The word “joy” occurs 214 times in the Bible. The infographic below identifies the points of each occurrence. This graphic presentation starts with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 40 most uplifting Bible scriptures on joy.
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.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
1 Chronicles 16:27
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
1 John 1:4
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 Peter 1:8
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.
1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
1 Thessalonians 1:6
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 2:20
For you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 5:16
2 Corinthians 7:4
I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
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.
“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.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
“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.”
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
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.”
The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
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.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
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.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
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.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.