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40 Bible Quotes for Graduates from Paul's Letters

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

Paul’s autobiography informs us that he was “born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia . . . brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel . . . carefully trained in our Jewish laws and customs” (Acts 22:3). He is credited with the authorship of 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament. His books are all letters, including 3 personal ones written to Timothy and Titus whom he mentored in ministry.

Paul Barnett, ancient historian, New Testament scholar and seminary professor writes, “Paul’s numerous letters reveal a man of high intellect, a luminous writing ability and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Greek Bible.” Therefore, Paul is well qualified to address graduates.

The following quotes from the New Living Translation are all appropriate in a graduation speech. They are subdivided as Paul might have focused on (1) the graduation celebration, (2) counsel for those entering the workforce, (3) specific counsel for those called to church ministry, his area of passion, and (4) exhortation for all to continue pursuing their purpose.

I. Celebrating the Achievement

1. "Thank [God] for all he has done." (Philippians 4:6)

2. "May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father." (Colossians 1: 11, 12)

3. "Be happy with those who are happy." (Romans 12: 15)

4. "God has put the body together. . . and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad." (1 Corinthians 12: 24, 26)

5. "I take great pride in you." (2 Corinthians 7:4)

6. "Yes, you should rejoice, and I . . . share your joy." (Philippians 2: 18)

7. "God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished." (Philippians 1: 6)

8. "Fought the good fight . . . finished the race . . . remained faithful." (2 Timothy 4:7)

9. "Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me." (Romans 15:18)

10. "Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

Celebrate the achievement.

Celebrate the achievement.

II. Entering the Workforce

11. "Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." (Ephesians 6:7)

12. "Never be lazy, but work hard." (Romans 12:11)

13. "Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you." (Romans 13:3)

14. "Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid." (Romans 13:6)

15. "Keep your conscience clear." (1 Timothy 1:19)

16. "Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress." (1 Timothy 4:15)

17. "Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. (1 Timothy 5: 1)

18. "Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters." (1 Timothy 5: 2)

19. "Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge." (1 Timothy 6:20)

20. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Paul: Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

Paul: Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

III. Ministering to the Church

If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position. . . So he must:

21. "Manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?" (1 Timothy 3: 1, 5).

22. "Not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people." (2 Timothy 2:24)

23. "Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2)

24. "Live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money." (Titus 1:7)

25. "Have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong." (Titus 1:9)

26. "Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely." (Titus 2:2)

27. "Teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. . . to train the younger women to love their husbands and their children." (Titus 2:3, 4)

28. "Encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind." (Titus 2:6)

29. "Teach these things and encourage the believers to do them. . . to correct them when necessary, so don’t let anyone disregard what you say." (Titus 2:15)

30. "Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers." Titus 3:1)

IV. Pursuing Purpose

31. "Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!" (1 Corinthians 9:24)

32. "So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing."(1 Corinthians 9:26)

33. "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:8)

34. "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." (Romans 5: 3, 4)

35. "Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else." (Galatians 6:4)

36. "Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them." (2 Timothy 2:3, 4)

37. "Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts." (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

38. "If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use." (2 Timothy 2:21)

39. "If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward." (1 Corinthians 3:14)

40. "I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." (Philippians 3:14)

Graduation Memory Poll

© 2018 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 12, 2018:

Thanks, Dianna. That verse reminds the graduates that they're not done; they have more work to do. Good reminder for all. We're never done.

Dianna Mendez on May 11, 2018:

It is that time of year again and your inspirational quotes will be useful in encouraging our graduates. I especially like Philippians 1:6, God makes us all for a good purpose.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2018:

Thanks Devika. The graduates deserve all the commendation and advice they can get.

DDE on April 30, 2018:

Certainly a benefit ti graduates. Always a helpful one form you as well. Words are greater!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2018:

Thanks, Bill. The Bible speaks to every situation. We seek and we find. Isn't that interesting?

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 29, 2018:

You continue to amaze me, Dora. I never thought about the Bible saying anything about graduation, but there it is 40 times!

CaribTales on April 26, 2018:

Tim, thanks for sharing your mother's great counsel. Glad you find the quotes helpful!

tIM tRUZY on April 26, 2018:

Excellent article. I love these quotes, Ms. Dora. My mother used to say bring God into your work and you are worshiping regardless of the task before you if it is pure and in the name of love. Thank you for such wonderful encouraging verses which I can share with youth when appropriate.



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

Thank you, Ioannis. It makes me happy when readers like you consider my offerings as helpful.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on April 25, 2018:

Excellent work, my dear Sister, as always. Another helpful and full of light Hub, a real gift especially to young people. An opportunity to know the Great Paul of Love!

Thank you so much for your loving offerings to us!

God Bless you!


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 24, 2018:

Thanks, Liz. I appreciate your support. Glad that you are impressed with these quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 24, 2018:

Thanks, Frank. We also want them to keep on winning. Thanks for your affirmation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 24, 2018:

Congratulations, Denise, on being the Salutatorian. I'm sure that some of your classmates remember your speech. Thank you for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 24, 2018:

An incredibly inspiring list of quotes. Graduates would be well-advised to take note of these.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 24, 2018:

what a wonderful hub makes winners of all of them.. I love it Ms Dora..:)

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on April 24, 2018:

About the only thing I remember about my own graduation was that I spoke as the Salutatorian! We had four valedictorians in a graduating class of 300. They had to draw straws to see who would speak. I remember speaking about he importance of our choices in our life outcomes. Like Paul, I encouraged those attending to choose the good.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thanks, Linda. The thought of graduation brought the Apostle Paul to mind, giving the commencement address. These quotes might well have been included.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 23, 2018:

There is some great advice in this collection of quotes. Thanks for sharing the quotations, Dora. This is a good time of year for students to think about graduation and their future.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thanks, Michael. Paul shares many experiences which qualify him to speak to various situations. His writings bless so many people in so many ways.

Michael-Milec on April 23, 2018:

Weighty collection of Scripture by a man Paul, who was chosen by the living God to teach, instruct and correct the sinners, former pagans as they were about to enter into living relationship with Christ Jesus. Selected Scripture is speaking into our everyday situation whenever we have need strengthening our righteousness before going away from a straight and narrow road.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thanks, Mary. The celebration may be their primary focus for a while, but the other quotes will be here when they're ready.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 23, 2018:

So many great quotes, and with the graduation season right around the corner, perfect timing. It will help many reflect on the importance of the occasion.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thanks, Margaret. Compiling Scriptural quotes is one of my favorite things to do.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on April 23, 2018:

WOW! What a great collection of quotes from Paul for different areas of a graduate's life. Some of my favorite scriptures are included.

It shows you did some great research. I enjoyed your article.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thanks, Peg. That quote you especially like is a good motto for wise people.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on April 23, 2018:

This collection of quotes are perfect for daily use and especially for graduates and those starting in the work force. I particularly like 1 Thessalonians 2:4.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2018:

Thank you, Jackie. Yes, they benefit all of us. The earlier the better.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 22, 2018:

If only graduates would give these a good thought and study. Shouldn't we all have and even today.

Thank you for these lovely and meaningful scriptures, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

Thanks, Mary. I do like Bible Study, and doing this helps me know it better. I'm every encouraged by readers who appreciate these lists.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

Thanks, Eric. I do like these compilations. Very early in my life, I imagined having a Scripture verse for every situation, and being able to share such inspiration with others. These articles help me do that.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

Thanks, Manatita. I like Paul most times. He's a good favourite!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

Thanks, Chase. Let's do what we can with the list now; some things can be done later if we didn't do them sooner. Paul gives sound advice.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2018:

I love the quotes in the last category. You must know your Bible so well to get all these quotes.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 22, 2018:

You are so good at this Dora. Clearly this is a talent/gift you were freely given and you honor that by teaching us. I had goosebumps reading this. What joy we find in the wisdom of Paul. Happy Sunday of worship to you.

manatita44 from london on April 22, 2018:

Paul is my favourite. Scriptures seem to indicate that he had mystical experieces. He most certainly writes like it but does not say it. Isn't that marvellous?

Truly inspirational quotes.

Chase Chartier from Northern California on April 22, 2018:

This is great! I wish I had this list with me when I graduated last semester.

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