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20 Gender Specific Quotes From the Bible

Updated on December 9, 2018
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

The following 20 quotes from the Bible aim to affirm the significance of both genders, although written in a culture which mostly prioritized males. It is true that the presence and importance of women are downplayed in many of the Bible narratives, but these quotes suggest that both the male and the female, though created as individuals, are expected to work side by side for the good of all.

Even when the genders are contrasted, the contrasts add to the understanding of the story. "Women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women." They share both the struggle and the success: a great insight for modern day couples.

Unless noted otherwise, these quotes listed under four subtitles are from the New Living Translation.

Adam and Eve

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I. Origin

(1) So God created human beings in his own image. . . male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

(2) For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. (1 Timothy 2:13)

(3) The first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. . . Women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. (1 Corinthians 11: 8, 11)

(4) And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived. (1 Timothy 2:14)

(5) The Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” (Genesis 3: 11-13)

II. Side By Side

(6) May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. (Psalm 144:12)

(7) Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. . . Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. (Titus 2: 2, 3)

(8) Train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure. . . In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. (Titus 2: 4-6)

(9) One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad . . .“Our father died in the wilderness,” they said. . . But he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons?”

So Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord replied to Moses . . “If a man dies and has no son, then give his inheritance to his daughters.” (Numbers 27: 1-8)

(10) Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. (Romans 4:19)

Abraham and Sarah

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III. Dos and Don'ts

(11) A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. (Deuteronomy 22:5)

(12) A man dishonors his head if he covers his head while praying or prophesying. But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head. (1 Corinthians 11: 4, 5)

(13) Women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. . . and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1: 26, 27 NIV)

(14) Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)

IV. Love and Marriage

(15) [Man] How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! . . .

[Woman] You are so handsome, my love, pleasing beyond words! (Song of Solomon 1: 15, 16)

(16) [Man] Like a lily among thistles is my darling among young women.

[Woman] Like the finest apple tree in the orchard is my lover among other young men. (Song of Solomon 2: 2, 3)

(17) Each man must love his wife . . . and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:25)

(18) Each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. (1 (Corinthians 7:2, 3)

(19) The believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. (1 Corinthians 7:14)

(20) 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)

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Peg. There is really much to remember. Glad to remind us once in a while.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Bless you, Dora, for these important quotes that many seem to have forgotten or never heard. Interesting that the truth is so offensive to some people.

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      Anthony Georgio 

      9 months ago

      You are welcome dora.

      I corinthians 8:1 "knowledge puffs up, "Love" builds up"

      Than can only be done by keeping things relevant and simple.

      I remember talking to a young west-indian SDA girl in her 20s a few months ago. I cannot remember what we was talking about, but i do remember she was one of the most respectful persons i ever come across in life.

      That just goes to show what the faith is all about, it's not about our words, i'ts about our actions and the way we behave, that's what gets remembered the most.

      Still going to read the things you write about from time to time, but "Won't" be commenting again.

      I hope all your regular readers will continue to be encouraged and motivated by your writings. They must be OK if they read what you write on :)

      All the best, Peace to you, and everyone.

      Anthony.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rajan. Because of the multitude of new ideas and attitudes , it is easy to forget some of the basics.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Anthony, thanks for understanding. I appreciate your cooperation.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These quotes teach us to live life the way God wanted us to. Never was there more need for these than today. Thank you for sharing.

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      Anthony Georgio 

      9 months ago

      Just letting you know dora, after this post i won't be commenting on any of your articles again. I never had any issues with keeping comments relevant to the post, but i do have issues with faith groups and individuals talking "specifics" such as God was specific about this or that, For me that's off-putting, and a big issue in that the law of God is not written in the hearts. I'm no judge of anyone, but i know that kind of rhetoric don't work for me.

      Will tell you something about me dora, I'm one of the most chilled out humorous persons you will come across in life, going to keep it that way. God willing.

      All the best. Peace to you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Ron. Great observation! We definitely need the reminder.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      9 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      What a timely reminder in these days of gender confusion that God very deliberately created us male and female. And I'm glad He did!

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      Anthony Georgio 

      9 months ago

      Ok dora. "Totally agree" with you.

      Keep all things "simple"

      Anthony.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Anthony, I appreciate your reading and commenting on my work. Please note, however, that there is nothing in this or any other article that imposes any doctrine on my readers. I would really prefer that you keep your comments relevant to the topic. Thank you, kindly.

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      Anthony Georgio 

      9 months ago

      You write some very good articles dora, but i have noticed which looks like one of your regular commenters, supporting and imposing the sabbath on other peoples forums, calling the sabbath "immutable" even comparing it to the "ROYAL LAW". The "royal law" may have been the 10 commandments in the O/T, but now there is a far greater "ROYAL LAW" found in the "New Testament" ( James 2:8 ) "If you really keep the royal law found in scripture, ''Love your neighbour as yourself," you are doing right". Thats the real "ROYAL LAW" Jesus was referring to now, and not the law of moses. It was summed up in two, "Love God and Love neighbour as self"

      You do write some very good articles, and it's even OK to keep the sabbath if individuals choose to, as long as it's not imposed on others.

      I will say for now, if the sabbath was that important, the Jerusalem council of ( Acts 15 ) would have included it with the 4 other decrees for the gentile believers to observe. In fact, circumcision was more of a burning issue to the Jewish and pharisees alike at that time, yet never got what they wanted. Instead the council only issued them 4 decrees, for "practical" reasons. ( Act 15 ) was the deciding point of what exactly was binding on the gentiles ? If anything ? Obviously them 4 decrees was not enough for salvation, and would also make the death of Jesus invalid if thats all that was required. Thats also why the law was written in the hearts.

      The "ROYAL LAW", loving your neighbour as yourself, means we don't impose regulations on others which no longer apply.

      It's good to read all of ( Romans 14 ) again and again, and know what it's referring to, but will mention just 2 verses from it, Verse 13 " Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling-block or obstacle in your brother's way" Verse 20 "Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food" that includes the sabbath.

      ( Colossians 2 ) Also explains the work of God, namely the death of Jesus. Verse 3 "In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" Verse 14 The "written code" that was cancelled was not the law of the pharisees with their "do not handle, do not tasts, do not touch" it was all the laws of moses, ( Everything ) including the "additional" laws of the pharisees, Otherwise Colossians and the death of Jesus would not make sense.

      The hidden treasures of Christ and the work of God are far superior than any external observances which give the appearance of wisdom. This applies to all faith groups and christian denominations.

      These are the kind of issues that caused me to become a so called lost sheep myself at one point. But now i know the real treasures are only to be found in Christ.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Anthony, I appreciate your contribution. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Sean. I love the point you made: both necessary for Love and Life. That's the truth.

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      Anthony.gus73 

      9 months ago

      These quotes are just as relevant today as when they were first written.

      One reason i can think of why they were first written is because of our tendency to "drift" from the original pattern, but ( Hebrews 13:8 NLT ) says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" That includes God as well.

      Principles, morals, ethics "never" change in Gods eyes, though we may do at times.

      ( Mark 12:25 NLT ) "For when the dead rise, ( Greek "ANASTASIS" "to rise again" resurrection ) they will neither marry nor be given in marridge. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven"

      Whether that means we will be angels ? Or more likely "like the angels" who don't marry, maybe due to the desire taken away ? Either way, God Principles and morals never change.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      9 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Woman and man are two equal poles of life's Source of Energy, both necessary for the miracles of Love and Life. When we learn to use the diversity of two genders to serve Love, then we will be able to use all God's Energy for miracles, and we will be back in Paradise!

      Thank you for your tireless willing to serve! We have not to forget that those quotes have been initially written for different social conditions than ours and are multilevel in meaning with metaphors and allegories, to avoid misunderstandings!

      God Bless your serving Soul!

      Sean

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. A "well done" from you is very valuable to me. This one surprised even me.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. You capture perfectly the intent of the article. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      William Kovacic 

      9 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another job well done, Dora. Always interesting and usually on a not so usual topic - like this. Truly some great stuff here. I don't know how you do it!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      9 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, manatita44, I agreed with you.

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      manatita44 

      9 months ago from london

      Very effective in showing the bond of oneness and for recognising the essential role of and co-dependence of both sexes. There are one or two aspects which could be modified, perhaps. Not modified, I mean brought forward into the 21st Century, but yes, all things have their value. Excellent write.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Anthony, it's great that you have interacted and learned from some wise women. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Liz, thanks for the simple but powerful summary your comment provides.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Marie, thanks for your anecdotal contribution. Your message comes through clearly. "There would be no life" without either man or woman.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tim I love the comparison of you and your wife like two wings of a dove. Continue flying and chirping. Blessings!

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for sharing. Your happiness with Bev is something many will like to experience. You're blessed.

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      Anthony.gus73 

      9 months ago

      Interesting reading ( Genesis 3:11-13 )

      The woman is blaming the serpent for deceiving her, and the man is blaming both "God and the woman" but in the end they were both deceived, and both made the choice to eat the fruit. ( Jeremiah 17:9 ) "The heart is deceitful, Who can understand it" ?

      Over the years, learned a lot from women without them even saying a word, things like how to resolve issues in a calm and peaceful way.

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      Liz Westwood 

      9 months ago from UK

      This is a great list of quotes reminding us of the importance of men and women in God's eyes.

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      Marie Flint 

      9 months ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I don't like comparing human beings to technology, but, in growing up, I never considered males and females as being unequal because we worked together in the fields. But, think how the North Pole would be without a South Pole, or an anode on a battery without the cathode. There would be no energy flow! Without the male or the female aspects of creation, there would be no life.

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      Tim Truzy 

      9 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Ms. Dora. An enjoyable read and full of quotes no one of sound spiritual nature can disagree with. My wife and I are two wings. Without either our dove of a marriage can not fly and sing peacefully.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will tell you this truthfully, Dora: the strong one in our marriage is Bev. I'm just lucky to have found her. A perfect union is one in which both members provide comfort for each other. I know I do from her. :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks John. It means the world to me to receive positive comments from authors like you whom I respect highly for your writing skill.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish. That's a great quote you chose as a favorite. His 'n' Hers living could be exciting for many others if they remember this. Thanks you for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you always encourage me. I love Bible Study and I find many interesting things to share.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Miebakagh, for your educated contribution. We welcome the concept of equality.

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Jackie. Really, nobody profits from the arguments. Love your advice.

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      John Hansen 

      9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      These are wonderful quotes MsDora, and you presented them in an enjoyable read. Nice work.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      My favorite was #20 for its emphasis on equality. The preacher who married my husband and I described being helpmates, and we refer to that often.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like this Dora. What a great grasp you have on all things biblical. You are a treasure.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      10 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Dora, the significant other is usually balanced by the man. Man=woman The (= or 'wo') sign is just a fulcrum. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great reading Dora and we cannot argue with any of it. It is as Got says. Great advice I would say to live by and therefore why it is given to us I am sure.

      There are some of these points that even Christians may want to argue about and I just say, "Not my words, but Gods!" He only gives us these for our own good and if people would realize that, they may figure out all of them. (God is not about to change His mind so we would do better to accept what is, if we are going to be in His family and live forever.)

      Put together beautifully, Dora!

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