These 30 bible verses for labor and delivery bring comfort during the end of pregnancy and throughout the intensity of any type of birth – natural birth, medicated, or a cesarean birth.
Having a baby is not a separate event from life. If faith and spirituality is part of a woman’s every day, normal life, it makes sense that it would be an important part of birth as well. Use the following scriptures for birth for encouragement, strength, and a safe delivery.
30 Comforting Bible Verses for Labor and Delivery
The following old and new testament bible verses for labor are a simple way to bring faith and spirituality to each moment, contraction and breath during birth. Use these during pregnancy, as soon as signs of labor begin, and throughout the whole birthing experience.
(Printable Bible verses for birth are all the way at the bottom.)
Old Testament Bible Verses for Labor
There are many bible verses on childbirth found in the Old Testament that are good for encouragement and strength in birth. Here are some of my favorites.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)
2 Chronicles 15:7 “Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (NIV)
Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” (my paraphrase 😉 )
Psalms for Safe Delivery
Psalm 23:1-4 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (ESV)
Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (KJV) (see also John 16:21)
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (ESV)
Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (ESV)
Psalm 55:22 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (ESV)
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (NIV)
Psalm 61:2 “When my heart is faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (ESV)
Bible Verse for Safe Delivery of Baby
Psalm 91 is a favorite scripture for a safe delivery of baby. Read Psalm 91 during pregnancy to alleviate fears and during birth for encouragement, but also to be reminded of God’s faithfulness.
Psalm 91:1-16 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (ESV)
Psalm 94:18-19 “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 121:1-3 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber.” (NIV)
Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (NIV)
Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (ESV)
Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)
Encouraging Scriptures for a Woman in Labor
Isaiah 43:1-2 was especially encouraging for me around 38 weeks as I prepared for the birth of my second child (here’s her birth story). I knew I was about to do something wonderful, but also very scary. Knowing that the Lord was with me in the fire, but would not let me be burned, gave me great peace and calmed my fears.
Isaiah 43:1-2 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (ESV)
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Lamentations 3:22 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (ESV)
New Testament Bible Verses for Labor
One of my favorite birth scriptures in the New Testament is John 16:21 to remember the joy that comes after delivery. The following are more bible verses for labor and delivery from the New Testament.
Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (NKJV)
John 16:21 “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” (NIV)
Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (ESV)
Birth Scriptures for Increased Strength
Childbirth is one of the most difficult things a woman will ever do. Women are wonderfully creative and powerful when giving new life, but throughout the process may feel weak as she comes to the end of herself. Use the following birth scriptures for new strength during the hardest parts of birth.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (ESV)
Philippians 4:6-7 “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.” (NIV)
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (ESV)
2 Timothy 4:17 “But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me.” (ESV)
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (ESV)
Printable Bible Verses for Labor and Delivery
Need something more? Check out my printable bible verses for birth! Print these 12 gorgeous bible verses for birth to guide you as your pregnancy comes to an end and prepare for labor.
If you are feeling anxious, worried, scared or afraid about an upcoming labor and delivery these printable bible verses will keep you grounded and be a guide for the journey into motherhood.
OR give the gift of encouragement with these bible verses for birth at a baby shower, mother blessing or blessingway.
Doulas, give these printable bible verse affirmations to help your clients prepare for birth no matter how it unfolds!
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