What the Bible Says About Children - Compassion International


What the Bible Says About Children

From beginning to end, God speaks about the importance of children through his Word. Because children are important to God, children are important to us.

To help you connect with God's heart for children, we have compiled this list of Bible verses that speak to children as a blessing in our lives and to how God asks us to relate to and regard children.

Children are an important and valuable part of God's Kingdom. Knowing what the Bible says about children will help you connect with God's heart and the children in your lives, which is always a good thing.

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All of the Bible references are from the New International Version.

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”


He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

  — Matthew 18:1-5

The Little Children and Jesus

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

  — Mark 10:13-16


Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

  — Matthew 19:13-14

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People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

  — Luke 18:15-17

Psalms and Proverbs

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

  — Psalm 127:3-5


A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

  — Proverbs 13:22

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Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

  — Proverbs 13:24


Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

  — Proverbs 17:6

Prophets and Apostles

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."

  — Matthew 18:10


An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”


  — Luke 9:46-47 (also Mark 9:35-37)


‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.’”

  — Jeremiah 49:11


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

  — James 1:27


A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

  — John 16:21

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