"The Family is not only an institution but a foundation, the foundation of nearly all institutions." -G.K. Chesterton
"If the household is destroyed, the states will be overthrown, and peoples will be corrupted." -St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Bible provides ample wisdom and warnings about the importance of family, a loving marriage, and disciplined parenting.
We have collected our favorite scripture quotes about these topics to encourage you to live as a family or start one. May these scriptures about family inspire you to be loving, patient, and grateful for the kin God has given you!
Bible Verses about Family
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.
1 Timothy 3:4-5
He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.
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.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.
1 Timothy 3:12
Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.
The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Bible Verses about Marriage
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Wives, submit 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, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 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.
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
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Bible Verses about Parenting
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
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.
1 Peter 5:3
Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
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