4 Things the Bible Says About Orphans

January 29, 2014 | Posted In Featured | Share

4 Things the Bible Says About Orphans

God’s heart for the orphan is clearly displayed throughout the Old and New Testaments. Below is a short list of what the Bible says about children living as orphans. What are some other ways God shows his love for these precious children? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite verse!

1. All Waiting Children Have a Father

God is the great protector and loving Father of all children living as orphans. Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.” He who numbers the hairs on our head will certainly not turn away from the children living as orphans, and this should inspire us to act.

2. All Children Living as Orphans Deserve Justice

Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”

Also, Psalm 10:14 says, “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.” Justice is a fundamental part of God’s character, as we are shown in the Bible. That even one child does not know the love of a family is a great injustice, and there are millions of children living in this reality.

God promises protection and help for those who cannot protect themselves, and he redeems injustice through his mighty love. He also asks us to do something about it. God invites everyone to play their part in working toward justice.

3. The People of God Will Care for Orphans

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

The words of the Bible call God’s people to actively pursue meeting the needs of children living as orphans, and a great place to start is through prayer. Show Hope features a prayer focus child from one of our Care Centers in China every month. We have great resources available to help you get involved in caring for children living as orphans. Your actions matter and you can help make a difference, whether you are a prayer partner, an advocate, a Show Hope sponsor or even a prospective adoptive parent.

4. The People of God Share Their Resources with Orphans

The following verse comes from a passage in Deuteronomy where God is instructing his people about tithing. Deuteronomy 14:29 says, “And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.”

People are called by God to remember children living as orphans in their giving. Show Hope provides creative ways to give to the work of orphan care. You can become a Care Center sponsor, donate to Adoption Aid, or start a fundraiser! Learn more about giving by clicking here.

As you consider how God may be calling you to care for children living as orphans, take heart. He who calls you to this work will be faithful to equip you for the work he has called you to.

“For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:24

If you want more information about caring for orphans, you can download the FREE 15-page guide on Understanding Adoption and the Orphan Crisis




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  • Annette

    My favorite of the four verses is James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

    • We agree. What a powerful verse!

    • Yes! This is my favorite. I also consider this verse useful to remember as we deal with non-believers, especially atheists. They are without Heavenly Father, so they are Spiritual Orphans. And they are not Widows, but they are without Husband, as they are not part of church, Christ’s bride. So, I do my best to care for them.

      • Parker

        Thank you for that comment. That is one of the most poetic and wonderful meanings of that verse that I had never considered. God bless you.

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  • Christine R.

    One of my favorite verses is: “He settles the barren woman in her home as the happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 113:9. He has done this for me and I am blessed!

    • Beautiful! He is faithful.

    • My Fave is Jas 1:27, but this is awesome! Oh did He ever bless us! Since all of in our family are from different ethnic group, we call ourselves “The Spumoni Family” and it really helps us to tell others of God’s love for EVERYONE, so we get to bless others too. And because of this journey, He has filled my heart with compassion for children from hard places, adoptive families, adoptive children, children in foster care or orphaned children, bio-families of adopted and foster children, formerly abortion-minded moms who chose life and chose to parent their children….Oh, He has given me so much! Now I am advocating for adoption community while prayer focus on Pro-Life groups. Thank you for sharing this verse!

  • Jean

    James 1:27 is our purpose in life. After six biological children, we answered God’s call and adopted a daughter from China to be our seventh child. We have are the one’s who get blessed having her as our daughter. She is a gift from God and opened our eyes to God’s heart.

  • Paul Buttolph

    My wife and I wanted children for 19 years of our marriage, and it just didn’t happen. We were heartbroken. Then, some friends of ours adopted a beautiful little girl from China. We inquired about the process, and now have two adorable children from China, a daughter in 2010, and a son just last year. God is AWESOME! BTW, our son has the middle name “Curtis”. after SCC, and all of the work he has done in promoting adoption.

    • Wow! Many blessings to you and your family, Paul!

  • cindy

    my favorite verse also is James 1:27 I have had the privilege to have 2 “homegrown” (bio) sons and adopted 6 children from multiple ethnic backgrounds. Jamarican (jamaican-american),East Indian, African American,Native American, Our family is blessed to be a small representation of what Heaven will look like when we all stand before the Father of all as we are all His adopted children.

  • Katie

    Mark 9:36-37 …”Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” “

  • Keri Wyatt Kent

    Thank you for the work you do. Empower International also helps orphans around the world by training their caregivers in attachment and dealing with trauma. Here’s a link to a report on our recent trip to Malawi: http://empowerinternational.org/created-to-belong-making-a-difference-in-malawi/

  • mohamed bah

    Hello! I am also an orphan ages of 25, otherwise never knew my mum she died due to my childhood i was just three months old, then my dad died while i was thirteen yrs, so actually i have no helpe, then i’m alone in my life, if there’s a way i need someone who could help to keep my education, then i’m a self educated, i love reading and writing words i don’t know used to asked a friends,

  • mohamed bah

    If God help me i become rich, my impact aims is to help orpahs and poor people, in the grace of God, thank you!

  • Julie P.

    What Bible version are you guys using for this page???

  • Beautiful! Thanks so much for these wonderful reminders from God’s word.




    I love James 1:27

  • kazim

    good day my name is kazim I am 14 years old boy from Alepo Syria
    I lost my parents two days ago in a rebel attack here .I need honest
    man or woman to adopt me,and help me receive my late father deposited funds
    of $3.5million usd I want to go back to school and start a new life ……
    pls contact me via my private email