5 Strong Women From The Bible

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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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Iboro Victoria October 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

I think Abigail is my favourite amongst others. She exhibited quite a number of chracteristics every christian woamn can pick and learn from.
1) Courage, 2) Intercession, 3)Power of words, 4) Loyalty.

I wrote a piece on this: check it on http://ibysmusings.blogspot.com/

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Joanne C.Brown April 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm

I found this information on Holy Women of the Bible to be very helpful. Thank You so much

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Rose A Joe June 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Abigail is my favorite character in the bible. I learned a lot from her.

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Innocent August 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Abigail definitely. Women should be peace makers and should build and not break her family. She is a wise women that portraiys a lot of strength.

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O.Smith September 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

My favourite woman is the shunamite woman see 2 Kings 4:8-37
It is by faith she told her husband and the prophet that it well with her and her family that is the words of faith by a true belivers.
Never use negative words.See proverbs 18:21

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Doris Leonard November 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Abigail is also my favorite among the other women. She was a courageous and wise woman of strength, one who interceded for her family in the midst of danger. I admire her forethought.

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judy jupiter November 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I just love the story of Ruth and Naomi beautiful story of loyalty

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Stefani January 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

I would say that Esther, and Ruth are my favorites. I love them for their strength in character.

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M.GizmoLoco January 31, 2016 at 2:33 am

All of these women have my most respect. 1luv

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Lizz James February 10, 2016 at 12:05 am

1. Rizpah in 2 samuel 3, she took time in the mountain to pray for her generation that the curse upon the family will be broken. For sure it was when Kind David called for her and lifted the shamed,separation e.t.c from the generation. ” she prayed for her generation and they were blessed”

2. Shiphrah and Pauh in Exodus 1, women who feared the Lord, even after being commanded by the king to kill the Hebrew babies, they didn’t do it. When asked the Lord gave them an answer to the king and thus the Lord blessed their household.
” Fear the Lord and your household will be blessed”

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malebogo dikepu February 19, 2016 at 2:56 am

Abigail i love the wisdom she had

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John Grays February 23, 2016 at 8:42 am

2 Kings Chapter Verses 8 -10
The one moment in The Bible when a woman is called great and I wonder why the writer didn’t mention her name????

8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

9 And she said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passes by us continually.

10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray you, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he shall turn in thither.

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Regina May 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

May I use this site (http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-strong-women-from-the-bible/) for our church bulletin on monther’s day?

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Jack Wellman May 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Yes, Regina. Yes, you can use this. Mother’s must be so appreciated.

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shirley aladano June 3, 2016 at 9:49 pm

My favorites are Queen Esther for her braveness and smartness. Abigail for her quick decissions to save the life of her husband and the shunamite women that she knows were to go in times of trouble

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Shawn June 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm

May I use this for my Ladies Bible Studies

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Pamela Rose Williams June 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Hello Shawn, Yes, you may use this content for your Ladies Bible Study. Please be sure to credit WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com as the source of this information (and of course the Bible too). Thanks for asking permission.

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refilwe July 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm

I admire Abigail for her intercession spirit for her household..I’m encouraged by her actions and the Lord will always locate you to a well deserved partner even after a failed marriage.

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ntomboxolo August 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

I need a sermon I’m going to talk about a woman of God please send via email . summarise it for me a story of Hana, Ester and the lady who wash Jesus feet while the other one is cooking

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Jack Wellman August 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

My friend. Pastors are supposed to do the hard work to study and show thyself approved of God. As a pastor, I would recommend you do your own sermon preparation as you must take notes, find Scriptures to use and then prepare the sermon. Anyone that is sent a sermon is gaining the fruit of another man’s labor. Does that make sense?

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Brendon September 9, 2016 at 3:41 am

Awesome article

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Jaffar September 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Hi. I am wondering if Your site has the same analytical article on New Testament women? I am writing a church musical in which in one of the scenes, the main character meets women characters during Jesus’s time and changes her perception of life through their dedication and work for the faith. Better yet if you have articles of women who’s character had been dubious prior to their encounter with Jesus, but had changed their lives through his love and teachings. God bless

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