Also called: Defeat
Being deprived of confidence.

Top Bible Verses about Discouragement

Ezra 4:4–5

Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed officials against them to frustrate their plan for all the days of Cyrus king of Persia until the reign of Darius king of Persia. Read Ezra 4:4–5

Job 3:20–26

“Why does he give light to one in misery and life to those bitter of soul, who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for treasures, who rejoice exceedingly, and they are glad when they find the grave? Why does he give light to a man whose way is hidden, and God has fenced him in all around? For my sighing comes before my bread, and my groanings gush forth like water because the dread that I feel has come upon me, and what I feared befalls me. I am not at ease, and I … Read Job 3:20–26
Psalm 38:9

Psalm 38:1–14

O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger or chastise me in your wrath. For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has pressed down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation. There is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have passed over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds start to stink; they rot because of my foolishness. I am bowed down; I am bent over greatly. All the day I go about mourning. For my loins are … Read Psalm 38:1–14
Proverbs 17:22

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast spirit will dry out bones. Read Proverbs 17:22

Colossians 3:21

Fathers, do not provoke your children, so that they will not become discouraged. Read Colossians 3:21

Famous Christian Quotes About Discouragement, Defeat

Do Not Be Discouraged at Temptation

If Satan fume and roar against you, whether it be against your bodies by persecution, or inward in your conscience by a spiritual battle, do not be discouraged, as though you were less acceptable in God’s presence, or that Satan might at any time prevail against you. No! Your temptations and storms that arise so suddenly argue and witness that the seed that is sown has fallen on good ground, has begun to take root, and shall, by God’s grace, bring forth fruit abundantly in due season and convenient time. That is what Satan fears; and therefore thus he rages (and shall rage) against you, thinking that if he can repulse you now suddenly in the beginning, that then you will be at all times an easy prey, never able to resist his assaults. But as my hope is good, so shall my prayer be, that you may be so strengthened, that the world and Satan himself may understand and perceive, that God fights your battle.

John Knox

Christ Comes and Leaves for Our Good

Those that have had a sweet communion with God, when they have lost it, do count every day ten thousand till they have recovered it again; and when Christ leaves his spouse, he forsakes her not altogether, but leaves something on the heart that makes her to long after him. He absents himself that he may enlarge the desires of the soul, and after the soul has him again, it will not let him go. He comes for our good, and leaves us for our good. We should therefore judge rightly of our estates, and not think we are forsaken of God when we are in a desertion.

Richard Sibbes

Toplady on Overcoming Spiritual Darkness

A little before I went to bed, my soul was harassed, in a sad and very unusual manner, with doubts and fears and unbelief. I was in spiritual darkness, even darkness that might be felt.… My heavenly Pilot disappeared; I seemed to have quite lost my hold on the rock of ages; I sunk in the deep mire; and the waves and storms went over me. Yet, at last, in prayer, I was enabled, I do not know how, to throw myself, absolutely and at large, on God, at all events, and for better for worse: yet without comfort, and almost without hope.

Augustus M. Toplady
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