One of my favorite Bible verses about death is, “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28)
Death. The short five letter and one syllable word that is the summation of all our fears. It’s an inevitable experience, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or status. The thought of dying and not knowing what comes next has been one of life’s most profound mysteries. These Bible verses about death can help make sense it all.
Death Has no Victory Over Us
Death will come knocking and whether we answer that door or run and hide makes no difference for death triumphs all for now…
But what then? What happens after death runs its victory lap over our life? This question and others like it seem to be birthed from the very core of our human condition. If every action has an opposite and equal reaction, then death is life’s great equalizer and vice versa. So is this a 1:1 ratio? One life and one death?
For some, this finality is completely fine, or so they say. They live for today… tomorrow may never come… nothing else matters, and the devil may care but they don’t.
As believers in the Bible, we know that the “throw caution to the wind” mentality is grossly insufficient. Do we stay in a forever sleep? The Bible uses sleep several times throughout referring to death. “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. ~ Daniel 12:2
Will you rise up to see the angels rejoicing to welcome you in, or will you rise to a never ending darkness? Choose this day who you will serve so your death will bring on a new and wonderful beginning.
For those in Christ, death is not the finality it once was. Death is more like a bridge or threshold between this life and the next. May theses Bible verses about death open your eyes to living the life you have now to praise, love, worship, and believe in Messiah for your salvation. God bless you abundantly!
Old Testament Bible Verses About Death
In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
~ Proverbs 12:28
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
~ Genesis 3:19
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
~ Daniel 12:2
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
~ Proverbs 14:12
As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
~ Genesis 15:15
The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!
~ Psalm 115:17-18
But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.
~ Daniel 12:13
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
~ Psalm 121:8
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.
~ Job 19:25-26
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah.
~ Psalm 49:15
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
~ Psalm 17:15
Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
~ Job 38:17
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
~ Psalm 146:4
New Testament Bible Verses About Death
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”
~ John 11:25
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
~ John 5:24
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
~ Luke 23:43
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
~ Matthew 10:28
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
~ Philippians 3:20-21
Just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.
~ Hebrews 9:27
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
~ John 5:28-29
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
~ Revelation 21:8
I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
~ Matthew 26:29
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
~ John 14:1-2
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
~ John 11:25-26
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
~ Revelation 14:13
Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
~ Acts 24:15