The Best Bible Verses About the Power of a Woman

In God’s perfect wisdom, He knew that men needed women. That we needed each other. God created mankind for community, so it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). But what exactly is the power of a woman?

Today’s culture argues that women need to be obnoxious and overbearing to be strong. Scripture teaches precisely the opposite. Compassion, wisdom, and gentleness are highly valued throughout the Bible. So let’s dive in.

The power of a woman comes from God. A godly woman faithfully seeks God in everything that she does (1 Chronicles 16:11). She is compassionate, kind, and brave – a woman after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Here is how we can become such a woman. 

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What Makes a Woman Strong According to the Bible?

There are many young women and older women in the Bible that I view as powerful and strong. The stories of women show me in real time what being strong actually looks like. 

I did not grow up in the church so I learned about being a strong woman of faith by being around godly women. I hung around them in my congregation and got to know them. Their actions revealed their love for Jesus and me.

I also studied very carefully the women in Scripture. And what they demonstrate is profound.

Showing God’s Love

The first thing that makes a godly woman strong is living out and showing God’s love to others. A strong woman’s love enables others to be confident and strong in the Lord.

In the Orthodox Church, the third week after Easter is called the Week of the Myrrh-bearing Women. At a time when every disciple of Christ deserted Him, the Myrrh-bearing Women stood at the Cross to see His crucifixion and to lay His body down in the grave. Their devotion and love of Jesus Christ shone brightly at that difficult time.

We see women following and serving Jesus in the Gospels with great care and love. They also served others with love in His name. 

Love is truly a hallmark of a strong godly woman.

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Good Works and Good Deeds

Another characteristic is that a woman’s good works and good deeds show great strength of faith. Being diligent with our hands and time makes us role models for young girls. 

Can you remember a particular woman who was your role model? I bet that she did not just sit around the house.

The first example that God provided to me was my mom. Mom never got to watch a movie at home all the way through when my sisters and I would finally lasso her into sitting down. 

The clothes soon needed to be changed from the washer to the dryer. Or a cake needed to be taken out of the oven. Or Dad would need her opinion on something. She was like a jack-in-the-box.

My mom loved taking care of her girls, her husband, and her home. Women’s roles may have evolved, but truly important women keep the home fires burning.


Being Gracious

Being a gracious woman is also a hallmark of the strong and great women of the Bible. 

A gracious woman is pleasantly kind. You show regard and respect for others in manners, speech, and behavior. Do you know a woman who meets that definition?

Whether a housewife or holding leadership positions, a woman strong in the Lord is gracious even to those who may be unkind. Much like Jesus was.

God gives you the strength to be gracious through the power of the Holy Spirit. Relying on the power of Christ given to all of God’s people makes all the difference. 


What is the Biblical Purpose of a Woman?

The primary biblical purpose of a woman is no different than a man:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

In addition, the Lord God blessed women with the unique ability to bear children. Although I never had children, each of my three sisters did. They all agree that motherhood is the biggest blessing and sometimes the hardest challenge of their entire lives.

However, there is much more to the power and strength of a godly woman besides motherhood.  

The Proverbs 31 Woman

When I first became a Christian in my early twenties I read Proverbs 31 with a sinking heart. I did not emulate any of those godly qualities. So I have tackled them one by one throughout my life.

1. An Excellent Wife

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:11-12).

I was married for thirteen years. As a corporate America career woman, I cannot say that I was always an excellent wife.

However, I was faithful and loved taking care of my husband, our home, and our kitty cat. I began serving in the music ministry at church because he had an excellent singing voice. We loved singing and serving together.

Being an excellent wife is far more than simply being present or good in bed. It means investing time and effort in making your house a loving home, whether or not you have children. 

Making your home a sanctuary of love and compassion is a special gift to you and your family. Creating a calm, peaceful, and safe space is a very godly and good thing.

2. Willing Hands

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. And she makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant” (Proverbs 31:13-14, 24).

A powerful woman has willing hands. You are always looking out for ways to bless your home, family, and community. 

Working diligently with your own hands and mind is a holy thing. God has given you the ability to think and produce good fruit from your hands. You and those around you benefit greatly.

Willing hands can look like dusting your home’s blinds to keep dust allergens at bay. Making oatmeal protein cookies for the homeless. Or learning a profitable skill to increase your household income.

It is a blessing to nurture willing and diligent hands. They are a loud voice of action to show God’s greater love of care and compassion to the world.

3. Not Lazy

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens” (Proverbs 31:15). 

I am not a morning person. Waking up while it is “yet night” sounds terrible. There, I said it. 

However, this verse means that you will not find a strong woman of the Lord still lazing in bed at Noon (unless she is ill). I love rising in the morning to feed my kitty cats and head out into the garden.

Gardening is hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable. I want to ensure that I have good, healthy fruits and vegetables for my table and to share with family and neighbors. Gardening also provides exercise.

When I look at the ingredients list of some store products, it makes me want to get up even earlier to ensure that I know what goes into the food that I put into my mouth. Like successful gardeners, godly women cannot be lazy.

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4. Resourceful

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. And she perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night” (Proverbs 31:16-18).

In biblical times as in today, a strong woman knows the value of having profitable resources. 

That could be translated as committing money into a 401(k), investing in real estate, planting a garden, or forming a profitable homestead. The meaning here is that the ups and downs of the world markets will not break a strong woman of God.

When you are wise with the resources that the Lord gives you, you will always have enough for your home and to share with those in need. 

5. Generous

She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy” (Proverbs 31:19-20).

A strong woman is also generous with her time and resources. A beautiful grace of life is being able to help those whom God puts in your path. 

Understanding how much Christ Jesus has done for you opens your heart and hands to be a blessing to those in need. It can be as simple as sharing your garden abundance or volunteering an afternoon at a women’s shelter.

Being generous does not have to be complicated. When God gives you an abundance spend time in prayer to see who He wants you to bless with that overflow.

6. Homemaker

She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple” (Proverbs 31:21-22).

In my twenties, I would cringe at the mention of women being good homemakers. Liberation meant women were freed from the kitchen, right?

I did not understand the concept from God’s perspective. Taking care of your home means that your family is not lacking for any basic need even if the world crumbles around you. You are setting up your family for success.

For example, I have started making my own bread over the past year. Becoming aware of the outrageously unhealthy ingredients that are included in some store-bought items was the catalyst. Have you read the ingredients list on your favorite store-bought food lately? 

Being a godly homemaker means ensuring that your home environment nurtures your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Changing the world begins at home.

7. Role Model

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is in vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:25-27, 30).

Our culture shouts that women who claw up the corporate ladder or become social media stars are perfect role models. That is not what God’s Word says.

Women with strength, dignity, wisdom, kindness, diligence, and unwavering love for the Lord are true influencers. 

Mothers who raise children to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12) can change society for the better at a grassroots level. 

A godly woman can be a catalyst for great things simply by nurturing and loving her own family.

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Strong Women in the Bible

There is no shortage of strong women in the Bible from whom we can learn much. Here are some of my favorite godly women.

Mary Magdalene

And also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:2).

The first time that Mary Magdalene shows up on the pages of Scripture, she has already been healed by Jesus. She is the most misunderstood and historically distorted follower of Jesus found in the New Testament.

Not once is she linked whatsoever in Scripture to any sexual immorality. She is only mentioned twelve times in the Bible. Eleven of those twelve times she is witnessing about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

What Scripture does tell us about Mary Magdalene is that her past included demonic possession. She was in a desperate, hopeless, and helpless situation. Then Jesus showed up and healed her. She devoted the rest of her life to serving Jesus. Mary Magdalene is usually listed first in the list of Jesus’ female disciples.

This extraordinarily strong woman never forgot where she came from. She never forgot Who rescued her from it. And she spent the rest of her life serving Him wholeheartedly. 

I have written a Bible study called “Unshakable” that includes the incredible story of Mary Magdalene.


Mary, the Mother of Jesus

The Virgin Mary offers a beautiful example of a strong woman in the New Testament. Mary of Nazareth was the mother of Jesus (Luke 1). She went from rural obscurity to highly favored.

When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be Jesus’  mother, she asked, “How can this be?” She struggled and had doubts, much like you and I. Mother Mary without a husband? Yet she trusted God wholeheartedly.

After such a miraculous start, no mother should have to watch her son crucified like a common criminal. Yet God gave her incorruptible strength.

Mary’s calling was not an easy one. God knew that. There must have been times when she did not feel highly favored or very strong. God knew that, too. God has chosen and prepared you for a specific calling, as well. He will give you HIS strength to survive and thrive.

I have written a Bible study called “Unshakable” that includes the incredible story of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Queen Esther

Esther was a Jewish orphan with a lot of character but not a lot of opportunities. However, when King Ahasuerus got rid of his queen for disobedience, God set the stage for Esther to play a vital role in saving the people of Israel from annihilation. 

Three things made Esther a strong woman of God. First, she knew God and trusted Him. Being raised in a Jewish household meant that she knew God and His Word. A strong woman follows the Lord. Her story is found in the Old Testament Book of Esther.

Second, she listened to wise counsel from trusted advisors. Her older cousin Mordecai faithfully raised her and looked out for her once she had been swept into the King’s palace. Esther only speaks eight times in the entire book of Esther. A strong woman listens more than she talks.

Finally, she bravely stepped up past fear to prevent the genocide of the children of Israel. Queen Esther approached the king uninvited, which literally could have cost her life. He listened to her and ended up passing a decree that would save her and her people from death. 

A strong woman is brave. I have written an entire, in-depth Bible study on the life of Esther called “Chosen.”

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Abigail, Wife of Nabal

Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel, is the only woman in the Hebrew Bible who is described as both intelligent and beautiful. We find her story in 1 Samuel 25.

David requested food for himself and his band of six hundred men who were fleeing from the mad King Saul. They had been offering protection against marauders for the shepherds and flocks in the area. Nabal refused David and his men and called them riffraff. David armed himself intent on killing Nabal for the grievous insult.

This is where we meet Abigail for the first time. One of Abigail’s servants runs to her and begs her to intervene. Abigail quickly assembles an elaborate feast, loads it on donkeys, and intercepts a vengeful David and his men. She saves her foolish husband’s life with her generosity and apologizes to David.

Ten days later, God turns Nabal’s heart to stone and he dies. After her husband’s death, David hears that Abigail has been widowed and sends for her to become his wife.

Abigail’s kindness, quick mind, and generosity not only saved her life but also brought her great blessings. 

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Deborah is the only female judge listed in Scripture. She is a charismatic military leader and instrumental in the story of how Israel takes the land of Canaan. Her story is found in Judges 4 and 5.

Along with being the only female judge, Deborah is also the only judge to be called a prophet. Deborah summons Barak to lead the battle against the Canaanites. Deborah, Barak, and his warriors destroy all the Canaanites (except Sisera).

In an era where women were relegated to the back burner, Deborah stands as a prominent leader in a male-dominated culture. However, we do not see her letting it go to her head. She remains a faithful, level-headed judge and servant of God.

Deborah’s story is truly inspiring. A strong, godly woman knows that true power is knowing when to use it.


Ruth is a Moabite woman who married a Judean immigrant named Mahlon. Upon his death, she became a childless widow who decided to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Judah. We find Ruth’s story in the book of Ruth.

This strong young woman commits herself to an older woman in a world where life depends upon men. Ruth takes the initiative to find food and comes to the field of a prosperous man named Boaz, a relative of Naomi. Boaz allows Ruth to glean in his field and arranges for her safety. 

When Ruth reports back to Naomi, she learns that Boaz is an important figure and redeemer within their larger family. After clearing any prior marriage claims, Boaz takes Ruth as his wife and she bears a son.

Ruth went to a strange land with her mother-in-law to make a new life. She cared for and provided for them as best she could. She ended up not only securing her own future, but that of generations to come. Talk about a strong woman!


Naomi, Ruth’s Mother-in-Law

Throughout Naomi’s story, she has a complicated relationship with God. Sometimes she blames God for her issues or concludes that God has forsaken her. Her story is found in the book of Ruth.

Naomi’s story begins as a wife and mother. But over time and through terrible tragedies, Naomi goes from wife to widow and mother to no-mother. She is stripped of all identity according to the culture of the day. She has a choice between death or carving out a new life. 

Upon hearing that the Lord has restored food to Judah, Naomi begins the journey home. She tells each of her widowed daughters-in-law to return to their homes, but Ruth will not leave her side. They journey to Judah together. 

When the women arrive in town, Naomi instructs the people not to call her “Naomi” (meaning “pleasant”) but instead “Mara” (meaning “bitter”). She is struggling to adjust. Can you relate? However, she successfully counsels Ruth to pursue Boaz to ensure their survival.

Naomi could have given up and disappeared into obscurity. Yet she was strong in the Lord and turned her face toward hope with her daughter-in-law. A strong woman never gives up.


Pharaoh’s Daughter

She was one of the most powerful women of her day yet we do not know her name. She was the only daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose I. Yet she is best known for her role as Moses’ adoptive mother.

Thutmose I realized that the Jewish nation’s sheer strength in numbers could threaten his dynasty. His sacred counselors also foretold of a Hebrew man who would lift his nation above the Egyptians.

The pharaoh’s scribes warned him that, “There would be a child born to the Israelites, who, if he were reared, would bring the Egyptian dominion low, and would raise the Israelites; that he would excel all men in virtue, and obtain a glory that would be remembered through all ages”  (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 9:2). 

So pharaoh decrees that all young boys be put to death. Moses’ parents placed him in a basket and set him afloat in the Nile River to save his life. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers the floating basket. She pulls Moses out of the river and raises him as her son despite her father’s murderous edict. 

Strong women take a stand, not a selfie. Talk about bravery!


The Jewish Midwives

Going hand-in-hand with the pharaoh’s daughter saving Moses, the Jewish midwives also played an important role during that time. Their story can be found in Exodus 1:15-22.

Pharaoh ordered: “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live” (Exodus 1:15-16). 

However, the midwives honored God and chose to save the children from the pharaoh’s orders. They placed their lives on the line to save innocent children made in the image of God. 

God blessed them for their bravery: “And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families” (Exodus 1:21).

Honoring God and cherishing life are significant traits of strong godly women.


Martha’s story is one that I can relate to easily. She was a strong Type A woman who liked to get things done. We see the most detail about Martha from Luke 10:38-42

Martha and her sister Mary opened their home to Jesus as he traveled with his disciples. As Martha works hard at cooking and cleaning for their guests, Mary simply sits at the feet of Jesus and listens. 

In Martha’s opinion, Mary was being completely unhelpful. So she tells to Jesus. “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me‘” (Luke 10:40). Yet, Jesus took Mary’s side saying that Mary had chosen better. 

I invited my whole family over recently for my sister’s birthday. I had no problem asking them to help with preparations so that we could all sit down together when they were done. The power of a godly woman depends on Jesus and His perfect timing. 

There is a time for rushing and preparing. Then there is a time to simply sit at Jesus’ feet and listen. 

Mary, the Sister of Martha

We learned a bit about Mary of Bethany from her sister Martha’s story above. They lived in Bethany just on the other side of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem. 

When Jesus and His disciples arrived, Mary’s focus is clear: “And Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39). While Martha rushed around to serve Jesus, Mary rested at Jesus’ feet. 

So how can you be a strong woman of God just by sitting and listening? Mary was listening to the wisdom of Christ. You and I do that every time we open the Bible.

Mary chose to soak in those precious moments with Jesus. And Jesus praises her for it: “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). Mary was not being lazy. She chose to spend time with Jesus. 

Despite the pressure of our culture today, spending time with Jesus is always a beautiful, strong choice for all Christian women.

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What are Powerful Verses For Women?

The Word of God has much to say about women. It offers powerful verses that we can take to heart to be a wise woman of God.

Specifically for women:

  • “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
  • “A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth” (Proverbs 11:16).
  • “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
  • “A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

Powerful Verses in General:

  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Powerful Verses for Strength:

  • “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
  • “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).

God honors women who put Him first. He gives us the strength and love that we need to follow Him each day.

I pray that you are seeking to become one of those strong women in the Lord, sister!

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