Bible Verses About Death

What does the Bible say about death? Read the best Bible verses on death that have been researched and retrieved from more than twenty popular translations of God's word! These specially selected quotes will broaden and deepen your understanding of the meaning of this important Biblical subject.

Death Is Unavoidable

Romans 5:12, TEV

Sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned.

Psalm 146:4, TLB

For every man must die. His breathing stops, life ends, and in a moment all he planned for himself is ended.

Hebrews 9:27, GNB

Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 2, Darby

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens: A time to be born, and a time to die . . .

What Happens At Death?

Ecclesiastes 12:7, NCV

You will turn back into the dust of the earth again, but your spirit will return to God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 9:5, TLB

For the living at least know that they will die! But the dead know nothing; they don’t even have their memories. Whatever they did in their lifetimes - loving, hating, envying - is long gone, and they have no part in anything here on earth any more.

Psalm 146:3 - 4, HBFV

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in the son of man in whom there is no salvation. His breath goes forth; he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Job 34:14 - 15, HBFV

If He [God] sets His heart on man, if He gathers to Himself his spirit and his breath [both of which are in all humans], all flesh shall perish together, and man shall return again to the dust.

Psalm 115:17, NKJV

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence.

God Views Death As Sleep

John 11:11, NASB

This He [Jesus] said, and after that He said to them [his disciples], "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep."

Acts 13:36, NKJV

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

1Thessalonians 4:14, HCSB

Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

1Corinthians 15:20, HBFV

But now Christ has been raised from the dead; He has become the Firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep.

The Great Enemy

1Corinthians 15:25 - 26, CEV

Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power, and the last enemy he destroys will be death.

Hebrews 2:14 - 15, HBFV

Therefore, since the children are partakers of flesh and blood, in like manner He [Jesus] also took part in the same . . . And that He might deliver those who were subject to bondage all through their lives by their fear of death.

Death and the Devil

1John 3:8, NKJV

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Hebrews 2:14 - 15, HBFV

Therefore, since the children are partakers of flesh and blood, in like manner He also took part in the same, in order that through death He might annul him who has the power of death - that is, the devil;

Jesus' Death Saves Us

Romans 5:8 - 10, 17, HBFV

But God commends His own love to us because, when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more, therefore, having been justified now by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His own Son, much more then, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life . . .

For if by the offense of the one man [Adam] death reigned by the one, how much more shall those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life by the One, Jesus Christ.

2Timothy 1:10, ASV

But hath now been manifested by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

Revelation 1:17 - 18, NKJV

But He [Jesus] laid His right hand on me [the Apostle John], saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."

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ASV - American Standard Version
CEV - Contemporary English Version
Darby - Darby Bible
GNB - Good News Bible
HBFV - Holy Bible Faithful Version
HCSB - Holman Christian Standard
NASB - New American Standard Bible
NCV - New Century Version
NKJV - New King James Version
TEV - Today's English Version
TLB - The Living Bible