Bible Verses on Patience

Bible verses on patience can help us get through some of the toughest times, because they remind us that not everything happens instantaneously. We're often on God's timeline. We also have to show patience to others, especially when they are being quite trying on us. Here are some Bible verses on patience that teach us a little bit about the spiritual discipline.

Patience in Times of Trouble

When we're facing stress or troubling times, we can often lose our patience with God.

We get tired of waiting for God to move. It happens. It's not easy to wait for God to work on His timeline rather than ours.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)

Ecclesiastes 7:9
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. (NIV)

Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)

Romans 5:3
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1
Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. (CEV)

Proverbs 15:18
Losing your temper causes a lot of trouble, but staying calm settles arguments. (CEV)

Hebrews 6:15
Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.


Patience for Things to Come

Sometimes we think we want to know when God's going to move in our lives. We'd like to see the whole plan so we know what's coming. It's not easy when things get stagnant. But here are some verses to remind us that good things happen when we wait for God.

Psalm 37:7-9
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. (NLT)

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)

Romans 5:4
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (NLT)

Romans 8:25
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (NLT)

Hebrews 10:36
Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised. (CEV)

James 1:4
But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. (CEV)

James 5:8
Be patient like those farmers and don’t give up. The Lord will soon be here! (CEV)

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit. Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools. (NASB)

Revelation 14:12
Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.


Romans 2:7
To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (ESV)

Patience with Others

We'd all love to show patience to others all the time, but frankly, sometimes other people get tiring. However, God asks us to be patient and kind to those around us, and when we look to His word, the scriptures tell us that patience is there for the asking.

Romans 15:5
God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ. (CEV)

Galatians 6:9
Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up. (CEV)

Ephesians 4:2
With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (NIV)

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (NIV)

2 Timothy 2:24
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (NIV)

Colossians 3:12-13
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)