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13 Passages to Read on Father’s Day

This article is part of the Passages to Read series.

1. Proverbs 4:1–15

Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
      and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
for I give you good precepts;
      do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
      tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
      “Let your heart hold fast my words;
            keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
      do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
      love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
      and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
      she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
      she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
Hear, my son, and accept my words,
      that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom;
      I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
      and if you run, you will not stumble.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
      guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
      and do not walk in the way of the evil.
Avoid it; do not go on it;
      turn away from it and pass on.

2. 1 Timothy 6:11–16

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

3. Psalm 103:13

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

4. 1 Corinthians 16:13–14

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

5. Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity—
      blessed are his children after him!

6. Proverbs 23:24

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
      he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

7. Luke 15:20–24

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. 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.’ 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. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

8. Proverbs 6:20–22

My son, keep your father’s commandment,
      and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
Bind them on your heart always;
      tie them around your neck.
When you walk, they will lead you;
      when you lie down, they will watch over you;
            and when you awake, they will talk with you.

9. Deuteronomy 6:5–9

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10. Proverbs 3:11–12

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

11. Ephesians 6:1–4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

12. Psalm 127:3–5

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

13. Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
      and the glory of children is their fathers.


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