Joy is an emotion that can be difficult to express and even more difficult to maintain. It is a feeling of happiness and elation, but it requires effort to keep it flowing in our lives. When we feel down or overwhelmed, looking up Bible verses about joy can help us remember that no matter the circumstances, joy can remain with us always.
The Bible speaks heavily about joy and has many passages dedicated to its power in our lives. These powerful verses range from reminding us that God will provide for us to emphasizing the importance of rejoicing when faced with difficult moments.
These words offer us wisdom on how to handle life’s toughest moments as well as how to find peace and fulfillment.
Here are some of the most powerful verses in the Bible about the joy that you can use to bring comfort and blessings into your life.
Verses in the Bible about Joy and Happiness
Hebrews 1:9 (NIV) You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
2 John 1:4 (NIV) It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
3 John 1:3 (NIV) It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Jude 1:24 (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—
Genesis 31:27 (NIV) Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps?
Leviticus 9:24 (NIV) Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.
Judges 9:19 (NIV) So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his, too!
1 Chronicles 29:22 (NIV) They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day. Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the Lord to be ruler and Zadok to be priest.
Ezra 3:12 (NIV) But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.
Ezra 3:13 (NIV) No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:12 (NIV) Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
Nehemiah 8:17 (NIV) The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.
Nehemiah 12:43 (NIV) And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
Esther 9:19 (NIV) That is why rural Jews—those living in villages—observe the fourteenth of the month of Adar as a day of joy and feasting, a day for giving presents to each other.
Job 33:26 (NIV) then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.
Psalms 5:11 (NIV) But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalms 27:6 (NIV) Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Psalms 28:7 (NIV) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Psalms 35:27 (NIV) May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
Psalms 42:4 (NIV) These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
Isaiah 16:9 (NIV) So I weep, as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah. Heshbon and Elealeh, I drench you with tears! The shouts of joy over your ripened fruit and over your harvests have been stilled.
Isaiah 16:10 (NIV) Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out wine at the presses, for I have put an end to the shouting.
Isaiah 22:13 (NIV) But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink,” you say, “for tomorrow we die!”
Isaiah 26:19 (NIV) But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise— let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy— your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.
Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning
Proverbs 10:1 (NIV) The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Isaiah 9:3 (NIV) You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
Isaiah 24:11 (NIV) In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.
Isaiah 35:6 (NIV) Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 49:13 (NIV) Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 52:8 (NIV) Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.
Isaiah 52:9 (NIV) Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
Isaiah 60:15 (NIV) “Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations.
Isaiah 65:14 (NIV) My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.
Isaiah 65:18 (NIV) But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV) When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Jeremiah 25:10 (NIV) I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
Jeremiah 51:48 (NIV) Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout for joy over Babylon, for out of the north destroyers will attack her,” declares the Lord.
Ezekiel 7:7 (NIV) Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. The time has come! The day is near! There is panic, not joy, in the mountains.
Luke 6:23 (NIV) “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
Luke 24:41 (NIV) And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
John 16:20 (NIV) Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
John 16:22 (NIV) So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
2 Corinthians 1:24 (NIV) Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
2 Corinthians 7:4 (NIV) I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
Philippians 1:25 (NIV) Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
Philippians 2:2 (NIV) then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Philippians 4:1 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NIV) You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
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?
Luke 10:17 (NIV) The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
Acts 2:28 (NIV) You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
Romans 15:32 (NIV) so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed.
2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
Philemon 1:7 (NIV) Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
Bible Verses about Joy and Peace
Ezra 6:22 (NIV) For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.
Esther 9:22 (NIV) as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
1 Chronicles 16:33 (NIV) Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
2 Chronicles 30:26 (NIV) There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
Ezra 6:16 (NIV) Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.
Esther 9:17 (NIV) This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.
Esther 9:18 (NIV) The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.
Job 6:10 (NIV) Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.
Psalms 19:8 (NIV) The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Psalms 20:5 (NIV) May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
Psalms 43:4 (NIV) Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
Psalms 45:7 (NIV) You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
Psalms 48:2 (NIV) Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon, is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.
Psalms 65:8 (NIV) The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
Psalms 67:4 (NIV) May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
Psalms 90:14 (NIV) Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalms 106:5 (NIV) that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.
Psalms 126:2 (NIV) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Psalms 137:3 (NIV) for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
Psalms 137:6 (NIV) May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
Christmas Bible Verses about Joy
Psalms 21:6 (NIV) Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
Psalms 65:13 (NIV)
The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
Psalms 71:23 (NIV)
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.
Psalms 92:4 (NIV) For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
Psalms 95:1 (NIV) Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalms 96:12 (NIV) Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Psalms 98:6 (NIV) with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Psalms 118:15 (NIV) Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
Psalms 126:6 (NIV) Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
Proverbs 12:20 (NIV) Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Proverbs 15:21 (NIV) Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
Proverbs 15:30 (NIV) Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Proverbs 17:21 (NIV) To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
Proverbs 23:24 (NIV) The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:11 (NIV) Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
Proverbs 29:3 (NIV) A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
Isaiah 12:6 (NIV) Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
Joel 1:16 (NIV) Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God?
Matthew 13:20 (NIV) The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
Matthew 28:8 (NIV) So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Mark 4:16 (NIV) Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
Luke 1:14 (NIV) He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
Luke 1:44 (NIV) As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Luke 1:58 (NIV) Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
Scriptural Verses about Joy and Thankfulness
James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Galatians 5:22 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Luke 2:10 (NIV) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
John 15:11 (NIV) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
Romans 12:12 (NIV) Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Philippians 4:4 (NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
John 16:24 (NIV) Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV) Rejoice always,
Romans 14:17 (NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Proverbs 10:28 (NIV) The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Psalms 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.
Isaiah 55:12 (NIV) You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Psalms 118:24 (NIV) The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
1 Thessalonians 2:20 (NIV)
Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
Psalms 4:7 (NIV) Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.
Psalms 126:5 (NIV) Those who sow tears will reap with songs of joy.
Psalms 9:2 (NIV) I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Psalms 51:12 (NIV) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Jeremiah 48:33 (NIV) Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy. Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.
Psalms 66:1 (NIV) Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Psalms 100:1 (NIV) Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Acts 8:8 (NIV) So there was great joy in that city.
1 John 1:4 (NIV) We write this to make our joy complete.
Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Chronicles 16:27 (NIV) Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
Esther 8:16 (NIV) For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.
Job 3:7 (NIV) May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.
Job 8:21 (NIV) He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Job 9:25 (NIV) “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
Job 38:7 (NIV) while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Psalms 30:11 (NIV) You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
Psalms 33:3 (NIV) Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Psalms 45:15 (NIV) Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.
Psalms 47:1 (NIV) Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
Psalms 47:5 (NIV) God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
Psalms 51:8 (NIV) Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Psalms 81:1 (NIV) Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Psalms 86:4 (NIV) Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
Psalms 89:12 (NIV) You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
Psalms 94:19 (NIV) When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalms 97:11 (NIV) Light shines on the righteous, and joy fills the upright in heart.
Psalms 98:4 (NIV) Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
Psalms 98:8 (NIV) Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;
Psalms 105:43 (NIV) He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
Psalms 107:22 (NIV) Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
Psalms 119:111 (NIV) Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
Psalms 126:3 (NIV) The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Psalms 132:9 (NIV) May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’ ”
Psalms 132:16 (NIV) I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.
Psalms 149:5 (NIV) Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.
Proverbs 11:10 (NIV) When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Proverbs 14:10 (NIV) Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
Proverbs 15:20 (NIV) A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Proverbs 15:23 (NIV) A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!
Proverbs 21:15 (NIV) When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
Proverbs 29:6 (NIV) Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
Isaiah 12:3 (NIV) With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 24:14 (NIV) They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
Lamentations 5:15 (NIV) Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
Luke 24:52 (NIV) Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
Acts 13:52 (NIV) And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 1:4 (NIV) In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
Philippians 2:29 (NIV) So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,
2 Timothy 1:4 (NIV) Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
James 4:9 (NIV) Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
3 John 1:4 (NIV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Isaiah 51:11 (NIV) Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
John 3:29 (NIV) The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
Job 10:20 (NIV) Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
Job 20:5 (NIV) That the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
Psalms 21:1 (NIV) The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
Joy is an emotion that can be difficult to describe and even more difficult to experience. However, by turning to the Bible we can find solace and comfort in verses about joy. Whether you are looking for a source of inspiration or just need a reminder of the joy that comes from trusting in God, these powerful Bible verses about joy will offer words of wisdom, hope, and encouragement. As we draw strength from these scriptures, may we also take the time to spread this joy with those around us.
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