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Despair




Ecclesiastes 3:10-12. I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can’t find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice, and to do good as long as they live.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone? If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 12:25. Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.

Proverbs 14:13. Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.

Psalm 42:5. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.

Psalm 43:5. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God.

Psalm 119:28. My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word.

Romans 8:22-24. We know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?

2 Corinthians 4:7-11. We have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh.

2 Corinthians 5:2-4. Most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven; if so be that being clothed we will not be found naked. For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


These scriptures show that everyone, even in the Bible, has wrestled with the feeling that life can be too hard.  We ask everyone to be understanding and to take action for themselves or for a friend who feels suicidal or thinking of self-harm by contacting the crisis support centre in your area. Please see this website for an international guide to who can support you through this difficult period. https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres