20 Scripture Verses that Define Mature Manhood

A beard might help you look like a mature man. A “manly” smell based off the latest deodorant or cologne campaign might help you smell like a mature man. Even a high ranking position at work or a recent increase in salary might make you feel like more of a man. But nothing, and I mean nothing, better defines what it means to become and stay a mature man than the scriptures.

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Here are 20 Bible verses that you will help you build and maintain a true mature manhood.

“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” -1 Corinthians 14:20

“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” -Hebrews 12:7

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” -1 Timothy 4:8

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” -1 Timothy 6:11

“Speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” -1 Thessalonians 2:4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” -Philippians 2:3

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” -1 Peter 5:10



Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” -Philippians 1:27

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” -James 1:19

“A fool is quick tempered, but a wise man stays calm when insulted.” -Proverbs 12:16


“Rejoice in your sufferings, because you know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” -Romans 5:3-4

“Don’t be proud at all. Be completely gentle. Be patient. Put up with one another in love.” -Ephesians 4:2

“Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.” -1 Corinthians 7:5

“God gave us His spirit, and the spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful, instead, the spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves.” -2 Timothy 1:7

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:13

“Keep your head no matter what happens. Don’t give up when times are hard. Work to spread the good news. Do everything God has given you to do.” -1 Timothy 4:5

Don’t see your favorite verse listed? Post it below and let’s build a powerful list and inventory for every man to use in his own life.

Did one of these verses impact your life? Share your story and prove the point of this post!


  • Amen… Amen… I love how you allowed the Scripture to allow the Spirit to speak individually. Everyone most likely will be encouraged by different verses that speak into their context. God bless the hearts of men who aspire maturity in Christ.

    • Thanks Jeff. Just sharing with others what God continues to share with me.

  • A good collection Bryan.

    I would add Psalm 101:3, though really, 2-4 for the whole context.

    I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
    I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.

    • Appreciate brother. Love your addition!

  • JT

    Hey Brian..thought I would add mine to the list

    Psalms 119:9-10
    How shall a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You; do not allow me to wander from Your commandments.

    • Yes! Thank you for adding this brother!

  • Will

    1 Kings 2:2-3 NKJV this is David on his deathbed speaking to his son Solomon. “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the LORD your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;”

    • Powerful verses brother! Thank you for adding.

  • Geoffry

    Corinthians 16:13-14 – “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do
    everything in love.”-NIV

    • Love this one brother! Thank you for adding!

  • Jason

    Every man on this planet should live by those verses. Amen!

  • Kathrynne

    1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

    • Love this verse! Thank you for adding!

  • Nick Weil

    This is a great list. I’m still wrapping my mind around living biblical “gentleness” while maintaining respect from other men. I think men respond best to assertiveness bordering on aggressiveness. And respect that quality in other men. Maybe the idea is, use gentleness when appropriate and assertiveness when appropriate, rather than gentleness all the time.

    • Great thoughts Nick. I think your absolutely correct in your train of thought. I’d add that while I am being assertive, I always make sure the person knows I’m thankful of their efforts. I suppose the thankfulness could be the gentleness…

    • Just be sure that respect is what you are after, and not approval.

  • D

    Your quote of 1 Tim 4:5 is VERY different then mine. Is this text from another verse? I like the text, but I can not find it referenced in the Bible. Perhaps it is the version you drew from? Thanks for your help in clearing this up. 🙂

    1 Timothy 4:

    • Kenton Barkman

      It’s just a reference mistake. The verse he quoted is 2 Timothy 4:5.

  • Kelsey Branstrator

    Just happened upon this! I would definitely like to start praying these verses over my fiance daily! This gives me much more motivation when looking to where to start because I know what I want the Lord to bless him with, but I also know sometimes I’m not sure where to start. Thanks!

  • Joseph Cartwright

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Donald

    I Corinthians 16:13

    BE SOBER, stand firm in the faith, ACT LIKE MEN, be strong