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father

This name is applied in these ways in the Bible

  1. God, the Father (Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalms 89:27-28, etc.)

    Why the name Father?

    1. He is the 1st Person of the Trinity, Son of God is the 2nd Person.

      He is the Father of the children of Israel by His covenant (Jeremiah 31:9; Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.)

    2. Believers are called God’ssons” (John 1:12; Romans 8:16; Matthew 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29).

      Believers call Him “Father” (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:4).

    See: TRINITY

  2. Human “father”—applies to any human ancestor (Deuteronomy 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matthew 3:9; 23:30, etc.)

  3. Father as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judges 17:10; 18:19; 1 Samuel 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matthew 23:9, etc.)

  4. Father of something a man founded or invented

    The author or beginner of anything is also so called its father—for example, Jabal and Jubal.

    Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. —Genesis 4:20-21

    “Has the rain a father?
    Or who has begotten the drops of dew? —Job 38:28 NASB

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Article Version: September 14, 2017