-56

The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by His side. He called out,”Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can pass from there to us.” He said, “Then Father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers – that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, No, Father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone raises from the dead.”

16:19-31

The Question about the Resurrection

Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die any more, because they are like angels and are the children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to Him all of them are alive.” 20:34-38

Johns Gospel about death and Everlasting Life

The Bread from Heaven

“For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of My Father, and all who see the Son and believe in Him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” 6:38-40

Jesus the Ressurection and the Life

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 11:23-26

Jesus Weeps

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw Him, she knelt at His feet and said to Him, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” 11:32-36

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, “Father, I thank You for having heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” 11:40-44

Jesus the Way to the Father

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 14:1-4

The Promise of The Holy Spirit

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” 14:25-27

Acts of teh Apostles about raising the dead

Peter in Lydda and Joppa

So peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and them he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 9:39-42

The Letter of Paul to the Romans about life after death

Life in the Spirit

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law-indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you. 8:6-11

Future Glory

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. 8:18-19

God’s love in Christ Jesus (Death is not a barrier that separates us from Our Loved Ones in Christ)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 8:38-39

Salvation is for All

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous on all who call on Him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 10:12-13

The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians about the resurrection of the dead

Glorify God in Body and Spirit (The dead in Christ share in Christ’s Divinity and glory)

But anyone united to the Lord becomes one Spirit with Him. 6:17

The Resurrection of the Dead

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in His own order: Christ the first fruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. 15:20-23

The Resurrection Body

What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain. 15:50-58

The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians about Eternal Salvation

Paul’s Thanksgiving after Affliction

Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation. 1:3-7

Living by faith

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 4:16-18 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord – for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 5:6-10

Paul’s Visions and Revelations

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 12:9-10

The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians about Life after death

From Death to Life

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. 2:1-10

The Letter of Paul to the Philippians about Heaven

Pressing Towards the Goal

But our citizenship is in Heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of His glory, by the power that also enables Him to make all things subject to Himself. Therefore my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 3:20-21

Exhortations

Do not worry 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. 4:6-7

The Letter of Paul to the Colossians about the New Life in Christ

The New Life in Christ

So if 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 is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 2:1-4

The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians about the coming of the Lord

The coming of the Lord

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord Himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from Heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 4:13-17 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 5:9-11

The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians about Salvation

Chosen for Salvation

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose He called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. 2:13-17

The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy about praying for the Dead

Thanksgiving and Encouragement (We on Earth pray, suffer and fast for the Dead)

May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain; when he arrived in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me – may the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well how much service he rendered in Ephesus. 1:16-18

The Letter to the Hebrews about death

Exaltation through Abasement

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that He did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 2:14-16

Jesus the Great High Priest

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the Heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.

4:14-16

The Meaning of Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the words were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visable. 11:1-3

The First Letter of Peter about A Living Hope

A Living Hope

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in Heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith – being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1:3-9

Tending the Flock of God

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

1:6-7
The Second Letter of Peter about the dead

The Christian’s Call and Election (The Dead in Christ share in Christ’s Divinity and Glory)

Thus He has given us, through these things, His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature. 1:4

The First Letter of John about the Children of God

Children of God

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this; when He is revealed, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. And all who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure. 3:1-3

Testimony Concerning the Son of God

And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 5:11-12

The Revelation to John about the new life to come

The Scroll and the Lamb (The dead present Our prayers from Earth to God in the form of Incense)

When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 5:8

The Seven Seals (The dead Interceding for Us Here on Earth)

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; they cried out with a loud voice: “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer until the number would be complete, both of their fellow-servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed. 6:9-11

The Multitude from Every Nation

Then one of the elders addressed me saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows”. The he said to me, ” These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship Him day and night within His temple, and the One who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 7:13-17

Michael Defeats the Dragon

But they have conquered him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. 12:11

The Messages of the Three Angels

And I heard a voice from Heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord. Yes, they will rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them.” 14:13

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth; for the first Heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more, and I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. 21:1-4

Bible Quotes about death from the old testament
The Scripture quotations contained herein are taken directly from N.R.S.V. Bible
(New Revised Standard Version Bible, Catholic Edition)
Praying for the Holy Souls in the Bible

Prayers for those Killed in Battle (Praying, suffering & fasting for the dead)

On The next day, as had now become necessary, Judas and his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen and to bring them back to lie with their kindred in the sepulchre’s of their ancestors. Then under the tunic of each one of the dead they found sacred tokens of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to wear. And it became clear to all that this was the reason these men had fallen. So they all blessed the ways of the Lord, the righteous judge, who reveals the things that are hidden; & they turned to supplication, praying that the sin that had been committed might be wholly blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened as a result of the sin of those who had fallen. He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin-offering. In doing this he acted very well and honourably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, so that they might be delivered from their sin. 12:39-45

Judas Prepares the Jews for Battle (The Dead Interceding for Us on Earth)

He armed each one of them not so much with confidence in shields and spears as with the inspiration of brave words, and he cheered them all by relating a dream, a sort of vision, which was worthy of belief. What he saw was this: Onias, who had been high priest, a noble and good man, of modest bearing and gentle manner, one who spoke fittingly and had been trained from childhood in all that belongs to excellence, was praying with outstretched hands for the whole body of the Jews. Then in the same fashion another appeared, distinguished by his grey hair and dignity,and of marvellous majesty and authority. And Onias spoke, saying: “This is a man who loves the family of Israel and prays much for the people and the holy city -Jeremiah, the prophet of God.” Jeremiah stretched out his right hand and gave to Judas a golden sword, as he gave it he addressed him thus: “Take this holy sword, a gift from God, with which you will strike down your adversaries.” 15:11-16

The Psalms about death, comfort in sadness and grief

God’s Power and Justice (A Psalm of David)

The lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. 9:9-10 Be gracious to me, O Lord. See what I suffer from those who hate me; You are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death, so that I may recount all Your praises, and, in the gates of daughter Zion, rejoice in Your deliverance. 9:13-14

Royal Thanksgiving for Victory (A Psalm of David)

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, & my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 18:2

Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and Hostility (A Psalm of David)

For He did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; He did not hide His face from me, but heard when I cried to Him. 22-24

The Divine Shepherd (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 right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 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. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my hole life long. 23:1-6

Triumphant Song of Confidence (A Psalm of David)

One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock. 27:4-5

Prayer and Praise from Deliverance from Enemies (A Psalm of David)

You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for You are my refuge. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 31:3-5 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. 31:10

Praise for Deliverance from Trouble (A Psalm of David)

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. 34:17-19

Exhortation to Patience and Trust (A psalm of David)

The Salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their refuge in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in Him. 37:39-40

Longing for God and His Help in Distress (A Psalm of the Korahites)

O Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God. Why are You cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my help and my God. 43:3-5

God’s defence of His City and People (A Psalm of the Korahites)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 46:1-3

Complaint about a Friend’s Treachery (A Psalm of David)

Cast Your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 55:22

Song of Trust in God Alone (A Psalm of David)

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and honour; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 62:5-7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. 62:7-8

Prayer for Lifelong Protection and Help (A Psalm of David)

So even to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to all the generations to come. Your power and righteousness, O God, reach the high Heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You? You who have made me see many troubles & calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again. You will increase my honour, and comfort me once again. 71:18-21

Plea for Relief from Oppressors (A Psalm of Asaph)

Whom have I in Heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 73:25-26

Assurance of God’s Protection (A Prayer of Moses)

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling -place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For He will command His Angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up so that you will not dash your foot against a stone

91:9-12

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness (A Psalm of David)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits – who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is mercyful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 103:1-8
As a Father He has compassion for His children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him. For He knows how we were made; He remembers that we are dust. As for mortals their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments. 103:13-18

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness (A Psalm of David)

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful ones. 116:15

Waiting for Divine Redemption (De Profundis)

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! for with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem. It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. 130:1-8

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors (A Psalm of David)

With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him. When my spirit is faint, You know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Look on my right hand and see – there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me. I cry to You, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me. 142:1-7

Broverbs about Death

The Proverbs of Solomon

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul, prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you. 2:9-11

The Proverbs of Solomon

For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favour from the Lord. 8:35

The Proverbs of Solomon

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. 10:2

The Proverbs of Solomon

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. 10:22

The Proverbs of Solomon

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. 11:4

The Proverbs of Solomon

There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief. The perverse get what their ways deserve, and the good, what their deeds deserve. 14:12-14

The Proverbs of Solomon

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. 18:21

The Proverbs of Solomon

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength being small; If you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death, those who go staggering to the slaughter; if you say “Look we did not know this” – does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will He not repay all according to their deeds? 24:10-12

Ecclesiastes about life and death

Everything Has Its Time

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 3:1-8

Quotes from the book of wisdom about death

The Wisdom of Solomon on Exhortation to Uprightness

Do not invite death by the error of your life, or bring destruction by the works of your hands; because God did not make death, and He does not delight in the death of the living. For He has created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal. 1:12-15

The Wisdom of Solomon on Childlessness

But the righteous, though they die early, will be at rest. For old age is not honoured for length of time, or measured by number of years; but understanding is grey hair for anyone, and a blameless life is ripe old age. There were some who pleased God and were loved by Him, and while living among sinners were taken up. They were caught up so that evil might not change their understanding or guile deceive their souls. For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years; for their souls were pleasing to the Lord, therefore He took them quickly from the midst of wickedness. Yet the peoples saw and did not understand, or take such a thing to heart, that God’s grace and mercy are with His elect, and that He watches over His holy ones. 4:7-15

The Wisdom of Solomon on the Reward of the Righteous

But the righteous live for ever, and their reward is with the Lord; the Most High takes care of them. Therefore they will receive a glorious crown and a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord, because with His right hand He will cover them, and with His arm He will shield them. 5:15-16

Sirach Quotes about death

Divine Justice

Do not the tears of he widow run down her cheek, as she cries out against the one who causes them to fall? One whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and His prayer will reach to the clouds. 35:18-20 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and it will not rest until it reaches its goal; it will not desist until the most high responds. 35:21

On Mourning for the Dead

My child, let your tears fall for the dead, and as one in great pain begin the lament. Lay out the body with due ceremony, and do not neglect the burial. Let your weeping be bitter and your wailing fervent; make your mourning worthy of the departed, for one day, or two, to avoid criticism; then be comforted for your grief. For grief may result in death, and a sorrowful heart saps one’s strength. When a person is taken away, sorrow is over; but the life of the poor weighs down the heart. Do not give your heart to grief; drive it away, and remember your own end. Do not forget there is no coming back; you do the dead no good, and you injure yourself. Remember his fate, for yours is like it; yesterday it was his, and today it is yours. When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest too, and be comforted for him when his spirit has departed. 38:16-23

Concerning death

O Death, how bitter is the thought of you to one at peace among possessions, who has nothing to worry about and is prosperous in everything, and still is vigorous enough to enjoy food! O death, how welcome is your sentence to one who is needy and failing in strength, worn down by age and anxious about everything; to one who is contrary, and has lost all patience! Do not fear death’s decree for you; remember those who went before you and those who will come after. This is the Lord’s decree for all flesh; why then should you reject the will of the Most High? Whether life lasts for ten years or a hundred or a thousand, there are no questions asked in Hades. 41:1-4

Quotes from Isaiah about death

Restoration and Protection Promised

Do not fear, for I am with you; I will say to the north, “Give them up”, and to the south, “Do not withhold, bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 43:5-7

Zion’s Children to Be Brought Home

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing-child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. 49:14-16

The Eternal Covenant of Peace

For the Mountains will depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you. O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I am about to set your stones antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of jewels, and all your wall of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the prosperity of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; & from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. See, it is I who have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and produces a weapon fit for its purpose; I have also created the ravager to destroy. No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgement. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, says the Lord. 54:10-17

The Glorious New Creation

For I am about to create new Heavens and a new earth; the former kings shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord – and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpant – its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord. 65:17-25

The Reign and Indignation of God

For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants, and His indignation is against His enemies. 66:12-14

Jeremiah about death

Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles in Babylon

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, & I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. 29:11-14

The Joyful Return of the Exiles

I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 31:13

Lamentations about death

God’s Steadfast Love Endures

For the Lord will not reject forever. Although He causes grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone. 3:31-33

Ezekiel about death

The Valley of Dry Bones

Then He said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.” 37:11-14

Quotes from Daniel about death in the Bible

The Resurrection of the Dead

At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 12:1-3

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