Bible Verses Related to Meekness

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When? and How? 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.

NOTE: The numbers within each verse refer to the original Hebrew or Greek word as listed in Strong’s Concordance. Strong’s lexical definition and other details of each word are listed below.

06035 `anav {aw-nawv’}
AV – meek 13, humble 5, poor 5, lowly 2, vr meek 1; 26
1) poor, humble, afflicted, meek
1a) poor, needy
1b) poor and weak
1c) poor, weak and afflicted
1d) humble, lowly, meek

06037 `anvah {an-vaw’}
AV – gentleness 1, meekness 1; 2
1) humility, meekness
1a) humility, meekness
1b) condescension

4236 praotes {prah-ot’-ace}
AV – meekness 9; 9
1) gentleness, mildness, meekness

4239 praus {prah-ooce’}
AV – meek 3; 3
1) mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness
Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time. (Is. 41:17, Lu. 18:1-8) Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will. (Gal. 5:23)

4240 prautes {prah-oo’-tace}
AV – meekness 3; 3
1) mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness

  • Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek <06035>, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
  • Job 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor <06035> of the earth hide themselves together.
  • Psalms 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble <06035>. {humble: or, afflicted}
  • Psalms 9:18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor <06035> shall not perish for ever.
  • Psalms 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble <06035>. {humble: or, afflicted}
  • Psalms 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble <06035>: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: {prepare: or, establish}
  • Psalms 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness <06037> hath made me great. {thy gentleness…: or, with thy meekness thou hast multiplied me}
  • Psalms 22:26 The meek <06035> shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
  • Psalms 25:9 The meek <06035> will he guide in judgment: and the meek <06035> will he teach his way.
  • Psalms 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble <06035> shall hear thereof, and be glad.
  • Psalms 37:11 But the meek <06035> shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
  • Psalms 45:4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness <06037> and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. {ride…: Heb. prosper thou, ride thou}
  • Psalms 69:32 The humble <06035> shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. {humble: or, meek}
  • Psalms 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek <06035> of the earth. Selah.
  • Psalms 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek <06035>: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
  • Psalms 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek <06035> with salvation.
  • Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly <06035>.
  • Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor <06035>, happy is he.
  • Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly <06035>, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
  • Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek <06035> of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. {reprove: or, argue}
  • Isaiah 29:19 The meek <06035> also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. {increase: Heb. add}
  • Isaiah 32:7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor <06035> with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. {the needy…: or, he speaketh against the poor in judgment}
  • Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek <06035>; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
  • Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek <06035>: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name: {maid: or, young woman}
  • Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor <06035> of the land to fail,
  • Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek <06035> of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
  • Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek <4239>: for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek <4239>, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness <4236>?
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness <4236> and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: {in presence: or, in outward appearance}
  • Galatians 5:23 Meekness <4236>, temperance: against such there is no law.
  • Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness <4236>; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. {if: or, although}
  • Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness <4236>, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
  • Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness <4236>, longsuffering;
  • 1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness <4236>.
  • 2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness <4236> instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
  • Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness <4236> unto all men.
  • James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness <4240> the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
  • James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness <4240> of wisdom.
  • 1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek <4239> and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
  • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness <4240> and fear: {fear: or, reverence}