78 Bible Verses about Rebellious Children

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 69 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.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 67 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.

Colossians 3:20 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 38 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 13:24 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 34 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 / 34 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 / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:17 ESV / 26 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.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 18 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.

Luke 15:11-24 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Matthew 18:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.

Luke 15:11-32 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Acts 5:29 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

Luke 15:20 ESV / 11 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.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Proverbs 29:1-27 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down. A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Deuteronomy 21:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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.’

Revelation 3:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

2 Peter 2:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Mark 9:43 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

Deuteronomy 21:18 ESV / 7 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,

Deuteronomy 14:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You are the sons of the Lord your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 6 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.

Matthew 18:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

Luke 17:29 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Isaiah 30:33 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For a burning place has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready, its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.

Psalm 86:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Job 7:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;

Ezra 4:1-24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers' houses and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria who brought us here.” But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' houses in Israel said to them, “You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.” Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Acts 20:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

Malachi 4:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

Amos 9:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.

Proverbs 15:24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

Psalm 55:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

Psalm 16:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

Job 24:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.

Job 21:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.

Job 17:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness,

Job 11:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

Ezra 7:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

This Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.

1 Kings 18:28 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them.

Exodus 21:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Genesis 19:24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.

Revelation 20:13-14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 19:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

Revelation 14:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

Revelation 6:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 1:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Jude 1:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Jude 1:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

Luke 13:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes

In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.

Matthew 25:41 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:30 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 24:51 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 23:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

Matthew 18:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Matthew 16:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 11:23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Jonah 2:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

At the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.

Ezekiel 38:22 ESV / 3 helpful votes

With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur.

Isaiah 14:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations.

Ezra 4:11-13 ESV / 3 helpful votes

(This is a copy of the letter that they sent.) “To Artaxerxes the king: Your servants, the men of the province Beyond the River, send greeting. And now be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are finishing the walls and repairing the foundations. Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired.

Deuteronomy 32:22 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to the depths of Sheol, devours the earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Acts 2:31 ESV / 2 helpful votes

He foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.

Mark 10:14 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 21:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

O house of David! Thus says the Lord: “‘Execute justice in the morning, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of your evil deeds.’”

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