Sickness: words to comfort and support

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  -Psalm 23:4


My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26


Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgression, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  – Isaiah 53:4-5


Hezekiah’s Illness:  In those days Hezekiah came ill and was at the point of death.  The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ” This is what the Lord says: Put you house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”  And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.  And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria.  I will defend this city.

” ‘This is is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he had promised: I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’ ” So the sunlight want back the ten steps it had gone down.

A writing of Hezekiah king of judah after his illness and recovery: I said, “In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?”  I said, “I will not again see the lord, the Lord, in the land of the living; no longer will I look on mankind, or be with those who now dwell in this world.  Like a shepherd’s tent my house had been pulled down and taken from me.  Like a weaver I have rolled up my life, and he had cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me.  I waited patiently till down, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.  I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove.  My eyes are weak as I looked to the heavens.  I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!

But what can I say?   He has spoken to me, and he himself had done this.  I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.  Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.  You restored me to health and let me live.  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In you love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.  For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.  The living, the living – they praise you, as I am doing today; father tell you children about your faithfulness.

The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lived in the temple of the Lord.

Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”  Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?” – Isaiah 38


When evening came, many who were demon-possed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirit with a word and healed all the sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”  – Matthew 8:16-17


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, That he might be the first born among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also along with him, graciously give us all things?   Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died – mor that that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death no life,  nether angels not demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither right nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:28-39


Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.                          – James 5:14-15