The word “darkness” appears 175 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 50 most powerful Bible scriptures on darkness.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
“To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
“But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:6
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
1 Kings 8:12
Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Thessalonians 5:5
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
2 Peter 2:4
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.”
So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.
The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest.
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”
“I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.”
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.
So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.”
“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
“Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
“Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
“And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”
“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
“While the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.
For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
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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.