In the King James’ translation of the Bible, there are over one hundred bible verses about healing. The bible verses about healing verses relate to:
- Healing of Sickness and Infirmity
2. Spiritual Healing
3. Anxiety and Worry
4. Forgiveness of Sin
Why do we need healing scriptures?
There isn’t anyone who hasn’t been touched by illness or affliction. Regardless of if have been affected indirectly or not, now the world is in a season where health is uncertain. Everyone has needs, and even believers need to be encouraged. The bible is not only the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but it provides hope. The Bible verses about healing, and the accounts of Christ Jesus’ Ministry give us comfort, and teaches us how we ought to pray.
Where can you find bible verses about healing?
The Old Testament
The Old Testament has a lot of bible verses about healing. The bible verses about healing in the Old Testament specifically tell that:
God is Jehovah Rapha
God reveals himself in different ways throughout the Bible. In the book of Exodus, he introduces himself as the God who heals; which when translated in the Hebrew language is Jehovah Rapha.
Exodus 15:16 “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought on the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.“
Repentance and Humility are Necessary for Healing
Some bible verses about healing emphasize repentance and humility for God’s healing power.
1. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.“
2. Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds“
3. Psalm 107 “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
4. Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds“
Not everyone who desires healing is healed
Another condition for healing is that you must serve and fear God.
1. Exodus 23:25 “You shall serve the LORD your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.“
2. Malachi 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.“
God Can Inflict Us
1. Isaiah 30:26 “The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.”
2. Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.“
God Can Restore
Jeremiah 30:17: “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.”
God Brings Healing, Peace and Security
Some bible verses about healing tells us that God does more than heal his people.
1. Jeremiah 33:6: “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”
2. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
We have guidance on how to Pray
Bible verses about healing in the Old Testament tell us how you ought to pray to the Lord
1. Isaiah 38:16-17 “O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live! Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.“
2. Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, o LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.“
3. Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
4. Psalm 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions“
The Old Testament Prophesized Christ’s Kingdom and Healing Ministry
Some bible verses about healing in the Old Testament foretold Christ Jesus’ healing Ministry. For example, the prophet Isaiah foreshadowed the healing ministry of Jesus in Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners“
This was fulfilled in Matthew 8:17 “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.“
Isaiah 53:4-5 also prophesied, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed“
In 1 Peter 2:24, the apostle (who witnessed Jesus’ life, death and resurrection) wrote that “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live to righteousness. By His stripes you are healed.”
New Testament Healing Scriptures
In the New Testament, the bible verses about healing are a bit different. The Gospels tell of Jesus’ Ministry, the Acts of the Apostles tell of how the disciples continue Jesus’ ministry and the epistles reference healing and the church. The New Testament tells the following:
The Ministry of Jesus was to the Glory of the Lord
The gospels give an account of Christ Jesus’ healing power and his Ministry. The bible verses tell that he came to teach, preach the gospel, heal, raise the dead and cast out demons.
Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.“
The Miracles of Jesus
Jesus’ Miracles are consistent with the qualities that Jehovah Rapha of the Old Testament. He heals both physical ailments and spiritual ailments through forgiveness. The miracles of Jesus bring an important message to those who read them.
Jesus heals a man with leprosy
The leper’s encounter with Jesus reminds us that all we need to worship.
Matthew 8: 1-4 “When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.“
He Forgives and Heals a paralyzed man
In this encounter, we learn that the faith of others can result in our healing and provide us with an encounter with Christ.
Mark 2: 3-5 “And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Mark 2:11-12 “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.“
Jesus restores the eyesight of two blind men
Following Jesus doesn’t mean we should not ask him for Mercy.
Matthew 9:27-31 “And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.”
Jesus heals a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years
From this encounter we gather that sometimes all we need is a brush of Jesus.
Luke 8:42-48 “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.“
Jesus Gave His Apostles Authority to Continue His Ministry
Believers have been given authority
Matthew 10:1 “Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.“
Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. “
How did the apostles continue building the Kingdom of God?
Following Jesus’ ascension into heaven the apostles and the members of the early church continued the ministry of Jesus responding to his commission in Matthew 28: 19-20 in which he said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
What we learn from the apostles?
The gift of God was better than money
Excited to share the good news of the Lord, Peter gifts salvation – the best gift we can give anyone.
Acts 3:6-8 “But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.“
The Prayer of Faith
We learn from the apostle James that healing is a group effort which requires the confession of sin.
James 5: 14-16 “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Healing requires acts of faith
Just as faith without works is dead, healing requires faith.
Acts 5:15-16 “to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.“
Acts 14:8-10 “At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well, said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.“
God uses his servants to perform miracles
Acts 19:11-12 “God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.“
Everything is in the Bible
The bible has everything we need to navigate our lives. Its scriptures can truly provide comfort, hope and reassurance when we need it. However, we ought to remember that we can only be healed if it is the will of God.
God used the Apostle Paul to heal others but yet, Paul was unable to heal himself of the infirmity in his flesh despite speaking to the Lord about it three times (2 Corinthians 12:8). God never promised a life without suffering, but as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.“