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50 Respect Quotes from the Old and New Testaments

Updated on March 31, 2022
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MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

There is a basic respect which all people deserve, just because they are human beings. Based on their attitudes and actions, respect for them may increase or decrease.

Still, it is the giver regardless of the receiver's attitudes and actions, who determines whether there will or will be not be a show of respect. Usually people give what they have.

Be respectful to all. (1 Peter 2:17)

Jesus gives respect to the woman who had a bad reputation (John 4: 1-30).  Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch
Jesus gives respect to the woman who had a bad reputation (John 4: 1-30). Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch | Source

What about the premise that respect must be earned?

The Pulpit Commentary explains 1 Peter 2: 17 this way:

"Respect is due to all men, of course in varying degrees and to be shown in different ways; but in some sense it is due to all, to the humblest and even to the worst."

With this in mind, consider these Bible quotes* divided into 7 sections—6 promoting respect for different categories of people and 1 promoting respect for God.

The Aged

  1. Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged (Leviticus 19:32).
  2. Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father (1 Timothy 5:1).
  3. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely (Titus 2:2).
  4. A widow who … is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband…must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done (1 Timothy 5: 9, 10).
  5. The young stepped aside when they saw me, and even the aged rose in respect at my coming (Job 29:8).
  6. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)

Church Leaders

  1. Deacons must be well respected and have integrity (1 Timothy 3:8).
  2. Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well (1 Timothy 5:17).
  3. In the same way, their [elders’] wives must be respected (1 Timothy 3: 11).
  4. The elder … must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him (I Timothy 3; 2, 4).
  5. Listen to your pastors, and do not resist them, for they watch for your souls as those that must give account (Hebrews 13;17 Jubilee Bible 2000).
  6. Honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work… Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work (1 Thessalonians 5: 12, 13).


Equal partners (man and wife) deserve equal respect from each other and all others.  Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger
Equal partners (man and wife) deserve equal respect from each other and all others. Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger | Source
  1. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly (Colossians 3:19).
  2. Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage (Hebrews 13:4).
  3. Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesian 5: 33 English Standard Version).
  4. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree (1 Corinthians 7:5).
  5. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3: 7).
  6. Honor your father and mother. (Ephesians 6:2).
  7. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged (Colossians 3:21).
  8. If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness (Proverbs 20:20).


  1. Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? (Jeremiah 5:22)
  2. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:7).
  3. Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely (Leviticus 19:12).
  4. [God to Moses] And do not approach my altar by going up steps. If you do, someone might look up under your clothing and see your nakedness (Exodus 20: 22, 26).
  5. Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation (Psalm 46:10).
  6. A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? (Malachi 1:6)
  7. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? (Hebrews 12:9)
  8. Teach me your ways, O Lord … Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you (Psalm 86:11).

Governing Authorities

"Submit to all human authority."  Photo by Piero
"Submit to all human authority." Photo by Piero | Source
  1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God (Romans 13:1).
  2. Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority (Romans 13:7).
  3. For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed (1 Peter 2:13).
  4. Fear God, and respect the king (1 Peter 2:17).
  5. [Moses to the Israelites] I took the wise and respected men you had selected from your tribes and appointed them to serve as judges and officials over you (Deuteronomy 1:15).
  6. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you (Romans 13:3).


  1. Respect everyone (1 Peter 2:17).
  2. A person with good sense is respected (Proverbs 13:15).
  3. A gracious woman gains respect (Proverbs 11:16).
  4. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers (1 Timothy 5:1).
  5. Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs (Proverbs 19:11)
  6. Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble (Leviticus 19:14).
  7. The Lord … lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump … placing them in seats of honor (1 Samuel 2:7, 8).
  8. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other (Romans 12:10).
  9. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them (Romans 12:14).
  10. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose (Job 21:33).


Photo by  Piotr Siedlecki.
Photo by Piotr Siedlecki. | Source
  1. God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  2. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
  3. And you yourself must be an example to [others] by doing good works of every kind (Titus 2:7).
  4. Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:28)
  5. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. (Colossians 2:18)
  6. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results (1 Corinthians 15:10).

*Quotes are from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

© 2015 Dora Weithers


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