100 Bible Verses about Motherhood

Proverbs 31:28 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 66:13 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 43 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.

Titus 2:1-15 ESV / 39 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. ...

Titus 2:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 37 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.

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

John 19:26-27 ESV / 31 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.

Psalm 139:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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 1:8-9 ESV / 28 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.

2 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 27 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.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 27 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.

Proverbs 23:22-25 ESV / 27 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.

Proverbs 31:25 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Luke 2:51 ESV / 22 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.

Luke 1:46-48 ESV / 22 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 23:25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

3 John 1:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:4 ESV / 21 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.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 21 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 31:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Leviticus 19:3 ESV / 21 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 6:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Psalm 113:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Genesis 3:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:22 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 18 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.

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV / 18 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—

Titus 2:3-5 ESV / 17 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV / 17 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.

Proverbs 31:31 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:28-29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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 19:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:26-27 ESV / 15 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.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 15 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. ...

Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 1:26-28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

John 19:25-27 ESV / 14 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 15:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 139:13-14 ESV / 14 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.

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 14 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.

1 Timothy 5:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 16:44 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 13 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ...

Philippians 1:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Luke 18:20 ESV / 12 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.’”

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 12 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 31:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

Proverbs 20:20 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 11 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,

Titus 2:4-5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Proverbs 31:25-31 ESV / 11 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 30:17 ESV / 11 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.

Proverbs 19:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:20-22 ESV / 11 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.

2 Kings 4:30 ESV / 11 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 Thessalonians 2:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:38-39 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16 ESV / 10 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.

Song of Solomon 8:2 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother— she who used to teach me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the juice of my pomegranate.

Proverbs 31:10-12 ESV / 10 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.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Luke 1:43 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Genesis 21:1-3 ESV / 9 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.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 8 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.

1 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Galatians 4:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:9-10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 8 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.

Matthew 15:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’

Proverbs 31:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Proverbs 19:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

1 John 4:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

We love because he first loved us.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 7 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.

Mark 10:19 ESV / 7 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.’”

Matthew 19:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 7 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.”

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

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