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Bible Verses about Fathers

What the Scripture says about Being a Dad to Honoring Him

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There are plenty of Bible verses about fathers. There are verses that talk about how to be a good father, ones that give us examples of how God set the stage for good parenting, and other bits of scripture that remind us how to honor our fathers.

Bible Verses on Being a Good Father

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 - "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."(NIV)

Malachi 4:6 - "He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."(NIV)

Psalms 127:3-5 - "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."(NIV)

Proverbs 3:32 - "For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence."(NIV)

Proverbs 10:9 - "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out."(NIV)

Proverbs 17:27 - "The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered."(NIV)

Proverbs 22:6 - "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."(NIV)

Proverbs 23:24 - "The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him."(NIV)

Ephesians 6:4 - "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."(NIV)

Joshua 24:15 - "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 and my household, we will serve the LORD."(NIV)

Colossians 3:21 - "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged."(NIV)

Scripture on God as the Example of Fatherhood

Genesis 18:19 - "For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."(NIV)

Psalm 103:13 - "As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him"(NIV)

Proverbs 3:11-12 - "My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in"(NIV)

Proverbs 14:26 - "Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge."(NIV)

Hebrews 12:7 - "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?"(NIV)

Bible Verses on Honoring Your Father

Exodus 20:12 - "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."(NIV)

Proverbs 20:20 - "If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness."(NIV)

Proverbs 23:22 - "Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old."(NIV)

Proverbs 23:24 - "The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him."(NIV)

Collosians 3:20 - "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord."(NIV)

Ephesians 6:1-2 - "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise"(NIV)

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