20 Scriptures on Sleep (ESV)

These are the 20 most relevant Scriptures on Sleep. Learn the top Bible verses and passages that teach about Sleep.
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It is important to interpret Bible verses in their Scriptural context. Many people rip Scripture passages out of their context and misinterpret them.

This list of Bible verses about Sleep is meant to be a starting place for learning more about this topic. Make sure you do not use these Bible verses inappropriately—check to make sure the verses actually mean what you think they mean.

Use the Table of Contents to quickly browse through the list of Bible verses related to Sleep and jump to the relevant Scripture.

Table of Contents

  1. Job 14:12 - "so a man lies down and..."
  2. John 11:12 - "The disciples said to him, "Lord,..."
  3. Job 33:15 - "In a dream, in a vision..."
  4. Mark 5:39 - "And when he had entered, he..."
  5. Matthew 8:24 - "And behold, there arose a great..."
  6. Proverbs 6:9 - "How long will you lie there,..."
  7. Matthew 9:24 - "he said, "Go away, for the..."
  8. Proverbs 20:13 - "Love not sleep, lest you come..."
  9. Proverbs 3:24 - "If you lie down, you will..."
  10. Ecclesiastes 5:12 - "Sweet is the sleep of a..."
  11. Psalm 3:5 - "I lay down and slept; I..."
  12. Psalm 127:2 - "It is in vain that you..."
  13. Psalm 132:4-5 - "I will not give sleep to..."
  14. Psalm 4:8 - "In peace I will both lie..."
  15. Psalm 121:3-4 - "He will not let your foot..."
  16. Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to me, all who labor..."
  17. Isaiah 35:3-6 - "Strengthen the weak hands, and make..."
  18. Psalm 91:1-5 - "He who dwells in the shelter..."
  19. Psalm 23 - "The LORD is my shepherd; I..."
  20. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - "But we do not want you..."

1. Job 14:12

12 so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.

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2. John 11:12

12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

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3. Job 33:15

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

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4. Mark 5:39

39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."

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5. Matthew 8:24

24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

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6. Proverbs 6:9

9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

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7. Matthew 9:24

24 he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.

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8. Proverbs 20:13

13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

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9. Proverbs 3:24

24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

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10. Ecclesiastes 5:12

12 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.

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11. Psalm 3:5

5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

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12. Psalm 127:2

2 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.

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13. Psalm 132:4-5

4 I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

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14. Psalm 4:8

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

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15. Psalm 121:3-4

3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

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16. Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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17. Isaiah 35:3-6

3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 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." 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 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;

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18. Psalm 91:1-5

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

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19. Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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20. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 3:5
  2. Psalm 127:2
  3. Psalm 132:4-5
  4. Psalm 4:8
  5. Psalm 121:3-4
  6. Psalm 91:1-5
  7. Psalm 23
  8. Job 14:12
  9. Job 33:15
  10. Proverbs 3:24
  11. Proverbs 6:9
  12. Proverbs 20:13
  13. Ecclesiastes 5:12
  14. Isaiah 35:3-6
  15. Matthew 8:24
  16. Matthew 9:24
  17. Matthew 11:28-30
  18. Mark 5:39
  19. John 11:12
  20. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Psalm 3:5

5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

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Psalm 127:2

2 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.

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Psalm 132:4-5

4 I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

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Psalm 4:8

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

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Psalm 121:3-4

3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

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Psalm 91:1-5

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

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Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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Job 14:12

12 so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.

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Job 33:15

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

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Proverbs 3:24

24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

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Proverbs 6:9

9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

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Proverbs 20:13

13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

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Ecclesiastes 5:12

12 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.

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Isaiah 35:3-6

3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 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." 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 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;

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Matthew 8:24

24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

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Matthew 9:24

24 he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.

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Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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Mark 5:39

39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."

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John 11:12

12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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