5 Strong Women From The Bible

by David Peach on May 23, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

There are many great examples of strong women in the Bible to learn from. Here are five strong women with a summary of their story.

Jael – Judges 4

Sisera was pursued by the people of Israel at the request of Deborah the Judge. When the Israelites came at Sisera with 10,000 men, Sisera fled. Israel was routing Sisera and his army when Sisera broke off from his men and fled alone. He came to the tent of Jael.

Jael knew who Sisera was and invited him into her tent to hide. He asked for some water to drink. Jael, in her cunningly kind way, gave Sisera a bottle of milk. After enjoying his milk—like many people—he went fast to sleep.

Jael sneaked into the tent with a tent peg and hammer. The Bible says that she drove the nail through his temple and pegged his head to the ground. Of course he was dead by the time the pursuing army found him.

[Should I be concerned that this is my wife’s favorite story in the Bible?]

Hannah – 1 Samuel 1

... as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD (1 Samuel 1:28)

Hannah was barren. She wanted a son but God had not granted her one. She begged the Lord for a child. In return she promised to dedicate this young man to God’s service. Her son was born and she followed through on her promise. She took the child to Eli the priest and left him to be raised in the Temple. She continued to have influence over the boy’s life through the years.

Her son grew up to be Samuel—one of the most influential and godly men in the Bible.

Abigail – 1 Samuel 25

Abigail was the wife of a wicked and self-centered man named Nabal. David (who had been anointed king, but had not yet taken office) sent servants to kindly ask Nabal to show hospitality to him and his servants. David’s servants had been companions and protectors of Nabal’s shepherds. Nabal’s response was that David was lazy and presumptuous. David, who was traveling with his men after the burial of Samuel, was angered at Nabal’s reply. David prepared his men for a fight.

Abigail heard what transpired between Nabal and the servants of David. She loaded up a feast and went to meet David along the way. She had hoped that her actions would calm David so that he would spare her family from death. David agreed to spare the family for Abigail’s sake.

Nabal, thinking himself to be someone special because he told David to take a hike, threw a big party for himself. He was drunk and unable to protect himself. The next morning Abigail told Nabal that she had taken an offering to David and by doing so turned back the king and his 400 soldiers. Nabal was shocked to learn that his whole household could have been destroyed. So shocked, in fact, that the Bible says his heart died within him and he became as stone. Within 10 days he was dead.

When David heard the news that Nabal was dead he sent for Abigail to become his wife. David saw within her a virtue of honesty and desire to protect her family.

Esther – Esther 1-8

In the book of Esther, Esther was a Jewish woman who was selected by the Persian King Ahasuerus to be his wife. He had banished his former wife and chose Esther through a contest. However, the king did not know she was a Jew.

When the king’s right-hand man, Haman, devised a plan to kill the Jews, Ether’s uncle Mordecai found out. He went to Esther and asked her to go before the king and ask that the family of Israel be spared. Though Esther was the queen she did not have the right to lay her case before the king without an invitation. King Ahasuerus had not called for her presence in over a month. She knew that going before him uninvited could mean death.

Mordecai convinced Esther that she may have been brought to the position she was in by God for the purpose of saving her own people. She agreed to go before the king without an invitation even if it meant death.

By inviting the king and wicked Haman to her house for a meal Esther planned a way to tell the king of Haman’s plot to destroy her family. She won the king’s favor and invited he and Haman to her house the next day. Between the two meals Haman grew more angry with Mordecai and the Jews. When Esther revealed to the king that Haman planned to kill her family the king had Haman hung on the gallows that were built for Modecai.

Lois and Eunice – 2 Timothy 1

The Bible does not tell us much about Lois and Eunice, but what little it says speaks volumes for their character. One verse, 2 Timothy 1:5 says: (Speaking about why Paul gives thanks to God for Timothy) “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”

Paul was telling Timothy that he was thankful for the young man and that he saw great character in who Timothy would become. The book talks often about the things Timothy had been taught, or the things he had learned. Certainly Paul was talking about the things that Timothy learned from Paul, but it can also be assumed that Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice taught Timothy many things about the Bible as they seemed to be diligent students of God’s Word as well.

These stories of great women in the Bible are still inspirational to women today.

What is your favorite story of a Woman from the Bible? Share in the comments below!

Resources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

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lydia takaedza August 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

Esthers story is my favourite. From a very humble background she was chosen to be a queen among women of very rich backgrounds. I like the great favour that was bestowed upon her by God. Esther was intelligent and full of courage, she managed to call a 3 days 3 nights fast which led to the conquering of Haman. She is one woman in the Bible who teaches me to be a bold woman nomatter what challenging situation I face.

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Mariana Mangual February 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I really like and appreciate your blog post. Really Great.

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Racheal Elizabeth Ready March 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I really like the story also. I believe that the story has a meaning to women. The meaning is to me keep trying and God will promote us we don’t have to do anything it is divine providence that God uses us for his glory and we can’t do it on our own. We have trust and faith in God and he will see us through from start to finish. That is Amazing Love. Racheal Ready.

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gloria eleojo ikani May 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

pls send it to me

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Emily May 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I know this is kind of a text book answer but I think Mary is inspirational because if you delve in deep into her side of the story it proves that she trusts god an that she loved her family and that she is strong and coragous!xxx

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JD June 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Perhaps you could also cover the stories of Ruth and Naomi, plus Jochabet (the mother of Moses), Miriam and Deborah – all from the old Testament.

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JD June 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Perhaps you could also cover Ruth & Naomi, Deborah, Yochabet (the mother of Moses) and Miriam. All from the old Testament.

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David Peach June 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

We have a whole article dedicated to the story of Ruth. I trust you will enjoy it.

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Onita burke July 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I love the story of Ruth@Naomi shows what God can do when you trust him.Still waiting to meet my Boaz

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Chimzy Mulah Gwap June 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

the story of esther…. is a very inspirational 1 for me!

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David Peach June 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

The story of Esther is one of my favorites too.

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sasha June 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

why? i really need to know

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Kathy June 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Why didn’t you name Deborah? Wasn’t she a strong woman? Just curious

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David Peach June 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

Yes, Kathy, she was. I picked 5 that came to mind, but there could be many others in this list. Do you have a website? Maybe you could write about 5 other strong women and link to this article. Then we would have a list of 10 strong women.

What is your favorite part of the story of Deborah?

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JD June 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Try womeninthebible dot net
I’m not sure we are able to post links on here.

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Christine Kisuule February 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

My favourite women in the Bible are Mary Magdelene, Jael, The lady who poured expensive perfume on Jesus, Miriam, Leah, Esther, The Samaritan Woman, Rahab, Docas, The Shummite Woman and Ruth.

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JD June 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I see that this site does not allow links to be posted in the Comments.
However, Women in the Bible dot net seems to be a wonderful resource if anyone wants further info on biblical women.

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David Peach June 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Thank you for the info JD.

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Edmane Castor June 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I think Deborah was a powerful, hard working woman. She was a wife, judge, prophetess. Imagine in those days women were not too popular in public yet the nation came to her for ruling.

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Neo Mase July 9, 2012 at 3:06 am

I love the story of Abigail a wife of a wicked man but she stood to be an honest, trustworthy n protect her family from David the king who wanted to kill them because of her husband Nabal’s actions

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Sherron July 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

My favourite woman in the whole bible is Mary, because she through God brought us our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Hannah July 19, 2012 at 3:56 am

I love Esther’s heroine acts in Bible… That’s why I named my daughter Esther! She is indeed very humble and destined for greater things. God gave Esthe, in the Bible, beauty to get the king’ attention and she did, to Vashti’s misfortune. BTW my second sister is called Vashti….

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valsa george July 31, 2012 at 12:46 am

I admire the role of Lydia, a wealthy but worshipping and caring woman

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valsa george July 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

Unlike, the richer women of this age, she was mingling with all other woman irrespective of wealth and status. Amidst her business, she was finding time to worship God, receive and encourage His servants. Her extra time was spent not in gym or beauty parlor but on river side

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Rosemary Zunga August 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I like the story of Mary the mother of Jesus. I want to believe she also wanted to have a normal marriage, wed Joseph etc but she chose to listen to God’s command. She carried Jesus in her womb and she never bragged like some of would do. She would have wanted a speciall place to give birth at, everyone could have known that she was carrying a special child but she did not even when Jesus started evangelising, she trusted her child that she went to tell Him about wine shaortage, and Jesus prayed for water and changed to be wine. I can say a lot about Mary.

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Ncebakazi Tshalana August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

The story of Rizpah is my favourate, a woman who watched over the dead bodies of her sons. To begin with she never questioned the decision, she just took courage and the strength she had to protect the dead bodies of her sons. Its just hard to imagine the pain she went through, but at the end her sons were granted proper burial and the land was healed. That to me is the character of God, the unfailing love, even when we are dead in sin he stil watches over us, He still protect us, and just willing to accept us without even asking why we sinned.

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Oluwafemi February 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Awesome

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Tiny Masinga August 27, 2012 at 2:38 am

I love the little maid in Naaman’s house. Not even mentioned by name since she was so insignificant and undermined. Was not bitter that she was enslaved. She accepted her plight and served witg deligence and love. Was sympathetic with Naaman displayed care and concerv. Demontrated God’s grace and love. If it was someone else she would have been bitter and thought God was revenging on her behalf. She wished him well and wanted Naaman to be healed from leprosy. She advised him through his wife to go to God’s prophet in Israel, where tjhe girl saw God doing wonders and healing the sick.

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minni mcrae August 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I enjoyed reading all comments & different views about the women of the Bible.
This is what I NEEDED. I am presenting a program about the women of the Bible. Comparing them with the today’s women.
Most of they are the same as I had picked, Sarah & Rahab. +more.

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Hanna August 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hannah impresses me quite a lot, ‘it was God who had made her barren’ and yet she prayed tirelessly to that same God until she was given a son. Hannah did not hold on to Samuel, but she gave Samuel back to God.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hi Hanna, yes she returned him to the Lord just as she promised.

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KM Johnson Davis September 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thanks for writing. I too love both the stories of Hannah and Esther. Deborah is definitely another great one! Stay Blessed.

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LindaSue September 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Esther is my favorite. A woman of beauty and great courage.

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DeeDee September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Just love reading the stories about the women of God. God is amazing.

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Amanda September 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Naomi and Ruth, were both very strong women in the bible. Ruth is one of my favorite books in the bible. I think they overcame a lot, I love that by love Ruth was lead to believe in God and that in troubled times they still had hope and their hope was in the Lord.

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Khonbemo Ngullie October 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Please me more sermon on women in the Bible. Thank you

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Pastor Tema Frederick Andusa October 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

This is awesome i need to have more of this and communicate with you people
God bless you
Rev.Pastor Tema Frederick Andusa

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Nescid October 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

I am touched by the story of Naomi and RUTH.
On their return, Naomi’s people accepted Ruth like one of their very own. Ruth was of unsurpassed affection and faithfulness to Naomi, denying herself of her own interest and self convenience. This also reached the ears of Boaz. It is also recorded in the Bible that she is worth more than seven sons to her mother-in-law. Remember, Ruth proded Naomi to go back to her people and also, to find a husband. We know Orpah did. For Ruth, rather than having a new husband which women at this age would readily run into, she responded to Naomi … “Your God will be my God, your people will be my people, where you dwell, I will dwell also”. I am a man. And I ask, how many women would have unfeigned loyalty like that? That would be a jewel even to a dead husband. The Lord blessed her. I think Ruth has a sterling character. Her story deserved long accounting in the Scriptures. She was a virtous woman. It is also recorded in the Bible that she is worth more than seven sons to her mother-in-law. Remempber, Ruth proded Naomi to go back to her people. We know Orpah returned to her people. For Ruth, rather than having a new husband which women at this age would readily run into, she said to Naomi … “Your God will be my God, your people will be my people, where you dwell, I will dwell also”. The Lord blessed her. I think Ruth had a sterling character. Her story deserved long accounting in the Scriptures and that speaks a lot. She was a virtous woman. I am a man. And I ask, how many women would have unfeigned loyalty like that? That would be a jewel even to a dead husband. If you don’t agree with me, I understand b’coz you are a woman. :)

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Cynthia Calhoun October 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I agree with some of the others that the story of Ruth and Naomi is a great one. It shows us that Naomi carried herself in such a way that Ruth wanted to return to Naomi’s country with her. Ruth was from a country where the worshipped pagan Gods, yet she chose to abandon that and return to the home country of Naomi. This tells us that Ruth must have seen something in Naomi to make her want to follow her. We too can learn from this, we should carry ourselves in such a manner that would cause others to turn away from their pagan Gods and turn to Christ.

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Nescid October 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Thank you Cynthia for your added input. I buy your thought that Naomi had a stellar character that Ruth saw in her. She was a sterling influence to her daughter-in-law. Am sure, there are still a lot of parents like Naomi, and Ruth of today.

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Amanda October 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Yes, Ruth was a jewel of a woman, very well put :) When she put God first her life changed for the better. If more people would show the love of the Lord to others I feel more people would be lead to the Lord. She put the Lord first and she was very blessed. God guided her path and we can all learn from that. If we will trust in the Lord our God FIRST he will guide our path and we will do well. Things always work out for the best of those who love the Lord. I am sure it must have been hard on Ruth and Namoi but God had a plan for them. I think that is another lesson we can learn from this. We all have times of trouble and things we don’t understand but if we will trust that things are for the good of us and Gods will. Without their trust in the Lord they never would have done anything. There are so many lessons we can learn from this book of the bible. Like how the Lord comforts us in times of trouble and sends the right people to us when we need them. I could go on and on about all the greatness of the Lord and how he worked this out for them. :)

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seer October 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I found a lot more about what the bible has to say about women. Isn’t that great?! :

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Kwake ken November 1, 2012 at 4:53 am

Wow.thats nyc.i lyk it.only that women new these,then they cud save their falin mariages.GOD BLES U PERCH

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Deborah November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Deborah is my favourite.She was a very intelligent and courageous women.Deborah,the prophetess and the only female judge mentioned in the Bible, who led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera.
She would sit under a palm tree, and the people would come to her for judgment. What an amazing woman.She trusted God completely and was not afraid to act upon that trust, even at the threat of her own life.
Deborah in the Bible is a wonderful inspiration to us. Because we are women, we are not a lesser person in the eyes of God.
As Godly women we must rule the sphere that God puts us in with total trust in Him.
First and foremost, we must be Godly women, totally trusting in Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our faithfulness should be evident in whatever we do.

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nyiko January 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

I love Abigail. A women who stand up 4 her family… Sh savd her family

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Oluwafemi February 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Quite Inspirational David, I had a leading by the Holy Spirit to write a book about the women in the bible in 2010; What I discover was Awesome, amazing and devastating every of these women you had mention are amazing but there are lot more women of substances Hidden in the pages of the Bible, I am half way through, hoping to finish by the end of the year by His special Grace.

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Pretty April 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

I love Jael she’s brave, focused, enticing yet dosnt lose her mission. one of our weakness as woman we tend to lose our mission towards men. compromising our values because of a rather charming men. Jael is on point she entertain, feed this mand but dont forget her purpose. We must never forget our purpose or change just beacuse we met someone. We must have charactor nor compromise.

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Pezo Kumwenda April 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I am inspired by Anna. Because she chose to trust God and follow his direction for her life, Anna was able to fulfill the special purpose for which she was designed. Her obedience and humility had placed her in the right place, at the right time, with a spirit sensitive to God’s leading. And she had the honor of being one of the first evangelists recorded in Scripture, one who gladly proclaimed the Good News of the promised King!

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prasadarao May 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

i like very much it is very much use full in my ministry pl sendandprayfor my family

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Sihle May 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

Mary the mother of Jesus. She was able to conceive through Holy spirit and raise God himself.

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Chipo Monday May 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

I like the story of Mary the mother of Jesus .great woman indeed

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Sbongile Tlhabane May 20, 2013 at 5:49 am

Hi

I like Esther who understand that approach is the best tool to get what u want, if we approach God in a humble manner He hears our prayer and answer us.

stay blessed

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CATRINA May 25, 2013 at 2:57 am

The story if Ester is my favorite story at this time .although i like each story i have read,jael, hannah,Ester,lois & eunice

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Child of God June 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

2 Kings 4:1-7 The story of the widow with debts and 2 sons who could have been taken as slaves by her debtors sought Elisha for help. Reminds me, don’t tell GOD how big your problem is… Tell your problem how big your GOD is!

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Amita J June 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

Rebekah in the bible.

Rebekah was a woman of virtue. She was willing to serve without expecting anything in return.She was self motivated. She was a hard working woman. She drew around 800 liters of water for the camels.She was hospitable.Uncommon kindness gave Rebekah uncommon reward.

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Smangele July 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

Rebekah and woment of Samaria I forgot her name. Their honest and charecter pleases me

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Fidel July 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

I am motivated by Anna in (Lk 2:36-38). She was an aged woman who trusted God for her live. She preached the word and as well prophecied she remained in the temple. This true stewardship.

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adaeze July 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

i love dorcas also tabitha 4 her
care n hospitalitity 2wards others

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