Bible Verses For Mother’s Day

bible verses for mother's dayHere is a list of Bible verses and quotes I’ve put together for Mother’s Day. These could be used in writing mother’s day greetings cards, mother’s day sermons, mother’s day Sunday school lessons or crafts. Leave me a comment if I’ve left off your favorite scripture for mother’s day.

Jesus Loved His Mom & Arranged For Her Care Before His Death

John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” (27) Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Coloring Pages for Mother's DayNew! We just posted some original Mother’s Day Coloring Pages in an easy to print format. These are perfect for kids to color in for their moms this weekend. They include a simple prayer, “God, I am thankful for Mommy!”

Bible Verses & Quotes About Mothers From Jesus and The New Testament

Mark 10:29-30 ESV Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, (30) who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Matthew 10:37-38 ESV 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. (38) And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

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Matthew 12:46-50 ESV While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. (47) (OMITTED TEXT) (48) But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” (49) And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! (50) For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 15:4-6 ESV [Jesus speaking] For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ (5) But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, (6) he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), (3) “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

2 Timothy 1:5 ESV 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.

Old Testament Scriptures About Mothers

Exodus 20:12 ESV “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV “‘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.

Leviticus 19:3 ESV Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

Verses From Proverbs About Mothers

Proverbs 31:2 8Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, (9) for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 6:20-22 ESV My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (21) Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. (22) 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.

Proverbs 10:1 ESV The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 ESV A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 19:26-27 ESV He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach. (27) Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 20:20 ESV If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Proverbs 23:22-25 ESV Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (23) Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (24) The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. (25) Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

Proverbs 28:24 ESV Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 30:11 ESV There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

Proverbs 30:17 ESV 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 31:1 ESV The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

Proverbs 31:10-12 ESV An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. (11) The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. (12) She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Bible Definition For Mother’s Day

Mother From Fausset’s Bible Dictionary

Honored in Israel as she is not in the East generally; one superiority of Judaism over other contemporary systems (1Ki_2:19). King Solomon rose up to meet and bowed himself unto Bathsheba, and set her on his right hand (Lev_19:3). Figuratively, a city is mother of the surrounding villages its daughters (Jos_15:45; 2Sa_20:19). Ezekiel (Eze_21:21) uses “mother of the way” for the parting of the way into two roads which branch from it, as from a common parent; however, Havernick, from a Arabic idiom, translated it as “the highway.”

**These Bible Verses are from the ESV (English Standard Version)


  1. vilise Mortel says

    I thank you to the lord for everything he has been done to my life I want to say Happy wonderful blessing mother’s day to my lovely mommy she’s my everything one things u Always thinking about my father he passed away about 2years now I know god will protect him Forever, ,,,,,,,

  2. Christa Wolven says

    I lost my mother in1996 to cancer and every year it gets harder and harder to celebrate Mother’s Day but, I have found a way to honor her memory by visiting mothers at the nursing homes whose family can’t be with them.

    • Colin Black says

      I have read your comments regarding your mother and find them interesting — I too have just lost my wife Marie to cancer who was also a mother on the day you posted your comments (14th) she too was in a Christian Nursing Home — I am in deep pain at the moment as you can imagine and as yet we have not had the funeral, But what a lovely thought you have as there are so many people in nursing homes who get no visitors

  3. mark says

    I am thankful for my mom, and what she has meant to me. I am thankful to the Lord for the gift of my mom, and so very thankful for the ways in which she taught me to know and love Jesus. May the Lord continue to bless her and protect her with continued good health and well being. Happy Mother’s Day to her and to all of the Mothers!

  4. Jeannie says

    I lost my birth mother quite some time ago, but my adopted mom has been my rock, and I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to live a wonderful life. I am so thankful for the blessing she gave me, and I can’t thank God enough for seeing me for who I was to become.

  5. faith says

    Happy mothers day 2 every mom in dis earth, I lost my mom in 2004 hey its always feels lyk yesterday, but I always find my comfort 4rm my creater who said He is da God of all comfort. 2 those who stl hve mothers take care of them while they a stl alive make sure dat they a always happy, 2 those who a jst lyk me God knws our cry He hears us n He will take care of us. LOVE YOU.

  6. Sicelo says

    I just buried my mother on the 14 April 2012. She was my friend, teacher, counsel and mentor.
    I miss the calls and conversations we used to have about life, education and family. Her favourite saying was ‘it will be alright, endure an perservere’.
    Mothers are everything to child, not matter the age. I’m 30 years now but i feel lost and alone.

    • Aaron says

      Dear Sicelo,

      My condolences to you on the passing of your mother so recently. I cannot imagine what that day most have felt like for you, and do not look forward to it when that day arrives, inevitably, to me one day. However, stay close to God, for your mother is certainly with him, and the closer you stay the faith stream path, the closer you will always be with your mother. Do not feel alone for God loves you and is with you, and so is your mother right beside him…

      Montreal, Canada

  7. Tash says

    Tomorrow its Mothers day and I don’t know who I’m going to say Happy Mothers to?Yes I have my Aunts,Sisters to act as Mother to me but I don’t feel like saying Happy Mothers Day to them maybe its because its soon.I lost my mother on the 05 February 2012 through cancer yhooo I miss her like very much ,I can even hear her voice.I wish I could have second chance with her .I miss our telephone convesation, having breakfast at home chating about everything,miss her laugh,just miss every thing about her.May her soul rest in peace.I love her always and I thank God for Mama like her.

  8. whitley says

    I am 22 years old. I lost my mother when I was sixteen to breast cancer so I can relate. It is so hard on the Mother’s day to really rejoice when you know that your mother is not here to celebrate it with you. But I know that she is in a better place and that she is with the lord. So I am striving everyday to live accordingly so that I can see her again. For all the mother have a magnificent Mother’s day and for all of you that are missing your mothers just remember that you shall see them one day again if you just stay strong in God.

  9. IMPA says

    My mom died 17 years ago, and its been so lonely since she went to be with our Lord. I am working hard to see her one day. She thought us to face the reality in life with prayers and show the true christian spirit all the time. My prayer and challanges today is to meet her as my journey on this world comes to an end, Happy Mothers Day to you all!

  10. Cristian says

    I miss my mother very much she died at the age of 38 due to AIDS I was 17 in high school and that almost broke me completely but my aunt who has been in my life ever since I was young stepped in when my family needed her and has been the greatest blessing, I know that God has taken my mom but he blessed me with a second one. I am 21 now and only a small window of time has passed and their is not a day that I don’t think about her but I know she is in a better place with God

    • Luis says

      Lord Bless you Cristian. Man, that must be tough… but I know the Lord has been there with you every step of the way. May He continue to give you strength and joy everyday that goes by. Remember, Our Father in heaven said He’d never leave us. Even though times may seem like He has, He is true and faithful and is always there comforting.

  11. ps mannie muruvan says

    enjoyed your scripture good mothers message for our youth to treat mothers with respect and honour.

  12. don says

    i just read marlene’s remarks. i can identify with her. my mother died at age 33 when i was 6 and then my wife died at age 37 with cancer. i am also a pastor and when it comes to preaching on mother’s day i find it very difficult. first, i don’t know what it is to have a mother. i can’t relate to everyone else. secondly, i long for my children (4) to have known their mother better. i long for heaven for i know both these extraordinary women are there. nevertheless, the Lord is my mother and i now have a second wife. happy mother’s day everyone!

  13. says

    I lost my mother in March of 2011. I miss talking with her over the phone. I miss our conversations about life and things that happen during our daily activities. I miss coming over to her house having coffee and breakfast, I miss reading her poems that I write.
    Most of all I miss seeing her face and giving her a hug while hearing her say,” Here is my faithful daughter”. I am glad I had the opportunity to be a blessing in her life. I know I was not always but the times I spent with her and knowing God because of her gives me hope to see her again. I can relate.

  14. Marlene says

    My mom died of cancer when I was 16 years old. I’m now 71 years old and still miss her. I know some day I will see her again in heaven. I thank God for our four children and nine grandchildren, I have been so blessed but have one wish that they too could have known their grandmother.

    • Kerry says

      Just think; you are one day closer to spending eternity with your mother. And what a great rejoicing that will be!

    • Tee says

      i can imagine your heart does ache for your mother at times. You can depend on God to make those times lighter. Look at the blessings He has set before you–your children and your grandchildren. And think it all started from your Mom. She lives on through you and your children and their children and so on. She’s a part of each of you. Maybe you see her smile or a certain way she held her head, etc. in one of the grands or your children. Let those things remind you of her and her love. That she is with God and one day we shall see His face too! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  15. Rodrick Rodriguez says

    It is a sad and difficult situation when a couple gets a divorce. The children, when there are some, are the ones that hurt and seem to be left the feelings of abandonment and rejection. The fact that a child was wronged by her own parents can cause hard feelings in her.
    The hardest part is the forgiveness. There can be no relationship without you forgiving your mother. The forgiving your mother affects your spirit as much as it does your mothers. Even if your mother doesn’t think she is in need of forgiveness, you do need to forgive her. It sounds hard and maybe even impossible, but with much meditation on the verse of Matthew 5:43-48 and Matthew 6:14-15 and understanding that you will be torturing yourself and agonizing on this matter until you are able to forgive her, especially while she is present. Also how can a person expect a holy GOD to forgive us for all we do when we cannot for give those that wrong us. I pray that this might help, but you really need the whole Bible and not just a couple of verses. Only after you can forgive, can healing start. Then you can form a relationship no matter how small or large without the feeling of anger or frustration from the past. Love will grow when we trust Jesus Christ and believe what he says is truth. If you can forgive and you let your mom know that she needs to move slow, maybe she will come to know that she will also have to work and understand.

  16. Armanda says

    Susie, , My heart was touched by your description of your mother. I would give the world if I had my mother here so I could hear, see, and touch, my mother again, i would give her a lot of hugs and kisses. Mother’s Day is a day that I come to know as a time to reflect on the memories that I hold so dear. My Mom was a very young mother, when she had a massive heart attack on Monday during school hours and died before day on Tuesday morning. We never had an opportunity to say good – by. It was such a shock it took me years before I would acknowledge that she was dead. After my Mom passed away I had the responsibility of taking care of my younger sister and six brothers, my Dad worked all the time? I got married at eighteen thinking that this would get me away from taking care of other folk. It’s so amazing that in the back of my mind i never wanted children, my husband always wanted a house full. I had my four and no more. It has always been my intentions to be the best mom I could be all year long, trying to spread all of my love so none would feel left out. Just in case I died suddenly like my mom. I never wanted my children to experience the hurt, and abandonment I came to know oh so well. If you can find room in your heart to forgive her and accept what God has allowed. It is so important to forgive so that you will have an opportunity to rebuild a mother, daughter relationship. Before it’s to late, then you can only say I wish I had taken the time to get to know my mother. Susie i want you to be the bigger person and make the first step. So you can have a “Happy Mother’s Day” It’s Better TO Give Than TO Receive!

  17. Erica says

    I am sorry that you are going through this. Taking things slowly is definately a good idea. I am sorry she feels that she can’t share what happened to her during the time she was absent in your life. Maybe she is embarresed. I would asked what happened and if she decides not to share then you will have to respect her privacy and wait until she feels comfortable doing so. I understand that you feel that you don’t love her and that she expects you to. So why don’t you try getting to know her as a person first and build from there. It sounds like you have a great mother figure in your life in your grandma. You have to understand that your mother has most likely always loved you and is disappointed in herself for not being that mother figure to you and is jealous that you love your grandma as a mother and not her. Take it slowly get to know her and then maybe in time you will grow to love her. Remember God has been with you and her through all of this and His timing is perfect even when our isn’t, just be patient and pray for her, your brother and yourself. Also, don’t forget your grandma she is probably going through a lot emotionally also, worring about you, your brother and your mom.

  18. susie says

    i have a question even though my mother was not around much at all she got a divorce from my dad when i was 3 the papers say 2 ok my point is i know i have to obey and respect her why she left me when i was little why do i have to love her tell me why in my heart shes a total stranger and all of the sudden she wants me to respect her love her and call her mom no i cant do it she wants too much on mothers day what can i possible say to her to understand how i feel .i need a bible verse that says something about abandonment i was 2 my littlee brother was 6 months. wow how can you forget that and how can you not tell me what happened so i can decide what i want to do with her i am just lost i feel like a straanger has just distrupted my life and all of the sudden i gott do this wow i feel so strange empty cold hearted i dont love her like i do my grandma that raised me cant she understand that help plese

    • says

      That sounds like a difficult situation. It may be helpful to take things slow. Your feelings about the situation seem very normal. Perhaps adopt a posture of respect and work toward building new relationship with her over time.

  19. Mary says

    “For thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river. and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed. On her sides shall you be carried, and dandled on her knees, as one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:12-13.

    God pays a wonderful tribute to motherhood in Isaiah as He refers to His love for His children as “a mother’s love”. Jesus paid the same tribute to motherhood when He spoke of His love for Jerusalem like “a hen gathering her chicks under her wing.”

    “Oh, how much I love you,” he cried, “If only I could be a mother hen and spread my wings to protect you!”

    Like a mother hen, Jesus calls his children to come to him so that he can shelter and protect them.

  20. Ryan says

    Thank you so much. :)
    Verses helped a little, but Amelia’s comment was the best verse.

    Good Bless.
    Ryan. :)

  21. R0lda says

    I am so happy i look up this site great ,information for my sunday school class.

  22. Melinda Loera says

    I am trying to find a mothers day verse to give to my mother thats sounds like I’m saying it to her from me.

  23. Martha says

    I am so glad I found this site. This is just what I needed for my 2-5 age group Sunday School Class. thank you…

  24. Rajiv says

    this verses are nice, I find it very useful…………. especially for the mothers’ day celebration coming up

  25. Rodney Hopper says

    To Brandon Davis, may I share your Mother’s Day Poem with my church family at First Christian Church.

    Pastor Rodney

  26. Brandon says

    Mother’s Day: Remembering the Blessings
    by Brandon Davis

    Mommy said her and Daddy were blessed,
    that God gave them wonderful things.
    He gave them two wonderful children,
    that are worth more than gold rings.

    Mommy said she remembers the doctor,
    an old man whose face lit up with joy,
    held me up so that all could bear witness
    to Mommy’s new little boy.

    She said I was such a sweet baby,
    always laughing and having great fun.
    Now I realize the happiness inside me,
    was the joy from being her son.

    She was there when I took my first steps,
    arms outstretched and a smile so grand.
    She cheered when I reached where she stood,
    and took her finger in my own little hand.

    Remember, Mom, my first Easter outfit?
    You dressed me in slacks and a vest.
    You said I was a handsome boy,
    and everyone else seemed impressed.

    Mommy was there to read me a story,
    we two, on the couch, were a sight.
    She’d read me my numbers and colors.
    And tales of childish delight.

    When I turned three, Mommy went with me,
    to my first day of Sunday School.
    She watched as we sang, and read, and ate,
    everyone thinks my Mommy is cool.

    I remember the panic, Mom,
    when you had my baby sister.
    I was at Granny’s, awaiting the news,
    and I tell you I really missed her.

    Then all of a sudden, life started anew,
    for now I was a big brother.
    Mommy taught me to be the best that I could
    and it seemed she’s a greater Mother.

    Mommy watched us grow and play
    with others we made friends.
    She was there with a smile and a word of love
    and letters to others she sends.

    I remember when I’d get hurt,
    by falling or playing outside.
    Mommy was my doctor, my nurse and my angel,
    she held me close while I cried.

    Mommy was there to get me from school,
    and I showed her my drawing from class.
    She was so proud, she put it on the fridge
    I drew my family, standing in grass.

    Each memory, I count as a blessing,
    there’s too many to count here and now.
    I thank God every day for my family,
    and thank Mommy every way I know how.

    For this is the gift of a Mother,
    to love her child til the end.
    She’s an angel, a doctor, a teacher, a fan,
    but most importantly she’s a friend.

    So I charge all you sons and you daughters,
    remember your mother today.
    Through her love and hard work she has raised you,
    So tell her you love her, I pray.

    And for those of you out there, my readers,
    if you feel like you’re lost and alone.
    Remember, you are a mother’s blessing,
    And that helps to make a place home.

    May angels watch over all Mommies
    And keep them all safely I pray.
    For Mommy is the gift to all babies,
    And this is my blessing for Mother’s Day.

  27. Kristina says

    I need a short verse that i can write in caligraphy. Does anyone have suggestions.

    • Amelia says

      I like this verse for Mother’s Day. You could write the first part of the verse if you think the verse is to long.

      Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:28

  28. Sheila Wipperman says

    I made a thumbprint cross with my kids for their grandmother and I am looking for a good bible verse to put on the canvas with it. Any suggestions???

    • Simone Allen says

      Sheila I found this on a website maybe this might be one you might like to use….

      Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. ~I Corinthians 13:4-7

  29. Lisa M. says

    I am trying to find a lesson on mothers raising a son,but he’s not my biological son, He is married age 26. He did some things to the family, I just want to help someone else that may be dealing with a simular issue… Thanks

  30. Linda S. says

    My mother’s name was Rose and she’s in heaven now with Jesus. I once bought her some beautiful roses but before I handed them to her I addressed the roses and said, ” roses, do you want to meet someone more beautiful, – this is my mother.

  31. monica pena says

    this is not from the bible but i found it at khols on a frame to the world you might be just one person but to one person you may be the world something like that

    • Jim says

      Donna – I will be sharing this poem as a guest speaker at local church this Sunday – I thought it might be useful to place on your motherboard.
      God Bless

      - The Mother -
      By Wilbur D. Nesbit
      A book unheeded in her lap, she sits with dreaming eyes
      And looks from out the window at the distant hills that rise
      Yet soon she crosses all the hills and finds a pathway straight
      To where the children clamber on the fence beside the gate;
      To where the children hail her with their shouts of wonderous glee,
      Yet still the book, unheeded, lies half-open on her knee.

      And far from out the window bends, the sky in hazy blue,
      And she fares forth upon a road that leads the meadows through,
      That hurries down the city streets until she finds a door
      Which opens to her gentle knock; and then, as oft of yore,
      She hears the laughter of her boy, she sorrows when he grieves,
      Yet still the book is lying with her hand between the leaves.

      And now she goes another way, where mountains touch the sky;
      She threads the forest fastness until she draws anigh
      The little cottage where her girl has helped to make a home,
      Where, in the distance on the sea, are gleams of lifting foam;
      And for a while they speak of all the joys that used to be –
      Yet still the book, unheeded, lies half-open on her knee.

      And so she fares till sunset, she goes far and far away,
      But always finds her haven at the ending of the day;
      And takes her book and idly at the opened pages peers
      With eyes that have the softness that is caused by unshed tears,
      And sometimes she will murmur low, and sometimes she will smile,
      For out and over all the land her heart has been the while.

      My closing comment -
      “If your mother is still living, yet she’s unable to get to you, God has granted every invention to make communication with her inexcusable. She needs to hear from you often; she needs to hear from you today!”

  32. lola says

    i am trying to find a mothers day verse to give to my mother that sound like its talk to her from me…
    and a great quote to say o her…


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