What does the Bible say about disappointment?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The first thing that I would note is that, in my opinion, and depending upon the translation being used, the Bible can also express disappointment through the idea of being put to shame. These references may be summarized by saying that those who depend on God will ultimately never be disappointed (although they may experience temporary adversity), while those who depend on other sources of knowledge, strength, or deliverance (such as human wisdom or any of the aspects of this fallen world) will always be. 

Bible verses expressing this thought include:

Job 5:12
Psalm 22:5
Psalm 25:2
Psalm 25:20
Psalm 31:1
Psalm 31:17
Psalm 34:5
Psalm 35:4
Psalm 37:19
Psalm 40:14
Psalm 119:6
Psalm 119:46
Psalm 119:80
Psalm 119:116
Psalm 129:5
Isaiah 45:16
Isaiah 49:23
Isaiah 50:7
Isaiah 54:4
Jeremiah 8:9

Joel 2:26

Romans 5:3-5

Romans 10:11

1 Peter 2:6

1 Peter 3:16

Interestingly, I can think of at least two occasions where God expressed disappointment or regret over His own actions. In Genesis 6:6, He was grieved to His heart that He had created man, and in 1 Samuel 15:11, He expressed regret over having selected Saul to be the first king of Israel. However, in each of those cases, it was not God's actions themselves that were the source of the regret, but the evil committed by the beneficiaries of those actions through their own willful, sinful behavior.

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