God places a great deal of importance on the family. Afterall, it was his first institution by way of Adam and Eve. That’s why there are so many Bible verses about family.
God’s intent for the family was to provide a safe, nurturing, transformative environment for each of us. In God’s plan, within the circle of family we are cared for, loved and protected. It is a group of connected people growing, loving, and building together, encouraging each other’s highest potential.
From the first book of the Bible we learn that families are close to God’s heart. Answers in Genesis tells us “From the beginning, when God created man, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone,” so He created woman as a “help-meet, suitable for him”. Then, He blessed them and told them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth”. Even after they fell into sin, God continued with His plan for families, and even spoke prophetically of the salvation that would come through the seed of the woman.
But it’s not just in those first few chapters of Genesis where we find Bible verses about family– they are sprinkled throughout scripture. They tell us about all kinds of family situations including love, difficult relationships, values, children, death, and more. God created humans to live as a family unit.
Here are 20 Bible verses about family.
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8
“He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Acts 10:2
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” 2 Colossians 3:13
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
“My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 6:20
“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’” Matthew 15:4
“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.” Proverbs 15:20
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”, which is the first commandment with a promise.” Ephesians 6:1-2
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” Psalm 103:17
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16
“Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.” Proverbs 11:29
“The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.” Proverbs 15:27
“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:15-17
From these and other Bible verses about family we learn that the family is one of the very best and most important things in life.