Bible Verses About Youth: 21 Encouraging Scriptures

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Today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow. The Bible has lots to say about youth. Take a look at these 21 encouraging scriptures about youth:

Featured Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Examples of Young People with Great Responsibility

Joseph the son of Jacob was made overseer in the house of the Captain of the Guard in Egypt when he was just 17

Genesis 37:2; 39:1-4 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father … Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

Ruth was a young widow when she chose to dwell with her mother-in-law to be a blessing to her

Ruth 1:16-18 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.

David was only a boy when he killed a giant

1 Samuel 17:42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.

Jehoash was 7 years old when he became King of Judah

2 Kings 11:21 Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.

Josiah was 8 years old when he became King in Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 34:1-2 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Mary of Nazareth was a young virgin when she conceived the Savior, Jesus

Luke 1:26-33 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Timothy was a young man whom Paul was training for the ministry

1 Timothy 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

God Expects The Best From You

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…”

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

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

1 Peter 5:5-9 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 6:1-2 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)

Never Forget Who You are Following

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;  for you I wait all the day long.

Psalms 27:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

Psalms 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”

Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Now is the Time

Do you know Jesus? You may be at a very critical age right now. Don’t waste time, I was a grown woman before I met my Savior.  Make a good decision. Come to Jesus today. Did you see the video in the upper right of this page? Watch it as you consider God’s plan for you.


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Richard Kotey February 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

May God bless you and widen your tents I have been inspired and encouraged


pastor mumtaz March 1, 2016 at 6:07 am

it good for youth teaching I learn from this passage


Pas. Satish Chettri April 29, 2016 at 12:49 am

Thank You Pamela,
I have been deeply encouraged by your articles. God bless you and continue to enable to write to touch millions of people all round the World.


isaia August 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

I am greatly blessed and will use it for the youth in our church. Be abundantly blessed.


Sawacchi October 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

I love Psalm 119: 9
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.


Ian Davison October 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

What a great message for our youth in HEBREWS 13:7 ..God Bless


john October 25, 2016 at 9:20 am

this was inspiring


Nathan S. Carr November 11, 2016 at 6:14 am

thanks for the article, such an inspiring one. I am Pastor Nathan s. Carr.from the west African State of Liberia, i pastor Messiah Global Ministry in the city of paynesville, one of the fastest growing churches in the city of Monrovia. I wish for us to partner in Ministry.


Jeff Miller November 17, 2016 at 1:20 am

Very inspirational messages. 1peter 5:5-9. Youth leaders Jeff & Brigitte. The Gathering place, Athens,Al


Amos Dandu January 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

Its a encouraging article for youth and to teach in youth meeting with references.


Barnabas Koech August 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

What an inspiring message! In time and powerful!


Folorunso Idowu Ezekiel November 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

Your article is inspiring. Thank you


Riches Monday May 22, 2018 at 6:17 am

Hello, I have always been blessed by this website. And I’ll not stop visiting. Thank you for this wonderful encouragement. I have to share this.


T Opetunsin May 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm

This is very inspiring, and I’m happy to come across such a great article.


Nevious June 27, 2018 at 10:29 am

This article is 100% inspiring.


Thelma February 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Thank you ma.this is great. More wisdom and divine knowledge.


Thelma February 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Awesome, more grace.


Mahesh Chand March 10, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Very good teaching for youth about youth. God bless you.


Kipchumba April 13, 2019 at 8:35 am

Surely very powerful inspiring message and encouraging the youth to be firm in their salvation,God bless you mum.


WAISWA ERISA April 19, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Madam, I am WAISWA ERISA, ayouth leader and an administrator of WATCH IN PRAYER ALL NATIONS CHURCH. NDALI, NAMWENDWA, KAMULI, UGANDA. I am really inspired with your articles. I wish you visit our church!! May you be encouraged by the holy spirit and serve more.


Jack Wellman April 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Hello friend. Our church has shut down in Kansas. I am now focusing on preaching in state hospitals and prisons and also in nursing homes. Thank you for the encouragement sir.


Christopher magotsi May 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

Wow. What a blessing message


Christopher magotsi May 11, 2019 at 9:03 am

Such a wonderful blessing


Mary Stanley May 17, 2019 at 11:04 am

Thanks for the encouragement to this our young generation


feli ofori nyarko June 28, 2019 at 6:37 am

may God grant you grace for such a word amen


LORDSON Sammor Duah July 22, 2019 at 3:27 am

I am blessed by this article. Thanks for the varied passages on inspiring the youth for leadership and service!


David george August 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

Thank you very much for the sermon you preach


J. Wilson Sackie September 2, 2019 at 8:08 am

thanks for biblical inspiration, i am a teacher and a youth coordinator


John October 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

The book on role ofyouth and church


Antony Olonde January 5, 2020 at 2:53 am

the books are worth reading this will help the entire youth be bless


Martin January 23, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for great information may the Almighty bless u abundantly.


dilli achhami February 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm

wonderful service, be always blessed as you are.


Steven YAMBUNDIMI February 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Love those Bible verses.


Jack Wellman February 21, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Thank you for the encouragment sir.


Tony March 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

I the new youth coordinator in my church I really appreciate your teachings God bless you


Chinonso Dike June 20, 2020 at 8:55 am

I have been richly bless here.I give GOD praise for his awesomeness.


Joshua Oyomo from Kenya June 25, 2020 at 11:07 pm

I am very much inspired with your articles. May our Almighty Father adds more wisdom as you serve in His vineyard.


Leahmwangi September 15, 2020 at 11:03 pm

Much blessed by yhe word more Grace


Robby January 25, 2021 at 10:15 am

Hi am Robby from Zambia.

In the year 2020 was leading the youth group in my church, it has been an honour….
And I am still spending time with them, thanks for these guidelines. Its helpful


David Opiyo March 27, 2021 at 4:17 pm

Really inspiring. Glory be to God


Sharon Dick April 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Much blessed this evening may the Lord continue using us as His vessels


Kennedy Mutembei April 14, 2021 at 4:19 pm

I am really inspired by your great words, May God bless you more


Kanyiga Tomath July 28, 2021 at 8:37 am

Really it’s so great to see and read such inspiring messages God bless you all in Jesus name


Joseph makau September 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

Am much encouraged by God’s word to youth through your channel be blessed Ecclesiastes 11:9-10


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