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8 Bible Verses about Heredity

Most Relevant Verses

John 9:2

His disciples questioned Him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Matthew 3:9

And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!

Genesis 1:21

So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Numbers 27:7

“What Zelophehad’s daughters say is correct. You are to give them hereditary property among their father’s brothers and transfer their father’s inheritance to them.

Genesis 5:3

Adam was 130 years old when he fathered a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.

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Heredity » General references to

Exodus 34:7

maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.

Isaiah 14:20

You will not join them in burial,
because you destroyed your land
and slaughtered your own people.
The offspring of evildoers
will never be remembered.

Heredity » Beneficent influence of the righteous

Proverbs 20:7

The one who lives with integrity is righteous;
his children who come after him will be happy.

Proverbs 11:21

Be assured that the wicked
will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

Heredity » Evil influence of the wicked upon posterity

Psalm 37:28

For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon His faithful ones.
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.

Isaiah 14:20

You will not join them in burial,
because you destroyed your land
and slaughtered your own people.
The offspring of evildoers
will never be remembered.

Matthew 12:34

Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

Job 27:14

Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword;
his descendants will never have enough food.

Psalm 21:10

You will wipe their descendants from the earth
and their offspring from the human race.

More verses: Isaiah 57:3

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