It’s a great idea to give biblical encouragement on someone’s birthday. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right verses. I compiled the best 36 Bible verses for birthdays.
What’s a good Bible verse for a birthday? Some good Bible verses for birthdays include Numbers 6:24-26, Psalm 118:24, 3 John 1:2, and many more that can encourage and inspire on a birthday.
A “Happy Birthday” wish can be so much more than just congratulations on becoming older, it can be a time to look back and see all that God has done. All verses below are from the English Standard Version Bible.
1. Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
This verse is about the blessings that we have from the Lord and can remind others of the blessings they receive today and every day.
2. Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We are encouraged to rejoice in this verse, which is especially important on someone’s birthday.
3. Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
When we align our heart with God’s heart, God will give us the desires of our heart. As a birthday message, this reminds us that when we are delighted in the Lord we can have confidence that the Lord is working.
4. Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The love of the Lord does not end, which is very encouraging. We can depend on the love and mercies of the Lord every morning including a birthday.
5. James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
In life, all good things are from God. Birthdays can be a day full of blessings. It’s important to remember where blessings come from.
6. Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The joy that we have in the Lord is amazing because all that God is doing in our lives. He makes the path of life known to us, and when we are in His presence we have joy.
7. Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
This verse is an encouragement to continue to choose Christ in your life. We can have peace in our hearts because of him it is an important reminder for a birthday.
8. Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate life, and this verse celebrates life. We read about how God created us and how he has made us wonderfully. We know that we have life because we are created by God.
9. Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Every year that we get older, we can remember that God has a plan for us, and is working in our lives. God has created us. He has plans for us to do good works that we fulfill throughout our life.
10. Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.
As we grow older, we gain wisdom. We can be grateful as we age knowing that we are learning more and becoming wiser.
11. Psalm 1:3
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
When we are invested in God and his word we are living the tree in this verse, prosperous. This is an encouraging verse to those who grow older, but also grow in wisdom becoming more like this tree planted by the water.
12. 2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
We should seek to know God more and become more like Christ. Every birthday can be a time to dedicate yourselves to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and bring Him more glory.
13. Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
This verse encourages all to not lean on what you know but to lean on God. It can be a good reminder for on a birthday to lean into the Lord, and trust in the Lord.
No matter your age, the Lord knows and will help make your paths straight.
14. Psalm 20:5
May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
Birthdays are a time of rejoicing and remembering all that the Lord has done and all that the Lord will do. As Christians, we should be thankful for the salvation we have through Christ. We can also hope that the Lord will fulfill our requests to him.
15. Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
God is the creator of the world and the creator of us. He is mighty and has done much for us. This verse reminds us of all that God does for us, comforting us and rejoicing over us.
16. Psalm 71:6
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
Birthdays are a celebration of another year of living, God is the one who gave us life, and we should not forget to glorify him for all that he has done and will do. We should praise him always.
17. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
This verse is a blessing that the Apostle Paul gave to the church in Rome. This is also a blessing to us today, as a birthday marks the start of another year, this verse reminds us of the blessings we have in life.
18. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This verse reminds people on their birthdays that we should be praising the Lord for all he has done, but it is also a reminder to pray while rejoicing and thanksgiving, today and every day.
19. Psalm 107:1
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
God’s love for his children is never-ending. His love is steadfast and because of this we should be thankful. He brings good to our lives. Our hearts should overflow with gratitiude.
20. Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
This proverb contains a blessing, that whoever trusts in the Lord will be blessed, and whoever thinks before he speaks will find good things. This is a great encouragement to give to someone who does think before they speak and trust in the Lord.
21. 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.
This verse is always a good reminder that God is with us always and because of that, we don’t have to be scared. This can be a great verse for a birthday as it reminds us of the courage we have in Christ even as we start another year of life.
22. Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
This verse may not be as joyful as other verses you can use on a birthday, but understanding how fleeting our life is here on earth reminds us that we should be wise with every day we have because we do not know how long we will live.
23. 2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
The gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is the best gift anyone could have, and we as Christians do have it. On a day of getting gifts from family and friends we also should remember and be thankful for the gift of salvation, we have through Christ.
24. 3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
This verse is a blessing that was written by John to an Elder within the church. This blessing is John’s well wishes for his reader.
25. Isaiah 41:11
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
This verse is an encouragement to all believers, that as they trust in the Lord, the Lord will give them strength. This is especially comforting and encouraging as one turns a year older, that God alone will carry them through, and they will find their strength in the Lord.
26. Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
This verse is a part of the beatitudes that Jesus speaks of during his sermon on the mount. This is a blessing from Jesus saying that those who are pure in heart will see God, a sweet blessing.
27. Romans 5:5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
This encouraging verse can be especially encouraging on a birthday as our hope in Jesus is what we as Christians are rooted in. When thinking about the blessings that we have in life we cannot forget how Jesus died for us and sent the Holy Spirit.
28. Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
This verse is full of joy. We have refuge in God. God protects us. This can be a great birthday message that emphasizes the love and joy the father has for us, and the love and joy we can have in Jesus.
29. Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Before we were even born, God saw us and knew us. God has a plan for us, and a birthday can be a great reminder that God is working and has it all planned out.
30. 1 Corinthians 1:4
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,
This verse is a reminder to the Corinthian church, from Paul that he loved them and was thankful for all the work that they were doing and that God was doing in them.
We are all given the grace of God, and grace is the unearned gift of favor, and many times birthdays are a time to receive gifts.
31. Psalm 34:7
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
We as Christians are assured in this verse that we are protected, and he will deliver us. As a birthday symbolizes a new year of life, this verse reminds us that God is working and protects us.
32. Philipians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
If we are still alive, then God is still working in our lives. We know that from the beginning, God has a plan for us and that we are becoming more like Christ every year when we invest in our relationship with Christ.
33. Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!
This verse is about the rejoicing and praise that we should give to God. God has and will do amazing things in our future we need to make sure that we are giving the praise to Him.
34. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you
In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he writes about his thankfulness for what the church is doing there. This verse also confirms to them and us that God has chosen us and is working in us. We can be blessed knowing that He loves us.
35. Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
A birthday is many times a time of thankfulness and rejoicing. Knowing that God is working in us, we should be thankful to God foremost because He truly is our refuge and is good.
36. 1 John 3:1a
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
This verse reminds us that we are children of God. This simple truth brings us comfort that God loves and cares for us. Birthdays can be a time of starting a new year of life.
These verses may not mention the word birthday in them, but they hold encouragement and comfort to use any day but can carry special significance on someone’s birthday.