17 Bible Verses about Parenting

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:7 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Proverbs 23:13 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 19:18-19 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death. A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV / 13 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? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 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? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

Luke 1:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!

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