29 Bible Verses about Parenting

Joshua 4:20-24 ESV / 169 helpful votes

And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 160 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 / 122 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:7 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 88 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 77 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV / 74 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.

1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV / 35 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 23:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 26 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.

Proverbs 19:18-19 ESV / 21 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 19:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 12:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

Luke 1:17 ESV / 11 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.”

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Psalm 119:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Genesis 18:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Isaiah 3:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 5 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.

Matthew 25:35-40 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ ...

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 5 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Matthew 10:1-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, ...

Acts 2:38-39 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

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