26 Bible Verses About Patience

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I have constructed a list of bible verses about patience for you, read it carefully and enjoy. These are some of the prayers I repeat everyday and it has had an positive effect on my everyday life, try for yourself and let me know in the comments how it changed you.

Facing pain, sadness, fears, complaints, time, lies, and betrayals is always hard. And in order to handle pain and sorrow, get through lies and disloyalty, face the fears and use the time that’s given to us wisely, we need to obtain a necessary trait – patience.   

But what is that? Let’s take a look at some definitions. First of all, patience is the ability to take the rough with the smooth. 

Secondly, it’s the skill of being persistent in reaching goals and achieving dreams. 

And thirdly, patience is faith in God’s timing, omnipotence, and love.

As one of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar says, “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

However, there are two types of patience. First is passive patience, the one people think about whenever this topic is brought. This type of patience equals to wasting time. 

Some great examples for this one are the prisoners, captives, and just people who are stuck in a particular situation and wait for it to resolve by itself. They’re not willing to do anything, hoping God will magically solve their problems. 

However, that’s not true. Patience is not about being a victim, it’s about being a fighter. 

The antonym of passive patience is active (or fighting) patience. This type of patience is found in warrior people; those, who conquer all the obstacles and problems during their fight. Some people may hurt them, and others can bring them down. Yet, they keep being patient in order to reach their destination. 

This means that the Lord doesn’t ask us to be patient without reason. On the contrary, in verse to Hebrews 12:1 it is stated, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

An exceptional example of this type of patience will be the story of Joseph. It shows that when we trust God while we endure, we allow Him to work things out for us. 

Joseph was his father’s favorite child, and obviously, his brothers didn’t like that. So, they decided to get rid of him and sold him. Joseph ended up in Egypt, where he was able to become successful because he was helping the king.    

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Later, there was a period of shortage of food in the land, so Joseph became in charge of all the grain available in Egypt. Coincidentally, his family was in great need of food. So, his brothers traveled to Egypt to get some grain. 

However, brothers didn’t know Joseph was in charge of food. And surprisingly, he helped the brothers. 

On the one hand, he could say no. But he was way more than that. Instead of being angry and vindictive, he helped them with the grain. 

So, the story shows a young man who was betrayed by his closest relatives. Yet, he didn’t become evil and stayed faithful and true to himself instead. That’s why he was able to get through every obstacle on his way and become friends with the king.

Now, after we’ve discovered the definition of patience, let’s read some more verses from the Bible about it.


List of Bible Verses About Patience

bible verses about patience

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Romans 5:3-4

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

Proverbs 15:18

Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.

2 Peter 1:5-8

For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:12

You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

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1 Timothy 1:12-17 

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Galatians 5:22 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

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1 Thessalonians 5:14 

And we urge you, brothers, to admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.

Isaiah 40:31

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

2 Chronicles 15:7

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Exodus 34:6 

Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.

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2 Peter 3:15 

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

Psalm 40:1-2 

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 27:13-14 

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 62:5-6 

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.

Hebrews 10:36 

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

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2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Romans 15:5

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

1 Peter 2:19-23 

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Psalm 86:15

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

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In Conclusion…

Because God sets an example of patience for us, we should follow his steps and be patient with each other. 

We all know of many illustrations in the Bible of God’s long-suffering and the stories of how he handled them with grace. 

So, use these verses to better yourself and help those around you to understand what the patience of God is. 

His heart is full of kindness, and he knows how we struggle to be patient and to endure. He knows what we need to keep going and be the best version of ourselves. And to do so, we need to be endurant. Then and only then, he wants us to share our patience and wisdom with other people. 

Just like God considerately acknowledges our fights and our needs in the midst of waiting, he wants us to work to understand that other people might face the same problems. 

If we are patient with others, we are being an example of God’s good character to our family, friends, and people around us in general.

I hope you enjoyed the bible verses about patience!

A Question To You

Now, what are some of your favorite verses or stories about patience from the Bible we haven’t mentioned here? Which ones of them give you strength to move on? Share them in the comments below, we can’t wait to read them!


How many times does the Bible mention patience?

The Bible researchers estimate nearly 70 times when readers meet the term “patience” in the main book of humanity. Indeed, patience is a hidden sense of the Bible’s psalms and stories.

What does God say about having patience?

God teaches us that patience is a gift we could receive to prepare ourselves for life challenges. Once we overcome obstacles and troubles, we will be granted long-expected miracles. Passive or active patience requires us to pay maximum effort to fight with the worst enemies – our desires, dreams, temptations, and fairs. To be patient is to prove the best features of your personality in the dark times.

How many times is patience mentioned in the New Testament?

The New Testament mentions patience nearly five times. However, many noble statements highlight that being patient is ready to be close to God, wait for his healing touch, and expect glory times.

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