34 Scriptures on Fathers (ESV)

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  1. Joshua 24:15‍ - "And if it is evil in..."
  2. Deuteronomy 6:1-9‍ - ""Now this is the commandment, the..."
  3. Genesis 18:19‍ - "For I have chosen him, that..."
  4. Joshua 1:9‍ - "Have I not commanded you? Be..."
  5. Proverbs 14:26‍ - "In the fear of the LORD..."
  6. Deuteronomy 1:29-31‍ - "Then I said to you, 'Do..."
  7. Ephesians 6:11-18‍ - "Put on the whole armor of..."
  8. Proverbs 3:32 - "for the devious person is an..."
  9. Proverbs 14:26 - "In the fear of the LORD..."
  10. 1 Kings 15:11 - "And Asa did what was right..."
  11. Proverbs 23:22 - "Listen to your father who gave..."
  12. 1 Chronicles 29:17‍ - "I know, my God, that you..."
  13. Proverbs 3:11-12‍ - "My son, do not despise the..."
  14. Proverbs 4:1-4 - "Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,..."
  15. Proverbs 22:6‍ - "Train up a child in the..."
  16. Proverbs 17:27‍ - "Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,..."
  17. Proverbs 10:9‍ - "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,..."
  18. Ephesians 6:4‍ - "Fathers, do not provoke your children..."
  19. Colossians 3:21 - "Fathers, do not provoke your children,..."
  20. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 - "and how from childhood you have..."
  21. Malachi 4:6 - "And he will turn the hearts..."
  22. Ephesians 5:25-37 - "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ..."
  23. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍ - "Be watchful, stand firm in the..."
  24. 1 Timothy 3:2-5‍ - "Therefore an overseer must be above..."
  25. Hebrews 12:7 - "It is for discipline that you..."
  26. Psalm 127:3-5‍ - "Behold, children are a heritage from..."
  27. Psalm 128:3-4‍ - "Your wife will be like a..."
  28. Psalm 103:13 - "As a father shows compassion to..."
  29. 3 John 1:4 - "I have no greater joy than..."
  30. Proverbs 3:11-12 - "My son, do not despise the..."
  31. Psalm 103:13 - "As a father shows compassion to..."
  32. Matthew 7:9–11 - "Or which one of you, if..."
  33. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 - "For you know how, like a..."
  34. Luke 15:20-24‍ - "And he arose and came to..."

1. Joshua 24:15‍

15 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."

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2. Deuteronomy 6:1-9‍

1 "Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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3. Genesis 18:19‍

19 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."

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4. Joshua 1:9‍

9 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."

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5. Proverbs 14:26‍

26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

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6. Deuteronomy 1:29-31‍

29 Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.'

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7. Ephesians 6:11-18‍

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

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8. Proverbs 3:32

32 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

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9. Proverbs 14:26

26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

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10. 1 Kings 15:11

11 And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.

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11. Proverbs 23:22

22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

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12. 1 Chronicles 29:17‍

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.

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13. Proverbs 3:11-12‍

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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14. Proverbs 4:1-4

1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.

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15. Proverbs 22:6‍

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

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16. Proverbs 17:27‍

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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17. Proverbs 10:9‍

9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

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18. Ephesians 6:4‍

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

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19. Colossians 3:21

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

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20. 2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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21. Malachi 4:6

6 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."

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22. Ephesians 5:25-37

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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23. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍

13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

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24. 1 Timothy 3:2-5‍

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

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25. Hebrews 12:7

7 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?

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26. Psalm 127:3-5‍

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 5 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.

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27. Psalm 128:3-4‍

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.

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28. Psalm 103:13

13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

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29. 3 John 1:4

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

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30. Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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31. Psalm 103:13

13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

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32. Matthew 7:9–11

9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

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33. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 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.

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34. Luke 15:20-24‍

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. 21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 127:3-5‍
  2. Psalm 128:3-4‍
  3. Psalm 103:13
  4. Psalm 103:13
  5. Genesis 18:19‍
  6. Deuteronomy 1:29-31‍
  7. Deuteronomy 6:1-9‍
  8. Joshua 1:9‍
  9. Joshua 24:15‍
  10. 1 Kings 15:11
  11. 1 Chronicles 29:17‍
  12. Proverbs 3:32
  13. Proverbs 3:11-12‍
  14. Proverbs 3:11-12
  15. Proverbs 4:1-4
  16. Proverbs 10:9‍
  17. Proverbs 14:26‍
  18. Proverbs 14:26
  19. Proverbs 17:27‍
  20. Proverbs 22:6‍
  21. Proverbs 23:22
  22. Malachi 4:6
  23. Matthew 7:9–11
  24. Luke 15:20-24‍
  25. 3 John 1:4
  26. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍
  27. Ephesians 5:25-37
  28. Ephesians 6:11-18‍
  29. Ephesians 6:4‍
  30. Colossians 3:21
  31. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
  32. 1 Timothy 3:2-5‍
  33. 2 Timothy 3:15-17
  34. Hebrews 12:7

Psalm 127:3-5‍

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 5 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.

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Psalm 128:3-4‍

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.

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Psalm 103:13

13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

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Psalm 103:13

13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

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Genesis 18:19‍

19 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."

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Deuteronomy 1:29-31‍

29 Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.'

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Deuteronomy 6:1-9‍

1 "Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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Joshua 1:9‍

9 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."

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Joshua 24:15‍

15 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."

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1 Kings 15:11

11 And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.

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1 Chronicles 29:17‍

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.

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Proverbs 3:32

32 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

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Proverbs 3:11-12‍

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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Proverbs 4:1-4

1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.

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Proverbs 10:9‍

9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

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Proverbs 14:26‍

26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

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Proverbs 14:26

26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

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Proverbs 17:27‍

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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Proverbs 22:6‍

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

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Proverbs 23:22

22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

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Malachi 4:6

6 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."

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Matthew 7:9–11

9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

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Luke 15:20-24‍

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. 21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.

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3 John 1:4

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

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1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍

13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

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Ephesians 5:25-37

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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Ephesians 6:11-18‍

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

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Ephesians 6:4‍

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

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Colossians 3:21

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

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1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 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.

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1 Timothy 3:2-5‍

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

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2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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Hebrews 12:7

7 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?

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