Bible Verses About Family

What does the Bible say about family? Read the best Bible verses on family that have been researched and retrieved from more than twenty popular translations of God's word! These specially selected quotes will broaden and deepen your understanding of the meaning of this important Biblical subject.

Instituted by God

Genesis 2:23 - 24, ASV

And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Purpose of Family

Malachi 2:14 - 15, TLB

"Why has God abandoned us?" you cry. I’ll tell you why; it is because the Lord has seen your treachery in divorcing your wives who have been faithful to you through the years, the companions you promised to care for and keep.

You were united to your wife by the Lord. In God’s wise plan, when you married, the two of you became one person in his sight. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. Therefore, guard your passions! Keep faith with the wife of your youth.

Families Separated After Flood

Genesis 10:1, 5, 32, KJV

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood . . . By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations . . .

These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

God Must Be Placed First

Matthew 10:37, NIV

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me [Jesus Christ] is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

Matthew 12:50, NKJV

For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My [Jesus'] brother and sister and mother."

Who Is In Charge?

1 Corinthians 11:3, HCSB

But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God [the Father] is the head of Christ.

Ephesians 5:22 - 24, HBFV

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord; For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

For even as the church is subject to Christ, in the same way also let wives be subject to their own husbands in everything.

Mutual Respect and Love

Ephesians 5:25, 28, HBFV

Husbands, love your own wives, in the same way that Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it . . . In the same way, husbands are dutybound to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself;

Ephesians 6:1 - 4, NLT

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. "Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise:

If you honor your father and mother, "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Colossians 3:18 - 21, NKJV

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Parental Responsibilities

Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:6, TEV

If you don't punish your children, you don't love them. If you do love them, you will correct them.

Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves.

Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.

Family Obedience Required

Zechariah 14:16 - 19, NASB

Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths [Feast of Tabernacles]. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths [Feast of Tabernacles]. This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths [Feast of Tabernacles].

The Family of God

Genesis 1:27, HBFV

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. He created them male and female.

Romans 8:29, NCV

God knew them before he made the world, and he decided that they would be like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers.

Psalm 82:6, John 10:33 - 35, NKJV

I said, "You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High."

The Jews answered Him [Jesus], saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods"' [quoting Psalm 82:6]?

Acts 17:27 - 29, CEV

[Apostle Paul speaking to those in Athens] God has done all this, so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. He isn't far from any of us, and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. "We are his children," just as some of your poets have said. Since we are God's children . . .

1John 3:1, HBFV

Behold! What glorious love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God!

Ephesians 3:14 - 15, KJV

For this cause I [Apostle Paul] bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

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Life After Death   -   Love   -   Marriage
Music   -   Peace   -   Perseverance
Prayer   -   Weddings

ASV - American Standard Version
CEV - Contemporary English Version
HBFV - Holy Bible Faithful Version
HCSB - Holman Christian Standard
KJV - King James Translation
NASB - New American Standard Bible
NCV - New Century Version
NIV - New International Version
NKJV - New King James Version
NLT - New Living Translation, 2nd Ed.
TEV - Today's English Version
TLB - The Living Bible