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Passages for Parents from the Bible

Parents were asked to share a biblical passage that is the most meaningful to them or one that they have repeated to their children. Here are a few of the favorites:

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Luke 6:37-38

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Micah 6:8

what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

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 have a long life on earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.


(Biblical text comes from the New Revised Standard Version translation)