40 Nature Quotes for the Christian Classroom

Updated on April 21, 2018
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

What happens when Christian teachers include Bible texts in their subject matter for topics other than religious education? While their students engage in language structure, environmental studies and even scientific data, they incidentally learn Bible principles. They recognize the usefulness of the Scriptures in their everyday lives, and are more likely to apply what they learn.

In the 40 nature quotes which follow, the students can find, among other lessons:

  • starter themes for the nature corner;
  • examples of similes and metaphors for the language class;
  • reasons to practice care and kindness toward the environment;
  • appreciation for God as Creator.

The *quotes are divided into four subheadings: Birds, Animals, Trees and Flowers. Of course, some quotes overlap two or more topics, which only remind us of the collective quality of the phenomenon called nature.

*Bible quotes are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.

Birds

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  1. If you happen to find a bird’s nest in a tree or on the ground, and there are young ones or eggs in it with the mother sitting in the nest, do not take the mother with the young. (Deuteronomy 22:6)
  2. Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God and wander about in hunger? (Job 38:41)
  3. The eagle lives on the cliffs, making its home on a distant, rocky crag. From there it hunts its prey, keeping watch with piercing eyes. (Job 39: 28, 29)
  4. People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy. (Ecclesiastes 9:12)
  5. The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. (Psalm 104:12)
  6. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16 NKJV)
  7. How often I [Jesus] have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. (Matthew 23:37)
  8. A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. (Luke 8:5)
  9. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! (Luke 12:24)
  10. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. (James 3:7, 8)

Animals

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  1. They [sheep] won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice. (John 10: 5)
  2. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)
  3. Do not mate two different kinds of animals. (Leviticus 19:19)
  4. Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces. (Leviticus 25:7)
  5. People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals. (Psalm 49:20)
  6. For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10)
  7. Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! (Proverbs 6:6)
  8. The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel. (Proverbs 12:10)
  9. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. (Proverbs 26:11)
  10. Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces. (Proverbs 30:28)

Do you ever quote a Bible verse to teach something other than religious education?

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Trees

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  1. The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. (Psalm 92:12)
  2. The land produced . . . all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. (Genesis 1:12)
  3. If it [a tree] is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches. (Job 14:7)
  4. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm. (Job 24:20)
  5. Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. (Proverbs 25:11)
  6. When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls. (Ecclesiastes 11:3)
  7. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. (Isaiah 64:6)
  8. I [the Lord] am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me. (Hosea 14:8)
  9. A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. (Matthew 7: 17, 20)
  10. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree. (Matthew 13:31)

Flowers

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  1. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come. (Song of Solomon 2:12)
  2. The walls of the Sea . . . resembled a water lily blossom. (1 Kings 7:26)
  3. Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water? While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. (Job 8: 11-13)
  4. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. (Psalm 103:15)
  5. I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys. Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. (Song of Solomon 2:1, 2 NKJV)
  6. Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. (Isaiah 35:1)
  7. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. (Isaiah 40:7)
  8. I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily. (Hosea 14:5)
  9. Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (Matthew 6: 28, 29)
  10. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. (Luke 12:28)

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      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. Yes, this took a little more effort than usual, so I'm happy that you appreciate it.

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        William Kovacic 

        5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        A lot of research on this one, Dora, and wonderfully done. Love the pictures, too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks Readmike. I like your quote. Sure, everyone has access to the beauties of nature.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Denise, I know what you mean. A deep sense of nurturing and safety come with that image. Thanks for your input.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        5 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        The quote about Jesus gathering us as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings always touches me. We raised chickens when I was a child and I can feel the intimate nature of his fatherly love and kindness when I hear those words.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. We're on the same page with our love of nature and the benefits we receive from being there.

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        Readmikenow 

        5 months ago

        Very well done article. I enjoyed reading this. I do feel closer to God and Jesus when I'm in nature. A wise man once told me "Man made cities for man. God made nature for all."

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Some of these are particularly impactful. Nature is where I feel most at peace and love the serenity provided.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. Your kind comments mean much to me.

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        Devika Primić 

        5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        An amazing list you have here. These verses are true and beautiful. Got me thinking of our lives and nature.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Mary. There's really no age limit to learning; and certainly none for the appreciation of nature. You're right; they're for all of us.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Manatita for your valuable input. You're right about all the many virtues we can learn from these quotes. I appreciate your deep thoughts.

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        Mary Wickison 

        5 months ago from Brazil

        Most of these are new to me. I think through nature-related quotes, it isn't only the children that can learn. However, as a parent, I can see how these could easily be melded into a lesson.

        A wonderful collection of quotes.

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        Some are mostly lessons in vigilance, alertness, discrimination, living in the Eternal Now, like the lily, or simply never to lose sight of the Divine as we know not when the hour comes.

        I have said here that Guruji teaches, that before it leaves the body, each soul feels that it has wasted time.

        To continue, some of the quotes deal with obedience... remembering and trusting God. They are like a beautiful array of flowers and of course they make full use of flowers and nature.

        The theme of birds, flowers, nature, runs throughout the poetry of the mystic poets and for good reasons. Story for another day.

        Well-chosen and exceptionally beautiful imagery.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Frank, for your kind thoughts. The 40 were indeed a challenge, but it is a pleasure to search for them.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, I always appreciate your support. Thankful for your blessings also and pray the same for you and family.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Tim. Shame that the quotes cannot be used in public schools so I mentioned Christian in the title. However, they can also be helpful in Sunday School. Thanks for that suggestion.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        5 months ago from Shelton

        I enjoyed the quotes and one would think that these 40 quotes would be a challenge to come up with, but here you have it, I bet they just flowed out of your mind and onto your screen.. awesome MsDora

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        Bill Holland 

        5 months ago from Olympia, WA

        A beautiful collection, Ms. Dora!

        Blessings to you always!

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        Tim Truzy 

        5 months ago from U.S.A.

        This is great, Ms. Dora. In the U.S., there is a strict separation between education and religion, so I can never quote directly from the Bible. However, my students learn from observation, how I treat animals and speak about them, encouraging them to spend time in nature to appreciate God's creations. But in my Sunday school class, let the Bible verses flow. Amen.

        Thank you for a wonderful article to share with others I know.

        Sincerely,

        Tim

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Chase, thanks for sharing your very helpful input. I agree with all your observations. Just wish that teachers and parents would too.

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        Chase Chartier 

        5 months ago from Northern California

        Most of these would be great for cultural/historical studies. The parables and other passages are full of metaphors to their agrarian society so they might relate to it. If students study those things they'd be better able to understand what is being said in those passages:)

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Michael. First, I must say CONGRATULATIONS for your excellent usage of the English Language. Well done!

        I always appreciate your super-encouraging comments

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        Michael-Milec 

        5 months ago

        In one heavenly inspired Hub, you've assembled invitation to encounter a Life, resonating by the prophet:

        "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost."

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Kari. We seem to be on the same page. That image means much to me, too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Eric. Happy to help with a good start to your day.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Jackie, you're so sweet and kind. Thanks for your encouragement.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. Nature is as important now as then. Sure, we do well to appreciate its importance.

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        Linda Crampton 

        6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Thanks for sharing the quotes, Dora. It's lovely to see how important nature was to people of earlier times. I wish that more people today were aware of its importance.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        6 months ago from The Beautiful South

        What a lovely Sunday education Dora. You are so amazing to keep outdoing yourself! I shake my head with a big smile every single time.

        Well done!

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        Eric Dierker 

        6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        This is just wonderful. Seems to me to be perfect for both young and old. This is just a great way to start my day.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        6 months ago from Ohio

        This is a wonderful list of verses. Many are relevant to everyday conversations. I felt so much happiness when I pictured, "I [the Lord] am like a tree that is always green". Thank you, Dora!

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