18 Short Bible Verses for Grandma & Great-Grandma


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No one loves us quite as much as our grandmas do. In fact, it’s considered common knowledge that grandmas and great-grandmas like to spoil their grandchildren. You can buy t-shirts, coffee cups, and throw pillows declaring how amazing grandparents are. But, did you know that you can also find verses in the Bible about these treasured members of our family?

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Here are some Bible verses that are about grandparents or may remind you of your grandma. Some of the verses are for reading and reflecting upon during your devotional time. Other verses may be used to share with the great lady herself. Still others on our list may be used when faced with the unhappy task of having to write a tribute for grandma or another great woman in your life who has recently died. 

Whatever your reason for researching Bible verses about grandparents, here are some from both the Old and New Testaments. 

Bible Verses About a Grandmother’s Love

When looking for Bible verses about grandmas, you might want to expand your search to grandparents. There are also plenty of quotes about grandparents by poets and philosophers that may assist you with your project. 

Otherwise, here are a few to consider from the Bible.

1. Timothy 5:10

Perhaps your grandmother is known for her good works, as described in this verse that is written by Paul. “...and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” 

Paul makes a point in giving kudos to women with these characteristics, so you should be quick to point out those attributes of your grandma as well. 

2. Deuteronomy 4:9

Did you learn about the Christian faith from your grandma or great-grandma? She was simply following the instructions that she read in the Old Testament.

This verse instructs us to “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.”

3. Psalm 92:14-15

Looking for a verse to share with your grandma? Remind her that she is still “full of sap and green,” which is a good thing, according to the book of Psalms.

4. Proverbs 16:31

Instead of kidding your grandmother about her gray hair, tell her that the Bible says that, “gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”

5. Proverbs 17:6

This verse begins, “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” If you need a reminder about the love of grandparents, here it is. This is one reason grandmothers are so quick to share stories of photos of their beloved grandkids. If you would like to know more about what the Bible says about the aging process, check out our list of Bible verses on aging.

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Bible Verses About a Grandmother’s Death

Did you recently lose a grandparent? If so, we hope that these verses will bring some comfort to you. Even though they might not specifically refer to the death of a grandparent, they are about the grief one feels when losing someone you love. 

6. Psalm 9:9

If you asked someone to describe the worst time of their lives, they would probably talk about the grief they suffered from losing a loved one. This verse reminds Christians that the Lord is a refuge and a stronghold during those times. 

7. Psalm 34:18

The Book of Psalms is always a useful resource when looking for advice on how to live life. This verse reminds believers that “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Share this verse with others who may be going through a hard time. 

8. Hosea 13:14

If your grandma was a Christian, you might be looking for scripture that speaks about the promise of everlasting life. This verse in the Old Testament book of Hosea begins, “I will ransom them from the power of the grave.”

9. Matthew 5:4

This section of Matthew is known as the Beatitudes. This particular verse reads, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” If you decide to use the Beatitudes as the reading for your grandmother’s funeral, you may consider choosing a funeral song that puts the Beatitudes to music. There are several different versions available.

10. John 14:1-4

Jesus’ words to his disciples are recorded in John 14. This often-quoted text reads, (in part), “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” 

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Bible Verses for a Grandmother’s Who’s Sick

You may find yourself in the difficult position of sitting at the deathbed of your grandmother or great-grandmother. This is a hard thing to do on many levels. You may struggle to know what to say or do. 

Consider bringing your Bible with you and reading some of your grandmother’s favorite passages. If she is not able to communicate her choices, here are some to consider. 

11. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Paul wrote the following: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 

If you and your grandmother are believers, these verses will give you comfort.

12. John 11:25-26

Jesus is speaking in these verses that begin, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Consider reading these verses to your grandmother and asking to pray with her as well.

13. Isaiah 25:8

There are plenty of verses in the Old Testament that would be appropriate to share with your grandmother when she is ill or facing surgery. Perhaps you should refer to this verse in the book of Isaiah.

14. Psalm 23:1-6

These verses are some of the most well-known in the Bible. It begins, “the Lord is my Shepherd.” These words are meant to give peace to those who are facing death.

15. John 3:16

This is another well-known verse of the Bible. This verse, found in the New Testament, reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This verse tells a succinct and concise version of salvation. For that reason, consider sharing it with your loved one who may not be a Christian.

16. Romans 10:9-13

Paul explains salvation in these verses from the book of Romans. The last verse in this section says, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Hopefully, these verses will comfort both your grandmother and you.

17. John 10:28

Jesus’ words are recorded in this verse of John. Jesus says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

18. Psalm 121

This chapter of the Book of Psalms is poetic, especially when read from the King James Version. It begins, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” In this chapter, a believer is speaking about the comfort he feels knowing that God is his savior. 

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What Verses Are Your Favorite?

While some of these verses may be used when writing a eulogy for grandma, some of them are meant to bring comfort to you, the one who is grieving.

Losing a person you love is terribly difficult, especially when the person was as beloved as a grandma or great-grandma. Besides reading the Bible for comfort, share funny stories about your loved one with other people who knew her. Listen to music that reminds you of her. Plant flowers that she enjoyed. Write down the stories you remember about her, so future generations will know what a special person she was. 

Know that you will never “get over” the loss of your grandmother. Instead, your grief may change over time. Even though this quote by author George Eliot is not from the Bible, it sums up the idea perfectly: “She was no longer wrestling with grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion, and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”

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