What Does the Bible Say About Rest & Relaxation?

Bible Verses Rest

It’s so easy to get swept up in modern life – constantly running to-and-fro from appointment to appointment, ticking off an endless to-do list. We often find ourselves forgetting the importance of just taking a moment to breathe. Of taking some time to allow our mind and body to renew. To become, stronger and more-focused.

If you find yourself needing a little inspiration to rest and relax, you’ll be pleased to know the Bible is full of encouragement. There are many examples throughout the Scriptures of God’s promises to provide rest when we need it most.

Below we’ve jotted down some of our favorite verses about rest, relaxation, and renewal.

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

– Matthew 11:28-30 [ESV]

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

– Exodus 33:14 [NIV]

Bible Verses Rest

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

– Psalm 4:8 [KJV]

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

– John 16:33 [HCSB]

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:6-7 [CSB]

Bible Verses Rest

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

– Psalm 23:1-2 [KJV]

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

– Psalm 46:10 [NKJV]

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

– Genesis 2:2-3 [ESV]

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

– Hebrews 4:9-10 [NIV]

Bible Verses Rest

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

– Psalm 116:7 [NIV]

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.

– Psalm 62:1-2 [CSB]

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

– John 14:27 [NASB]

Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed.

– Exodus 23:12 [NKJV]

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