Bible verses about fathers & fatherhood for fathers, mothers, & their children.
Happy (early) Father’s Day!
I had so much fun creating a list of Bible Verses about Mothers, that I thought I should also make one about Fathers.
And just as I broke up that post into different topics/categories I have done the same for the verses below.
- Know Verses & Stories
- Repeated Verses About Honor
- Verses for Courage
- Verses with New Meanings
- A Father’s Example & God’s Example
I pray you & your family have a wonderful father’s day!
Known Verses & Stories
The story of Abraham, “the father of many nations.” Genesis 17:4 NIV
The Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32
1 Corinthians 13
“The Lord is my strength & my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, & I will praise him, my father’s God, & I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2 NIV
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5
Repeated Verses About Honor
“Honor your father & your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 NIV
“‘Each of you must respect your mother & father, & you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:3 NIV
“Honor your father & your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long & that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16 NIV
“For God said, ‘Honor your father & mother’ & ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’” Matthew 15:4
“Honor your father & mother,’ & ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 19:19
“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father & mother,’ &, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’” Mark 7:10
“You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father & mother.’” Mark 10:19
“You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father & mother.’” Luke 18:20
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father & mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you & that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” ” Ephesians 6:1-3
Verses for Courage
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” … ” Joshua 1:9
“Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, & in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.””Deuteronomy 1:29-31
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, & do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12
Verses with New Meanings
“Therefore a man shall leave his father & mother & be joined to his wife, & they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 NKJV Matthew 19:5 Mark 10:7 Ephesians 5:31 This has two meanings for me. The first is that while a mother’s relationship with their child is unique & special, it comes after the relationship designed by God between a husband & wife. And second, based off of this first understanding, is of the importance of raising a child to understand the importance of relationships, theirs with their parents & with their future spouse.
This has two meanings for me. The first is that while a mother’s relationship with their child is unique & special, it comes after the relationship designed by God between a husband & wife. And second, based off of this first understanding, is of the importance of raising a child to understand the importance of relationships, theirs with their parents & with their future spouse.
“Now fear the Lord & serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River & in Egypt, & serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me & my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
I thought these verses were a good segway into the next section. As the head of the family, a father’s example of what he puts first in life (as well as how he how he spends his time & money – earthly worship) effects the whole family.
A Father’s Example & God’s Example
“These are the commands, decrees & laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children & their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees & commands that I give you, & so that you may enjoy long life.” … “Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your strength. These commandments & I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home & when you walk along the road, when you lie down & when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands & bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses & on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:1-2 & 5-9
“And if you walk in obedience to me & keep my decrees & commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:14
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.” 2 Chronicles 29:2
“But unlike his father Manasseh, he did not humble himself before the Lord; Amon increased his guilt.” 2 Chronicles 33:23
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord & followed the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:2
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…” Psalm 103:13
“Start children off on the way they should go, & even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” Proverbs 23:24
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37
“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”” Mark 9:24
“Finally, be strong in the Lord & in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh & blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world & against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, & after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, & with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation & the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers & requests.With this in mind, be alert & always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-18
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training & instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:1-4
“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting & urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom & glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” Hebrews 12:7
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction & do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8
“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention & gain understanding.” Proverbs 4:1
“My son, keep your father’s command & do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 6:20
“Listen to your father, who gave you life, & do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22
“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us & we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits & live!” Hebrews 12:9
“There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” Deuteronomy 1:31 NIV
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, & for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26
“I know, my God, that you test the heart & are pleased with integrity.” 1 Chronicles 29:17a
“For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.” Proverbs 3:32
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