Widows are among the vulnerable in society; they often endure mistreatment and suffering at the hands of relatives and leaders who should protect them.

In the Bible, widows hold a special place. They are not just figures of sympathy but are portrayed as pillars of resilience. Besides recognizing widows as some of the afflicted in society, the Bible offers guidance on how they should be treated. Additionally, it also advises widows on how to conduct themselves.

Bible verses about widows
Bible verse about harvests belonging to strangers.

If you are a widow, know that God values and protects you. Additionally, understand that the hardship and suffering you experience are only temporary. Therefore, seek strength, peace, and guidance from God. Isaiah 40:29 states, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Ephesians 6:10 encourages you to be strong in the Lord, saying, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

Let’s now take a look at 50 Bible verses that talk about widows. These scriptures not only provide encouragement to widows, but they also teach the rest of society about how to treat them. 

Here is a list of Bible Verses About Widows

Deuteronomy 10:18

“He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.”

Zechariah 7:10

“Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.”

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Deuteronomy 24:17

“You shall not pervert the justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge.”

Deuteronomy 24:19

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

Deuteronomy 24:20

“When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.”

Deuteronomy 26:12

“When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year—the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled.”

Deuteronomy 27:19

“Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!'”

Bible verses about widows
Bible verse about justice for widows.

Deuteronomy 14:29

“And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”

Deuteronomy 16:9-11

“You shall count seven weeks. Begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you. You shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there.”

Deuteronomy 16:13-14

“Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.”

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Job 29:13

“The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.”

Job 31:16

“If I have kept the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail.”

Psalm 68:5

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.”

Psalm 94:1-6

“O Lord, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.  Rise up, Judge of the earth pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, Lord, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant? They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. They crush your people, Lord; they oppress your inheritance. They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.”

Psalm 146:9

“The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”

Proverbs 15:25

“The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.”

Proverbs 22:22

“Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate.”

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Isaiah 1:17

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

Bible verses about widows
Bible verse describing God as the protector of widows.

Isaiah 10:1-2

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.”

Isaiah 1:23

“Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.”

Isaiah 47:8-9

“Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children.'”

“But these two things will come on you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells.”

Isaiah 54:4

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.”

Isaiah 58:6-7

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Jeremiah 7:6

“If you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt,”

Jeremiah 22:3

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.'”

Bible verses about widows
This verse describes God as our protector.

Jeremiah 49:11

“Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let your widows trust in Me.”

Lamentations 1:1

“How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow is she, who was great among the nations! The princess among the provinces has become a slave!”

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Proverbs 31:8-9

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Ezekiel 22:7

“In you, they have made light of father and mother; in your midst, they have oppressed the stranger; in you, they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow.”

Malachi 3:5

“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien—because they do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 23:14

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”

Mark 12:38-40

As he taught, Jesus said, ‘Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.  They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.'”

Mark 12:41-44

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury, and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury

Luke 2:37

“And this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Luke 4:26

“But to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.”

Bible verses about widows
Bible verse about how we should treat widows.

Luke 7:12-15

 As Jesus approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ 14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ “The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

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Luke 18:1-5

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary.”  ‘For some time he refused. But finally, he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!”‘”

Luke 20:47

“Who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Acts 6:1

“Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.”

1 Timothy 5:3-4

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.”

1 Timothy 5:5

“Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.”

1 Timothy 5:14

“So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes, and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.”

James 1:27

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

1 Timothy 5:16 

“If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened with them so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

Exodus 22:22-24

 Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.  My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.”

Corinthians 7:8-9

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

1 Corinthians 7:39

“A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.”

Romans 7:3

 “So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.”