77 Bible Verses about Fatherlessness

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Psalm 68:5-6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

James 1:27 ESV / 11 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.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Psalm 27:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Psalm 68:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Psalm 10:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

Deuteronomy 10:18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Malachi 1:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’

Psalm 146:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Psalm 94:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;

Psalm 82:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

Hosea 14:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”

Jeremiah 49:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.”

Isaiah 1:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them.

Isaiah 1:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Proverbs 4:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

Psalm 10:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Job 29:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

Job 24:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Job 6:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.

Deuteronomy 27:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Deuteronomy 24:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow's garment in pledge,

John 14:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Malachi 4:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

Malachi 3:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 7:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Psalm 103:13 ESV / 3 helpful votes

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Job 31:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,

Job 22:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 24:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.

Deuteronomy 16:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns.

Deuteronomy 16:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there.

Deuteronomy 14:29 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

Numbers 2:1-34 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers' houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side. Those to camp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah by their companies, the chief of the people of Judah being Nahshon the son of Amminadab, his company as listed being 74,600. Those to camp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar, the chief of the people of Issachar being Nethanel the son of Zuar, ...

Exodus 22:24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

Exodus 22:22-24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Timothy 5:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

John 14:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Ezekiel 22:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you.

Jeremiah 22:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 5:28 ESV / 2 helpful votes

They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

Isaiah 66:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?

Isaiah 10:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

To turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

Isaiah 9:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men, and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

Proverbs 23:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Proverbs 23:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless,

Proverbs 14:26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ...

Psalm 109:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow!

Psalm 82:3-4 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Job 31:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it

Job 31:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it

Job 24:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 2 helpful votes

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Deuteronomy 26:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then you shall say before the Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.

Deuteronomy 26:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled,

Deuteronomy 24:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.

Deuteronomy 24:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 2:1-37 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea, as the Lord told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir. Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward and command the people, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful. Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. ...

Deuteronomy 1:29-31 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’

Numbers 1:1-54 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, by clans, by fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male, head by head. From twenty years old and upward, all in Israel who are able to go to war, you and Aaron shall list them, company by company. And there shall be with you a man from each tribe, each man being the head of the house of his fathers. And these are the names of the men who shall assist you. From Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; ...

Exodus 22:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

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