20 Important Bible Verses for Parents

by Pamela Rose Williams on November 18, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Most things come with an instruction book.  Your car has a manual and before you drive a car you even get a “learner’s permit”. Then you must study and pass a couple tests before you are allowed to legally drive that car. The microwave, the television, the cell phone, the stereo – they all come with instruction manuals. But what about parenting, do you have a book that tells you how to do that?  Well of course you do!  As Christians we can look to the Bible for a full set of instructions on how to be parents.  It is important to read the Bible to glean what it has to say about the awesome opportunity we have to be parents.  As believers we must keep a Biblical worldview instead of a humanistic worldview in order to maintain a Godly culture in our homes which then impacts our community. The Bible reminds us that children are precious to the parents. It also tells us how to teach, train and discipline them.  Take a look at these important Bible verses for parents.

Children are Precious Creations & Blessings – Love Them

Train up a child in the way he should go ...

Deuteronomy 7:14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock.

 Psalms 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.

Psalms 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Teaching, Training and Discipline 

The Bible uses Hebrew and Greek words for “discipline” that are much more encompassing than we use in the English language today.  I have found the following definitions, which are very helpful to know when you are parenting according to the Bible:

Old Testament – The Hebrew word “muwcar”(originates from “yacar”) [1]

muwcar –  properly, chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint: 

KJV – bond, chastening ([-eth]), chastisement, check, correction, discipline, doctrine, instruction, rebuke. 

yacar – to chastise, literally (with blows) or figuratively (with words); hence, to instruct: 

KJV – bind, chasten, chastise, correct, instruct, punish, reform, reprove, sore, teach.

New Testament – The Greek word “paideía”: [2] 

1. The whole training and education of children Eph 6:4

2. Whatever in adults also cultivates the soul, especially by correcting mistakes and curbing the passions

a. Instruction which aims at the increase of virtue: 2 Tim 3:16

b. According to Biblical usage chastisement, chastening Heb 12:5

Parents Should Learn and Teach Memory Verses 

The following verses are purposefully not in book order as I believe children should learn these verses in the following order: 

Ephesians 6:1-3 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.” 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Parents are Commanded to Train Children 

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

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

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Parents are Commanded to Discipline/Chastise Children 

Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13-14 (KJV) Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

 Sources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

[1] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[2] Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft

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sharon mwaanga November 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thank God for this powerful message, may God give me the wisdom to teach my children.

And may God continue giving you the wisdom to help us parents.

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Pam Williams November 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi Sharon, God is good to give us this wisdom and it is for everyone … it is right there in the Bible. I am pleased to have provided it here at WCWTK. Thanks for taking time to comment. Blessings to you!

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Annie December 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hi Pam~

I notice you use both the KJV and the ESV…would you say the ESV is an accurate translation? I’ve never read it but it reads beautifully! Also, thank you for these verses. The Bible is full of wisdom.

~Annie

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Pam December 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hi Annie, I personally prefer the KJV to any other translation. I have agreed to use ESV as much as possible here at WCWTK at the request of my editor. This is why you see me use both. I will choose KJV over the ESV based upon my study and research of the original Greek and Hebrew texts when I believe the KJV is more clear. Also, all of my memorized verses are KJV so sometimes I will include that from my memory. I encourage you to do some research on the ESV so that you can understand the translation better. I agree it reads beautifully but also, personally, believe the KJV is a beautiful translation.

Thanks for taking the time to post your comment here at WCWTK.

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marj March 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Thanks for sharing! God spoke to my heart today about teaching (particularly memorizing bible verses) and training my children as they grow (in Christ) and the reference verses are a huge help! God bless!

PS: Like you, I personally believe KJV is a beautiful translation and that’s what we use in church.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Hi Marj, So sorry for my tardy response. I am encouraged that this article spoke to you today. That’s God’s word for you — quick and powerful! Now run along and get busy training those little ones how to memorize and I will pray that you can be blessed by the whole process. Stop by again soon.

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Hayley May 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

Thank you so much for sharing! God truly spoke to me through these verses. I can’t wait to read the whole bible and memorize these! Thank youu!! (:

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Pamela Rose Williams May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hi Hayley, All praise and honor to God for this one. This is His word and I am happy to share it. Fall in love with His word and you will always want to read your Bible. Thanks for the kind words honey. Come back soon.

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Danyale July 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I have been struggling with myself and my husbands way of parenting. He tends to get angry abd lash out at our young daughter where as I like to take a softer approach. This contradiction has been causing problems with our house hold, it doesn’t function the way it should. Our daughter isn’t even school aged and I feel as though this is just confusing and not fair to her. I love my husband and he loves her but whatever I say to get him to have a change he doesn’t take me seriously. I’m trusting the Lord to get us through this. Thank you for sharing <3

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Betty Benjamin September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

Thanks for such a powerful article. I am writing a book about my life growing up in an unchristian home and would like to reference your article.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi Betty. Sounds like a great book. You may reference the article and use excerpts as long as you cite WCWTK as your source in foot or end notes. So happy God spoke to you through this. Purdue University has a great page to help you with proper MLA citation. Take a look here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

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Zelda banuet September 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

this is great and all, except you failed to mention the exceptional children whose parent do not treat their children welll. i understand i should obey my father and my mother, but they do not act as if they are parents. No, they talk down on their children and beat them and verbally abuse them. where in the bible does it say thats okay? and where is it stated that in situations such as this that obeying your father and mother may not be in your best interest and is unhealthy. Why does it only say what children should do for the parent, and not how the parent should treat their child? i’m only speaking from experience, im 17 years old and this is something i deal with. my mom keeps saying i just need to obey my father and mother, but they drivfe me suicidal. then what? where’s my bible verse to shove down their throat?

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tiffaney October 1, 2012 at 2:15 am

Repy to Zelda – Please read Zelda!

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mm February 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

Zelda,
As a parent I am so saddened by your cry for help. Please know that bible verses are not to be used as a weapon or out of the context of love. Remember that parents are fallible and imperfect but even when parents fail God is still perfect with his grace and mercy. You should write down what your feeling, then pray about it. God will answer you if you are seeking his council. How to do that? Pray and listen. When you go to church ask God to give you answers to your prayers through your pastors sermons or those you know to be Christians other than your parents, so you can get confirmation. God’s kingdom is hugh and there are many ways that he will reveal himself to you. Just ask him. Hes not wanting your life to be without direction. Just ask for help from him and clarity. The answers are not alwys what we want but they are always what we need.

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Rekita Chenault September 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Zelda,

I understand exactly where you are coming from. My parents are very manipulative, unsincere, and treat me as if I really don’t matter. I still love them and pray for them everyday because if you allow for your parents to create resentment, anger, and hatred for them in your heart, then you will repeat what they’ve done to you with your future children. I found a website for you that I believe will really help you:

http://www.bible.ca/f-parent-responsibility.htm.

It talks about how parents are suppose to treat their children with love and much more. I hope it helps you Zelda. It surely ministered to me :)

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Ed B2012 November 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

Amen Rekita, Amidst my parents who divorced and still did things out of biblical proportions, the Lord always lead me to the cross for them.. Father, forgive my parents for they knew not what they are doing. I truly believe that was Jesus final moment of sharing his love for those who despised him. He still loved them and His Words teaches me I can do the same – 1 John 3:16.
I love the scriptures written here. It helps me to allow the Holy Spirit speak to me when talking to my family. I am aware that I am not perfect and I always tell my children, if they hear something from the Lord to correct me, I am open too. I believe God speaks to everyone, for the edification, strength and love in His Spirit to grow with all of us and put myself lower than those I share in order to clearly understand His Will from My Will.

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tiffaney October 1, 2012 at 2:11 am

Dear Zelda,

I am so sorry for this difficult situation you are in today! Your questions remind me of another relationship that often raises similar questions – marriage relationships. God commands wives to honor their husband (Ephesians 5) and many wives have asked, do I have to honor (and obey) my husband when he is abusive or controlling or … (you fill in the blank). The bible does not provide wives (nor children) with an out in these difficult circumstances. So long as obeying the husband/parent will not force you to break God’s laws (the 10 commandments found in Exodus) then we called are to honor the authority (parent/husband/government) over us. Even when the authority over us is not obeying God we are still called to obey that authority IF WE want to honor and obey God. Otherwise we are dishonoring God when we are disobedient to the authority that He has put over us. HTH! I pray God will give you wisdom and endurance to press on and to OBEY GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. Blessing to you Zelda!

Another thought: I was suicidal at age 14 years (bad family situation) and although I did not yet know God, He gave me the revealation that my family circumstances were temporary because in a few years I would be an adult and I would be free to live my life differently. I pray you would see that any abuse of parental authority will be ending soon as you are nearly an adult. Please be patient and allow God a chance to redeem the years the locust have eaten away. I promise He will amaze you!!!!! Jesus loves you more than ANYONE else ever will!

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Jedidiah Hu October 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

MY PARENTS ARE SO ANNOYING ! THEY DON’T DO AS THEY PROMISE, SO WHAT SHOULD I DOOO??? besides they always reason with me partially.

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Jedidiah Hu October 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

well actually my parents don’t reason with me partially. they think their trying to break a bondage from me being addicted to something but they promised that they’ll let me do this specific thing through consideration always if i finish my homework…. and i also made plans with other friends to do this specific thing…. ITS NOT VIOLENT OR ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES TRANSPORT SO WHAT SHOULD I DO???

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Stephen June 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

Hello Jedidiah Hu,

I know this is a very old post, but I came across your comment and felt compelled to reply.
Should you want to discuss your situation please contact me via email.

From experience any form of addiction is a doorway being opened to the demonic realm which allows a manifestation of demonic activity into your life.
In other words forms of negativity which cause strife.

God Bless

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Alice October 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hi Pam

Thank you for these powerful verses. It is crisp and concise and a perfect handbook for all parents.

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Richard Olson November 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

Where is the verse about how when a child reaches a certain age that the father should take them to the field and teach them his work. I have searched and searched and I know it is somewhere!

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zak January 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

i like this

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Liliana February 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Is there any Bible passage about the privacy of the parents’relationship- about children not getting involved in it?

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Cassie March 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Hello Pam,
I’m a young mom trying to raise my daughter in gods way. I’ve lost my religious ways and I’ve been trying to get them back, when I came across your article. It really inspired me to get my relationship back with god, so I can show my daughter the right ways and to be a godly parent. Thank you and god bless :)

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A.SANGEETHA April 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for such wordings.Praise the Lord

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Ashley April 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi. I have been searching for instruction on raising children the way God intended. Thank you for the many verses. They are helpful. I worry, though, that there may not be enough clarity as far as the verses on”beating” a child. That for those that may not be walking with the Lord could take that much too literally. And actually beat/abuse their children rather than understanding that this is firm correction/discipline done I’m love and not in anger and should not cause harm.

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Tess de Kock May 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am so interested in educating small children God’s way. Currently I am looking for research done in this regard as I am interested to do a PhD in how to start this education process from the womb to about 6 years of age. Is it possible to give me directions or clues where to start? Thank you very much!!
Tess

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cassandra Nelson September 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I really really enjoyed this…..thank you father god I will continue continue reading studying and applying this to my life…..I got biblical advice / answer Thur this website hallelujah! Thank you father god in your son holy name jesus Christ amen….

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Abused Son January 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I dont have children but I was one. There doesnt seem to be any commandments for parents on how they should not abuse there children. Nor did you mention any bible verse that gives comfort to the abused child.
I would ask and pray that you re write it and give both the parents and children the rules.
You forgot to scroll down the passage where it says honor thy mother and father.
Had you read further you would know it says, parents do not lead your children to wrath.

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Tamara February 24, 2014 at 12:28 am

I really enjoyed this! I am struggling right now with my son and drugs. I have failed as a parent is so many ways and pray that God gives me the wisdom and the words to get through to my son. I raised my children in church and tried my best to teach them right from wrong. He has chosen a path that I know nothing about and don’t know where to begin to try to get through to him. I thank God for his health and for him everyday and pray thAt he will realize this isn’t the right path and will change his lifestyle before it’s too late. Please pray for me….. I know God answers prayers and it may not be the exact answer to my prayer that I want but he hears me and is working on my son. I pray BIG and know that God has great things planned for my son…..we just have to get through this rough part. Please, pray for me that I may know how to handle difficult situations and please pray that I do not confront his dealers and put myself and hi mind danger. If putting myself in danger saves my son…..I will do what it takes. For all you parents with young children, pray thAt they never encounter a drug dealer and always watch for signs of drug abuse. It can tear a family apart and can truly destroy a hme.

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carol April 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

My Granddaughter is age 16. She is an A student and never gets into trouble. She got on Birthcontrol pills to regulate her periods. She put on weight and is moody. My Son is upsetting Me along with My Daughter In Law because all they do is badger Her about Her weight and being lasy. She has homework every night and gets to bed arount 11p or 12 midnight. She has to be up at 5am to go to school. School starts at 7am but She has to be dropped off at school by 615a therefore she lacks sleep. My Son has His own business and now stops back home at different parts of the day. He finds Her once She gets home from school sleeping for a few hours. He calls Her lazy. Where in the Bible does it give a parent to down their children with mean words, Your heavy, Your lazy, Your getting too fat, etc. I need a scripture to be able to share with Him and His Wife to stop badgering Her. She cries and says She feels She will never be perfect enough for them and that She now hates Herself. I dont want Her with the depression to one day do something foolish like end Her life.

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Heather B September 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

We are doing everything we can to give our son the foundation and understanding he needs to succeed in his faith. I’ve been reading a great new book by Dr. Tony Evans. One of the goals of the book is to help parents grow in confidence as they discover their worth as a parent based on God’s Word. It’s called “Raising Kingdom Kids: Giving Your Child a Living Faith.” He says, “It’s far easier to SHAPE A CHILD than to REPAIR AN ADULT. Raising kids who recognize and retain their identity as children of the King launches healthy adults who have the capacity to stand strong in their faith.” Equipping and guiding our children starts with us, parents! This is the most solid, thorough, inspirational and affirming parent book I’ve ever read! I love it and HIGHLY recommend it for all parents!

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Gill November 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

God wants us to honour our parents, and for parents not to provoke their children to wrath. Sometimes people can use verses to lord it over those God put under their authority. Jesus has forbidden us to do so. Treat others as you want to be treated. Nobody wants to be put down, used, manipulated… etc Parents lording it over their children, and men lording it over their wives, it is wrong. We all need to have the fear of the Lord, and remember that we are accountable to God for what we do, all of us, parents , children, husbands, wives.

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Justin November 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

As a parent I am finding the behavior of my 3 year old troubling. While I do my best to be understanding I also believe she needs to be disciplined when she misbehaves. Spanking her pains me however I find little alternative when she throws things, screams in the middle of a store, or she is dishonest. I enjoyed the verse that reminds me there is hope. While I have seen children raised in religious and strict homes misbehave(including myself) I also know many of the same that return to God when things fail. On the flip side I have seen children raised with new age philosophies that remain lost until this day. I believe it is important to discipline with love and not anger about her behavior. These are important verses that I will surely meditate on and I appreciate your taking time to share them.

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