100 Bible Verses about Parents

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 156 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 126 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 118 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.

Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:14 ESV / 90 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.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 74 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.

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:4 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 51 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:4 ESV / 42 helpful votes

He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Hebrews 12:7 ESV / 25 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?

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 24 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.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.

Psalm 103:13 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Luke 11:11-13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Psalm 78:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

That the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 19 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.

Proverbs 23:13-14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Ezekiel 16:44 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’

Exodus 21:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death.

Colossians 3:20 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Proverbs 23:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Joel 1:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.

Isaiah 38:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness.

Proverbs 31:28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 3:12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

1 Samuel 3:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 Timothy 3:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Malachi 4:6 ESV / 14 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.”

Proverbs 20:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

Exodus 20:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Mark 9:24 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Proverbs 27:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

Job 1:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For you know how, like a father with his children,

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Exodus 2:1-25 ESV / 12 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. ...

Proverbs 23:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 11 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 Samuel 1:27 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.

Ephesians 6:2-3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. ...

1 Kings 3:22-28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king. Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’” And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king. And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.” ...

2 Samuel 13:39 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And the spirit of the king longed to go out to Absalom, because he was comforted about Amnon, since he was dead.

2 Samuel 7:25-29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”

Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV / 10 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 43:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

May God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

John 19:25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

2 Samuel 18:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But the man said to Joab, “Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not reach out my hand against the king's son, for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘For my sake protect the young man Absalom.’

Genesis 48:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”

Titus 1:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.

Matthew 18:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Jeremiah 31:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”

Isaiah 14:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people. “May the offspring of evildoers nevermore be named!

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. ...

Proverbs 30:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

Proverbs 20:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Proverbs 10:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Psalm 103:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,

1 Chronicles 17:16-27 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. For your servant's sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. ...

2 Samuel 18:33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

2 Samuel 18:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”

2 Samuel 14:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart went out to Absalom.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Exodus 21:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.

Genesis 28:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.

Ephesians 6:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Ephesians 6:1-24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, ...

Romans 1:29 ESV / 7 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Jeremiah 9:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.

2 Samuel 12:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

1 Samuel 2:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

Leviticus 19:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

Genesis 48:22 ESV / 7 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 37:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.

1 Peter 5:5-6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

1 Timothy 5:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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.

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. ...

Mark 9:36-37 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Psalm 106:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.

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