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26 Bible Verses about Adoption

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Exodus 2:10

When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Acts 7:21

and when he was left outside, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted and raised him as her own son.

Hebrews 11:24

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter

1 Kings 11:20

Tahpenes’ sister gave birth to Hadad’s son Genubath. Tahpenes herself weaned him in Pharaoh’s palace, and Genubath lived there along with Pharaoh’s sons.

Esther 2:7

Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she didn’t have a father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.

Ruth 4:16

Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and took care of him.

Judges 17:11

and agreed to stay with the man, and the young man became like one of his sons.

Job 31:18

for from my youth, I raised him as his father,
and since the day I was born I guided the widow—

2 Samuel 7:14

I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others.

Romans 9:4

They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises.

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Adoption » Entitles to an inheritance

Adoption » Should lead to holiness

1 John 3:2-3

Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

Adoption » Illustrated » Joseph's sons

Genesis 48:5

Your two sons born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are now mine. Ephraim and Manasseh belong to me just as Reuben and Simeon do.

Genesis 48:14

But Israel stretched out his right hand and put it on the head of Ephraim, the younger, and crossing his hands, put his left on Manasseh’s head, although Manasseh was the firstborn.

Genesis 48:16

the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm
may He bless these boys.
And may they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they grow to be numerous within the land.

Genesis 48:22

Over and above what I am giving your brothers, I am giving you the one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.”

Adoption » Adoption of children

Genesis 48:5

Your two sons born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are now mine. Ephraim and Manasseh belong to me just as Reuben and Simeon do.

Genesis 15:3

Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”

Exodus 2:10

When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Esther 2:7

Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she didn’t have a father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.

Adoption » Subjects saints to the fatherly discipline of God

2 Samuel 7:14

I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others.

Proverbs 3:11-12

Do not despise the Lord's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline; for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.

Adoption » God is long-suffering and merciful towards the partakers of

Jeremiah 31:1

“At that time”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be My people.”

Jeremiah 31:9

They will come weeping,
but I will bring them back with consolation.
I will lead them to wadis filled with water
by a smooth way where they will not stumble,
for I am Israel’s Father,
and Ephraim is My firstborn.

Jeremiah 31:20

Isn’t Ephraim a precious son to Me,
a delightful child?
Whenever I speak against him,
I certainly still think about him.
Therefore, My inner being yearns for him;
I will truly have compassion on him.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Adoption » Saints predestinated unto

Adoption » Of gentiles, predicted

Hosea 2:23

I will sow her in the land for Myself,
and I will have compassion
on No Compassion;
I will say to Not My People:
You are My people,
and he will say, “You are My God.”

Romans 9:24-26

on us whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As He also says in Hosea: I will call "Not-My-People," "My-People," and she who is "Unloved," "Beloved." And it will be in the place where they were told, you are not My people, there they will be called sons of the living God.

Adoption » Should produce » An avoidance of ostentation

Matthew 6:1-4

"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don't sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They've got their reward! But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, read more.
so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:18

so that you don’t show your fasting to people but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Adoption » Confers a new name

Numbers 6:27

In this way they will pronounce My name over the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

Isaiah 62:2

Nations will see your righteousness
and all kings, your glory.
You will be called by a new name
that the Lord’s mouth will announce.

Acts 15:17

so the rest of humanity
may seek the Lord—
even all the Gentiles
who are called by My name,
declares the Lord who does these things,

Adoption » Saints wait for final consummation of

Adoption » Typified

Exodus 4:22

Then you will say to Pharaoh: This is what Yahweh says: Israel is My firstborn son.

Romans 9:4

They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises.

Adoption » Is of God's grace

Ezekiel 16:3-6

You are to say: This is what the Lord God says to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth were in the land of the Canaanites. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. As for your birth, your umbilical cord wasn't cut on the day you were born, and you weren't washed clean with water. You were not rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one cared [enough] about you to do even one of these things out of compassion for you. But you were thrown out into the open field because you were despised on the day you were born. read more.
"I passed by you and saw you lying in your blood, and I said to you [as you lay] in your blood: Live! Yes, I said to you [as you lay] in your blood: Live!

Romans 4:16-17

This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants-not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of Abraham's faith. He is the father of us all in God's sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.

Adoption » Of children. Instances of » of moses

Exodus 2:5-10

Pharaoh's daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. Seeing the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave girl to get it. When she opened it, she saw the child-a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, "This is one of the Hebrew boys." Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Should I go and call a woman from the Hebrews to nurse the boy for you?" read more.
"Go." Pharaoh's daughter told her. So the girl went and called the boy's mother. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages." So the woman took the boy and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, "Because," she said, "I drew him out of the water."

Acts 7:21

and when he was left outside, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted and raised him as her own son.

Hebrews 11:24

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter

Adoption » Should produce » Likeness to God

Matthew 5:44-45

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Adoption » Is by faith

Adoption » Saints become brethren of Christ by

John 20:17

“Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father—to My God and your God.”

Hebrews 2:11-12

For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying: I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.

Adoption » Saints receive the spirit of

Adoption » Is according to promise

Adoption » Is through Christ

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Adoption » Is to be pleaded in prayer

Isaiah 63:16

Yet You are our Father,
even though Abraham does not know us
and Israel doesn’t recognize us.
You, Yahweh, are our Father;
from ancient times,
Your name is our Redeemer.

Adoption » A privilege of saints

Adoption » Explained

Adoption » Exemplified

1 Chronicles 28:6

He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who is to build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father.

Adoption » Of children. Instances of » Of joseph's sons

Genesis 48:5

Your two sons born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are now mine. Ephraim and Manasseh belong to me just as Reuben and Simeon do.

Genesis 48:14

But Israel stretched out his right hand and put it on the head of Ephraim, the younger, and crossing his hands, put his left on Manasseh’s head, although Manasseh was the firstborn.

Genesis 48:16

the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm
may He bless these boys.
And may they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they grow to be numerous within the land.

Genesis 48:22

Over and above what I am giving your brothers, I am giving you the one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.”

Adoption » Should produce » Child-like confidence in God

Matthew 6:25-34

"This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? read more.
And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don't labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you-you of little faith? So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Adoption » Should produce » A spirit of prayer

Matthew 7:7-11

"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? read more.
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Adoption » Safety of those who receive

Adoption » Should produce » A desire for God's glory

Adoption » Should produce » A forgiving spirit

Adoption » Should produce » A merciful spirit

Luke 6:35-36

But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Adoption » New birth connected with

John 1:12-13

But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

Adoption » Should produce » A love of peace

Adoption » Illustrated » moses

Exodus 2:10

When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Adoption » Being led by the spirit is an evidence of

Adoption » The holy ghost is a witness of

Adoption » Illustrated » Esther

Esther 2:7

Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she didn’t have a father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.

Adoption » Gathered together » In one » In Christ

Adoption » Typified, in israel

Exodus 4:22

Then you will say to Pharaoh: This is what Yahweh says: Israel is My firstborn son.

Adoption » Of children. Instances of » Of esther

Esther 2:7

Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she didn’t have a father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.

Faith » Through it is » Adoption

God, Love Of » Exhibited in » Adoption

The promises of God » Subjects of » Adoption

2 Corinthians 6:18-1

I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty. Therefore dear friends, since we have such promises, we should wash ourselves clean from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, making our sanctification complete in the fear of God.

Redemption » Procures for us » Adoption

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Spiritual » Adoption » Adultery

Judges 2:17

but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands. They did not do as their fathers did.

Judges 8:27

Gideon made an ephod from all this and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. Then all Israel prostituted themselves with it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his household.

1 Chronicles 5:25

But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors. They prostituted themselves with the gods of the nations God had destroyed before them.

Psalm 106:39

They defiled themselves by their actions
and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

Ezekiel 6:9

Then your survivors will remember Me among the nations where they are taken captive, how I was crushed by their promiscuous hearts that turned away from Me and by their eyes that lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves because of the evil things they did, their detestable practices of every kind.

Spiritual » Adoption » Adorning

Proverbs 1:9

for they will be a garland of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck.

Proverbs 4:9

She will place a garland of grace on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.”

Song of Songs 1:10

Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry,
your neck with its necklace.

Spiritual » Adoption » Attraction

Song of Songs 1:4

Take me with you—let us hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring me to his chambers.Y We will rejoice and be glad for you;
we will praise your love more than wine.W It is only right that they adore you.

Hosea 11:4

I led them with human cords,
with ropes of love.
To them I was like one
who eases the yoke from their jaws;
I bent down to give them food.

Spiritual » Adoption » Armour

Topics on Adoption

Adoption Is By God's Grace

Ephesians 1:5-6

He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,

Adoption Produces

2 Corinthians 6:17-18

Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you.

Adoption Should Lead To Holiness

2 Corinthians 6:17-18

Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you.

Adoption, nature of

John 1:12-13

But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,

Spiritual Adoption

Exodus 4:22-23

Then you will say to Pharaoh: This is what Yahweh says: Israel is My firstborn son.

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