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An illness or other condition which prevents people or animals from achieving their full potential or adversely affects their abilities.

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General and specific examples of disease

General references

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John 9:1 LEB
And as he went away, he saw a man blind from birth.




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Voluntary starvation

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Boils and sores

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Proverbs 13:12 LEB
Hope that is deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.


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Acts 28:8 LEB
And it happened that the father of Publius was lying down, afflicted with fever and dysentery. Paul went to him and after praying, he placed his hands on him and healed him.


Matthew 17:15 LEB
and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely, for often he falls into the fire and often into the water.
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Job 30:30 LEB
My skin turns black on me, and my bones burn with heat.
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Matthew 9:20 LEB
And behold, a woman who had been suffering with a hemorrhage twelve years approached from behind and touched the edge of his cloak,


Deuteronomy 28:22 LEB
Yahweh will afflict you with the wasting diseases and with the fever and with the inflammation and with the scorching heat and with the sword and with the blight and with the mildew, and they shall pursue you until you perish.

Even the righteous suffer disease

Job 2:3 LEB
So Yahweh asked Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? Indeed, there is no one like him on the earth—a blameless man and upright and God-fearing and turning away from evil. And still he persists in his blamelessness even though you incited me against him to destroy him for nothing.”
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Examples of the righteous suffering

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Causes of disease

John 9:2 LEB
And his disciples asked him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”

Original sin

Genesis 3:16–17 LEB
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bear children. And to your husband shall be your desire. And he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and you ate from the tree from which I forbade you to eat, the ground shall be cursed on your account. In pain you shall eat from it all the days of your life.


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Psalm 107:17–18 LEB
Fools, because of their rebellious way and their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all food, and they approached the gates of death.
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Job 2:5 LEB
But stretch out your hand and touch his bones and his flesh, and see whether he will curse you to your face.”

Response to sickness and disease

The compassion of God

Mark 1:32–34 LEB
Now when it was evening, when the sun had set, they began bringing to him all those who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole town was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases and expelled many demons. And he did not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
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Humble submission

Job 13:15 LEB
Look, though he kill me, I will hope in him; however, I will defend my ways before him.
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James 5:14 LEB
Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the elders of the church and they should pray over him, anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord.
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Spiritual disease

Isaiah 1:5–6 LEB
Why do you want to be beaten again? You continue in rebellion. The whole of the head is sick, and the whole of the heart is faint. From the sole of the foot and up to the head there is no health in it; bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed, and they have not been bound up and not softened with the oil.
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Salvation and healing from disease

Salvation achieved through the cross of Jesus Christ

Isaiah 53:4–5 LEB
However, he was the one who lifted up our sicknesses, and he carried our pain, yet we ourselves assumed him stricken, struck down by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his wounds we were healed.

Salvation made perfect in heaven

Revelation 22:1–3 LEB
And he showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming out from the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street, and on both sides of the river is the tree of life, producing twelve fruits—yielding its fruit according to every month—and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And there will not be any curse any longer, and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his slaves will serve him,
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