Bible Verses About Respect: 20 Helpful Quotes

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As a child I was taught to respect my elders, people in authority, my parents, my sisters and my neighbors.  I was also taught to love and honor God. I am talking about things like, when the elderly man or woman needs a seat; give them yours. Or when the teacher tells you to do something; do it. Or at the checkout line in the grocery store, let the one with fewer items than you go ahead of you. Respect is a biblical principle that is becoming increasingly invisible in our world today. Respect, honor and esteem are very closely related words and in the Bible we see these words used interchangeably.  Let’s take a look at some Bible verses about respect.

Respect for the Lord 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “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. 

Romans 1:20-22 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools 

1 Peter 3:14-6 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,  but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,  having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” 

Revelation 5:11-12 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Respect for Elders and People in Authority

... when the elderly man or woman needs a seat; give them yours

Leviticus 19:32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD…” 

Romans 13:2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 

Romans 13:7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 

1 Timothy 6:1-2 (KJV) Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,  and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Respect for Family Members

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

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 

Ephesians 5:33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband 

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise) 

Hebrews 12:9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Respect for Neighbors and Others

Philippians 2:3 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 

1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 

How Can You Help Keep Respect Alive?

Teach your children these simple Biblical principles about respect. Respect begins at home and the best way to start is by instilling the Word of God into our children from birth.  It is never too late to remember what the Lord commanded us to do in Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. 


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman December 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

A much needed article Pam. I believe a way to keep respect alive is to show respect to others. When we respect others this may encourage others to do the same. As always, superbly done my friend.


Pam Williams December 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

Good advice Jack. Thank you for that


Jeydey December 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

Some people have forgotten the meaning of respect.


Tendai Pfidze February 10, 2012 at 6:13 am

this is very helpful. we are currently having a problem of respect with our youth at church


Pam February 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

Oh Tendai Pfidze, I am sorry to hear of this in your church. Take the advice of my friend Pastor Jack (above), respect begins with you. Be the light and show your brothers and sisters how to be respectful by the way you respect them. Thanks for taking the time to leave your words of encouragement here. I pray you come back and visit often.


Diana March 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

My youth group is also having this problem. We have recently started doing student run Wendsday nights. Where the students are in groups that take turns, picking a topic and teaching the lesson. This is really hard though, due to a lack of respect for the students who are in charge that week. So my group is going to teach on respect. Thanks for the verses. I’ll show them to my group.


Pamela Rose Williams March 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Diana, Great subject for study. I am happy that you found some help from this article. All glory to God!


Alexander September 20, 2012 at 2:54 am

This helped so much. As the two above mentioned my youth at church have been very disrespectful to the leaders and members of my church. I have been trying to find right verses to teach them and all I could come up with is Exodus 20:12. Thank you for listing them. Pray that this opens their eyes. I pray blessings upon you and your husband.
Through God’s love,
Your brother Alexander


K.Sezi October 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

I’m very grateful about yr article. I think respect is the mother of discipline & its seeds should be sowed into children early


Raquel November 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thanks for the quick reference versus, they came in handy. I too am having some challenges with my two young daughters, as they continually disrespect each other in speech and towards me, when things don’t go their way. My heart aches and I pray to my Lord for wisdom and I try to lead by example. Any prayers and suggestions would be welcomed.
In Christ.


Asheber (@VictimoftheUNO) January 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

A roman 13:2 of the Holly Bible says the following:–> Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

During my childhood, I read the Bible often. When I was a child I was taught to respect my parents, elders, women and so on. But nobody taught me to respect authorities.
In fact in ancient times, a person can be a king if he will be devoted to God. These kinds of kings can nominate spiritual authorities and we are forced to respect them. Such authorities can’t exploit and steal the population. But looking the reality now, should we have to respect our authorities who are oppressing the whole community and are killing millions without any reason? Is it possible to say that authorities of our era are assigned by our almighty God?


Dennis July 10, 2013 at 12:07 am

While I can see where you’re coming from, I have police officer friends, among other forms of public auhoriy figures I’m happy to be affiliated with, and the likelyhood that any of the three previously mentioned officers actually taking a life is apparently, and surprisingly slim, and if any government or orginization were killing “millions without reason” someone would notice and do something. Including me, should I be anywhere within possible reach of said atrocity, God places every authority figure in your life for a reason, so please stop egging the cruisers, we know you hate getting traffic tickets, but if everyone started parking in front of fire hydrants, we would have a lot more houses burnt to the ground.


Kristen Fowler February 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for the great article! I go to a Christian school, and I’m supposed to write an essay on respect, and I wanted to include some Bible verses, so this helped a lot!


Pam Fitchett February 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Thank you for the article. I am a pastor’s wife and I do the weekly church bulletin. We are blessed to have many new members in our church and are thankful to them all.
Last Sunday one of our elders brought his grandson who spent the whole church service with headphones on. This is very disrespectful and upset a number of our congregation.
Our new congregation president pulled me aside and asked me to address this in the bulletin. This is a tough one for me. I dont know what to say or how to say it as not to upset the elder in question. He is a good and honest man who does alot for the church. Any ideas?


Valarie February 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

Thanks for the article.


Deborah April 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

Thanks for the bible verses. I will be taking our bible study this week on respect.


christian Pascual June 9, 2013 at 4:12 am

Thank you very much for all these quotes ; respect regarding others is the root basis of knowledge and is equivalent to the true respect regarding God or Jesus.


karls kandewo July 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

thank u for the verses i am leading our home group tonyt nd it come up to my senses to use this topic as u hev made it a lot easier for me


Brother Edwin Oritz August 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Where in the bible can I find Adam first wife name Lilth?
Where in the bible can I find a woman must respect a man?


Jack Wellman August 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thank you sir for your question but Adam’s first wife was Eve, wasn’t it. It was in Genesis 2 and 3. Who is Lilth? I have not heard that name.

As for a woman must respect a man it is not that a woman must respect a man but a wife must respect her husband but even a greater demand is that the husband must love his wife like Christ loved the church, giving his life for it. That is harder for the husband but it is not written anywhere that a woman must respect a man, although men should respect women and women should respect men but a WIFE should respect her HUSBAND, and not so much any other man. This is found in Ephesians 5 but it also says that we are to “submit to ONE ANOTHER” not just the wife to her husband or a woman to a man. “a woman must respect a man” is not in the Bible.


Kathy June 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

When I stated on Facebook one day that I wished parents would instill in their children to be respectful and grateful, I was answered by a Christian lady. Her answer was that people didn’t deserve respect, they should have to earn it. My reply was that people should be deserving of respect, but most of the time don’t receive it anyway:( I love this article! Thank you very much for proving to me, unquestioningly, that it is not just good manners, but Biblical:)


Pamela Rose Williams June 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi Kathy, So happy to have cleared that up for you. Blessings!


Diana August 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Thiis is a very informative site, I love all the different opinions and truths from the Bible.


Tariku Legesse June 5, 2018 at 2:37 am

Thanks for the bible verses. I am taking your bible study courses this week on respect.
All glory to God !


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