What Does The Bible Say About Family?

Mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, the list is nearly endless. Some of us even find our family within our friendships. Our closest bonds are with those we call family, which can often lead us to our greatest heartache. We tend to hurt and be hurt by the ones we love the most. Our entire selves, a bulk of our identity, comes from our family. God gives us many examples of what a Godly family should be.

Remembering Where We Came From

Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Proverbs 6:20 – My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 15:20 – A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Colossians 3:20 – Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

2 Corinthians 6:18 – And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.

Genesis 1:28 – And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

Ephesians 3:14-15 – For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…

Remembering where we came from is an important part of our family. Beyond our parents giving us life, we were a gift directly from God to the earth. We were named by Him and are His children. When it comes to family, we came from God and were given to our parents, who He commands us to honor.

We Make Our Own Family When We Marry

Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

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. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.

Proverbs 12:4 – A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Marriage binds to create a new family. Building a new family according to His word is God’s desire for us. God tells us that by doing this is a great blessing. However, He warns us that if we do build a family in a manner that is not according to His word, He views that as a denial of our faith.

We Are All God’s Children, So We Are All Family

Ephesians 1:5 – God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Romans 12:5 – So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 6:10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Ephesians 3:15 – From whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

God’s value for family is so high, He is constantly referring to us all as His children. He reminds us that not only do we belong to Him, but we also belong to each other. His desire is for us to see everyone as God’s people that are worthy of the same love and grace He casts on us.

We Must Show Love to Our Family

1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

1 John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

While the ones we love the most are often the ones that frustrate and anger us the most, God makes it clear to us that we are to love our families. He desires for us to remain united, so much that He tells us that loving our family is the only way we can truly love Him. Our families are intended to support us during our most difficult times, so we must continue to love and contribute to the bonded unit.

Our Faith Begins Within the Home

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Acts 16:31 – They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.”

Joshua 24:15 – But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.

Acts 10:2 – He and his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

God emphasizes the importance of family because that’s where our faith begins. We learn about Christ and the teachings He commands from a godly family. His intention for our families is for us to continue to bring children to Him, so that they too will grow in faith and build their own Godly family.

 

25 Quotes About Family From The Bible

Leviticus 20:9 “‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’

Esther 2:7 He brought up Hadassah, who is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.

Genesis 27:14 He went, and got them, and brought them to his mother. His mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

Judges 9:1 Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s brothers, and spoke with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,

Genesis 28:2 Arise, go to Paddan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father. Take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.

Zechariah 13:3 It will happen that, when anyone still prophesies, then his father and his mother who bore him will tell him, ‘You must die, because you speak lies in the name of Yahweh;’ and his father and his mother who bore him will stab him when he prophesies.

Ruth 2:11 Boaz answered her, It has fully been shown me, all that you have done to your mother-in-law since the death of your husband; and how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you didn’t know before.

Ezekiel 16:45 You are the daughter of your mother, who loathes her husband and her children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

2 Kings 3:2 He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, but not like his father, and like his mother; for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made.

Genesis 44:20 We said to my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loves him.’

Micah 7:6 For the son dishonors the father, The daughter rises up against her mother, The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Judges 14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.

Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Joshua 2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by: and you shall gather to you into the house your father, and your mother, and your brothers, and all your father’s household.

Genesis 37:10 He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?”

Matthew 10:35 For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Mark 7:12 then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,

Matthew 15:5 But you say, ‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother, “Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,”

Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then Yahweh will take me up.

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, And don’t forsake your mother’s teaching.

Leviticus 21:11 neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

Mark 10:7 For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife,

Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

John 19:26 Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!”

Genesis 27:14 He went, and got them, and brought them to his mother. His mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

Judges 9:1 Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s brothers, and spoke with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,

Genesis 28:2 Arise, go to Paddan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father. Take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.

Leviticus 18:13 “‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister: for she is your mother’s near kinswoman.

Ruth 2:11 Boaz answered her, It has fully been shown me, all that you have done to your mother-in-law since the death of your husband; and how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you didn’t know before.

Genesis 29:10 It happened, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban, his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.

Psalms 22:10 I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb. You are my God since my mother bore me.

Judges 17:2 He said to his mother, The eleven hundred [pieces] of silver that were taken from you, about which you did utter a curse, and did also speak it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. His mother said, Blessed be my son of Yahweh.

Ezekiel 16:45 You are the daughter of your mother, who loathes her husband and her children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

Genesis 24:67 Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. He loved her. Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

John 19:25 But there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

Isaiah 50:1 Thus says Yahweh, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were you sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away.

Judges 17:4 When he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred [pieces] of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made of it an engraved image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Micah.

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’

Micah 7:6 For the son dishonors the father, The daughter rises up against her mother, The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Leviticus 20:9 “‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Matthew 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Judges 17:3 He restored the eleven hundred [pieces] of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I most assuredly dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make an engraved image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it to you.

Esther 2:7 He brought up Hadassah, who is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.

Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Matthew 10:35 For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Ruth 2:19 Her mother-in-law said to her, Where have you gleaned today? and where have you worked? blessed be he who did take knowledge of you. She shown her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.

Zechariah 13:3 It will happen that, when anyone still prophesies, then his father and his mother who bore him will tell him, ‘You must die, because you speak lies in the name of Yahweh;’ and his father and his mother who bore him will stab him when he prophesies.

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