Bible verses about mothers and motherhood for mothers, fathers, & their children.
I have decided to start a new series within my Confessions of Faith posts and I am really excited about it! The last Wednesday of every month I will create a collection of verses from the Bible on different subjects. And while I already have one on Bible Verses for Guidance this post on Bible Verses about Mothers will be the first post in this new series.
And since Mother’s Day is just around the corner I have decided that this is the perfect place to start. Although I am not a mother yet I have been blessed with a mother & a mother-in-law who both have beautiful hearts that inspire me to be a loving mother to our future children.
As I began researching verses, searching keywords, & looking for specific verses on motherhood I found 3 things.
1. Verses on motherhood that are well known.
2. Verses that are repeated in the old & new testament which emphasizes their importance.
3. Verses & stories with meanings I hadn’t considered prior to this Bible research.
And since I wasn’t sure how I wanted to organize the list of verses I decided to organize them by those 3 categories along with a little bit of commentary sprinkled here & there.
Known Bible Verses:
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Genesis 3:20 NKJV
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:3 NKJV
1 King 3:16-28 – A story of a mother’s true love.
He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord! Psalm 113:9 NKJV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 NKJV
My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9 NKJV
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. Proverbs 6:20 NKJV
Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who bore you rejoice. Proverbs 23:25 NKJV
The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15 NKJV
Proverbs 31:10-31 NKJV – A beautiful promise for all women.
As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. Isaiah 66:13 NKJV
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:37 NKJV
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV
But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 NKJV
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 NKJV
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 NKJV Matthew 15:4 Mark 7:10 Mark 10:19 Luke 18:20 Ephesians 6:2
Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:6 NKJV
‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Mathew 19:19 NKJV
Verses with New Meanings
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 NKJV Matthew 19:5 Mark 10:7 Ephesians 5:31 – This has two meanings for me. The first is that while a mother’s relationship with their child is unique & special, it comes after the relationship designed by God between a husband & wife. And second, based off of this first understanding, is of the importance of raising a child to understand the importance of relationships, theirs with their parents & with their future spouse.
Ruth – This book has new meaning to me because I have always read & contemplated the story from Ruth’s perspective, maybe this is because I am not a mother yet &/or do not have any son/daughter-in-laws. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to reconsider the story from a mother’s perspective. There is so much love, hope, & selflessness in this story!
2 Kings 4:8-37 – Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son – Her faith & willingness to give of herself & home is beautiful.
So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. Acts 12:12 NKJV – I love that her home was a gathering place for prayer!
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With love, G
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