25 Beautiful Bible Verses about Adoption: Discovering God’s Love

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Adoption is a profound and beautiful concept that mirrors God’s love for us. The Bible is filled with verses that celebrate the idea of adoption, both in the earthly sense and in our spiritual relationship with God. We’ve put together 25 heartwarming Bible verses to inspire you to reflect on the depth of God’s love and the significance of adoption in our lives.

Maybe you feel unloved or forgotten: I need to tell you that God is a Father to the fatherless and a Mother to the motherless. He loves you dearly and wants a relationship with you.

Adoption Bible Verses

Romans 8:15
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.'”

Ephesians 1:5
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Galatians 4:4-5
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”

John 1:12
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

1 John 3:1
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”

Psalm 68:5-6
“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.”

Isaiah 43:1
“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.'”

James 1:27
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

Romans 8:23
“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

Psalm 27:10
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”

Ephesians 1:3-6
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Isaiah 56:5
“I will give them—in my house and within my walls—a memorial and a name far greater than sons and daughters could give. For the name I give them is an everlasting one; it will never disappear!”

2 Corinthians 6:18
“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Psalm 82:3
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.”

1 Peter 2:9-10
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. ‘Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.'”

Psalm 10:14
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”

John 14:18
“No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.”

Isaiah 54:10
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then, my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

Proverbs 14:31
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.”

Psalm 146:9
“The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.”

Matthew 18:5
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.”

1 Timothy 5:3
“Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.”

Psalm 10:17-18
“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.”

Psalm 27:10
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”

Short Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the profound gift of adoption, both in the earthly and spiritual sense. Help us to grasp the depth of your love, which extends to all of us. May we reflect your love in our actions, caring for the vulnerable, and living as your adopted children. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


The concept of adoption is deeply woven into the fabric of the Bible, illustrating God’s boundless love and our call to care for one another. These verses remind us of the profound truth that we are chosen and loved by God. As we reflect on the beauty of adoption, may we embrace God’s love and extend it to others, living as His adopted children in this world.

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