100 Bible Verses about Mothers

Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV / 1,049 helpful votes

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” ...

Proverbs 31:26-27 ESV / 604 helpful votes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 360 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 319 helpful votes

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 299 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Isaiah 66:13 ESV / 244 helpful votes

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 238 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 226 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

Ephesians 6:2 ESV / 212 helpful votes

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Proverbs 23:22-25 ESV / 181 helpful votes

Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

2 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 156 helpful votes

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

2 Kings 4:30 ESV / 142 helpful votes

Then the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 135 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Leviticus 19:3 ESV / 130 helpful votes

Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Psalm 139:13-16 ESV / 123 helpful votes

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 122 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 31:28 ESV / 119 helpful votes

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Matthew 15:4-6 ESV / 111 helpful votes

For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 99 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Psalm 139:13 ESV / 98 helpful votes

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 15:20 ESV / 94 helpful votes

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV / 93 helpful votes

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Psalm 113:9 ESV / 91 helpful votes

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!

Matthew 12:48-50 ESV / 89 helpful votes

But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Proverbs 10:1 ESV / 88 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 87 helpful votes

For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

Proverbs 20:20 ESV / 85 helpful votes

If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Mark 10:19 ESV / 78 helpful votes

You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Proverbs 31:10-12 ESV / 75 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:25-31 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” ...

John 19:26-27 ESV / 60 helpful votes

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Genesis 3:20 ESV / 58 helpful votes

The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Luke 2:51 ESV / 55 helpful votes

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

Proverbs 23:25 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 54 helpful votes

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 54 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Exodus 21:15 ESV / 54 helpful votes

“Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 53 helpful votes

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Proverbs 28:24 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.

Luke 1:46-48 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

Proverbs 30:11 ESV / 51 helpful votes

There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

Luke 14:26 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Titus 2:1-15 ESV / 49 helpful votes

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ...

Matthew 19:19 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 48 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Proverbs 30:17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

1 Peter 3:4 ESV / 44 helpful votes

But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

Proverbs 23:22 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 19:26 ESV / 43 helpful votes

He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.

John 19:25-27 ESV / 41 helpful votes

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 41 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. ...

Titus 2:3-5 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Proverbs 11:16 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Proverbs 6:20-22 ESV / 40 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Exodus 21:17 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death.

Galatians 4:26 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

Psalm 51:5 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

John 2:3-4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”

Mark 7:10-12 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother,

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 35 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. ...

Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Leviticus 18:7 ESV / 34 helpful votes

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Luke 1:43 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Titus 2:4 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,

1 Timothy 5:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

John 19:25-30 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. ...

Ezekiel 16:44 ESV / 31 helpful votes

“Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’

Proverbs 6:20-21 ESV / 31 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.

Proverbs 31:25 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

Philippians 1:2-3 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,

Luke 18:20 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’”

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Mark 3:35 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Luke 1:5-6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

John 3:1-36 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. ...

Proverbs 31:31 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Genesis 21:1-3 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.

Luke 2:51-52 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Proverbs 31:14-16 ESV / 23 helpful votes

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

Exodus 21:22-25 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Proverbs 19:26-27 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach. Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

John 3:16 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

1 Kings 19:20 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

2 John 1:1-13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. ...

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