Mother’s Day Bible Verses


This is a listing of Bible verses that reference mothers. As one might expect, the list contains many pretty generic references to mothers. The list is based entirely on the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) and isn’t exhaustive, but it does provide a good representation of ways “mother” is used in the Bible. Depending on what you’re looking for, this list may provide an easy way find what you want if you have something specific in mind. Most of the verses are generic, so we’ve selected some that are specific to Mother’s Day and placed them first in the list. You can find a similar list of verses with commentary that can also be easily downloaded and printed as a PDF.

5 Verses Specific to Mother’s Day

Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 HCSB)

He gives the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah! (Psalms 113:9 HCSB)

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, (Proverbs 1:8 HCSB)

Let your father and mother have joy, and let her who gave birth to you rejoice. (Proverbs 23:25 HCSB)

Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51 HCSB)

General Verses Referencing Mothers

This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 HCSB)

Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:20 HCSB)

He settled in the Wilderness of Paran, and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt. (Genesis 21:21 HCSB)

Then he brought out objects of silver and gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious gifts to her brother and her mother. (Genesis 24:53 HCSB)

But her brother and mother said, “Let the girl stay with us for about 10 days. Then she can go.” (Genesis 24:55 HCSB)

His mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son. Just obey me and go get them for me.” (Genesis 27:13 HCSB)

And Jacob listened to his father and mother and went to Paddan-aram. (Genesis 28:7 HCSB)

“Whoever curses his father or his mother must be put to death. (Exodus 21:17 HCSB)

“Each of you is to respect his mother and father. You are to keep My Sabbaths; I am Yahweh your God. (Leviticus 19:3 HCSB)

“If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother; his blood is on his own hands. (Leviticus 20:9 HCSB)

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and so that you may prosper in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 5:16 HCSB)

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or mother and doesn’t listen to them even after they discipline him, his father and mother must take hold of him and bring him to the elders of his city, to the gate of his hometown. They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he doesn’t obey us. He’s a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city will stone him to death. You must purge the evil from you, and all Israel will hear and be afraid. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21 HCSB)

‘The one who dishonors his father or mother is cursed.’ And all the people will say, ‘Amen! ’ (Deuteronomy 27:16 HCSB)

Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. (1 Samuel 2:19 HCSB)

Samuel declared: As your sword has made women childless, so your mother will be childless among women. Then he hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal. (1 Samuel 15:33 HCSB)

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.” (1 Chronicles 4:9 HCSB)

He walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother gave him evil advice. (2 Chronicles 22:3 HCSB)

You took me from the womb, making me secure while at my mother’s breast. (Psalms 22:9 HCSB)

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. (Psalms 27:10 HCSB)

Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. (Psalms 51:5 HCSB)

I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is always about You. (Psalms 71:6 HCSB)

For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalms 139:13 HCSB)

When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother, he taught me and said: “Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live. (Proverbs 4:3-4 HCSB)

My son, keep your father’s command, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching. (Proverbs 6:20 HCSB)

Solomon’s proverbs: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son, heartache to his mother. (Proverbs 10:1 HCSB)

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. (Proverbs 15:20 HCSB)

The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son. (Proverbs 19:26 HCSB)

Whoever curses his father or mother — his lamp will go out in deep darkness. (Proverbs 20:20 HCSB)

Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22 HCSB)

A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother. (Proverbs 29:15 HCSB)

There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. (Proverbs 30:11 HCSB)

As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it. (Proverbs 30:17 HCSB)

The words of King Lemuel, an oracle that his mother taught him:… Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels… Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: (Proverbs 31:1, 10, 28 HCSB)

As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you, and you will be comforted in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 66:13 HCSB)

They cry out to their mothers: Where is the grain and wine? as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their lives fade away in the arms of their mothers. (Lamentations 2:12 HCSB)

Yahweh, remember what has happened to us. Look, and see our disgrace! Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners. We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are widows. (Lamentations 5:1-3 HCSB)

“Look, everyone who uses proverbs will say this proverb about you: Like mother, like daughter. You are the daughter of your mother, who despised her husband and children. You are the sister of your sisters, who despised their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. (Ezekiel 16:44-45 HCSB)

“Look, every prince of Israel within you has used his strength to shed blood. Father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you. You despise My holy things and profane My Sabbaths. (Ezekiel 22:6-8 HCSB)

Yes, their mother is promiscuous; she conceived them and acted shamefully. For she thought, “I will go after my lovers, the men who give me my food and water, my wool and flax, my oil and drink.” (Hosea 2:5 HCSB)

The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:37 HCSB)

He was still speaking to the crowds when suddenly His mother and brothers were standing outside wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” But He replied to the one 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, that person is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50 HCSB)

But when Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’s daughter danced before them and pleased Herod. So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. And prompted by her mother, she answered, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter! ” Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests. So he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. (Matthew 14:6-11 HCSB)

Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat! ” He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition? For God said: Honor your father and your mother; and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death. But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple” — he does not have to honor his father.’ In this way, you have revoked God’s word because of your tradition. (Matthew 15:1-6 HCSB)

For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:15 HCSB)

How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:43 HCSB)

Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35 HCSB)

Now great crowds were traveling with Him. So He turned and said to them: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, and even his own life — he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:25-26 HCSB)

“Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants. (John 2:5 HCSB)

After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days. (John 2:12 HCSB)

Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27 HCSB)

But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. (Galatians 4:26 HCSB)

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31 HCSB)

Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, (Ephesians 6:2 HCSB)

Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children. (1 Thessalonians 2:7 HCSB)

We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, (1 Timothy 1:9 HCSB)

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters. (1 Timothy 5:1-2 HCSB)

On her forehead a cryptic name was written: BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE VILE THINGS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:5 HCSB)

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