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15 Bible Verses about Family


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The following scriptures are 15 Bible Verses about Family related to love, verses for parents, and verses for children.

These Bible verses about family are categorized by type. Wherever necessary, commentary may be included for clarification on certain bible verses.



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Bible Verses about Family and Love


True love is shown through action, not emotions, as modeled by Jesus Christ when praying to the Father prior to his crucifixion, "Not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:42)

Jesus revealed his love for the Father through obedience (Philippians 2:8), and he shows his love for us by his sacrificial death. These facts are true because we show what we really believe by what we do (Titus 1:16), and we reveal who we really love by our choices.


John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 12:17

Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.

1 Peter 4:8

And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud, doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.


Bible Verses about Family for Parents


These scriptures are about unity and marriage. Paul's instructions to wives are expected, while his instructions to husbands are counter-cultural. Paul mentions wives first (to gain agreement), and then he makes his real point to the husbands.


Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn't have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?

Hebrews 13:4

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

1 Corinthians 7:4

The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but the wife.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it.


Bible Verses about Family for Children


The obedience of children is not just for the good of the parents, but rather it is for the child's benefit.

All societies exert control over the behavior of its members. If a child does not learn obedience and does not learn how to control their behavior, then society will do it for them in the form of prison.

Additionally, obedience is essential in the kingdom of God. Without obedience, there is no sacrifice that saves us. Without obedience, there is no Paul who witnesses to us. Without obedience, there is no unity. Without obedience, there is no salvation (John 3:36).


Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Proverbs 6:20

My son, keep your father's commandment, And don't forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 15:20

A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

Colossians 3:20

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother,' which is the first commandment with a promise: 'that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.'

Deuteronomy 5:16

Honor your father and your mother, as Yahweh your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you, in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.


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All scripture quotations on this page are quoted from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain modern-English translation of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.


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