What Does The Bible Say About Children?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or from the Douay-Rheims
Judith 4:8-9-And the priests put on haircloths, and they caused the little children to lie prostrate before the temple of the Lord, and the altar of the Lord they covered with haircloth. And they cried to the Lord the God of Israel with one accord, that their children might not be made a prey, and their wives carried off, and their cities destroyed, and their holy things profaned, and that they might not be made a reproach to the Gentiles.
Psalms 8:3 – Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.
Psalms 18:8 – The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.
Psalms 112:1 – Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord.
Psalms 118:30 – The declaration of thy words giveth light: and giveth understanding to little ones.
Proverbs 20:11 – By his inclinations a child is known, if his works be clean and right.
Proverbs 22:15 – Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction shall drive it away.
Proverbs 29:15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom: but the child that is left to his own will bringeth his mother to shame.
Wisdom 10:21 – For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of infants eloquent.
Ecclesiasticus 16:1-4 – Rejoice not in ungodly children, if they be multiplied: neither be delighted in them, if the fear of God be not with them. Trust not to their life, and respect not their labours. For better is one that feareth God, than a thousand ungodly children. And it is better to die without children, than to leave ungodly children.
Ecclesiasticus 30:8 – A horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child left to himself will become headstrong.
Matthew 11:25-26 – At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Matthew 21:15-16 – But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant; and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast brought perfect praise’?”