What Does The Bible Say About Death?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Genesis 2:15-17 – And the Lord God took man, and put him into the paradise of pleasure, to dress it, and to keep it. And he commanded him, saying: Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.
Genesis 3:17, 19 – And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. […] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.
Genesis 5:5, 27 – And all the time that Adam lived came to nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. […] And all the days of Mathusala were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.
Job 7:9-10 – As a cloud is consumed, and passeth away: so he that shall go down to hell shall not come up. Nor shall he return any more into his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
Job 14:7-12 – A tree hath hope: if it be cut, it groweth green again, and the boughs thereof sprout. If its root be old in the earth, and its stock be dead in the dust: At the scent of water, it shall spring, and bring forth leaves, as when it was first planted. But man when he shall be dead, and stripped and consumed, I pray you where is he? As if the waters should depart out of the sea, and an emptied river should be dried up: So man when he is fallen asleep shall not rise again; till the heavens be broken, he shall not awake, nor rise up out of his sleep.
Job 14:14-15 – Shall man that is dead, thinkest thou, live again? all the days in which I am now in warfare, I expect until my change come. Thou shalt call me, and I will answer thee: to the work of thy hands thou shalt reach out thy right hand.
Job 17:14 – If I have said to rottenness: Thou art my father; to worms, my mother and my sister.
Job 17:16 – All that I have shall go down into the deepest pit: thinkest thou that there at least I shall have rest?
Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 – And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way, the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about in the street. Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern, And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.
Ecclesiasticus 10:13 – For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents, and beasts, and worms.
Ecclesiasticus 41:3-4 – O death, thy sentence is welcome to the man that is in need, and to him whose strength faileth: Who is in a decrepit age, and that is in care about all things, and to the distrustful that loseth patience!
Isaiah 38:10-12 – I said: In the midst of my days I shall go to the gates of hell: I sought for the residue of my years. I said: I shall not see the Lord God in the land of the living. I shall behold man no more, nor the inhabitant of rest. My generation is at an end, and it is rolled away from me, as a shepherd’s tent. My life is cut off, as by a weaver: whilst I was yet but beginning, he cut me off: from morning even to night thou wilt make an end of me.
Hosea 13:14 – I will deliver them out of the hand of death. I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy death; O hell, I will be thy bite: comfort is hidden from my eyes.
John 9:4 – We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.
1 Corinthians 15:54-56 – When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
1 Peter 4:7 – The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers.