Parenting is arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world, a huge responsibility that carries a lot of weight, without as much as a “for dummies” guide on how to navigate this overwhelming responsibility.

A lot of it is by trial and error, but despite all these challenges, nurturing a child’s development has a lot of spiritual and emotional rewards. 

Bible verses about parenting responsibilities.

Many look to the Bible in their search for guidance on how to navigate the parenting journey. And what does the Bible say about parenting? The Bible is full of scriptures for parents who want to bring up their children in faith.

Below, we take a look at 55 bible verses about parenting responsibilities to serve as a road map for parents, covering everything from imparting wisdom, discipline and nurturing love.

Bible Verses about Parenting Responsibilities

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…”

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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…”

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.”

Psalm 127:3

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

Proverbs 29:17

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

Proverbs 13:24

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

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

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.”

Proverbs 23:24-25

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”

1 Timothy 5:8

“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Deuteronomy 4:9

“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.”

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.”

Psalm 34:11

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”

Proverbs 29:15

“The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”

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.”

Proverbs 20:7

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

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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.'”

Bible verses about parenting responsibilities.
Bible verse from the book of Ephesians 6:4.

Psalm 78:5-7

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments…”

Deuteronomy 11:19

“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.”

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.”

Psalm 139:13-14

“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.”

Matthew 18:10

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

3 John 1:4

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

Proverbs 17:6

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”

Psalm 103:17-18

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

Luke 15:20

“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.”

Proverbs 15:20

“A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.”

Proverbs 19:18

“Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.”

Psalm 128:3-4

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.”

Proverbs 13:1

“A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”

Psalm 22:9-10

“Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

Titus 2:4-5

“And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

Bible verses about parenting responsibilities.
Bible verse from the book of Genesis 18:19.

Isaiah 40:11

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

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Psalm 144:12

“May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace.”

Ephesians 6:2

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise).”

Proverbs 15:5

“A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”

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.”

Exodus 21:15

“Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.”

Ephesians 6:2-3

“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.”

Proverbs 14:26

“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”

Psalm 78:6

“That the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children.”

Proverbs 17:25

“A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.”

Bible verses about parenting responsibilities.
Bible verse from the book of Proverbs 22:6.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

”If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.”

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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.” And he worshiped the Lord there.”

Proverbs 29:21

“Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.”

Psalm 103:13-14

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”

Mark 10:13-16

“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”

Colossians 3:20

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

Proverbs 6:20

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

“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.”

Proverbs 23:22-25

“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”

Bible verses about parenting responsibilities.
Bible verse from the book of Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

1 Corinthians 7:14

“For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”

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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.”