Biblical Concept: God’s Sorrow / Grief


(The parentheses are mine.)


NAS Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  (The Messiah’s work = sorrow, grief, shunned, despised, and underestimated.)


NAS Isaiah 53:4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. (The Messiah’s work = grief bearing, sorrow bearing, stricken, smitten, and afflicted.)


NAS Isaiah 53:10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. (The Messiah’s work = crushed, grief, guilt offering, and victory.)


NAS Matthew 26:37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.  (The Messiah’s work = grief and distress.)


NAS Matthew 26:38 Then He *said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." (The Messiah’s work = deep grief.) (See Biblical Concept: Christ and the Cup.)


NAS Mark 3:5 And after looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He *said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  (Religion—verse 2--grieves God.)


NAS Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.  (“Rebelled” is the Hebrew word hr'm' from the root rm; meaning literally: “bitter.”  A qal perfect 3rd person common plural inflection is employed and literally means that “they all were actively bitter toward God.”)  (“Grieved = bc;[' and can also be translated “pained” + a piel perfect 3rd person common plural inflection = “they intensely pained” the Holy Spirit.) (Bitter spiritual attitudes pain the Holy Spirit.)


NAS Genesis 6:6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  (Sin, see 6:5, grieves the Lord.)


NAS Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them."  (Sin sorrows the Lord.)


NAS 1 Samuel 15:11 "I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night.  (Not applying God’s commands causes regret in God.) (The root behind “regret” is akin to “sigh.”) 


NAS 1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel. (Note 1 Samuel 16:7.)


NAS Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  (Sin, see 4:29-32, grieves the Holy Spirit.)  (“Grieve” = lupe,w = pain, grieve, injure, be sad, sorrowful, weep.)


NAS Ecclesiastes 1:18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.  (Applied to God: God’s omniscience knew the cost of creation.)