Biblical Quotes Death

Death, the end of our mortal life and the beginning of our eternal state.  The Bible uses a few euphemisms that shed light on how death was viewed in the different stages of the judeo-christian tradition.  In the Hebrew Bible, otherwise known as the Old Testament, the main phrase is “gathered to his people (Gen.25:8,49:29) in the first five books of the Bible.”  Once you get past the first five books, the euphemisms are lost and the word “death” is plainly used.  this suggests in the patriarchal and Mosiac times, death was seen as a transitional time in which your eternal state was one of rest and familial communion.  This changes where the horrors of death are more readily talked about (Job 18:14, Ps 55:4-5).  We can conclude that it entered the minds of the later Israelite writers that death is an uncertain end.

In the New Testament we see the euphemism “fall asleep” used for death (John 11:11, I Thes. 4:13-14) when referring to those that believe in Jesus Christ.  For them, death was a transitional time where the saints waited in comfort until the last days, the resurrection of the death and final judgment.

Bible Quotes:


“Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.”
Genesis 25:8

“[ The Death of Jacob ] Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people.”
Genesis 49:29a (NIV)

“Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah.”
Numbers 20:24 (NIV)

“He is torn from the security of his tent
and marched off to the king of terrors.”
Job 18:14 (NIV)

“My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.”
Psalms 55:4-5 (NIV)

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“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Psalms 116:15 (NIV)

“The righteous perish,
and no one ponders it in his heart;
devout men are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.”
Isaiah 57:1-2 (NIV)

“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 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.’”
Luke 16:22-24 (NIV)

“After he had said this, he went on to tell them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.’”
John 11:11 (NIV)

“That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”
I Corinthians 11:30 (NIV)

“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
I Corinthians 15:20 (NIV)

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)

“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 (NIV)

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV)

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV)

“They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.”
Revelation 12:11 (NIV)

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”"
Revelation 14:13 (NIV)