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35 Bible Verses for Father's Day to Share With a Faithful Dad

These meaningful Bible passages about fathers will show dad how much you love him.

By Olivia Muenter and Jamie Ballard
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Each and every year, Father’s Day comes around. And though it may be a tradition that doesn't seem as exciting as other holidays, it's an important occasion. Father's Day is the perfect time to show the special dad (or father figure) in your life that you love and appreciate them. You can give them a Father’s Day gift, or write them a Father’s Day card. If your father is a religious person, sharing Bible verses for Father’s Day could be a good idea, too. You could add the verses to a special Christian Father’s Day gift, use one for a thoughtful Father's Day Instagram caption, or send them in an email along with links to Father’s Day songs that remind you of Dad.

No matter how you choose to express your love and admiration for your father, it’s important to take a moment to say thank you. Telling your dad or father figure that you admire and respect their selflessness, support, and even faith — if that's something that's important to him you both — will mean more to him than you'll ever know. Bookmark these Bible verses for fathers to share with your dad, stepdad, husband, or grandfather on Father's Day and year round.

Bible Verses About Fathers


Proverbs 4:1-2

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"Hear, children, fatherly instruction; pay attention to gain understanding. I'll teach you well. Don't abandon my instruction."

The Good News:
Your dad did his best to teach you as you grew up, and even into adulthood, you can still learn so much from your Pop.

Proverbs 3:11-12

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"Don't reject the instruction of the Lord, my son; don't despise his correction. The Lord loves those he corrects, just like a father who treats his son with favor."

The Good News: It isn't always easy to receive constructive feedback, whether that's from a boss or a father, but God reminds you that being gently corrected is a sign of true love. Dad voices his opinion because he cares.

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Luke 15:20

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"So he got up and went to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him."

The Good News: This passage is for the emotional dads who love to see their kids come home for vacation. And these days, trust that if he could hug you through a video call, he probably would.

Proverbs 15:5

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"A fool doesn't like a father's instruction, but those who heed correction are mature."

The Good News: When you were a teenager, you probably scoffed at this passage, but as an adult, you can see that Dad was always looking out for you with his rules. He wanted the best for you.

Proverbs 23:24

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"The father of the righteous will be very happy; the one who gives life to the wise will rejoice."

The Good News: The better his children do in life, the better that reflects back on Dad. So, consider every triumph a win for you both.

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Matthew 26:53

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"Or do you think that I’m not able to ask my Father and he will send to me more than twelve battle groups of angels right away?"

The Good News: This is the Bible equivalent of Draco Malfoy telling Harry Potter, "Wait 'til my father hears about this," but it's true! Your dad has your back, always. As does your God.

Psalm 68:5

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“Father of orphans and defender of widows is God in his holy habitation.”

The Good News: Even if you don’t have a physical father in your life, God is there to watch over you and guide you.

Hebrews 12:9

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“What’s more, we had human parents who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live?”

The Good News: Your father here on Earth and the heavenly Father above are both there to help guide you along your journey and direct you on a righteous path.

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Bible Verses About Fatherhood


1 Corinthians 13:7

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“Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.”

The Good News: Fatherhood means unconditional love, and like God, it means to trust and hope and endure through it all.

3 John 1:4

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"I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth."

The Good News: A father who gets to watch their child grow up, succeed in business, get married, raise a family, etc. will be so proud. You started from the bottom, and now, you're here.

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Exodus 20:12

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"Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you."

The Good News: It's one of the 10 commandments for a reason. Dad and Mom gave you life, and honoring them helps keep God's vision for the world alive.

Proverbs 22:6

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"Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it."

The Good News: So much of who you turn out to be comes from how you were raised. Send this passage to a dad who helped you get to where you are today.

Luke 15:31

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"Then his father said, 'Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.'"

The Good News: This applies to daughters, too. For many dads, what's his is yours. He would give you the world if he could.

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Psalm 103:13

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"Like a parent feels compassion for their children — that's how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him."

The Good News: God loves you so much, just like your father does.

Luke 12:32

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"Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom."

The Good News: Where there is God, there is no fear. Just like when you were a kid, knowing your Dad was around made you feel safe.

Proverbs 4:11-12

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"I teach you the path of wisdom. I lead you in straight courses. When you walk, you won't be hindered; when you run, you won't stumble."

The Good News: Just as the Lord is always watching out for his children, so is your Dad. He led and taught you the best he could, and look at you now!

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Psalm 127:3-5

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"No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward. The children born when one is young are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. The person who fills a quiver full with them is truly happy!"

The Good News: Don't have time to get your dad a gift for Father's Day? Send him this passage to remind him that you're his ultimate gift, according to the Bible.

Proverbs 23:22

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“Listen to your father, who gave you life; don't despise your elderly mother.”

The Good News: It can be easy to feel impatient with your parents from time to time. Take a deep breath, and remember everything they’ve done for you over the years.

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Olivia Muenter

Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer and former fashion and beauty editor who writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, travel, home decor, and more for Woman's Day and beyond. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Refinery 29, Glamour, Byrdie, Apartment Therapy, Philadelphia Magazine, and more. When she's not reading (or talking about reading on Bad on Paper, the bookish podcast she co-hosts), you can find Olivia working on her first novel, curating the perfect playlist, or shopping online.

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Jamie Ballard (she/her) is a freelance writer and editor who covers news, lifestyle, and entertainment topics, including sex and relationships, TV, movies, books, health, pets, food and drinks, pop culture, shopping, and personal finance. She regularly contributes to Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and YouGov, among other publications. When she’s not working, you can find her running, traveling, or scrolling TikTok. Follow her on Twitter.

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