100 Bible Verses about Obedience

John 14:15 ESV / 691 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Acts 5:29 ESV / 435 helpful votes

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 412 helpful votes

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

1 John 5:3 ESV / 281 helpful votes

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Isaiah 1:19 ESV / 245 helpful votes

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

Psalm 119:30 ESV / 233 helpful votes

I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

Exodus 23:22 ESV / 232 helpful votes

“But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

Luke 6:46 ESV / 229 helpful votes

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

2 Kings 18:6 ESV / 188 helpful votes

For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.

John 14:31 ESV / 184 helpful votes

But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

1 John 3:24 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

John 8:51 ESV / 157 helpful votes

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

Psalm 119:60 ESV / 142 helpful votes

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

Jeremiah 7:23 ESV / 131 helpful votes

But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’

Luke 11:28 ESV / 129 helpful votes

But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

James 1:22-25 ESV / 119 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Psalm 119:44 ESV / 116 helpful votes

I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,

Psalm 112:1 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!

Hebrews 5:9 ESV / 104 helpful votes

And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

John 14:23 ESV / 103 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Psalm 143:10 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

2 Chronicles 31:21 ESV / 100 helpful votes

And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.

Titus 3:1 ESV / 99 helpful votes

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Philippians 2:8 ESV / 98 helpful votes

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 14:21 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 15:14 ESV / 95 helpful votes

You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Exodus 19:5 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;

Psalm 119:59 ESV / 93 helpful votes

When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;

John 15:10 ESV / 87 helpful votes

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

Romans 5:19 ESV / 86 helpful votes

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Deuteronomy 4:39-40 ESV / 86 helpful votes

Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Deuteronomy 6:18 ESV / 84 helpful votes

And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers

Romans 6:16 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Psalm 119:31 ESV / 77 helpful votes

I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!

Joshua 22:5 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

1 John 3:22 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Matthew 7:21 ESV / 73 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

1 Samuel 15:22 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 70 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Luke 6:46-48 ESV / 68 helpful votes

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 67 helpful votes

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

James 2:17 ESV / 65 helpful votes

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Romans 1:5 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

Psalm 99:7 ESV / 64 helpful votes

In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.

Ephesians 6:1 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV / 63 helpful votes

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 63 helpful votes

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Psalm 119:100-102 ESV / 63 helpful votes

I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.

Leviticus 26:3-13 ESV / 63 helpful votes

“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. ...

Matthew 9:9 ESV / 62 helpful votes

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Proverbs 19:16 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.

Psalm 119:112 ESV / 61 helpful votes

I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

Psalm 111:10 ESV / 60 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 59 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.”

Acts 2:38 ESV / 59 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

James 2:24 ESV / 58 helpful votes

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

2 John 1:6 ESV / 57 helpful votes

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

John 13:17 ESV / 56 helpful votes

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

James 2:26 ESV / 55 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James 1:22 ESV / 55 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Hebrews 5:8 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.

Proverbs 16:7 ESV / 51 helpful votes

When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

John 5:30 ESV / 49 helpful votes

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Colossians 3:20 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

2 John 1:6-9 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Colossians 3:22 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 47 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Joshua 22:2 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 46 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 6:17 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,

Philippians 2:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

Acts 5:32 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Matthew 19:17 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

Psalm 119:2 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 43 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Luke 12:38 ESV / 42 helpful votes

If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!

1 Samuel 15:22-23 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 ESV / 41 helpful votes

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known.

1 John 2:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Luke 8:15 ESV / 40 helpful votes

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

John 8:31-32 ESV / 39 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Luke 2:51 ESV / 39 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.

Psalm 103:18 ESV / 39 helpful votes

To those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

Ezra 7:10 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Luke 1:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

Matthew 25:20-23 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Psalm 119:129 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.

Psalm 103:20 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!

Genesis 49:10 ESV / 38 helpful votes

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Mark 2:14 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Joshua 5:6 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Psalm 119:168 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.

John 14:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Romans 7:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Isaiah 48:18-19 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.”

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. ...

Acts 24:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes

So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

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