Bible Verses Related to Self-control

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 memorise together as a family during the month.

1466 egkrateia egkrateia eng-krat’-i-ah

from 1468; TDNT-2:339,196; n f

AV-temperance 4; 4

1) self-control (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites)

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance <1466>, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance <1466>: against such there is no law.
2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance <1466>; and to temperance <1466> patience; and to patience godliness;
1467 egkrateuomai egkrateuomai eng-krat-yoo’-om-ahee

middle voice from 1468; TDNT-2:339,196; v

AV-can contain 1, be temperate 1; 2

1) to be self-controlled, continent

1a) to exhibit self-government, conduct, one’s self temperately

1b) in a figure drawn from athletes, who in preparing themselves for the games abstained from unwholesome food, wine, and sexual indulgence

1 Corinthians 7:9 But if they <1467> cannot contain <1467>, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate <1467> in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.


1468 egkrathv egkrates eng-krat-ace’

from 1722 and 2904; TDNT-2:339,196; adj

AV-temperate 1; 1

1) strong, robust

2) having power over, possessed of (a thing)

3) mastering, controlling, curbing, restraining

3a) controlling one’s self, temperate, continent

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate <1468>; {men: or, things}

4998 swfrwn sophron so’-frone

from the base of 4982 and that of 5424; TDNT-7:1097,1150; adj

AV-sober 2, temperate 1, discreet 1; 4

1) of a sound mind, sane, in one’s senses

2) curbing one’s desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober <4998>, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; {of good…: or, modest}
Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober <4998>, just, holy, temperate; {men: or, things}
Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate <4998>, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. {sober: or, vigilant}
Titus 2:5 To be discreet <4998>, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.



Proverbs 16:32  [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 14:29 [He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly. {hasty…: Heb. short of spirit}

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: