There are many Bible verses about daughters that can help you gain Godly wisdom on parenting young girls with Christian love, faith, and courage, and to avoid foolish decisions as a maturing woman.
This list includes the best Bible quotes about daughters for you to read, pray about, and share with your beautiful girl (ordered by Old Testament to New Testament passages). The first part includes important scriptures about daughters (both explicitly and implicitly stated); the second part contains an entire collection of passages that mention the words “daughter” and “daughter-in-law”; and the third part is focused on verses about the Daughters of Zion (a metaphor for Jerusalem).
Important Note About Scriptures On Daughters:
- In total, there are more than 480 scriptures in the Bible that include the word daughter, with many verses referring to a parent’s children as “sons and daughters”. Those passages have been omitted from this list.
- Some Bible verses simply mention the word daughter to establish the family relationship. For example, “the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran” (Genesis 11:29). Those scriptures are not included here.
- In the Old Testament, some of the prophets referred to the city of Jerusalem and the people of Israel as the “Daughter of Zion” which was a metaphor for the loving, caring, patient relationship the Lord had with His chosen people; not a young girl. Those verses can be found at the bottom of this page.
As you can see, there are many Bible passages on daughters you need to examine closely within the context of the Bible chapter to gain biblical wisdom about female children and to avoid misapplication of scripture, which this list of verses will help you do.
Bible Verses About Daughters
God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.Read Genesis 1
He said, “You are blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You have shown more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, because you didn’t follow young men, whether poor or rich.”Read Ruth 3
Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD. The fruit of the womb is his reward.Read Psalms 127
Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.Read Psalms 144
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.Read Proverbs 31
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be cured of your disease.”Read Mark 5
“They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”Read Luke 12
“A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world.”Read John 16
2 Corinthians 6:18
‘I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.Read 2 Corinthians 6
More Scriptures On Daughters
God’s sons saw that men’s daughters were beautiful, and they took any that they wanted for themselves as wives.Read Genesis 6
Lot went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to live in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his two daughters. The firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us in the way of all the earth. Come, let’s make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s family line.” They made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He didn’t know when she lay down, nor when she arose. It came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let’s make him drink wine again tonight. You go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s family line.” They made their father drink wine that night also. The younger went and lay with him. He didn’t know when she lay down, nor when she got up. Thus both of Lot’s daughters were with child by their father. The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. The younger also bore a son, and called his name Ben Ammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.Read Genesis 19
“If a man sells his daughter to be a female servant, she shall not go out as the male servants do. If she doesn’t please her master, who has married her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. If he marries her to his son, he shall deal with her as a daughter. If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights. If he doesn’t do these three things for her, she may go free without paying any money.”Read Exodus 21
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or born abroad.’Read Leviticus 18
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter, or of your daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness; for theirs is your own nakedness.’Read Leviticus 18
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, conceived by your father, since she is your sister.’Read Leviticus 18
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife. You shall not uncover her nakedness.’Read Leviticus 18
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter. You shall not take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness. They are near kinswomen. It is wickedness.’Read Leviticus 18
‘Don’t profane your daughter, to make her a prostitute; lest the land fall to prostitution, and the land become full of wickedness.’Read Leviticus 19
‘If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed a perversion. Their blood shall be upon themselves.’Read Leviticus 20
‘The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the prostitute, she profanes her father. She shall be burnt with fire.’Read Leviticus 21
‘But if a priest’s daughter is a widow, or divorced, and has no child, and has returned to her father’s house as in her youth, she may eat of her father’s bread; but no stranger shall eat any of it.’Read Leviticus 22
Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.Read Numbers 26
Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph came near. These are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, at the door of the Tent of Meeting, saying, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not amongst the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin. He had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from amongst his family, because he had no son? Give to us a possession amongst the brothers of our father.” Moses brought their cause before the LORD. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “The daughters of Zelophehad speak right. You shall surely give them a possession of an inheritance amongst their father’s brothers. You shall cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them. You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies, and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.Read Numbers 27
Also, when a woman vows a vow to the LORD and binds herself by a pledge, being in her father’s house, in her youth, and her father hears her vow and her pledge with which she has bound her soul, and her father says nothing to her, then all her vows shall stand, and every pledge with which she has bound her soul shall stand. But if her father forbids her in the day that he hears, none of her vows or of her pledges with which she has bound her soul, shall stand. The LORD will forgive her, because her father has forbidden her.Read Numbers 30
‘This is the thing which the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them be married to whom they think best, only they shall marry into the family of the tribe of their father. So shall no inheritance of the children of Israel move from tribe to tribe; for the children of Israel shall all keep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. Every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may each possess the inheritance of his fathers. So shall no inheritance move from one tribe to another tribe; for the tribes of the children of Israel shall each keep his own inheritance.’Read Numbers 36
“Now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do to you all that you say; for all the city of my people knows that you are a worthy woman.”Read Ruth 3
He brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter; for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.Read Esther 2
Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb against you, saying, ‘As is the mother, so is her daughter.’Read Ezekiel 16
When the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those sitting with him. The king said to the young lady, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” He swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” She said, “The head of John the Baptiser.” She came in immediately with haste to the king and requested, “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptiser on a platter.” The king was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths and of his dinner guests, he didn’t wish to refuse her. Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard and commanded to bring John’s head; and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the young lady; and the young lady gave it to her mother.Read Mark 6
On the next day, we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.Read Acts 21
Daughter of Zion and Jerusalem Passages
There is an important distinction to be made about specific references to the terms “daughter” and “daughters” in the Bible in connection with “Zion” and “Jerusalem”.
In the Old Testament, the phrases “daughter of Zion” and “daughter of Jerusalem” are mentioned many times in prophecy and in poetry. Zion generally refers to Jerusalem or the Jewish people (both men and women) and by extension is a metaphor for the House of Israel. Therefore, Bible verses about the daughter of Zion or the daughter of Jerusalem do not refer to a specific person or gender (i.e., female). Daughter of Zion (or Jerusalem) is an expression for Israel and the loving, caring, patient relationship God had with His chosen people even while they rejected Him.
However, in the Song of Solomon (also called the Song of Songs) there are several mentions of the “daughters of Jerusalem”. Song of Solomon is a poem about the love between a man and a woman, and Bible scholars interpret the word daughters, in this sense, as the young, unmarried women of Jerusalem (the city Solomon lived).
As a representation of the people of Israel, the daughter of Zion is described in several different passages in the Old Testament like these below:
2 Kings 19:21
This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: ‘The virgin daughter of Zion has despised you and ridiculed you. The daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.Read 2 Kings 19
The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a besieged city.Read Isaiah 1
For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her who gives birth to her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, “Woe is me now! For my soul faints before the murderers.”Read Jeremiah 4
Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.Read Zephaniah 3
As a representation of the young, unmarried women of Jerusalem, the daughters of Jerusalem are described in several different passages in Song of Solomon like these scriptures below:
Song of Solomon 1:5
I am dark, but lovely, you daughters of Jerusalem, like Kedar’s tents, like Solomon’s curtains.Read Song of Solomon 1
Song of Solomon 2:7
I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, or by the hinds of the field, that you not stir up, nor awaken love, until it so desires.Read Song of Solomon 2
Song of Solomon 3:10
He made its pillars of silver, its bottom of gold, its seat of purple, the middle of it being paved with love, from the daughters of Jerusalem.Read Song of Solomon 3
Song of Solomon 5:16
His mouth is sweetness; yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem.Read Song of Solomon 5
Daughters In the Bible Summary
I hope you enjoyed this list of Bible verses about daughters.
As you discovered, there are many scriptures on daughters in the Bible that can give you wisdom about how God wants you to parent young girls with Christian love, faith, and courage and to avoid foolish decisions as they mature into a woman. If you’re looking for wisdom in this area of your life, then I encourage you to incorporate as many of these scripture passages into your daily Bible readings and prayers and to share them with your own daughters. Doing so will help you grow closer to the Lord and Jesus Christ.
Stephen Hockman is the founder of Biblevise. He is passionate about helping people get excited about diving into God’s Word and connecting the scriptures to their daily lives.