25 Happy Birthday Quotes from the Bible

Updated on November 8, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

There are only two birthday celebrations in the Bible and there are no quotable birthday lines in either story. Instead, there are fatalities associated with the events. Some zealots accept this as reason not to observe birthdays, but these stories only describe the happenings; they neither commend nor condemn birthday celebrations.

Two Bible Birthdays

Pharaoh’s birthday came … and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials. He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position ...But Pharaoh impaled [stabbed] the chief baker.(Genesis 40: 20-22)

At a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!”...So John was beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. (Matthew 14:6-8,10)

Sad that these two monarchs destroyed the happy birthday mood by their abuse of power, but they did not destroy the significance of birthdays. In our culture, birthdays are reminders to celebrate the gift of life, to reflect on the progress of our journey, to share gratitude and joy.

Birthday Baloons by Geralt
Birthday Baloons by Geralt | Source

Following are (1) ten Bible quotes which express thanks to God for another birthday; (2) ten which convey birthday blessings to a loved one; and (3) five which celebrate spiritual birth, which in the Bible has greater significance than physical birth.

Thanks for Another Birthday

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!

(Psalm 92:4)

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  1. You brought me safely from my mother’s womb … You have been my God from the moment I was born. (Psalm 22:9,10)
  2. The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need...My cup overflows with blessings.(Psalm 23:1, 5)
  3. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. (Psalm 65:11)
  4. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! (Psalm 71:6)
  5. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. (Psalm 92:4)
  6. How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! (Psalm 116:5)
  7. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139: 13, 14)
  8. Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! ... Only the living can praise you as I do today. (Isaiah 38:16)
  9. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 12,13)
  10. By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV)

Birthday Blessings

Your life will be brighter than the noonday. (Job 11:17)

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  1. From the dew of heaven and the richness of the earth, may God always give you abundant harvests of grain and bountiful new wine. (Genesis 27:28)
  2. May the Almighty bless you with the blessings of the heavens above, and blessings of the watery depths below. (Genesis 49:25)
  3. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. (Job 11:17)
  4. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. (Psalm 128:6)
  5. So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. (Proverbs 23:25)
  6. So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this! (Ecclesiastes 9:7)
  7. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (Isaiah 58:11)
  8. There will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 24:36)
  9. For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. (2 Corinthians 9: 10.11)
  10. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. (3 John 3:2)

Celebrating Spiritual Birth

Born again ...Your new life will last forever. (1 Peter 1:23)

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  1. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. (John 3:6)
  2. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:4)
  3. The way you live will always honor and please the Lord ... All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (Colossians 1:10)
  4. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. (James 1:18)
  5. For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)


All Bible quotes are from the New Living Translation unless stated otherwise.

© 2017 Dora Weithers

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for your kind comments. I only realized the repeat of birthday tragedies in the Bible, as I researched the topic for the article. There's are so many facts and so many lessons still to learn after so many years. Living Word!

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      William Kovacic 4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You always write on such unique topics - and this is no exception. I love it. I never thought about birthdays in the Bible ending in tragedy, so thanks for that thought. the spiritual quotes are precious. Glad to have read this one!

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, your comments are always very meaningful. I like the verse you quoted (Psalm 91:16). Great idea to celebrate your birthday everyday.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Perspycacious. I appreciate your input.

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      Michael Milec 5 weeks ago

      Remarkable memo of TWO birthdays MsDora, and both are proof that every single person have "faith" to begin with. Our physical birth - we do not know when, we only BELIEVE being told the day of arrival to this planet's realm. And what a joy as we find the purpose of our mission, via FAITH meeting the King of glory Christ Jesus, becoming His obedient followers and having Him living in our hearts, claiming eternal Word's promise "With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation". Happy birthday - everyday.

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      Perspycacious 5 weeks ago

      Add at least Genesis 1:1 and Matthew 1:16?

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Linda. On our birthdays we give God honor for the gift of life and for those who share our lives. We realize how blessed we are. Thanks for your input.

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      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A birthday is a wonderful opportunity to express our love for someone who is important in our lives. Thank you for reminding us of this, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, I can tell that for you family and family birthdays are important. You've got some healthy traditions in operation. Thanks you for sharing.

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      Denise W Anderson 5 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      We try to make birthdays special in our family, allowing the birthday person to choose the menu, activity, and who to invite to the celebration. When I was growing up, we had the tradition that the birthday person did not have to do any work on their special day. Gift giving was downplayed due to our family's indigent circumstances, however, the tradition of making the birthday special has carried through. Now, if we are away from our family member on their birthday, we have the tradition of calling them on the telephone and singing Happy Birthday to them. This brings back special memories and melts the miles away!

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Jo. So unfortunate that the Bible birthdays turned out so negatively. At least there was great feasting to begin with. Gratitude and lack of selfishness will make ours turn out positively.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara, make use of these birthday quotes all you can. Happy that you want to use them.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, what a pleasure to hear from you. I imagine that your songs are very inspiring. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, so glad that you can use these quotes. Hope they bless the recipients. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, I think so too. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

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      Jo Miller 5 weeks ago from Tennessee

      Those two violent birthday celebrations are quite jarring, but the beauty of the thankful photo softens the blow. Thanks for sharing this with us, Dora.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 5 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      These are perfect, especially since I have family members who have birthdays just around the corner!

      Thank you xxxooo

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      manatita44 5 weeks ago from london

      Very beautiful quotes from within and above. Birthdays are very significant to us. We have many birthday songs.

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      Lori Colbo 5 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      This is fantastic Dora. I shall refer to them. There are many birthdays in my family during this month if December. U make my.own cards so these will help greatly.

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      Mary Wickison 5 weeks ago from Brazil

      A wonderful collection of quotes, some of these are new to me.

      I think many of these would make wonderful messages in a birthday card.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, my hope is that the quotes will help us focus on the real significance of birthdays. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Flourish. Your kind support means much to me. These Bible quotes inspire me too.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Eric, for always sharing some of your meaningful life experiences; and thanks for your support in kind words and following.

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      Devika Primić 5 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy birthday celebrations. These quotes are meaningful and unique

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      I love birthday celebrations and the joy of recognizing how important a person is to so many others around him or her. Another year of life is a gift indeed. Your collection of quotes is pleasing to the Christian heart.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am an anti-materialist. Such is my lot in life. Birthdays are a grand celebration for parents and children and grandparents and great grandparents and children and cousins and wives and father's and just plain anyone who wants to join the joy of life.

      Almost 20 days later at our annual get together my children gave me gifts and a party. Much celebration with Kambucha and local apple cider and crying and hugging. They had even gone out and picked the watercress and dandilion leaf for salad that I taught them to love since their wonderful birth.

      Let me get this perfectly straight I am so happy you were born Ms Dora, what a package of gift to the world, let us celebrate life.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, whenever I do these quotes I also notice new ones. Encouraged that you love them.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Kari, I love that one too, one my birthday and any other day. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Demas. I'm encouraged.

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      How lovely! I knew some of the quotes, not others, but wonderful words and meanings, love it!

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      Kari Poulsen 5 weeks ago from Ohio

      This is quite a beautiful article. I love the quote from Psalms, You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! He does thrill me. :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      And wishing you many, many more. Nice collection.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, I only recently discovered this fact. I also didn't know that some Christians refuse to celebrate birthdays based on this fact. There is always something new to learn. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for your feedback. The older we get, the more likely we are to forget birthdays.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      That is surprising Dora to only have those two birthdays mentioned. Another interesting bible fact you have brought to our attention. You always have me looking forward to what you have next! All good.

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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      To celebrate the gift of life . . . and it is a majestic gift for sure, one which should ever be taken for granted. Thank you for the reminder.