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bible verses about parenting responsibilities

Teaching and Guiding Children:

  • Proverbs 22:6 – “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
  • Deuteronomy 6:7 – “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
  • Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
  • Proverbs 29:17 – “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.”

Love and Nurturing:

  • Titus 2:4 – “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  • Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

Setting an Example:

  • 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
  • Philippians 4:9 – “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
  • Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Responsibility and Provision:

  • 1 Timothy 5:8 – “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:14 – “Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you.”

Discipline and Correction:

  • Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
  • Hebrews 12:7 – “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?”

Prayer for Children:

  • Psalm 127:3 – “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
  • 1 Samuel 1:27 – “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Trust in God’s Guidance:

  • Psalm 32:8 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
  • James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Building a Strong Foundation:

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”