Bible Verses Related to Boldness

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month. 

662 apotolmaw apotolmao ap-ot-ol-mah’-o

from 575 and 5111; TDNT-8:181,1183; v

AV-be very bold 1; 1

1) to assume boldness, make bold

Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold <662>, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

2292 yarrew tharrheo thar-hreh’-o

another form for 2293; TDNT-3:25,315; v

AV-be bold 2, be confident 1, confident 1, have confidence 1, boldly 1; 6

1) to be of good courage, be of good cheer

2) to be bold

  • 2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident <2292>, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
  • 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident <2292>, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
  • 2 Corinthians 7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence <2292> in you in all things.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold <2292> toward you: {in presence: or, in outward appearance}
  • 2 Corinthians 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold <2292> when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. {think: or, reckon}
  • Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly <2292> say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

3954 parrhsia parrhesia par-rhay-see’-ah

from 3956 and a derivative of 4483; TDNT-5:871,794; n f

AV-boldness 8, confidence 6, openly 4, plainly 4, openly + 1722 2, boldly + 1722 1, misc 6; 31

1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech

1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment

1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution

1c) without the use of figures and comparisons

2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance

3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

  • Mark 8:32 And he spake that saying openly <3954>. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
  • John 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly <3954>. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
  • John 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly <3954> of him for fear of the Jews.
  • John 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly <3954>, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
  • John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly <3954>. {make…: or, hold us in suspense}
  • John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly <3954>, Lazarus is dead.
  • John 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly <3954> among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
  • John 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly <3954> of the Father. {proverbs: or, parables}
  • John 16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly <3954>, and speakest no proverb. {proverb: or, parable}
  • John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly <3954> to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
  • Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely <3954> speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. {let me: or, I may}
  • Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness <3954> of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
  • Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness <3954> they may speak thy word,
  • Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness <3954>.
  • Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence <3954>, no man forbidding him.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech <3954>: {plainness: or, boldness}
  • 2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech <3954> toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
  • Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness <3954> and access with confidence by the faith of him.
  • Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly <3954>, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
  • Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness <3954>, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
  • Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly <3954>, triumphing over them in it. {in it: or, in himself}
  • 1 Timothy 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness <3954> in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. {used…: or, ministered}
  • Philemon 1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold <3954> in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
  • Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence <3954> and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
  • Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly <3954> unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
  • Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness <3954> to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {boldness: or, liberty}
  • Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence <3954>, which hath great recompence of reward.
  • 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence <3954>, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
  • 1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence <3954> toward God.
  • 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness <3954> in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. {our love: Gr. love with us}
  • 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence <3954> that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: {in: or, concerning}

3955 parrhsiazomai parrhesiazomai par-hray-see-ad’-zom-ahee

middle voice from 3954; TDNT-5:871,794; v

AV-speak boldly 4, preach boldly 1, be bold 1, wax bold 1, boldly 1, freely 1; 9

1) to use freedom in speaking, be free spoken

1a) to speak freely

2) to grow confident, have boldness, show assurance, assume a bold bearing

  • Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly <3955> at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
  • Acts 9:29 And he spake boldly <3955> in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
  • Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold <3955>, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
  • Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly <3955> in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
  • Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly <3955> in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
  • Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly <3955> for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
  • Acts 26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely <3955>: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
  • Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly <3955>, as I ought to speak. {in bonds: or, in a chain} {therein: or, thereof}
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold <3955> in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

5111 tolmaw tolmao tol-mah’-o

from tolma (boldness, probably itself from the base of 5056 through the idea of extreme conduct); TDNT-8:181,1183; v

AV-durst 7, dare 4, be bold 4, boldly 1; 16

1) not to dread or shun through fear

2) to bear, endure

3) to bring one’s self to

4) to be bold

5) bear one’s self boldly, deal boldly

  • Matthew 22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst <5111> any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
  • Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst <5111> ask him any question.
  • Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly <5111> unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
  • Luke 20:40 And after that they durst <5111> not ask him any question at all.
  • John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst <5111> ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
  • Acts 5:13 And of the rest durst <5111> no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
  • Acts 7:32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst <5111> not behold.
  • Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would <5111> even dare <5111> to die.
  • Romans 15:18 For I will <5111> not dare <5111> to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
  • 1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare <5111> any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
  • 2 Corinthians 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold <5111> against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. {think: or, reckon}
  • 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare <5111> not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. {are…: or, understand it not}
  • 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold <5111>, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold <5111> also.
  • Philippians 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold <5111> to speak the word without fear.
  • Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst <5111> not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

5112 tolmhroteron tolmeroteron tol-may-rot’-er-on

neuter of the compound of a derivative of the base of 5111 (as adverb); TDNT-8:181, *; adj

AV-the more boldly 1; 1

1) more boldly

  • Romans 15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly <5112> unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,