God's Words of Comfort


A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:

Testing – Trials – Affliction –Hardship – Oppression – Persecution – Suffering – Torment – Trouble

"Haven't I commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; don't be afraid, neither be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (HNV)
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out to a wide-open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. 2 Samuel 22:17-20 (HCSB)
David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man." 1 Chronicles 21:13 (ESV)
Yosemite Valley SentinelFor misery does not come from the earth, nor does trouble sprout from the ground; but human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward. As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. Job 5:6-9 (NRSV)
But He knoweth the way that I take. When He hath tried me, I shall come forth like gold. My foot hath held His steps, His way have I kept, and not declined. Job 23:10-11 (KJV)
God teaches people through suffering and uses distress to open their eyes. Job 36:15 (GNT)
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalms 9:9-10 (NKJV)
God remembers those who suffer; He does not forget their cry, and He punishes those who wrong them. Psalms 9:12 (GNT)
In my trouble my voice went up to the Lord, and my cry to my God: my voice came to His hearing in His holy Temple, and my prayer came before Him, even into His ears. Psalms 18:6 (BBE)
Lord, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness. With You I can attack a barrier, and with my God I can leap over a wall. God-His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God. God-He clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect. Psalms 18:28-32 (HCSB)
The LORD is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid... For in the day of trouble He will keep me secretly in His pavilion. In the covert of His tent will He hide me. He will lift me up on a rock. Psalms 27:1, 5 (HNV)
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves those who have a crushed spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:17-19 (HNV)
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not be afraid, though the earth changes, Though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; Though the waters of it roar and are troubled, Though the mountains tremble with the swelling of it. Psalms 46:1-3 (WEB)
"Call on Me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor Me." Psalms 50:15 (WEB)
Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. Psalms 60:11-12 (NKJV)
From the end of the earth, I will call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:2 (WEB)
You, O God, have tested us; You have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; You laid a crushing burden on our backs; You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out to a place of abundance. Psalms 66:10-12 (ESV)
Rescue me from the miry mud; don't let me sink. Let me be rescued from those who hate me, and from the deep waters. Don't let the floodwaters sweep over me or the deep swallow me up; don't let the Pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, Lord, for Your faithful love is good; in keeping with Your great compassion, turn to me. Don't hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me quickly! Draw near to me and redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies. Psalms 69:14-18 (HCSB)
O Lord, give ear to my prayer; and take note of the sound of my requests. In the day of my trouble I send up my cry to You; for You will give me an answer. There is no god like You, O Lord; there are no works like Your works. Psalms 86:6-8 (BBE)
Red Sandstone ArchThey send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and He gives them salvation out of all their troubles. He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace. Then they are glad, because the sea is quiet, and He takes them to the harbor of their desire. Let men give praise to the Lord for His mercy, and for the wonders which He does for the children of men! Psalms 107:28-31 (BBE)
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. The Law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver. Psalms 119:71-72 (NKJV)
I can see now, God, that Your decisions are right; Your testing has taught me what's true and right. Psalms 119:75 (The Message)
Ensure Your servant's well-being. Don't let the proud oppress me. Psalms 119:122 (WEB)
Save me from human oppression so that I may obey Your guiding principles. Psalms 119:134 (GOD’S WORD®)
The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead. Proverbs 11:8 (ESV)
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, But he who is kind to the needy honors Him. Proverbs 14:31 (WEB)
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble. Proverbs 15:16 (BBE)
Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts. Proverbs 17:3 (TLB)
Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble? Proverbs 17:17 (GNT)
The sharp man sees the evil and takes cover: the simple go straight on and get into trouble. Proverbs 22:3 (BBE)
Do not abuse poor people because they are poor, and do not take away the rights of the needy in court. Proverbs 22:22 (NCV™)
Learn to do well. Seek justice, Relieve the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 (WEB)
They shall cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior, and a Defender, and He will deliver them. Isaiah 19:20 (HNV)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Isaiah 43:2-3 (NKJV)
"I have made you pure, but not by fire, as silver is made pure. I have purified you by giving you troubles." Isaiah 48:10 (NCV™)
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities… He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth… Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:5, 7, 12 (NKJV)
Though He cause grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love. Lamentations 3:32 (ESV)

The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; He protects those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7 (NRSV)
Pink Mojave Wildflowers"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
"You have heard that it was said, 'Thou shall love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy.' But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors; that so you may become true sons of your Father in Heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the wicked as well as the good, and sends rain upon those who do right and those who do wrong." Matthew 5:43-45 (WNT)
"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." Matthew 6:34 (NRSV)
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock." Matthew 7:24-25 (KJV)
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
"See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death; then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles; they will mock Him, and spit upon Him, and flog Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise again." Mark 10:33-34 (NRSV)
"You will be objects of universal hatred because you are called by My name, but those who stand firm to the End will be saved." Mark 13:13 (WNT)
"He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me." Luke 10:16 (KJV)
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me." John 14:1 (KJV)
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27 (KJV)
"If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his lord.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… He who hates Me, hates My Father also." John 15:18-20, 23 (WEB)
"I have said all these things to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16: 33 (BBE)
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become His betrayers and murderers. Acts 7:52 (NRSV)
[The Conversion of Saul (see Acts 7:54-9:19). This conversion was truly remarkable in that Saul originally persecuted Christians, and aided in the stoning of the apostle Stephen. Therefore, getting Saul to do a complete turnaround and become the apostle to the Gentiles was another example of God’s genius at work. If you want to get alcoholics or drug-users to turn their lives around, who better than a former alcoholic or drug addict to help them. If you want to warn people of the dangers of a certain lifestyle, then someone who has lived that life make the best crusaders. God arranged for the greatest Christian “bounty-hunter,” Saul, to become the most effective Christian missionary in history, as the apostle Paul. If God can convert Saul, He can convert anyone.]
Stained Glass SaulOn the journey, as he was getting near Damascus, suddenly there flashed round him a light from Heaven; and falling to the ground he heard a voice which said to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"   
 "Who art thou, Lord?" he asked.
     "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,"
was the reply. "But rise and go to the city, and you will be told what you are to do." Acts 9:3-6 (WNT)
Everywhere [Paul and Barnabas] strengthened the disciples by encouraging them to hold fast to the faith, and warned them saying, "It is through many afflictions that we must make our way into the Kingdom of God." Acts 14:22 (WNT)
We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts. Romans 5:3-5 (NCV™)
And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with Him! That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Romans 8:17-18 (The Message)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword... No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37 (WEB)
Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12 (NCV™)
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse. Romans 12:14 (WEB)
With our hands we do the hardest work: when they give us curses we give blessings, when we undergo punishment we take it quietly. 1 Corinthians 4:12 (BBE)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort. He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from Him… We know that as you share our sufferings, you also share our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, 7 (GOD’S WORD®)
We suffered so that we would stop trusting ourselves and learn to trust God, who brings the dead back to life. 2 Corinthians 1:9 (GOD’S WORD®)
We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NCV™)
It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf. Philippians 1:29 (WEB)
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. Philippians 3:7-9 (ESV)
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. Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV)
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (WEB)
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
Golden Trees Owens Valley RoadGod will do what is right: He will bring suffering on those who make you suffer, and He will give relief to you who suffer and to us as well. He will do this when the Lord Jesus appears from Heaven with His mighty angels, with a flaming fire, to punish those who reject God and who do not obey the Good News about our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from His glorious might, when He comes on that Day to receive glory from all His people and honor from all who believe. You too will be among them, because you have believed the Message that we told you. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 (GNT)
When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. 2 Timothy 2:# (The Message)
If we accept suffering, we will also rule with Him. 2 Timothy 2:12 (NCV™)
Every one who is determined to live a godly life as a follower of Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12 (WNT)
But we see Jesus, who for a short time was made lower than the angels. And now He is wearing a crown of glory and honor because He suffered and died. And by God's grace, He died for everyone. God is the One who made all things, and all things are for His glory. He wanted to have many children share His glory, so He made the One who leads people to salvation perfect through suffering. Hebrews 2:9-10 (NCV™)
Inasmuch as He has Himself felt the pain of temptation and trial, He is also able instantly to help those who are tempted and tried. Hebrews 2:18 (WNT)
Although He was God's Son, yet He learned obedience from the sufferings which He endured; and so, having been made perfect, He became to all who obey Him the source and giver of eternal salvation. Hebrews 5:8-9 (WNT)
"The Lord disciplines those whom He loves, and chastises every child whom He accepts." Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not His children. Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live?" Hebrews 12:6-9 (NRSV)
We don't enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right. Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees. Keep walking along straight paths so that your injured leg won't get worse. Instead, let it heal. Hebrews 12:11-13 (GOD’S WORD®)
Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are. Hebrews 13:3 (GNT)
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:2-4 (NLT)
Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 (GNT)
My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:10-11 (NKJV)
River Gorge RainbowBe glad about [God's rich blessings], even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (GNT)
It is a sign of grace if a man, desiring to do right in the eyes of God, undergoes pain as punishment for something which he has not done. What credit is it if, when you have done evil, you take your punishment quietly? but if you are given punishment for doing right, and take it quietly, this is pleasing to God. This is God's purpose for you: because Jesus Himself underwent punishment for you, giving you an example, so that you might go in His footsteps. 1 Peter 2:19-21 (BBE)
It is better that you should suffer for doing right, if such be God's will, than for doing evil; because Christ also once for all died for sins, the innocent One for the guilty many, in order to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:17-18 (WNT)
Since Jesus went through everything you're going through and more, learn to think like Him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you'll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. 1 Peter 4:1-2 (The Message)
My friends, do not be surprised at the terrible trouble which now comes to test you. Do not think that something strange is happening to you. But be happy that you are sharing in Christ's sufferings so that you will be happy and full of joy when Christ comes again in glory. When people insult you because you follow Christ, you are blessed, because the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is with you. Do not suffer for murder, theft, or any other crime, nor because you trouble other people. But if you suffer because you are a Christian, do not be ashamed. Praise God because you wear that name… So those who suffer as God wants should trust their souls to the faithful Creator as they continue to do what is right. 1 Peter 4:12-16, 19 (NCV™)
The Lord is able to keep the upright safe in the time of testing, and to keep evil-doers under punishment till the day of judging. 2 Peter 2:9 (BBE)
Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 1 John 3:13 (WNT)
"Have no fear of the things which you will have to undergo: see, the Evil One will send some of you into prison, so that you may be put to the test." Revelation 2:10 (BBE)
"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name." Revelation 3:10-12 (NKJV)
The Devil, who had been leading them astray, was thrown into the Lake of fire and sulfur where the Wild Beast and the false Prophet were, and day and night they will suffer torture until the Ages of the Ages. Revelation 20:10 (WNT)
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