Bible Verses About Obedience: 20 Powerful Scriptures Quotes

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One of the first Scripture memory verses that our children learned was “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1 KJV).  Most people expect that children should be taught to obey, however they rarely understand that obedience is for not only the children, but for everyone.

In our ministry we teach Biblical Parenting classes and the definition and Biblical concepts of obedience are taught during the “Discipline – Part 1” class. Obedience is often confused with submission; however, the two words differ in this way:

  • Obey – The Biblical word for “obey” comes from the Greek “hupakou” which means to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority. This word conveys the idea of actively following a command. There is no choice in the matter, it is to be done whether one agrees with it or not. Obedience is involuntary.
  • Submit – The Biblical word “submit” comes from the Greek “hupeiko” which means to yield; to passively surrender to an authority. Submission is similar to obedience but in this case one might question what is being commanded. Submission is voluntary. [1]

 Following are twenty powerful Scripture quotes about obedience:

Obedience Commanded by God

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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

Colossians 3:22 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Hebrews 13:17 (KJV) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

1 Peter 4:16-17 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Obedience Expected by God and Jesus

Bible Verses About Obedience

“Beware of reasoning about God’s Word — obey it.”

Deuteronomy 4:1 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. (Moses delivering the LORD’s message)

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

John 15:14 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Jesus’ speaking)

Galatians 5:13-14 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

Loss of Blessings for Disobedience

Numbers 20:7-12 and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”

Judges 2:1-3 Now the angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.”

Joshua 5:6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Nehemiah 9:20, 26-27 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. “Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies. Therefore you gave them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer. (Israel confessing their sins to the LORD)

Romans 2:6-8 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Rewards of Obedience

Genesis 22:17-18 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (The LORD speaking to Abraham through an angel)

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Luke 11:28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Jesus speaking)

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Christian Quotes About Obedience

“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.” ~ George Macdonald

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of reasoning about God’s Word – obey It.”~ Oswald Chambers

“Why do you need a voice when you have a verse.” ~ Jim Elliot

“Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives.” ~ Andrew Murray

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[1] Source: Biblical Parenting Basic Course, Selah Mountain Ministries

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Dr. Scott Turansky December 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

Hi Pam, I liked this article you wrote. I appreciate your emphasis on teaching children obedience not just for now but because it’s a quality they will need for the rest of their lives. Thanks. –Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting


Pam January 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi Dr. T, Thanks for taking the time to leave your words of encouragement. AMEN! Obedience is for a lifetime.


nancy January 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

This was very helpful. Thank you for sharing the incorruptable word of God.


Pam January 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

Dear Nancy, I am so glad that this simple article was helpful to you. I am honored to share the incorruptible word of God, it is free and should be given freely as well. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment here at WCWTK. Blessings!


Rick Maxwell June 3, 2012 at 9:27 am


Thanks for the verses! I thought it was interesting to observe, in looking through them, that God commands that we do things, but He never directly says, “Obey me.” Oswald Chambers comes the closest to saying that – which is why human authors sometimes fall short. God does speak of the blessings of obeying and the “cursings” for not obeying, but seems to want our obedience to come from a loving response, not from direct insistence. Makes me realize that my repeated use of the words, “Obey me,” to my daughter, is the not the most Godly way to handle her.


Pamela Rose Williams June 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Rick … however, the word of God does say “children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph 6:1). According to the Bible it is not unreasonable at all that you should expect this and also teach it to your daughter. Not because you say so … because God’s word says so.


Rachel M. June 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I believe your reference of Matthew 9:13 is incorrect. Matthew 9:13 (NIV) says “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The Scripture you quoted “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” is John 14:15 (NASB).


Pamela Rose Williams June 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi Rachel M.

Thank you for this — I have corrected the reference above. You see that is why we all need to study to show ourselves approved because sometimes human errors can mislead. So sorry for the error but happy you caught it!


chris June 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Also, I think you quoted John 14:15 instead of 15:14 .
But 15:14 is an obedience scripture too.
Also, Ecclesastastess 12:13 sums it up well.


rose mary kambere June 22, 2012 at 5:01 am

hello Rose.thanks for the verses.this article was helping me to teach young sisters .To obey is very important to all persons and make our lives free.


rose mary kambere June 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

hello Rose.thanks for this verses. it was helping me to teach my young sisters.To obey is very important to everyone, and make our lives free.


J. MILLER August 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This article was a great read! I write fairly often & I was reading thru the Word of God and he revealed to me simply: “O.B.E.Y.” Obedience Breaks Every Yoke. God is just so good to us & I just want to thank you for this post! Have a blessed & prosperous life.


Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Hello J.
Thank you for your kind words. I am so encouraged by our readers and praise God that He is using WCWTK to encourage folks like you.


Conita Kuhn May 30, 2013 at 5:21 am

O.B.E.Y. – I love the meaning, thank you for sharing, this will now be apart of my lingo : )


Levy Korir September 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

God bless you for His word. I’m a theological student at Scott Christian University. I’m very much interested in children ministry which is part of the ministry am attached to do this academic year. Obedience is our main topic. Thanks for your insights because I’ve learn t a lot from the same Be Blessed


Palesa November 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Hi Pam

Thank you for the article. Very informative and life changing.
God bless.



lungi November 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I believe that we ought to obey those who are in rulership,authority,our parents in the Lord.If you obey you will be definitely be exalted.We mu st be like Christ for we will reap what He reaped.He was exalted by God just because He phillipians 2verse5,6,7,8

Thank you Pam


Frederick Nyankson January 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hi Pam, May the good LORD bless you and your family and the ministry as well.Stay bless.


Evang. Chris Micah Kabruk Katsit January 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Pam, your article is very fantastic. May God enrich you and the family.


alburoff February 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

When are you no longer a Child to bey your parents? why Does it specify children in “children obey your partnets” and not in “honour your mother and father”?


thank u for the word of obedience, its not for childrens alone July 21, 2013 at 4:01 am

God bless u mom


Revelation Knight October 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

God iss good!


terry December 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm



Joe Sewell January 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

A question: what are the consequences for a Christian who does not obey all God commands, or fails in one of His ordained responsibilities? How does one balance or harmonize obedience with grace and mercy?


first love October 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm

for god sakes, i’m willing to meet a friend who lives few blocks from me and we are living at the same street, however, we didn’t have any chances to meet, we each other wish to be friends with each other. i’m praying for GOD to assist us that with a chance, we could meet with some situation going on. and i hope things could go well. having one more friend is better than having one more enemy. I wish we could meet, for hanging out with fun at all. Thanks, our mighty God.


Fisher April 2, 2016 at 2:13 am

I received much information on this subject of Obedience and will be using some of the verses stated above (in the correct way)(KJV) to preach my sermon and seemed to really enjoy the extra help. Maybe next time use the KJV verses being it is gods only true word and all others are non holy due to tampering with and missing verses. Thank you again.


Dan July 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

Hi all, Pam thanks for the word. I wanted to leave a word of encouragement to whoever struggling with obeying GOD. Be faithful in small things, like when GOD is telling you to wake up early 4am and pray. There are blessings waiting. Be ready to follow the HOLY SPIRIT, because He knows better and you can trust Him eyes close.


Walter February 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

I don’t believe that KJV was spoken/written. There were several languages spoken/written before the


Jack Wellman February 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

Hello Walter. Yes, this was the way they spoke in the 15th and 16th centuries when King James commissioned the Bible. It’s the only language they knew. What was spoken before was for some, Celtic, some French, but English has been around for centuries. Shakespeare’s works show you that the language he wrote in and spoke in was what the King James Bible was written in. Does this help Walter?


Dee April 4, 2017 at 7:07 am

The word obey is not used in the verse Deuteronomy 12:32 but it is another verse about obeying God’s commandments.


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