Do you need some Bible Verses to help with sleep? In this Bible Study, we’ll read Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep. Each one is a gift from God to help you lie down and have a restful night.
Sleepless nights happen to the best of us.
And it seems like, the more we toss and turn, the harder it is to fall asleep.
In my life, sleep is a commodity that is in short supply. So much so, I recently dreamed about sleeping. When I woke up, I even thought, how crazy it was that I dreamed of sleeping. But that still didn’t give me the restful night I desperately needed.
Thankfully, God’s Word, the Holy Bible is full of inspirational Bible Verses about sleep and rest. Each one of these scripture references is sure to give us a good night’s sleep.
So, if you’ve already tried cup after cup of sleepy time tea and still have insomnia, reading these Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep before bedtime will set your mind at ease. And help you give it to God and go to sleep once and for all.
Psalms to Help You Sleep Tonight
When I need peace and comfort, the Psalms are the first place I turn to.
They are full of great Bible Verses to help us have peaceful sleep in God’s comfort.
So, the next time you find yourself tossing and turning, open your Bible and turn to the Psalms.
Here are some of my favorite Psalms about sleep.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
Be still, and know that I am God.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.
Psalm 116:7 NIV
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2 NIV
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.
I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:2 NKJV
Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62:8 English Standard Version
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 NIV
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Psalm 132:4-5 KJV
Comforting Bible Verses about Rest from Jesus
When you’re laying in bed, wide awake and wondering if sleep will ever come, this list of helpful Bible Verses about rest will give you the good night’s rest you’re looking for.
Come to Me, all you 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.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
Matthew 8:24 ESV
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
Matthew 8:24 NIV
And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
Matthew 8:24 NKJV
These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
John 11:11 New King James Version
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Matthew 26:45 ESV
And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Mark 14:41 ESV
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.
Luke 12:38 NIV
Are you worn out and in need of rest? This Bible Study, Your Labor is Not in Vain, will help you lay your burden down at Jesus’ feet.
Scriptures about Anxiety to Read Before Bed
Stress causes us to have bad dreams and even nightmares sometimes.
But the Word of God offers us hope for sweet dreams.
These scriptures will help you let go of the anxiety and worry of the day and get a restful night’s sleep.
Read them before you go to bed and allow God’s peace to guard your heart and mind as you sleep soundly in His embrace.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24 NIV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 ESV
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:3 ESV
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
But you would not,
Isaiah 30:15 NKJV
“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
Ezekiel 34:25 ESV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust. In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain, I, the Lord, have spoken!
Isaiah 65:25 NLT
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
Proverbs 2:7-8 New King James Version
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
Because of the turmoil within me.
Job 20:2 NKJV
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NKJV
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
Isaiah 35:4-6 ESV
What does the Bible say about insomnia?
There are many Bible Stories to help us with insomnia.
Because the Bible characters we love so much were a lot like us. They had times of hardship and victory. And sometimes experienced insomnia and nights of restless sleep too.
Through their stories, we can find help for the sleeplessness we all have from time to time.
And if you suffer from chronic insomnia, spending time in God’s Word is always a great way to spend the night.
Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
2 Corinthians 6:4-6 NIV
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.
Esther 6:1 NIV
In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the Lord thy God.
Deuteronomy 24:13 KJV
We could all use a little more peace of mind in this crazy world! So, read this Bible Study and discover 4 Easy Steps to Peace of Mind.
God Does Not Sleep Bible Verses
Our bodies need sleep to function properly. But God does not need to sleep like we do.
Because of this truth, we can have confidence that God is always watching over us, protecting us, and causing all things to work for our benefit. Even while we sleep. so, if you’re having trouble sleeping read this short list of God does not sleep scriptures and experience the good things God has in store for you as you rest peacefully in God’s embrace.
He will not let your foot slip
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
Don’t Confuse Sleep and Laziness
Peaceful sleep is a gift from God for those who labor. He will give you rest and restore your energy for the work ahead.
But the Bible also says that laziness is a sin. And God will not reward us for it.
Below is a list of Bible Verses about the difference between sleep and laziness. They are a warning to all Christians to get up and do the work of the Kingdom for the glory of God!
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Proverbs 20:13 NIV
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Proverbs 20:13 King James Version
Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.
Sweet sleep comes to those who work hard, regardless of how much or how little they’ve eaten. But the abundance of the rich keeps them awake at night.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 VOICE
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 KJV
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
Proverbs 19:15 ESV
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV
Do not carouse with drunkards
or feast with gluttons,
for they are on their way to poverty,
and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Proverbs 23:20-21 NLT
As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.
Proverbs 26:14 NKJV
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Death is Sleep Bible Verses
These Bible passages liken death to sleep. In each one, we see the glory of God in a saint’s death( that’s us, all Christians). And the eternal life we have in knowing Jesus as our Savior.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Daniel 12:2 KJV
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Job 33:15-17 KJV
Bedtime Bible Prayers
Great prayers often come from great Bible verses.
So, if you’re wondering… How do I pray for peaceful sleep? Just before you lay down, read these bedtime prayer scriptures.
Use their words as a goodnight prayer. Then give it to God and go to sleep. You’ll see Him give you the rest you so richly deserve.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.
Psalm 42:8 NKJV
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Consider and answer me, O lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
Psalm 13:3-4 ESV
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NIV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:24 NLT
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Sleepless, restless nights may come our way. And we may have a period of time when insomnia takes over. But now that we have a long list of Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep, finding God’s rest has never been so easy.
May the Word of God give you a peaceful night tonight.
Good night and sleep tight, dear friend!