In this post you will learn 21 biblical quotes about joy, laughter and mirth:
From the old testament: 13. The ancient Psalms are filled with expressions of human emotions, some of which are great joy. Many personify the earth to imply that nature itself rejoices. So when we laugh, we are laughing along with the earth.
From The New Testament: 8. Notice that the verses about Christ and his coming speak emphatically of joy. This is why many of the Christmas carols have the word “joy” in them: Christ brings joy.
From The Old Testament
“God, who sits in Heaven, laughs!” — Psalm 2:4
“You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” — Psalm 30:11
“God has a smile on His face.” — Psalm 42:5
“The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy; The meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” — Psalm 65:12-13
“Let the shield exult and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” — Psalm 96:12
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break into joyous song and sing praises.” — Psalm 98:4
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them.” — Psalm 126:2
“He that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” — Proverbs 15:15
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” — Proverbs 17:22
“I commend mirth.” — Ecclesiastes 8:15
God says, “I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow.” — Jeremiah 31:13
“Let your heart be merry.” — Judges 19:6
“You shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall burst into song, and the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” — Isaiah 55:12
From The New Testament
Notice that the verses about Christ and his coming speak emphatically of joy. This is why many of the Christmas carols have the word “joy” in them: Christ brings joy.
“The angel said to Mary: You will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at the birth of your son.” — Luke 1:14
“The angels said to the shepherds: Do not be afraid, for see – I am bringing good news of great joy for all the people.” — Luke 2:10
When the wise men saw that the star had stopped over the place where the christ child lay, they were overwhelmed with joy.” — Matthew 2:10
“I have said these things to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” — John 15:11
“Although you have not seen Jesus, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” — Peter 1:8
“But in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.” — Peter 4:13
Jesus said “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3
Jesus said, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh!” — Luke 6:21
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