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25 Happy Birthday Quotes from the Bible

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

Old Bible. Photo by congerdesign

Old Bible. Photo by congerdesign

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.

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)

Thankful by 4653867

Thankful by 4653867

  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)

Birthday Baloons by Geralt

Birthday Baloons by Geralt

  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 34:26)
  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 1:2)

Celebrating Spiritual Birth

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

Birthday Card by QuotesHunger

Birthday Card by QuotesHunger

  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.

Questions & Answers

Question: What do birthdays stand for in the Bible?

Answer: A birthday is the anniversary of the day on which a person (or thing) was born. It seems to have the same meaning in the Old Testament (Genesis 40:20) when Pharaoh’s birthday is mentioned; and in the New Testament (Matthew 14:6 and Mark 6:21) when Herod's birthday is mentioned. I am not aware of any other meaning.

Question: What does it mean to be born again?

Answer: Nicodemus asked Jesus, "How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (John 3: 4 NLT).

Jesus explained, "Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. . . Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (Verses 6,8 NLT).

If you're waiting to see yourself or someone else actually being born again, you wouldn't see it. However, just like we can see the effect of the wind, we would see evidence of a new spiritual birth when an individual repents from a life of sin, and accepts Jesus as the Lord of his or her life. Being born again means that the individual becomes a new person, thinking and and acting differently [Godly or Christ-like] than he or she did before.

Question: What is faith?

Answer: There is one mention of faith in the article: "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13) I am presuming that you need a definition of faith in that context. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges defines faith as "the vision of the unseen (Hebrews 11:1), with its consequent trust in God." Basically, it is a belief in God, His promises and His power--such strong belief that we expect or trust Him to make good on His Word. Faith and Hope are God's gift to us to help us prepare eternity where Love the greatest, will outlast them.

Question: King Herod and King Pharoah were Babylonian Kings, so should we follow their customs, such as birthdays?

Answer: I now know that Egyptians started the birthday celebration. In my opinion, however, the custom is not a matter of "should" or "shouldn't." There are no legal or moral rights associated with it in our culture. It is a matter of choice.

So would you like to celebrate your birthday? There is no law against it.

Do you choose to avoid birthday celebrations because the custom started in a pagan nation? Nobody has the right to change your mind.

© 2017 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2020:

Norschenia, you're welcome. Happy that the Bible birthday quotes are meaningful to you.

Norschenia on July 30, 2020:

Dora, thank you so much for your beautiful birthday, biblical quotes, and more! Abundant blessings.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2019:

Tim, thanks for stopping by. Your conclusion is one we all need to recognize especially on our birthdays.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 15, 2019:

Thank you, Ms. Dora, these are wonderful quotes, full of inspiration and recognition of our God. I love this one:

"By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:10

So true and powerful; my physical birth is nothing without my spiritual rebirth. Amen.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 17, 2018:

Daniel, thanks for writing. Please Google "Accept Jesus Into Your Life" for detailed instructions.

danielbrightamoah616@gmail.com on August 17, 2018:

please help me give my life to jesus christ

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 25, 2018:

Patricia, that's a great habit you have cultivated. Happy to help you find Scriptural wording for your cards.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 24, 2018:

O this is just what I need. I send out birthday cards for our church and I am always looking for a lovely verse about birthdays to write in the cards. Now I have a nice list to choose from. Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 04, 2018:

Mzi, you're welcome. Happy when I do what I like to do, and someone appreciates it.

Mzi J Maphosa on July 03, 2018:

Thanks Dor for these inspirational scriptures to be used for the birthday celebrations of our loved ones. God bless you indeed!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 27, 2018:

Thanks, John, for reading and offering such an encouraging comment.

Ray from Philippines on June 26, 2018:

Great compilation of Happy Birthday quotes from the Bible. I find Job 11:17 really a meaningful one. It reminds me that there is always hope in life and to always be thankful for the blessings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2018:

Rajaji, thanks for your kind comment. Blessings to you, too!

Rajaji on June 10, 2018:

Shalom Shalom

Good and meaningful scriptures


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 02, 2018:

Jesusdchandu, what an appropriate comment on your birthday. Praying that God will favor you with many more happy, healthy years.

Jesusdchandu on June 01, 2018:

Today is my birthday please pray for me and pray for living things in world

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2018:

Aubrey, I appreciate your comment. Hope your birthdays are always special.

Aubrey Gomesz on March 20, 2018:

I never thought this happened on a birthday, LOvely reminder


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2018:

Thank you, Benjamin. Thanks for checking my sources. The first one should be Ezekiel 34:26 and I also corrected the other one. Glad you appreciate the message and I appreciate you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2017:

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!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 12, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2017:

Thank you, Perspycacious. I appreciate your input.

Michael Milec on November 11, 2017:

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.

Perspycacious on November 11, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 10, 2017:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 10, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 10, 2017:

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.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on November 10, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 09, 2017:

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.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on November 09, 2017:

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

Thank you xxxooo

manatita44 from london on November 09, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo from United States on November 09, 2017:

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.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on November 09, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2017:

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

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 09, 2017:

I enjoy birthday celebrations. These quotes are meaningful and unique

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 08, 2017:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 08, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2017:

Thanks, Demas. I'm encouraged.

Nell Rose from England on November 08, 2017:

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

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 08, 2017:

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. :)

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 08, 2017:

And wishing you many, many more. Nice collection.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2017:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 08, 2017:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 08, 2017:

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.

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