Words of consolation in time of distress

David, the prophet, said to God, “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction.” (Ps. 119:49,50)

You too, in times of distress and hardships, remember the following sayings and you will be comforted:

  • “… and Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of age.” (Matt. 28:20)
  • “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Is. 54:17)
  • “It is I, do not be afraid.” (John 6:20)

  • “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Ex. 14:14)
  • “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive,… Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers, the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps. 124:2,3,6-8)
  • “For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous.” (Ps. 125:3)
  • “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you” (Gen. 28:15)
  •  “They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1: 19)
  • “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you ..” (Acts 18:9-10)
  • “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The ploughers ploughed on my back; they made their furrows long. The Lord is righteous. He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.” (Ps. 129:2-4)
  • “You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the Lord helped me” (Ps. 118:13)
  • “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Ps. 23:4)
  • A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.” (Ps. 91:7-8)
  • “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in …” (Ps. 121:7-8)
  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? … Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident. (Ps. 27:1-3)
  • ” Gird Your sword upon Your thigh ,O Mighty One , with Your glory and Your majesty.” (Ps. 45:3)
  • “… the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it…” (Matt. 16:18)


— Pope Shenouda III