The word “obey” is found 170 times in the Old and New Testament. The image below reveals the locations of each occurrence. This cool graph starts with Genesis in the top left and ends with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 75 most mighty Bible scriptures on obedience.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
1 John 3:22
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
1 John 3:24
Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”
2 Chronicles 31:21
And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
2 Kings 18:6
For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
“But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”
“You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
And said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you.”
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
“If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!”
And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!
I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.
When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.
I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.
Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.