What Does the Bible Say About Worry? With Scripture References

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Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about worry?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about worry?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes worry in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines worry as “To tease; to trouble; to harass with importunity, or with care and anxiety.”

Now armed with a basic worry definition, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word worry, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about worry, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about worry and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

What Does the Bible Say About Worry?


Philippians 4:6-7

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 46:1-3

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

Philippians 4:19

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 9:9-10

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Isaiah 32:17

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”

1 Peter 5:7

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Matthew 6:34

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”


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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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