Fathering: What the Bible Says

Teaching, Training, Generational Heritage, Leaving a Legacy

The Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible lists 8,674 entries, arranged in alphabetical order.  The very first entry, designated as ‘H1,’ is the Hebrew word “ab” — father.

The following Bible verses relate to fathers teaching their children.  All are KJV, in part due to copyright issues.

Old Testament
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply; and replenish the earth, and subdue it:

Genesis 18:19: For I know him (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment;

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 2 and that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.  (…that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God, 8:10; …that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth, 9:14; And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth, 9:16.)

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons and thy sons’ sons; 10 specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

Deuteronomy 6:5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates (11:18-20).

Deuteronomy 6:20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? 21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:

Deuteronomy 11:18 Therefore shall he lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shat write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon they gates:

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

Deuteronomy 32:46 and he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 47 For it is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life:

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
18b therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.

Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old: 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments:

Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother (also 6:20).  “My son” 1:10, 1:15. 2:1, 3:1, 3:11, 3:21, 4:10, 4:20, 5:1, 6:1 and 7:1 – 13 times; “father” 1:8, 4:1, 6:20, 13:1  (Ch 5:  sex talk)

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. (See also 5:7)

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

New Testament
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

1 Timothy 3:4 one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

2 Timothy 1:4b that I may be filled with joy; 5 when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Deception/War at the End of the Age
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because you adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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