98 Bible Verses about Mothers

Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV / 370 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 / 330 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 / 114 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 111 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.

Ephesians 6:2 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 66:13 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Psalm 139:13-16 ESV / 63 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.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 63 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 23:22-25 ESV / 62 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.

Matthew 12:48-50 ESV / 61 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 22:6 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:4-6 ESV / 58 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.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 40 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.

Proverbs 15:20 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 37 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 / 34 helpful votes

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

2 Kings 4:30 ESV / 34 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.

2 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 33 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.

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 30 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 28:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Luke 14:26 ESV / 26 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.

Leviticus 19:3 ESV / 26 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.

Exodus 21:15 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Mark 10:19 ESV / 24 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.’”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 22 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.

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 21 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.”

John 19:25-30 ESV / 20 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.

Proverbs 19:26 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Exodus 21:22-25 ESV / 20 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.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

John 2:3-4 ESV / 18 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.”

Luke 2:51 ESV / 18 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.

Mark 3:35 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:5 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Galatians 4:26 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Mark 7:10-12 ESV / 17 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 / 17 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.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:1-15 ESV / 16 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.

Exodus 21:17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:17 ESV / 15 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.

Leviticus 18:7 ESV / 15 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.

Proverbs 31:14-16 ESV / 14 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.

Hebrews 12:5-11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

John 3:1-36 ESV / 13 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.

Matthew 19:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:28 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

1 Kings 19:20 ESV / 13 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?”

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 12 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.

Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 11 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.

Luke 2:51-52 ESV / 10 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 15:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 1:4-5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

To give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 12:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Psalm 144:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;

Colossians 3:19-21 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Psalm 113:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children—

Genesis 3:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

2 John 1:1-13 ESV / 6 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.

John 15:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 5 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.

Jeremiah 30:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?

Isaiah 7:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Psalm 55:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But I call to God, and the Lord will save me.

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 5 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.”

Revelation 12:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

1 Peter 5:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Ephesians 5:28-6:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Jeremiah 32:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts,

Proverbs 31:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:14-15 ESV / 4 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.

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 147:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Psalm 147:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 4 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.

Deuteronomy 6:1-25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Psalm 78:3-7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

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