Top Ten Bible Quotes on… Death!

You’ve likely read our “WebDef” on Death…  we define it as permanent cessation of all vital functions; an irreversable ending. From a Christian perspective, the moment of the soul’s departure, as the breath of God no longer animates the body. And now, here are our “top ten” Bible quotes on the subject!

Top Ten Bible Quotes on Death

  1. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. – Proverbs 12:28
  2. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
  3. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, 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 of war, and a time of peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
  4. Jesus said: Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matt. 5:4
  5. Jesus said: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:28 (echoed in John 11:25 and 1 John 2:25, 1 John 5:11)
  6. Jesus said … I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25-26
  7. Jesus said: 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. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.- John 14:1-4
  8. St. Paul said: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? – 1 Cor. 15:55
  9. St. Paul said: 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. – Romans 8:38-39
  10. St. John said: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 – Revelation 21:4

Additional Select Biblical References relating to Death

  • A good name is better than precious balm; the day of death than the day of one’s birth. – Ecclesiastes 7:1
  • Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. – Ecclesiastes 12:7
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?…  Psalm 27
  • For this God is our God for ever and ever: God will be our guide even unto death. – Psalm 48:14
  • The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. – Proverbs 13:14
  • 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. – Isaiah 57:1-2
  • Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14
  • He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. – Matthew 10:39 (echoed in Matt. 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, and Luke 17:33)
  • 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. – Matthew 10:28
  • 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. – John 3:16
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. – John 5:24
  • Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14
  • The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death. – 1 Corinthians 15:26
  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23
  • For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. – Romans 8:6
  • But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. – 1 Thess. 4:13-14
  • So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, 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. – 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
  • For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

The above verses, chosen carefully, can provide comfort by conveying a sense that we are not alone (such as with Psalm 23 and 27) and that we do, indeed, have a future beyond physical death (e.g., John 14:2, 2 Cor. 4:17-18, 1 Cor. 15:42-44, Revelation 21:4).  But they can also be painful, when used unskillfully.

It’s wise to take care when using the faith-related scriptural passages when interacting with someone has experienced a death in the family, or is facing their own mortality. Faith is often tested at times of loss, and a poor choice of words can raise anger against the messenger  (you) and even at God.  For a more detailed discussion, please visit our page on what not to say for further discussion.



1Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Act 3, Scene 3.

Categories Bible Quotes & Commentary, Top Ten | Tags: | Posted on May 1, 2014

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