The word “fathers” appears 704 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 40 strongest Bible scriptures on fathers.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
“And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
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.
2 Corinthians 6:18
“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,” says the Lord Almighty.
3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
“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.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
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?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“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.”
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
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.
“For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’”
“And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.”
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
For the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.