What Does the Bible Say About Orphans?

The Bible has many references to orphans, the fatherless, and adoption.  God’s heart and passion for them is clear.  Here are just a few references:

God Adopts

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ (Romans 8:15).
So that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons (Galatians 4:5).

He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5).

God Commands

Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge (Deuteronomy 24:17).
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow (Isaiah 1:17).

God Promises He Knows Them

For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body (Psalm 139:13-15).

God Sees Them

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you: you are the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14).
The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked (Psalm 10:14).

God Has Compassion on Them

A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell (Psalm 68:5-6a).

God Defends Them

Do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more (Psalm 10:18).

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling (Psalm 68:5).

God Will Go to Them

I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you (John 14:18).

Here’s an Extensive Reference Listing: