30 Bible Verses About Shame (Explained)

Shame is a crippling emotion that isolates us from God’s love and the support of others, yet the Bible offers hope and healing for those burdened by shame. Join us as we explore verses that address the pain of shame and the promise of God’s grace, inviting us to bring our brokenness and vulnerability before Him and receive the restoration and freedom He offers through His unfailing love.

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Bible Verses About Shame

Genesis 2:25 – Naked and Not Ashamed

“Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

Genesis 3:7 – Eyes Opened and Feel Shame

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

Genesis 3:10 – I Heard You in the Garden, and I Was Afraid

“He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Genesis 3:21 – The Lord Made Garments of Skin for Adam and His Wife

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

Exodus 20:26 – Do Not Go Up to My Altar with Steps

“And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.”

Exodus 32:25 – Aaron Had Let Them Get Out of Control

“Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.”

Leviticus 18:22 – Do Not Have Sexual Relations with a Man as One Does with a Woman

“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”

Numbers 12:14 – Let Her Be Isolated Outside the Camp for Seven Days

“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.’

Numbers 25:6-8 – Taken Midianite Women and Indulged in Sexual Immorality

“Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach.”

Deuteronomy 22:21 – You Must Purge the Evil from Among You

“she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”

Deuteronomy 22:24 – You Must Put to Death Both the Woman and the Man

“you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.”

1 Samuel 11:2 – Take Advantage of Him?

“But Nahash the Ammonite replied, ‘I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.’

2 Samuel 10:5 – They Shaved off Half of Each Man’s Beard

“When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, ‘Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back.’

2 Samuel 13:12 – No, My Brother!, She Said to Him

“‘No, my brother!’ she said to him. ‘Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing.'”

1 Kings 14:9 – You Have Not Done As Well As My Servant David

“You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.”

2 Chronicles 32:21 – The Lord Sent an Angel

“And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace.”

Ezra 9:6 – I Am Too Ashamed and Disgraced to Lift Up My Face

“I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.”

Esther 1:17 – Disgrace and Anger Will Spread

“For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.'”

Job 31:26 – Lustfully Gazed at the Moon

“if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage.”

Psalm 4:2 – How Long Will You Turn My Glory into Shame?

“How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?”

Psalm 44:13 – A Byword Among the Nations

“You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us.”

Psalm 69:19 – You Know My Reproach, My Shame, and My Dishonor

“You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.”

Psalm 71:13 – May Those Who Say to Me, ‘Aha! Aha!’

“May those who say to me, ‘Aha! Aha!’ be appalled at their own shame.”

Psalm 83:16 – Cover Their Faces with Shame

“Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name.”

Psalm 89:45 – You Have Covered Him with a Mantle of Shame

“You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with a mantle of shame.”

Psalm 109:29 – May My Adversaries Be Clothed with Shame

“May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.”

Psalm 132:18 – Clothe His Priests with Salvation

“Clothe your priests with righteousness; let your faithful people sing for joy.”

Proverbs 3:35 – He Blesses the Home of the Righteous

“The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.”

Proverbs 10:5 – He Who Gathers Crops in Summer is a Prudent Son

“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”

Proverbs 11:2 – With Humility Comes Wisdom

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 13:18 – Poverty and Disgrace for Him Who Ignores Instruction

“Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.”

Proverbs 14:34 – Righteousness Exalts a Nation

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”

Proverbs 18:13 – Answer Before Listening – That is His Folly and His Shame

“To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.”

Proverbs 20:3 – It is to One’s Honor to Avoid Strife

“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Proverbs 29:15 – The Rod and Rebuke Impart Wisdom

“A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.”

Isaiah 28:15 – Your Covenant with Death will be Annulled

“You boast, ‘We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.’

Ezekiel 16:52 – Bear Your Shame

“Bear your disgrace, for you have furnished some justification for your sisters.”

Ezekiel 16:57 – This is Your Shameful Prostitution

“before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you.”

Joel 2:26 – Never Again Will My People be Ashamed

“You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”

Matthew 6:2 – They Have Received Their Reward in Full

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

Matthew 16:24 – Take Up Their Cross and Follow Me

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

John 8:50 – I Seek Not to Please Myself

“I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.”

1 Corinthians 1:27 – God Chose the Foolish Things of the World

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

1 Corinthians 4:14 – I Am Writing This Not to Shame You but to Warn You

“I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.”

2 Corinthians 7:14 – I Am Proud of You and Have Great Confidence in You

“I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well.”

2 Corinthians 10:8 – I Hope to Not Need to Be Bold

“I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.”

Philippians 1:20 – With Full Courage Now as Always

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Hebrews 2:11 – The One Who Makes People Holy

“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”

Hebrews 12:2 – Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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