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What is joy?

What does the Bible say about joy?

“It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.”

Proverbs 21:15

“The king shall joy in the strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”

Psalm 21:1

“My soul melteth for heaviness; strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”

Psalm 119:28

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

Psalm 119:71

“Thy testaments have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”

Psalm 119:111

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes because they kept not the law.”

Psalm 119:136

“Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.”

Psalm 119:143

“Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease and with contempt of the proud.”

Psalm 123:4

“I behold the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.”

Psalm 119:158

“I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”

Psalm 119:162

“I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.”

Psalm 121:1

“Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing. Then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

Psalm 126:2,3

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weapeth, bearing precious seed, shall double doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Psalm 126:5,6

“Let Israel rejoice in him that made im : let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.”

Psalm 149:2

“Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.”

Psalm 149:5

“My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine, yea my reins shall rejoice.”

Proverbs 23:15-16

“Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is sorrowful.”

Proverbs 14:13

“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.”

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4

“Break forth into joy, sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord has comforted his people. He has redeemed Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 52:9

“…I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God.”

Isaiah 61:10

“Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad.”

Ezekiel 13:22

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Habakkuk 3:18

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice.”

Philippians 4:4

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8


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