- 1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
- Nehemiah 8:10 ESV
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
- Psalm 4:7 ESV
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
- Psalm 5:11 ESV
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
- Psalm 16:11 NIV
‘You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
- Psalm 21:6-7 NIV
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.
- Psalm 27:6 ESV
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
- Psalm 30:5 ESV
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
- Psalm 47:1 ESV
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
- Psalm 51:8 ESV
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
- Psalm 71:23 NIV
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.
- Psalm 92:4-5 NIV
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord,
how profound your thoughts!
- Psalm 97:11 NIV
Light shines on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
- Psalm 100:1 ESV
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
- Psalm 105:43 ESV
So he brought his people out with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.
- Psalm 119:111 NIV
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
- Psalm 126:2-5 ESV
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
- Psalm 126:5 ESV
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
- Proverbs 10:28 ESV
The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
- Proverbs 15:23 ESV
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
- Proverbs 17:22 ESV
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
- Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV
For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- Ecclesiastes 8:15 ESV
And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
- Isaiah 12:6 ESV
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
- Isaiah 29:19 ESV
The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
- Isaiah 35:10 ESV
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
- Isaiah 55:12 ESV
“For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
- Jeremiah 15:16 ESV
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
- Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
- Matthew 13:44 NIV
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
- John 15:10-12 NIV
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
- John 16:22-24 ESV
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
- Acts 13:52 ESV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 12:12 NIV
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Romans 14:17 ESV
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
- Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- Philippians 4:4-5 NCV
Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon.
- Colossians 1:11 ESV
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
- 1 Thessalonians 3:9 NIV
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?
- Philemon 1:7 ESV
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
- Hebrews 12:2 ESV
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
- James 1:2-3 ESV
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
- 1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- 2 John 1:12 ESV
Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
- Jude 1:24-25 NIV
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
5 thoughts on “45 Bible Verses on Joy”
Your work gathering these is much appreciated. Bless you for it.
It’s a blessing to put them together. I find when I look at all the verses grouped together by theme, I almost always learn something new!
The joy of the Lord gives me strength. Thank you for these inspiring scriptures.
Great choices. There are so many (like 240 I believe). Makes it difficult to choose “just a few.” Thank you for sharing.
Yes, it can be so hard to choose favorites to share!