Verses on Teaching
Carl Heinrich Bloch, "The Sermon on the Mount," 1877, Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød.
Teaching is crucial to the health and growth of churches, and the Bible has a lot to say about the subject of teaching. We've collected many passages on teaching that you will find below. We invite you to take a close look at these passages and identify God's principles for teaching. It is easy to see from these passages that God cares very much about the impartation of knowledge from one person to the next and from one generation to the next. Education is central to the Christian way of life. This being the case, we pray that God will multiply Bible teachers in our generation who are able to instruct believers in sound doctrine and thereby equip them for the work God is calling them to do. We all need the teaching of God's word so that we may know and understand God's plan and live in a way that pleases and glorifies him.
Verses on Teaching
Leviticus 10:10-11 10 You [Aaron and his sons] are to distinguish (בדל) between the holy and the common and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and you are to teach (ירה) the people of Israel all the statutes that Yahweh has spoken to them by Moses.
Deuteronomy 4:1-6 1 Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I [Moses] am teaching you and do them, that you may live and go in and take possession of the land that Yahweh, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your God that I command you. …5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules as Yahweh my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who when they hear all these statutes will say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Deuteronomy 6:1-2 1 This is the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments that Yahweh your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, 2 so that you, your son, and your grandson might fear Yahweh your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments that I command you all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
Deuteronomy 31:12-13 12 Assemble the people, the men, the women and children, and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear, learn, and fear Yahweh your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 32:2-3 2 May my teaching (לֶ֫קַח) drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. 3 For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh. Ascribe greatness to our God!
Deuteronomy 33:8-10 8 Of Levi [Moses] said: Let your Thummim and your Urim belong to your godly man whom you proved at Massah, with whom you contended at the waters of Meribah, 9 who said of his father and his mother: I did not consider them, and he did not acknowledge his brothers, nor did he regard his own sons. For they observed your word and kept your covenant. 10 They will teach your ordinances to Jacob and your law to Israel.
2 Chronicles 15:3-4 3 For many days Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law. 4 But in their distress they turned to Yahweh God of Israel, they sought him, and he let them find him.
2 Chronicles 17:7-9 7 In the third year of his reign [Jehoshaphat] sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach in the cities of Judah, 8 and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, the Levites, and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests. 9 They taught in Judah, the book of the law of Yahweh with them. So they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
Nehemiah 8:1-8 1 All the people gathered as one man at the square that was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses that Yahweh had given to Israel. 2 Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it before the square that was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand. And all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4 Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up. …7 Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place. 8 They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
Ezra 7:6-10 6 This Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that Yahweh the God of Israel had given. And the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of Yahweh his God was on him. …8 And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of Yahweh, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
Psalm 51:12-13 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach (למד) transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Proverbs 13:14 14 The teaching (תּוֹרָה) of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Proverbs 23:9 9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.
Malachi 2:5-9 5 My covenant with [Levi] was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction (תּוֹרַ֤ת אֱמֶת) was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest should guard (שׁמר) knowledge (דַּ֫עַת), and people should seek instruction (תּוֹרָה) from his mouth, for he is the messenger of Yahweh of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction (תּוֹרָה). You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says Yahweh of hosts, 9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction (תּוֹרָה).
Matthew 4:23 23 [Jesus] went throughout all Galilee, teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) in their synagogues, proclaiming (κηρύσσω, pres.) the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
Matthew 5:1-2 1 Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and began to teach (διδάσκω) them saying….
Matthew 5:19 19 Whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches (διδάσκω) others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does them and teaches (διδάσκω) them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 7:28-29 28 When Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching (διδαχή), 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority and not as their scribes.
Matthew 9:35-36 35 Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 11:1 1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach (διδάσκω) and preach (κηρύσσω) in [Israel’s] cities.
Matthew 13:52 52 Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.
Matthew 14:19-20 19 [Jesus] ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied.
Matthew 15:36-37 36 [Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied.
Matthew 16:11-12 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 12 Then [the disciples] understood that [Jesus] did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Matthew 23:8 8 You are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Matthew 28:19-20 19 Go…and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) them to observe all that I have commanded you.
Mark 1:21-22 21 [Jesus and the disciples] went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and began to teach (διδάσκω, imperf.). 22 And they were astonished at his teaching (διδαχή), for he was teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) them as one who had authority and not as the scribes.
Mark 1:27 27 They were all amazed so that they questioned among themselves saying, What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.
Mark 4:1-2 1 Again [Jesus] began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them….
Mark 6:2 2 On the Sabbath [Jesus] began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished saying, Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
Mark 6:6 6 [Jesus] went about among the villages teaching (διδάσκω, pres.).
Mark 9:30-32 30 [Jesus and the disciples] went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.
Mark 10:1 1 [Jesus] left [Capernaum] and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
Mark 11:18 18 The chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching (διδαχή).
Mark 12:14 14 [Some Pharisees and Herodians] came and said to [Jesus], Teacher (διδάσκαλος), we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances but truly teach (διδάσκω, pres.) the way of God.
Mark 14:49 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching (διδάσκω, pres.), and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.
Luke 2:46-47 46 After three days [Joseph and Mary] found [Jesus] in the temple, sitting among the teachers (διδάσκαλος), listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Luke 4:15 15 [Jesus] taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
Luke 6:39-40 39 Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Luke 13:22 22 [Jesus] went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Luke 19:47-48 47 [Jesus] was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.
Luke 21:37-38 37 Every day [Jesus] was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
Luke 23:5 5 [The chief priests and crowds] were urgent saying, He [Jesus] stirs up the people, teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.
John 7:14-17 14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled saying, How is it that this man has learning when he has never studied? 16 So Jesus answered them, My teaching (διδαχή) is not mine but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s desire is to do God’s desire, he will know whether the teaching (διδαχή) is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
John 13:13-15 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 14:26 26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach (διδάσκω, fut.) you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 18:19-20 19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching (διδαχή). 20 Jesus answered him, I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.
Acts 5:19-21 19 During the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought [the apostles] out, and said, 20 Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life. 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach (διδάσκω, imperf.).
Acts 5:27-29 27 The high priest questioned [the apostles] 28 saying, We strictly charged you not to teach (διδάσκω, pres.) in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching (διδαχή), and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:42 42 Every day in the temple and from house to house they did not cease teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) and proclaiming the good news (εὐαγγελίζω, pres.) that the Messiah is Jesus.
Acts 11:26 26 For a whole year [Barnabas and Saul] met with the church [in Antioch] and taught (διδάσκω, aor.) a great many people.
Acts 13:1 1 There were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers (διδάσκαλοι), Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Acts 15:35 35 Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) and proclaiming (εὐαγγελίζω, pres.) the word of the Lord, with many others also.
Acts 18:9-11 9 The Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people. 11 And he stayed [in Corinth] a year and six months, teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) the word of God among them.
Acts 18:24-28 24 A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, powerful (δυνατός) in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed (κατηχέω, pref. pass.) in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught (διδάσκω, imperf.) accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Messiah was Jesus.
Acts 19:8-10 8 [Paul] entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning (διαλέγομαι) daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 20:20-21 20 I did not shrink from declaring (ἀναγγέλλω) to you anything that was profitable and teaching (διδάσκω) you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of a change of mind toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Messiah.
Acts 20:26-31 26 I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring (ἀναγγέλλω) to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God that he obtained with his own blood. …31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish (νουθετέω) every one with tears.
Romans 12:6-7 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: …7 the one who teaches (διδάσκω), in his teaching (διδασκαλία).
1 Corinthians 2:6-7 6 Among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God that God decreed before the ages for our glory.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 12 We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know (οἶδα) the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught (διδακτός) by human wisdom but taught (διδακτός) by the Spirit, explaining (συγκρίνω) spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
1 Corinthians 12:28 28 God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers (διδάσκαλος), then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of languages.
Ephesians 4:11-13 11 [Messiah] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds (ποιμήν) and teachers (διδάσκαλος), 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Messiah, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah.
Colossians 1:28-29 28 [Messiah] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching (διδάσκω, pres.) everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Messiah. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Colossians 3:16 16 Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching (διδάσκω) and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 2:7 7 I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher (διδάσκαλος) of the nations in faith and truth.
1 Timothy 4:13-16 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching (τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ). 14 Do not neglect the gift you have that was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching (τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ). Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Timothy 2:2 2 What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach (διδάσκω) others also.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 24 The Lord’s slave (δοῦλος) must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, skillful in teaching (διδακτικός), patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching (διδασκαλία), for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Titus 1:9 9 [The elder] must hold firm to the teaching (διδαχή) of the trustworthy word, so that he may be able to exhort (παρακαλέω) in sound doctrine (τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ τῇ ὑγιαινούσῃ) and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Titus 2:1 1 As for you, speak (λαλέω) what fits with sound doctrine.
Titus 2:7-8 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching (διδασκαλία) show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
Titus 2:15 15 Speak, exhort, and declare these things with all authority (ἐπιταγή). Let no one disregard you.
Hebrews 5:12 12 Though by this time you ought to be teachers (διδάσκαλοι), you need someone to teach (διδάσκω) you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food.
Hebrews 6:1 1 Let us leave the elementary doctrine of Messiah and go on to maturity.
Hebrews 13:9 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings (διδαχή), for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods that have not benefited those devoted to them.
James 3:1-2 1 Not many of you should become teachers (διδάσκαλοι), my brothers, for you know that we will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man, able also to bridle the whole body.
1 Peter 4:10-11 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks (λαλέω), as one who speaks sayings (λόγια) of God, whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Messiah.
2 Peter 1:12-15 12 I intend always to remind (ὑπομιμνῄσκω) you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder (ὑπόμνησις), 14 because I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Messiah made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall (μνήμη) these things.
2 Peter 3:1-2 1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder (ὑπόμνησις), 2 that you should remember (μιμνῄσκομαι) the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.
1 John 2:20-27 20 You have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it…. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. …27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach (διδάσκω) you. But as his anointing keeps teaching (διδάσκω) you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught (διδάσκω, aor.) you, keep abiding in him.