25 Encouraging Scripture Verses for Teachers

Teacher_Heart_Apple-238x238Having been a teacher for over thirty years, teaching preschool and every age group up to and including College Seminary students as well as teaching children, youth, women and Adult Sunday School classes, you might say I am a “well-seasoned” educator.  It was my life-long dream and ambition to teach and it is a profession that has challenged me in every way but has also brought me the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Anyone who is anyone can attribute some of their success to a great teacher.  I had several amazing teachers in my life who encouraged me and mentored me.  They made me want to follow in their foot steps and be the best teacher I could be.  If you are a teacher, you know that it is not a career for the faint of heart.  You are dedicated, hard-working and you strive to build a joy of learning into each and every one of your students.  I salute all teachers!  May you be encouraged by these scriptures today and everyday!

Luke 6:40  “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”

Proverbs 22:6  “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Deuteronomy 32:2  “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”

Deuteronomy 11:18-19   Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Matthew 5:19  “Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Psalm 32:8  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

2 Timothy 2:15  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

1 Corinthians 15:58  “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

1 Peter 3:15  “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

1 Chronicles 25:8  “Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.”

Matthew 10:24  “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.”

Romans 12:6-7  “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;”

James 3:1-2  “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”

2 Timothy 1:11  “And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.”

Ephesians 4: 11-16  “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

Titus 2:3-5  “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Romans 2:18-23  “if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?”

Titus 2:7-8  “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness  and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” 

1 Timothy 2:1-2  “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Proverbs 31:28  “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:”

James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

2 Timothy 3:16  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

Ephesians 3:16-19  “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Colossians 3:16  “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Proverbs 4:13  “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”

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22 Responses to 25 Encouraging Scripture Verses for Teachers

  1. T.Burson says:

    Lynn Dove are you available for correspondence? I’m searching for a perfect scripture for an assignment. Need your help

  2. Lorena Suelan Lapiña says:

    Glory to God for your life Ms. Lynn. I love it I am so inspired! I researched on the “HOW” How can I become an effective teacher to my two sons since being a working mom is so challenging. Thank you for your wisdom from the Lord.

  3. Reblogged this on You Can Do A LOT with just A LITTLE! and commented:
    If any of you teachers ever need some encouragement!! 🙂

  4. Samuel says:

    Thank you so much for the time you took to come up with this. I intented to post verses for teachers on my timeline everyday, and that is how I found your site, thanks again

  5. Ozni says:

    A great thing for God’s children. AMAZING JOB SISTER.

  6. Jeff Butterfield says:

    Isaiah 41:10,
    Psalm 25:4-5
    Stage 4 aneurism survivor so I find relief from stress meditating on Gods Holy Word….
    Thankyou for your web site
    Abundant blessings in Christ Jesus!

  7. Oupa herman sibanda says:

    hello my name is Oupa SibandA. i am from Pretoria. i am a sunday school teacher @ AFM. i need help i need free bibles for my Sunday school children. please help me Thank you

  8. Harmony Halley says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this very empowering outlook on being a teacher.

  9. Suzanne says:


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  11. Starteacher says:

    Thanks for these great verses and the time taken to prepare them. A great reminder of the honour it is to teach.

  12. Ashley says:

    This is just what I needed! I am making gifts for the preschool teachers at my daughters’ school (at the church)… I was worried what I was wanting to use was out of context… He confirmed my thoughts through your blog! Thank you!!!

  13. Linda McAllister says:

    Thank you.

  14. Olokunjuwon .Ayodeji says:

    Good teachers will produce a very good society & expand the Kingdom of God

  15. Mary Sayler says:

    Many Christian poets and writers write to teach and edify, so I’ll highlight this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://christianpoetsandwriters.blogspot.com. God bless.

  16. Beva says:

    Thank you God bless

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