Good Friday Bible Verses

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 Good Friday took place on the Friday before Jesus rose from the dead. It was on Good Friday that He was brutally tortured and crucified, and on that day that He declared all believers everywhere and for all time not guilty of our sins. If we truly believe in Him, it was a Good Friday indeed!

There are several theories of how the day came to be called “good”, one of which says that at one time it was called Holy Friday and that the word holy was somehow changed to good. Whatever we call it, Good Friday is one of the most important days in the history of the gospel.

Good Friday Bible Verses

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each tell the story of Easter in the Bible, from the point of view of each of the authors of these books of the Bible. Specifically, Matthew 27, Mark 13, Luke 23, and John 19 are where you would look for the whole Good Friday story. 

This collection of Good Friday Bible verses would be a great choice for a Good Friday reading or for personal devotions, as you contemplate that terrible day when our Lord was given the death penalty in the place of a murderer. 

But the Gospels aren’t the only place in the Bible that tells us about Good Friday. Surprisingly, the day was predicted, or prophesied, throughout many other places in Scripture, written by various authors who were inspired by God to write their words for all the world to see for all time. 

Through these writers of the Scriptures, God decided to tell us ahead of time some of the things that would happen. Biblical prophecies are not guesses or predictions. They are announcements from God, letting readers of His Word know what is about to happen.

I always love reading prophecies that have actually come to pass. These verify the truth of the Scriptures and prove that God knew exactly what was going to happen long before it actually did. 

Because of this, we will be reading these Good Friday Bible verses in terms of the prophecies (BEFORE), the actual story (DURING), and the telling and explaining of the events of Good Friday by later Biblical authors (AFTER).


  • Genesis 3:15  I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. 
  • Psalm 22:1  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from the words of my groaning?
  • Psalm 22:7-8  Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the LORD; let him save him; let the LORD rescue him since he takes pleasure in him.”
  • Psalm 22:15-18  My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. 
  • Psalm 41:9  Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me. 
  • Psalm 69:21  Instead, they gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 
  • Isaiah 50:6  I gave my back to those who beat me, and my cheeks to those who tore out my beard. I did not hide my face from scorn and spitting. 
  • Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished him for the iniquity of us all. 
  • Isaiah 53:7  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth. 
  • Isaiah 53:9 (NLT)  He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.  
  • Zechariah 13:7(b)  Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered. 
  • Mark 9:31 for he was teaching his disciples, and telling them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.  They will kill him, and after he is killed, he will rise three days later.
Good Friday Bible Verses
Good Friday Bible Verses


  • Matthew 26:31  Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight all of you will fall away because of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. 
  • Matthew 27:13-14 Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how much they are testifying against you?” But he didn’t answer him on even one charge, so that the governor was quite amazed.  
  • Matthew 27:26  Then he released Barabbas to them and, after having Jesus flogged, handed him over to be crucified. 
  • Matthew 27:30 Then they spat on him, took the staff, and kept hitting him on the head.
  • Matthew 27:35 (NKJV)  After crucifying Him, they divided His clothes by casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
  • Matthew 27:41-43 (CSB) In the same way, the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts God; let God rescue him now – if he takes pleasure in him! For he said, “I am the Son of God.’”
  • Matthew 27:45-46   From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness chrome over the whole land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”, that is, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?”
  • Matthew 27:57-60  When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body. Then Pilate ordered that it be released. So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in clean, fine linen, and placed it in his new tomb, which he had cut into the rock. He left after rolling a great stone against the entrance of the tomb. 
  • Mark 14:50  Then they all deserted him and ran away. 
  • Luke 23:19  Then they all cried out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us?” (He had been thrown into prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!”
  • Luke 23:41-43  We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “ Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” 
  • John 19:24  So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who gets it.”  This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. This is what the soldiers did. 
  • John 19:28-29 After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I’m thirsty” A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to His mouth.
  • John 19:30  When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit. 
  • John 19:33-34, 36  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other one who had been crucified with him. When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that he was already dead….For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken.”


There was still plenty to be said when Good Friday was long past, because afterward, Jesus’ followers came to understand and realize the immeasurable value of His willing death on the cross. 

  • John 3:16 (NCV)  God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in god’s Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty because they have not believed in God’s one and only Son. 
  • Romans 5:8-10  But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath? For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18  For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. 
  • Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Philippians 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
  • Colossians 2:14  He canceled the record of the charges against us, took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. 
  • 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.

After reading the “Before” section, you will see that some of the verses look very similar and may even read the same. These things were written, ahead of time,  foretelling the details of this very event many, many years before it happened. 

If you aren’t particularly familiar with Scripture, it is so rewarding to see how these prophecies were fulfilled, just like many others have also been. 

The Bible is God’s Word, inspired and planted by Him in the hearts of the writers so that we can read and believe. 

For more on the subject of Biblical accuracy, read The Living And Active Word Of God

Good Friday Bible Verses
Good Friday Bible Verses

Good Friday was indeed good, that is, for all of those who will believe in Jesus and accept His gift of eternal life in paradise by dedicating our lives to Him, allowing Him to guide us all the way. 

So, as you read these verses and meditate on what it might have truly been like to be there, keep one thing in mind that those who watched didn’t yet know: Sunday was coming and with it new hope!

If you’re not sure if you have this hope, read How To Receive Salvation In Jesus Christ

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