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Responsibilities of fathers

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Fathers have a responsibility to love, instruct and discipline their children in the ways of the Lord. In return they are to be honoured and obeyed by their children.

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The role of fathers

To love and care for their children

Psalm 103:13 LEB
As a father pities his children, so Yahweh pities those who fear him.
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To discipline their children

Proverbs 13:24 LEB
24 He who withholds his rod hates his child, but he who loves him gives him discipline.
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To instruct their children

Psalm 78:2–8 LEB
I will offer a parable with my mouth. I will pour out riddles from long ago, that we have heard and known, and our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling the next generation the praises of Yahweh, and his power and his wonders that he has done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children, so that the next generation might know— children yet to be born— that they might rise up and tell their children, that they might set their confidence in God, and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments, and not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not make ready its heart, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
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The rights of fathers

To be honoured by their children

Exodus 20:12 LEB
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days can be long on the land that Yahweh your God is giving you.
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To be obeyed by their children

Colossians 3:20 LEB
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord.
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To be heeded by their children

Proverbs 23:22 LEB
Listen to your father—he who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
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The joy of fathers

Proverbs 23:24 LEB
The father of the righteous will surely rejoice; he who bears a wise person will be happy with him.
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The sorrow of fathers

Proverbs 17:21 LEB
He who begets a fool, there is trouble for him; the father of a fool will not rejoice.
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The roles of fathers-in-law

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Children’s responsibility to honour their parents

“Honour” implies respect, obedience and care for the parents’ needs.
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Penalties for disobeying parents

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The ministry of Jesus Christ may produce conflict within families

Luke 12:53 LEB
They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Following Jesus Christ involves a commitment to him even deeper than love of one’s parents

Matthew 10:37 LEB
The one who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and the one who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
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