Life Hope & Truth

30 Encouraging Bible Verses About Hope

This life can beat us down with trials, sorrows and debilitating worries. When it seems hopeless, God’s messages about our future hope can deeply encourage us.

Hopeful Bible Verses

Psalm 16:9

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.”

In his famous Pentecost sermon, the apostle Peter quoted this passage (Acts 2:25-28), showing King David’s hope in the resurrection from the dead hinged on the resurrection of the Messiah.

Psalm 119:114

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”

There is nothing more sure than God’s Word—no One more faithful and worthy of our faith and hope. His protection is the only sure protection.

Psalm 130:7

“O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.”

The word translated “mercy” is also translated as “faithful love” (Holman Christian Standard Bible), “loyal love” (New English Translation) and “lovingkindness” (New American Standard Bible). “Abundant redemption” is also rendered “more than willing to deliver” (NET) and “always willing to save” (Good News Translation).

Psalm 147:11

“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.”

The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible restates this as “He delights in the reverent devotion of those who anchor their lives on his steadfast love.” 

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Proverbs 23:18

“For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.”

This proverb gives perspective. “Present success—or lack of it—is not the final outcome. There will be a future state fundamentally different from this world. The word hereafter can also be rendered ‘glorious future’ (see Num. 23:10)” (NKJV Study Bible note on Proverbs 23:18).

Isaiah 9:7

“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever more. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

The prophet Isaiah recorded this wonderful prophecy of the Kingdom of God in the eighth century B.C.

Isaiah 11:9

“They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the  waters cover the sea.”

The prophet Isaiah recorded this wonderful prophecy of the Kingdom of God in the eighth century B.C.

Jeremiah 17:7

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.”

After comparing trusting in humans to a parched desert (verses 5-6), Jeremiah describes the bountiful benefits of trusting and hoping in God. The fruitful tree in verse 8 is reminiscent of the “tree planted by the rivers of water” in the beloved first Psalm.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

The prophet Jeremiah recorded this insight into God’s thoughts in a letter to the captives in Babylon at the beginning of the sixth century B.C.

Lamentations 3:24

“‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’”

What does “the LORD is my portion” mean? It reflects a promise given to the Israelite tribe chosen to serve God. The tribe of Levi did not receive a land inheritance in the Promised Land, but God told them, “I am your portion and your inheritance” (Numbers 18:20). God Himself would care for them, as He cares for all who serve Him and wait hopefully on Him.

Daniel 2:44

“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

The prophet Daniel prophesied this when explaining the meaning of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. This happened about 603 B.C. 

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Daniel 12:3

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

The prophet Daniel completed the book of Daniel around 530 B.C.

Micah 4:4

“But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.”

The prophet Micah recorded this vision of the Kingdom of God in the eighth century B.C.

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

The prophet Zephaniah recorded these words of hope in the seventh century B.C.

Malachi 3:16

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.”

The prophet Malachi recorded these words of encouragement in the fifth century B.C. 

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Matthew 25:21

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

Jesus Christ said this in His Olivet Prophecy not long before His death in A.D. 31.

Romans 5:5

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us.”

Even a Christian’s tribulations and hardships can produce vital characteristics, including hope (verses 3-4; see the blog post “Hope in the Midst of Trials”). Our sure hope will not be disappointed because we can depend on the love of God, demonstrated by the gift of His Holy Spirit. See “Fruit of the Spirit: Love.”

Romans 12:12

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”

A Christian has much to look forward to and rejoice in, even while enduring the trials of this life. 

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Romans 15:4

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

God inspired the Holy Bible to help us learn patience, receive comfort and be encouraged by hope!

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Romans 15:13

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

In verse 12 Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, highlights that Jesus Christ is the hope of the gentiles as well as the Jews. God is the author of hope, and thus the “God of hope,” and He wants us to overflow with hope.

1 Corinthians 2:9

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Church of God in Corinth around A.D. 56.

Ephesians 1:18

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

This verse is in the middle of Paul’s beautiful prayer for the Ephesians. Spiritual vision allows us to see the reality of our future hope and eternal inheritance.

Colossians 1:27

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians is considered one of his earliest. Here we see themes that he will develop further in later letters: faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13) and the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-20).

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Titus 1:2

“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”

God's promise the most precious gift any of us will ever receive; eternal life.

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Titus 2:13

“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Read more about our hope in Christ’s return in our articles “Second Coming” and “When Will Jesus Return?

2 Peter 1:10-11

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The apostle Peter wrote this perhaps between A.D. 64 and 67.

1 John 3:2

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

The apostle John wrote this perhaps around A.D. 90.

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1 John 3:3

“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Our hope to become spirit children of God (verse 2) motivates us to become pure like God now.

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Revelation 21:4

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

The apostle John wrote this vision of a wonderful future perhaps around A.D. 95.

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