12 Bible Verses for New Dads

Adda Frick
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Fathers have a unique responsibility in the lives of their children. Though this role is challenging, God given a perfect example of what being a father means: by reflecting God’s character to his children, fathers have a clear path to follow with their children. God loves and disciplines and teaches us in the same way that fathers should. These verses offer encouragement and instruction for any new dad.

What Does the Bible Say to New Dads?

Old Testament

Psalm 103:13
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.

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.

Proverbs 20:6–7
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!

New Testament

Luke 15:20
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.

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 4:8a
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

1 Peter 5:7
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

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