'Father' in the Bible
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.
Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of the nomadic herdsmen.
His brother was named Jubal; he was the father of all who play the lyre and the flute.
Noah’s sons who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside.
Then Shem and Japheth took a cloak and placed it over both their shoulders, and walking backward, they covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father naked.
And Shem, Japheth’s older brother, also had sons. Shem was the father of all the sons of Eber.
Haran died in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans, during his father Terah’s lifetime.
Abram and Nahor took wives: Abram’s wife was named Sarai, and Nahor’s wife was named Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.
“As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations.
Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations.
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will certainly bless him; I will make him fruitful and will multiply him greatly. He will father 12 tribal leaders, and I will make him into a great nation.
Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man in the land to sleep with us as is the custom of all the land.
Come, let’s get our father to drink wine so that we can sleep with him and preserve our father’s line.”
So they got their father to drink wine that night, and the firstborn came and slept with her father; he did not know when she lay down or when she got up.
The next day the firstborn said to the younger, “Look, I slept with my father last night. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight so you can go sleep with him and we can preserve our father’s line.”
That night they again got their father to drink wine, and the younger went and slept with him; he did not know when she lay down or when she got up.
So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.
The firstborn gave birth to a son and named him Moab. He is the father of the Moabites of today.
The younger also gave birth to a son, and she named him Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites of today.
Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.
Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”And he replied, “Here I am, my son.” Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Uz his firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel the father of Aram,
stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.
The Philistines stopped up all the wells that his father’s slaves had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with dirt.
Isaac reopened the water wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and that the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. He gave them the same names his father had given them.
and the Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your offspring because of My servant Abraham.”
Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Listen! I heard your father talking with your brother Esau. He said,
Go to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, and I will make them into a delicious meal for your father—the kind he loves.
Then take it to your father to eat so that he may bless you before he dies.”
Suppose my father touches me. Then I will be revealed to him as a deceiver and bring a curse rather than a blessing on myself.”
So he went and got the goats and brought them to his mother, and his mother made the delicious food his father loved.
When he came to his father, he said, “My father.”And he answered, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”
Jacob replied to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may bless me.”
So Jacob came closer to his father Isaac. When he touched him, he said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come closer and kiss me, my son.”
As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob and Jacob had left the presence of his father Isaac, his brother Esau arrived from the hunt.
He had also made some delicious food and brought it to his father. Then he said to his father, “Let my father get up and eat some of his son’s game, so that you may bless me.”
But his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”He answered, “I am Esau your firstborn son.”
When Esau heard his father’s words, he cried out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me too, my father!”
Esau said to his father, “Do you only have one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” And Esau wept loudly.
Then his father Isaac answered him:Look, your dwelling place will beaway from the richness of the land,away from the dew of the sky above.
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. And Esau determined in his heart: “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
Go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father. Marry one of the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.
And Jacob listened to his father and mother and went to Paddan-aram.
Esau realized that his father Isaac disapproved of the Canaanite women,
Yahweh was standing there beside him, saying, “I am Yahweh, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land that you are now sleeping on.
He told Rachel that he was her father’s relative, Rebekah’s son. She ran and told her father.
Now Jacob heard what Laban’s sons were saying: “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s and has built this wealth from what belonged to our father.”
He said to them, “I can see from your father’s face that his attitude toward me is not the same, but the God of my father has been with me.
You know that I’ve worked hard for your father
In fact, all the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. So do whatever God has said to you.”
He took all the livestock and possessions he had acquired in Paddan-aram, and he drove his herds to go to the land of his father Isaac in Canaan.
I could do you great harm, but last night the God of your father said to me: ‘Watch yourself. Don’t say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’
Now you have gone off because you long for your father—but why have you stolen my gods?”
She said to her father, “Sir, don’t be angry that I cannot stand up in your presence; I am having my period.” So Laban searched, but could not find the household idols.
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, certainly now you would have sent me off empty-handed. But God has seen my affliction and my hard work, and He issued His verdict last night.”
The God of Abraham, and the gods of Nahor—the gods of their father—will judge between us.” And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.
Then Jacob said, “God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Go back to your land and to your family, and I will cause you to prosper,’
He purchased a section of the field where he had pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for 100 qesitahs.
“Get me this girl as a wife,” he told his father Hamor.
Meanwhile, Shechem’s father Hamor came to speak with Jacob.
Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Grant me this favor, and I’ll give you whatever you say.
But Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully because he had defiled their sister Dinah.
With her last breath—for she was dying—she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin.
Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.
These are the family records of Esau, father of the Edomites in the mountains of Seir.
These are Zibeon’s sons: Aiah and Anah.This was the Anah who found the hot springs in the wildernesswhile he was pasturing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.
Magdiel, and Iram.These are Edom’s chiefs,according to their settlements in the land they possessed.Esau was father of the Edomites.
Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
These are the family records of Jacob.At 17 years of age, Joseph tended sheep with his brothers. The young man was working with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought a bad report about them to their father.
When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not bring themselves to speak peaceably to him.
He told his father and brothers, but his father rebuked him. “What kind of dream is this that you have had?” he said. “Are your mother and brothers and I going to come and bow down to the ground before you?”
His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Reuben also said to them, “Don’t shed blood. Throw him into this pit in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him”—intending to rescue him from their hands and return him to his father.
They sent the robe of many colors to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it. Is it your son’s robe or not?”
His father recognized it. “It is my son’s robe,” he said. “A vicious animal has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces!”
All his sons and daughters tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said. “I will go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” And his father wept for him.
Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.”
As she was being brought out, she sent her father-in-law this message: “I am pregnant by the man to whom these items belong.” And she added, “Examine them. Whose signet ring, cord, and staff are these?”
But they replied, “We, your servants, were 12 brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no longer living.”
When they reached their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them:
We were 12 brothers, sons of the same father. One is no longer living, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.
As they began emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his bag of money! When they and their father saw their bags of money, they were afraid.
Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my sons. Joseph is gone and Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything happens to me!”
Then Reuben said to his father, “You can kill my two sons if I don’t bring him back to you. Put him in my care, and I will return him to you.”
When they had used up the grain they had brought back from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us some food.”
They answered, “The man kept asking about us and our family: ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ And we answered him accordingly. How could we know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother here’?”
Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy with me. We will be on our way so that we may live and not die—neither we, nor you, nor our children.
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your packs and take them down to the man as a gift—some balsam and some honey, aromatic gum and resin, pistachios and almonds.
Then the steward said, “May you be well. Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your bags. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.
He asked if they were well, and he said, “How is your elderly father that you told me about? Is he still alive?”
They answered, “Your servant our father is well. He is still alive.” And they bowed down to honor him.
Then Joseph said, “I swear that I will not do this. The man in whose possession the cup was found will be my slave. The rest of you can go in peace to your father.”
My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’
and we answered my lord, ‘We have an elderly father and a younger brother, the child of his old age. The boy’s brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’
But we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he were to leave, his father would die.’
“This is what happened when we went back to your servant my father: We reported your words to him.
But our father said, ‘Go again, and buy us some food.’
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