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15 Bible Verses about Fathers

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Bible Verses: Fathers and Children

  • "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." ESV
  • "Fathers, don't scold your children so much that they become discouraged and quit trying." TLB
  • "The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him." NIV
  • "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." b NIV


Bible Verses: Children and Fathers

  • "Listen to your father, who gave you life." NIV
  • "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." NIV
  • "My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights." NASB


Bible Verses: God the Father

Many people have difficulty viewing God as a loving father because their own fathers were emotionally or physically absent or abusive. Some imagine God as an angry entity waiting to condemn and rain down fire and brimstone. But scripture provides a more accurate picture of God the Father, the One who cares deeply about our hurts and wants only the best for us.

  • "He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." NLT
  • "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands." NIV
  • "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." NLV
  • "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him." NLT
  • "I will be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I'll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. But I'll never remove my gracious love from him." a MSG
  • "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." NKJV

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Candy Arrington is a writer, blogger, speaker, and freelance editor. She frequently writes on the topics of faith, health, personal growth, and methods for moving through, and beyond, challenging life circumstances. Candy’s publishing credits include hundreds of articles and devotionals in numerous print and online outlets including: Focus on the Family,,,,,,,, and Writer’s Digest. Her newest book, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books), addresses the challenges inherent in