Bible Verses Relating to the Sanctity of Life (20 week old fetal (in utero) child by U/S image above with permit I. Staeker Wikipedia online.)
(Pro Life Verses from LifeNews.com (With some comments by JGL added.)
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / ( JGL comment: God has had a plan for every embryonic/fetal child ever conceived. He is no respecter of persons. Man in his fallenness has often affected those plans-but ultimately God's Plans will be brought to completion.)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Exodus 20:13 ESV /
“You shall not murder."
Exodus 23:7 ESV /
"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked."
Psalm 139:13-16 ESV /
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
(JGL Note: As a medical doctor I find these verses fascinating. They describe the development of the fetal child from conception and implantation as an embryo, "my unformed substance...woven in the depths of the earth"(uterine wall); and the development "intricately woven...knitted together" into a "frame" (bony structure). The Hebrews had a knowledge of God's hands working with and through them their entire lives for He was the One who "knitted me together...My soul knows it very well.") How precious are the little ones to God.
Psalm 127:3 ESV /
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple."
Deuteronomy 27:25 ESV /
“‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’"
Jeremiah 1:4-5 ESV /
"Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Genesis 1:27 ESV
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
Job 31:15 ESV /
"Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?"
Exodus 21:22-23 ESV /
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life,..."
Romans 9:11 ESV /
"Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls--"
Isaiah 66:9 ESV /
"'Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?' says the Lord; 'shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?' says your God."
Proverbs 6:17 ESV /
"Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,..."
Luke 1:41 ESV /
"And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,..."
Isaiah 49:1 ESV /
"Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name."
Genesis 2:7 ESV /
"Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature."
Psalm 127:3-5 ESV /
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
Psalm 51:5 ESV (JGL comment: This reflects the fallen state of all mankind and the creation after Adam's sin.)
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Job 3:16 ESV (JGL comment: Job desired to die because of his afflictions. Even in past days there has been the sadness of a stillborn.)
"Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?"
Exodus 21:22-24 ESV
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,..."
Deuteronomy 5:17 ESV
“‘You shall not murder."
Luke 1:44 ESV /
"For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy."
Luke 1:39-44 ESV (JGL comment: If you look at the sequences of the texts around this story, Mary was only days old pregnant when she went to Elizabeth. Yet, Elizabeth spoke of the embryonic child as "My Lord")
"In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
(JGL Note: Do we understand that a fetal child in the womb can sense the present of the Holy Spirit?)
Luke 1:36 ESV /
"And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren."
Isaiah 44:2 ESV (JGL comment: God knows each person even as they develop in the womb.)
"Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen."
Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV
"As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything."
Proverbs 24:10-12 ESV
"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say,'Behold, we did not know this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?"
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Psalm 139:16 ESV (JGL comment: God knows each on of our beginnings and endings even before they occur. Is this predestination? I think not. For God desires for all to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 2:9), yet not all do( 2 Thessalonians 2:10). God exists outside of time, He is from everlasting (Revelation 22:13). He knows who will turn in repentance before they even know themselves. Yet, He is deeply grieved by those who do not repent (Hebrews 3:10). And all mankind has had revelation of God to them (Psalm 97:6).)
"Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
Psalm 106:36-39 ESV (JGL comment:Referring to the Jewish People when in rebellion to God.)
"They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds."
Psalm 22:9-10 ESV
"Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God."
Genesis 25:22 ESV
"The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord."
John 1:12-14 ESV
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Joel 2:16 ESV
"Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber."
Isaiah 49:5 ESV
"And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength--"
Psalm 75:7 ESV
"But it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another."
Psalm 139:1-24 ESV
"To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me."
Psalm 82:3-4 ESV
"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Numbers 3:15-17 ESV
“List the sons of Levi, by fathers' houses and by clans; every male from a month old and upward you shall list.” So Moses listed them according to the word of the Lord, as he was commanded. And these were the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari."
Genesis 9:5 ESV
"And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man."
Romans 13:8-10 ESV
"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments,'You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,' and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
Acts 7:19 ESV (Note from JGL: The pharaoh which did not know Joseph compelled the Jewish people to practice infanticide-a direct violation of God, but Moses mother did not obey.)
"He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive."
Matthew 15:19 ESV
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander."
Isaiah 46:3 ESV
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb;..."
Isaiah 44:24 ESV
"Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: 'I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,...'"
Isaiah 49:15 ESV
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you."
But There is Forgiveness See John 8:1-11 This is the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. The scribes and pharisees asked Jesus what should they do. The law made it legal to stone her to death (Lev. 20:10). But Jesus said "he who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." He then wrote in the ground, and they left one by one. He then spoke to the woman and asked where the ones were who condemned her. She said "no one." He then said, "neither do I condemn you; go your way. From now on sin no more." And in 1 John 1:9 it says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." NASB Bible