Motherhood is a sacred and important role in many cultures and religions, and the Bible is no exception. Throughout its pages, there are many powerful verses that celebrate the love, strength, and guidance that mothers provide.
From the Proverbs 31 woman, who is praised for her wisdom and hard work, to Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is honored for her humility and faith, the Bible is full of examples of strong, loving mothers.
In this article, we will explore 120 of the most powerful Bible verses about mothers, highlighting the characteristics and traits that make them so special. Whether you’re a mother yourself or simply want to honor and appreciate the mothers in your life, these verses will provide inspiration and encouragement.
Scriptures That Honor Mothers and All They Do for Their Families
“I would lead you, I would bring you to my mother’s house; she would teach me what to do. I would give you spiced wine to drink, some of my fresh pomegranate juice.” Song Of Solomon 8:2
“As for children, obey your parents in the Lord, because it is right. The commandment Honor your father and mother is the first one with a promise attached: so that things will go well for you, and you will live for a long time in the land.” Ehpesians 6:1-3
“Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in their behavior, teaching what is good, rather than being gossips or addicted to heavy drinking. That way they can mentor young women to love their husbands and children, and to be sensible, morally pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, so that God’s word won’t be ridiculed.” Titus 2:3-5
“She is vigilant over the activities of her household; she doesn’t eat the food of laziness.” PROVERBS 31:27
“Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.” 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7
“I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you.” 2 TIMOTHY 1:5
“‘Excuse me, sir!’ Hannah said. ‘As surely as you live, sir, I am the woman who stood here next to you, praying to the Lord. I prayed for this boy, and the Lord gave me what I asked from him. So now I give this boy back to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.’ Then they worshipped there before the Lord.” 1 SAMUEL 1:26-28
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction; don’t neglect your mother’s teaching; for they are a graceful wreath on your head, and beads for your neck.” PROVERBS 1:8-9
“Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. His mother cherished every word in her heart.” LUKE 2:51
“Honor your father and your mother, exactly as the Lord your God requires, so that your life will be long and so that things will go well for you on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.” DEUTERONOMY 5:16
“Treat older women like your mother, and treat younger women like your sisters with appropriate respect.” 1 TIMOTHY 5:2
“He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” PSALM 113:9
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” PROVERBS 31:10-12
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ISAIAH 40:31
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” PHILIPPIANS 4:8
“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.'” RUTH 1:16-17
“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.’” LUKE 1:46-48
“Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.” LEVITICUS 19:3
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”GALATIANS 6:9
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” PROVERBS 14:1
“Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents.” PROVERBS 17:6
“When a woman gives birth, she has pain because her time has come. But when the child is born, she no longer remembers her distress because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.” JOHN 16:21
“Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future. Her mouth is full if wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue. She is vigilant over the activities of her household; she doesn’t eat the food of laziness. Her children bless her; her husband praises her: ‘Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!'” PROVERBS 31:25-28
“The man named his wife Eve because she is the mother of everyone who lives.” GENESIS 3:20
“Her children bless her; her husband praises her: ‘Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!’ Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates.” PROVERBS 31:28-31
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” JOHN 19:26-27
“Her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue.” PROVERBS 31:26
“Now everyone who speaks in proverbs will say this about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.'” EZEKIEL 16:44
“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 139:13-14
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” ISAIAH 66:13
“Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it” PROVERBS 22:6
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” EXODUS 20:12
“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.” ISAIAH 49:15
“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 23:22-25
Bible Verses For Mothers
Proverbs 31:26: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Isaiah 66:13: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”
Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?”
Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
Luke 2:51: “And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.”
Deuteronomy 4:9: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
1 Peter 3:4: “You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
Genesis 3:20: “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
Psalm 139:13-14: “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.”
Proverbs 31:31: “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
Deuteronomy 6:6–7: “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.”
Proverbs 31:28–29: “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.'”
Who could ever find a wife like this one- she is a woman of strength and mighty valor! She’s full of wealth and wisdom, the price paid for her was greater than many jewels. Her husband has entrusted his heart to her, for she brings him the rich spoils of victory. All throughout her life she brings him what is good, and not evil. – Proverbs 31:10-12 (The Passion Translation)
1 Peter 3:4
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. – 1 Peter 3:4 (New Living Translation)
God’s grace provides for the barren ones a joyful home with children so that even childless couples find a family. He makes them happy parents surrounded by their pride and joy. That’s the God we praise, so give it all to him! – Psalm 113:9 (The Passion Translation)
Mother’s Day is difficult for some women who may desire to be a mother, but who face the inability to bear children. In this passage, God describes how he gives women great joy, even those who experience the pain of barrenness.
Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? – Isaiah 49:15 (New Living Translation)
This passage praises mothers as symbols of amazing compassion, never forgetting their beloved children.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15 (New International Version)
My child, obey your father’s godly instruction and follow your mother’s life-giving teaching. Fill your heart with their advice and let your life be shaped by what they’ve taught you. Their wisdom will guide you wherever you go and keep you from bringing harm to yourself. Their instruction will whisper to you at every sunrise and direct you through a brand new day. – Proverbs 6:20-22 (The Passion Translation)
A mother’s teaching is to be prized. In this Proverbs passage, instruction from a mother is used as a symbol of a faithful companion all through one’s life.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. – Isaiah 66:13 (English Standard Version)
God likens himself to a mother, bringing to mind the incredible comforting ability of a loving mother.
Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. – Colossians 3:24 (New Living Translation)
Give respect to your father and mother, for without them you wouldn’t be here. And don’t neglect them when they grow old. Embrace the truth and hold it close. Don’t let go of wisdom, instruction and life-giving understanding. When a father observes his child living in godliness, he is ecstatic with joy-nothing makes him prouder! So may your father’s heart bust with joy and your mother’s soul be filled with gladness because of you. – Proverbs 23:22-25 (The Passion Translation)
Throughout Scripture, children are encouraged to care for their mother and to bring them joy.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. – John 19:25-27 (New King James Version)
This passage demonstrates Christ’s love and care for his mother, giving us a lesson on how we should treat our mothers.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (New Living Translation)
Children are God’s love-gift; they are heaven’s generous reward. – Psalm 127:3 (The Passion Translation)
This classic passage on motherhood praises God as the giver of children, describing them as a heritage and reward from on high.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. – Philippians 1:2-3 (New International Version)
Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you alone, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!” So we can say with great confidence: “I know the Lord is for me and I will never be afraid of what people may do to me!” – Hebrews 13:5-6 (The Passion Translation)
1 Timothy 5:2
Don’t correct an older man. Encourage him, as you would your own father. Treat younger men as you would your own brother, and treat older women as you would your own mother. Show the same respect to younger women that you would to your sister. – 1 Timothy 5:1-2 (Contemporary English Version)
In describing the life of a church, Paul told Pastor Timothy to treat women with the warm encouragement that he would show to his own mother.
A gracious, generous woman will be honored with a splendid reputation, but the woman who hates the truth lives surrounded with disgrace and by men who are cutthroats, only greedy for money. – Proverbs 11:16 (The Passion Translation)
1 Samuel 1:26-28
“Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there. – 1 Samuel 1:26-28 (New Living Translation)
Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. – Proverbs 5:18 (New Living Translation)
You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and you wove them all together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13 (The Passion Translation)
We praise God for the miracle of life, and the role that mothers have.
“‘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. – Deuteronomy 5:16 (English Standard Version)
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 2:3-5 (English Standard Version)
Pay close attention, my child, to your father’s wise words and never forget your mother’s instructions. For their insight will bring you success, adorning you with grace-filled thoughts and giving you reins to guide your decisions. – Proverbs 1:8-9 (The Passion Translation)
Psalms 128:1-2, 5-6
How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. The Lord bless you from Zion, And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Indeed, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! – Psalm 128:1-2, 5-6 (New American Standard Bible)
This passage speaks to the joy and happiness of families who fear God and walk with him — eventually experiencing the blessing of grandchildren
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (English Standard Version)
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. Love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (New Living Translation)
When it comes to the Bible’s most well-known passage on love, mothers are beautiful examples of the high calling of love that is described.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. – Philippians 2:14-15 (New Living Translation)
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22 (New Living Translation)
Children, if you want to be wise, listen to your parents and do what they tell you, and the Lord will help you. For the commandment, “Honor your father and your mother,” was the first of the Ten Commandments with a promise attached: “You will prosper and live a long, full life if you honor your parents.” Ephesians 6:1-3 (The Passion Translation)
In this well-known passage, children are exhorted to the task of honor. All of us — whether we are children or are raising them — should remember to give honor to mothers.
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. – Luke 1:5-6 (New International Version)
An often-overlooked passage in Luke provides the picture of a godly woman. She had no children of her own, but she looked forward to seeing the child Jesus.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)
Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life. – Proverbs 22:6 (The Passion Translation)
So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. – Philippians 4:8 (The Passion Translation)
Moms are a source of honor, goodness, and loveliness. As in all things pure and virtuous, we are encouraged to think upon such things.
Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” – Ruth 1:16-17 (New Living Translation)
Ruth, though a foreigner recently bereaved from her husband, declared her undying love for her mother.
Grandparents have the crowning glory of life: Grandchildren! And it’s only proper for children to take pride in their parents. – Proverbs 17:6 (The Passion Translation)
“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 (New King James Version)
Along with reverence, we are to honor mothers. Whatever our age, whatever our place in life, our mothers always deserve our honor.
And Mary sang this song: “My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God! My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God! For he set his tender gaze upon me, his lowly servant girl. And from here on, everyone will know that I have been favored and blessed. – Luke 1:46-48 (The Passion Translation)
Mary, perhaps the most well-known mother in the Bible, made this statement when she learned that God had chosen her to bear the Christ child.
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. – Leviticus 19:3 (New King James Version)
God gives us mothers as a gift, and he commands that we revere them, just as we are careful to obey all of God’s commandments.
2 Timothy 1:5
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. – 2 Timothy 1:5 (New Living Translation)
Scripture provides us with this picture of a mother and grandmother who were faithful in both their belief and teaching their children. Their faith was well-known to Paul, as he instructed his protege, Timothy.
And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonder harvest you’ve planted is coming! – Galatians 6:9 (The Passion Translation)
For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you’. – Isaiah 41:13 (New Living Translation)
I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty. – Philippians 4:12-13 (The Passion Translation)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 (English Standard Version)
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. – Matthew 15:4-6 (New International Version)
You can inherit houses and land from your parents, but a good wife only comes as a gracious gift from God! – Proverbs 19:14 (The Passion Translation)
So why would I fear the future? For I’m being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love. Then afterwards-when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23:6 (The Passion Translation)
We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! – Ephesians 2:10 (The Passion Translation)
“You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” – Luke 18:20 (New King James Version)
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (English Standard Version)
Every wise woman encourages and builds up her family, but a foolish woman over time will tear it down by her own actions. – Proverbs 14:1 (The Passion Translation)
Wise people are builders-they build families, businesses, communities. And through intelligence and insight their enterprises are established and endure. – Proverbs 24:3 (The Passion Translation)
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25
Comforting Bible Verses for Moms
Isaiah 66:13: As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Counseling Bible Verses for Moms
1 Peter 5:7: Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Exodus 14:14: The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
Isaiah 40:31: But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Encouraging Bible Verses for Moms
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Romans 8:38-39: 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.
Faith-Focused Bible Verses for Moms
Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 22:37: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Hope-Filled Bible Verses for Moms
Psalm 31:24: Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Isaiah 40:29: He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Jeremiah 29:11: 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.
Psalm 71:5: For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
As a mom, every minute and hour is different from one day to the next. Each child and situation are unique, too. Reading Scripture will provide peace, transform thoughts, and allow God to be the one in control of the household.