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Being a good father is a profound responsibility that comes with its share of challenges and rewards. In the Bible, there is a wealth of wisdom and guidance for fathers seeking to fulfill their roles with love, integrity, and devotion.

These verses serve as a source of inspiration and instruction, offering valuable insights into the qualities and responsibilities of a good father.

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In this article, we will explore a selection of Bible verses that shed light on the essence of being a good father, emphasizing the importance of love, guidance, and faith in the journey of fatherhood.

60 Bible Verses About Being A Good Father

1. Ephesians 6:4

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

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2. Proverbs 22:6

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

3. Psalm 103:13

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

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4. Colossians 3:21

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

5. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“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.”

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6. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

7. Proverbs 3:12

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

8. Hebrews 12:7

“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?”

9. 1 Thessalonians 2:11

“For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

10. Genesis 18:19

“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Guidance for Fathers in the Bible

11. Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

12. Proverbs 20:7

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

13. Psalm 127:3

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

14. Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

15. 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

16. Psalm 128:1-2

“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.”

17. Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

18. Proverbs 4:23

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

19. James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

20. Romans 12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Biblical Wisdom on Fatherly Love

21. John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

22. 1 John 3:1

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

23. Romans 8:38-39

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

24. Psalm 103:17

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

25. 1 Corinthians 13:13

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

26. 1 Peter 4:8

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

27. Ephesians 5:25

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

28. Proverbs 10:12

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

29. 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

30. Ephesians 3:17-18

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth.”

Examples of Good Fathers in the Bible

31. Luke 15:20-24

“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.”

32. Genesis 22:9-10

“When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.”

33. 1 Samuel 1:27-28

“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.”

34. 2 Samuel 12:15-23

“Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.”

35. 2 Timothy 1:5

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

36. Proverbs 13:24

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

37. Ephesians 6:1-4

“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.”

38. Genesis 18:19

“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

39. Job 1:5

“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.”

40. Deuteronomy 4:9-10

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.'”

Responsibilities of Fathers in God’s Word

41. Psalm 78:4

“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”

42. Proverbs 22:6

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

43. Deuteronomy 11:18-19

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 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.”

44. Ephesians 6:4

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

45. Proverbs 3:11-12

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

46. Colossians 3:21

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

47. Psalm 127:3-5

“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.”

48. Proverbs 4:1-4

“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, ‘Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.'”

49. 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

50. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“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.”

Parenting Lessons from the Bible

51. Proverbs 29:17

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

52. Proverbs 13:24

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

53. Psalm 127:3-5

“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.”

54. Proverbs 22:6

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

55. Colossians 3:21

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

56. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“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.”

57. Proverbs 3:11-12

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

58. Ephesians 6:4

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

59. Psalm 103:13

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

60. 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

Conclusion

In the pages of the Bible, we find a treasure trove of wisdom that transcends time and culture, providing enduring guidance for fathers who aspire to be good and godly stewards of their roles.

The verses we’ve explored underscore the significance of love, discipline, and faith in the journey of fatherhood. As we reflect on these timeless truths, let us strive to embody the qualities of a good father and pass on the legacy of faith, love, and wisdom to the generations that follow.

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