Bible Verses About the Intermediate State


Luke 23:43

ESVAnd he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
KJVAnd Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
NASBAnd He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
NIVJesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
NLTAnd Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Bible verses intermediate state

Philippians 1:23

ESVI am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
KJVFor I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
NASBBut I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
NIVI am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
NLTI’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.
Scripture intermediate state

Ecclesiastes 9:10

ESVWhatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
KJVWhatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
NASBWhatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
NIVWhatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
NLTWhatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

“We pilgrims walk the tightrope between earth and heaven, feeling trapped in time, yet with eternity beating in our hearts. Our unsatisfied sense of exile is not to be solved or fixed while here on earth. Our pain and longings make sure we will never be content, but that’s good: it is to our benefit that we do not grow comfortable in a world destined for decay.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

2 Peter 2:4

ESVFor if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
KJVFor if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
NASBFor if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
NIVFor if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;
NLTFor God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~ C.S. Lewis

John 11:11

ESVAfter saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”
KJVThese 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.
NASBThis He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”
NIVAfter he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
NLTThen he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

Luke 16:23

ESVand in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
KJVAnd in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
NASB“In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
NIVIn Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
NLTand he went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.

Matthew 10:28

ESVAnd do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
KJVAnd fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
NASB“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
NIVDo not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
NLT“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

ESVAnd the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
KJVThen shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
NASBthen the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
NIVand the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
NLTFor then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Revelation 20:15

ESVAnd if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
KJVAnd whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
NASBAnd if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
NIVAnyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
NLTAnd anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

1 Thessalonians 4:13

ESVBut 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.
KJVBut I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
NASBBut we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
NIVBrothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
NLTAnd now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.

Acts 2:27

ESVFor you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.
KJVBecause thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
NASBBECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.
NIVbecause you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
NLTFor you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see the About page for details.

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