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Intense suffering of body, mind or spirit, brought about by illness, death or the judgment of God.


Examples of agony

Agony of body

Psalm 6:2 NIV
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
See also Ps 31:10; Ps 42:10; Is 21:3; Jn 16:21; Re 9:5; Re 16:10

Agony of heart

Jeremiah 4:19 NIV
Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.
See also Dt 2:25; 1 Sa 1:16 Hannah prays for a son; Job 6:2; Job 7:11; Ps 6:3; Ps 25:17; Ps 31:7; Ps 38:8; Ps 55:4; Is 65:14; Mt 26:38; Mk 14:33; Lk 22:44 Jesus Christ prays on the Mount of Olives; Ro 9:2; 2 Co 2:4

Causes of agony


Jeremiah 15:18 NIV
Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.
See also Job 30:16–17; Ps 6:2–3; Ps 38:7; Ps 69:29


Acts 2:24 NIV
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
See also Job 26:5; Ps 18:4–6; Ps 42:10; Ps 55:4; Ps 116:3

The judgment of God

Luke 16:24–25 NIV
So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
See also Je 4:19; Eze 30:16; Mic 4:10; Zec 9:5; Mt 22:13; Mt 24:51; Mt 25:30
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