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Bible Verses About Abortion

Numerous Bible passages combat the idea that abortion is acceptable. Over and over, scripture emphasizes that life begins before birth and condemns attempts to end an innocent life.

As Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” This verse says that God knew each one of us before we were born. Life begins before birth.

Additionally, Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” This passage illustrates that any type of abortion is not following God’s will or plan for human life.

Because God knew us before we were born and because He values life, abortion is against God’s will. Bible verses about abortion give us wisdom from God that we can trust and follow to honor our Creator.

Please note: if you have sought out these Bible verses about abortion because you’re struggling with guilt over your own decision to end a pregnancy, know that healing and forgiveness can be found in the arms of our Comforting Father.

Bible Quotes about Abortion

Abortion Bible Verses

Exodus 20:13

Thou shalt not kill.

“You shall not murder.

“You must not murder.

“You shall not murder.

One of the 10 Commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” is of upmost importance when looking at Bible verses about abortion.

As defined in the dictionary, an abortion is: The termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.

God created human life and commanded that we should not kill anyone else. An abortion is just that, killing a life that God placed in a mother’s womb.

Psalms 127:3-5

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.
Children born to a young man
    are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
    He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

This Psalm reminds us the blessing that children are in our lives. We should rejoice and be thankful for the gift of pregnancy, no matter what the circumstances are.

When we follow after God’s guidance in our lives it gives us purpose and direction. Then we can see that children are a gift from God, and that He knew about their lives before they were conceived.

Psalms 139:13-16

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

15 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.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
 as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
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.

These Bible verses are talking about the way in which God created each one of us. He formed each person in their mother’s womb, He saw us grow before we were even born, and God could see our entire life before it happened.

This shows the omnipotence of God. He is infinite in power and knowledge.

This also talks to the abortion argument that babies in the womb are not true living people yet. In fact, God’s word shows in these verses that life before birth is a fact, treasured by God our creator.

God knows our days from the moment of conception to each breath we take on earth. He values each one of us, loves us, and wants a relationship with us.

Bible verses about Abortion - Psalms 139:15-16

Romans 1:29-31

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.

29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.

29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul addresses the Roman believers. He’s teaching them what to stay away from in order to be in good fellowship with God.

Here he offers many things to avoid…envy, murder, strife, deceit. He says the people who act this way are “God-haters” and have “no love.”

God wants us to believe in Him and have a relationship with Him. With these two things we will avoid the sin described in this passage. God is love and Christians should do their best to exemplify His love to others.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
    Before you were born I set you apart
    and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

How amazing that God knew us before we were even in our mother‘s womb. We have a purpose in life, as many years as we are able to be on the earth.

These beautiful words written in Jeremiah are words from the Lord who loves us, formed each one of us, and set us apart.

Let us not think we know better than our Creator God, by taking away a life in the womb because of our own will.

Deuteronomy 30:19

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

God offers a choice to the Israelites in Deuteronomy before going into the promised land: life or death.

This choice is between choosing sin and death or choosing the goodness of God and life. We have the choice everyday to be obedient to God. This is the way to life abundant.

Bible verses about Abortion - Deuteronomy 30:19

Exodus 21:22-25

22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

22 “Now suppose two men are fighting, and in the process they accidentally strike a pregnant woman so she gives birth prematurely. If no further injury results, the man who struck the woman must pay the amount of compensation the woman’s husband demands and the judges approve. 23 But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life, 24 an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, 25 a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.

22 “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Bible verses about abortion are not common in the word of God. This was not a common or accepted choice in history.

But these verses in Exodus show that God cares about the unborn. If someone harms an unborn baby then they will have severe penalty for their crime.

God values babies in the womb still today, whether planned or unplanned. He treats their injury the same as if the unborn baby was any age.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

16 There are six things the Lord hates—
    no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
    feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
    a person who sows discord in a family.

16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.

“Hands that shed innocent blood” is on the list of six things that the Lord hates. Those who can’t care for themselves, speak up for themselves, or defend themselves are all innocent lives.

If you or someone you know have made this mistake and chosen abortion, please know that forgiveness can still be found in Jesus.

But we must not commit sin once we know what God’s word says and we must speak up for the innocent lives that can’t speak up for themselves.

Bible verses about Abortion - Proverbs 6:16-19

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them

In Genesis 1:27, it is made clear that humans were made in the image of God. This is an incredibly powerful statement, highlighting that each and every one of us was intentionally made by our Creator and isn’t simply a product of chance.

We have eternal souls that separates us from everything else that God created. Our lives are valuable no matter how young or old we are. God values each life and so should we.

Isaiah 49:1

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

Listen to me, all you in distant lands!
Pay attention, you who are far away!
The Lord called me before my birth;
from within the womb he called me by name.

Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.

Here is Isaiah is another reminder to us in God’s word that God knew each person’s name before they were born.

This verse says “before I was born the Lord called me.” And “from my mother’s womb.” This shows that humans have life and value in the womb, before they are born.

Therefore, abortion is against God’s will. God created each life, and each life begins before birth. We can see this truth as we grow closer to our creator when reading Bible verses about abortion.

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