83 Bible Verses about Adoption

Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 56 helpful votes

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Matthew 18:5 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,

Galatians 4:5-7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Romans 9:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

1 John 3:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Acts 7:21 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

1 John 3:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Galatians 3:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Romans 8:14-19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Psalm 27:10 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.

Esther 2:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

Romans 8:23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Ephesians 2:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

Romans 8:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Ephesians 3:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Ephesians 1:1-23 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

John 1:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Genesis 48:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Revelation 21:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

James 1:27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Hebrews 2:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 6 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Acts 15:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“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.”

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“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.

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Exodus 2:5-10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

1 John 3:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 2:27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Galatians 3:29 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Romans 9:26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

Jeremiah 3:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“‘I said, How I would set you among my sons, and give you a pleasant land, a heritage most beautiful of all nations. And I thought you would call me, My Father, and would not turn from following me.

Isaiah 43:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

1 Chronicles 28:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He said to me, ‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

1 Chronicles 22:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’

2 Samuel 7:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,

Genesis 48:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

Hebrews 2:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

Hebrews 1:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?

Galatians 4:6-7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Galatians 4:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

John 17:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

John 11:52 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

Matthew 12:50 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 5:45 ESV / 4 helpful votes

So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Isaiah 63:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Isaiah 63:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.” And he became their Savior.

Isaiah 43:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,

Proverbs 14:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

Psalm 68:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

Job 22:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless were crushed.

Esther 2:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her.

Numbers 6:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

Exodus 4:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’”

Exodus 4:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son,

Exodus 2:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Exodus 2:1-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it.

Genesis 48:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

Genesis 48:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn).

Genesis 15:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”

1 John 4:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Hebrews 12:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

Hebrews 12:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

Hebrews 12:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Hebrews 2:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Ephesians 1:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:5-6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Galatians 3:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 6:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,

Romans 8:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Luke 6:35 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

Matthew 13:43 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Hosea 11:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Jeremiah 31:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Isaiah 8:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Job 24:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)

Galatians 4:4-5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

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