34 Bible Verses about Raising Children

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 283 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 / 153 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 / 137 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:13 ESV / 128 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV / 107 helpful votes

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 13:24 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 86 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 61 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.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 52 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 52 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:14-17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Matthew 19:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

2 Timothy 3:17 ESV / 21 helpful votes

That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Samuel 1:27-28 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

Leviticus 19:29 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

1 Peter 2:20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

Proverbs 31:27-28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Luke 2:52 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Psalm 127:4-5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 12 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.

1 Samuel 2:26 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 9 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.

Proverbs 23:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 2:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.”

Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Deuteronomy 28:32 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless.

Malachi 2:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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