21 Bible Verses about Fathers

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Malachi 4:6 ESV / 13 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.”

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 11 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,

1 Timothy 5:1-25 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,

Matthew 23:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Psalm 103:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 68:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:33-6:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Judges 17:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in.

1 Peter 2:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

1 Timothy 5:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,

Proverbs 1:4-5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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,

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 4 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.”

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Luke 15:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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