Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 109 helpful votes
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 98 helpful votes
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalm 139:13-16 ESV / 77 helpful votes
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 127:3 ESV / 68 helpful votes
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 57 helpful votes
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
John 16:21 ESV / 46 helpful votes
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 44 helpful votes
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Psalm 139:13 ESV / 44 helpful votes
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Hosea 13:16 ESV / 40 helpful votes
Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
Matthew 19:14 ESV / 38 helpful votes
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
Galatians 1:15 ESV / 37 helpful votes
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
Isaiah 13:16 ESV / 37 helpful votes
Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.
Luke 1:14 ESV / 35 helpful votes
And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
Matthew 18:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Psalm 8:2 ESV / 33 helpful votes
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
2 Kings 6:29 ESV / 33 helpful votes
So we boiled my son and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him.’ But she has hidden her son.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
James 1:17 ESV / 30 helpful votes
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Deuteronomy 28:53 ESV / 28 helpful votes
And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you.
Hebrews 11:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 26 helpful votes
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
1 Samuel 1:27-28 ESV / 22 helpful votes
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
Deuteronomy 2:34 ESV / 22 helpful votes
And we captured all his cities at that time and devoted to destruction every city, men, women, and children. We left no survivors.
Mark 9:36-37 ESV / 21 helpful votes
And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
2 Kings 15:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes
At that time Menahem sacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on, because they did not open it to him. Therefore he sacked it, and he ripped open all the women in it who were pregnant.
Isaiah 13:18 ESV / 20 helpful votes
Their bows will slaughter the young men; they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will not pity children.
Psalm 137:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 20 helpful votes
He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.
Ezekiel 9:6 ESV / 19 helpful votes
Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one on whom is the mark. And begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house.
Psalm 113:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!
1 Samuel 15:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes
Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 18 helpful votes
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Exodus 20:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Luke 18:15-17 ESV / 17 helpful votes
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Mark 10:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes
And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Isaiah 44:24 ESV / 17 helpful votes
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
Colossians 3:20 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
Luke 2:40 ESV / 15 helpful votes
And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Mark 10:13-16 ESV / 14 helpful votes
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Jeremiah 31:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.
Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 14 helpful votes
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …
Ecclesiastes 10:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
2 Kings 8:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes
And Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women.”
Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes
You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Revelation 14:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
Luke 1:44 ESV / 13 helpful votes
For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Mark 10:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes
But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Isaiah 44:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
Proverbs 20:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 13 helpful votes
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV / 13 helpful votes
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—
3 John 1:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
John 1:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Luke 2:23 ESV / 12 helpful votes
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)
Matthew 7:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Lamentations 2:20 ESV / 12 helpful votes
Look, O Lord, and see! With whom have you dealt thus? Should women eat the fruit of their womb, the children of their tender care? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Exodus 2:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes
When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
1 John 3:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 11 helpful votes
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Matthew 11:25 ESV / 11 helpful votes
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;
Psalm 127:1-5 ESV / 11 helpful votes
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
1 Samuel 1:27 ESV / 11 helpful votes
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 11 helpful votes
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Numbers 31:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.
Genesis 33:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes
And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”
Genesis 1:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Hebrews 12:9-11 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV / 10 helpful votes
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Romans 8:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
John 3:16 ESV / 10 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 18:12-14 ESV / 10 helpful votes
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 7:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Psalm 115:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes
May the Lord give you increase, you and your children!
Job 31:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Numbers 6:24-26 ESV / 10 helpful votes
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
1 John 5:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
2 Timothy 1:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 9 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Luke 1:31 ESV / 9 helpful votes
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes
A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 9 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …
2 Chronicles 34:1-3 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images.
Genesis 18:19 ESV / 9 helpful votes
For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …
Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.