child / children
Note: The reader is
reminded that discipline of children should obviously be done
To the woman he said: "I will intensify the pangs of your
childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your
urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master."
Abraham prostrated himself and laughed as he said to himself,
"Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Or
can Sarah give birth at ninety?" [GEN 17:17]
But the LORD said to Abraham: "Why did Sarah laugh and
say, 'Shall I really bear a child, old as I am?' Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do? At the appointed time, about this time next year, I will return to you, and Sarah will have a
Isaac grew, and on the day of the child's weaning, Abraham held
a great feast. [GEN 21:8]
But God said to Abraham: "Do not be distressed about the boy or about your slave woman. Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you; for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a great nation of him also, since he too is your offspring."
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child
of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic. [GEN 37:3]
But as they were bringing her out, she sent word to her father-in-law, "It is by the man to whom these things belong that I am with child. Please verify," she added, "whose seal and cord and whose staff these are." Judah recognized them and said, "She is more in the right than I am, since I did not give her to my son Shelah." But he had no further relations with her.
When the time of her delivery came, she was found to have twins in her womb.
While she was giving birth, one infant put out his hand; and the midwife, taking a crimson thread, tied it on his hand, to note that this one came out first.
But as he withdrew his hand, his brother came out; and she said, "What a breach you have made for yourself!" So he was called Perez.
Afterward his brother came out; he was called Zerah. [GEN 38:25-30]
So we said to my lord, 'We have an aged father, and a young
brother, the child of his old age. This one's full brother is
dead, and since he is the only one by that mother who is left, his
father dotes on him.' [GEN 44:20]
But Joseph replied to them: "Have no fear. Can I take the place of God?
Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people.
Therefore have no fear. I will provide for you and for your children." By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them.
Now a certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, who conceived and bore a son. Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket, daubed it with bitumen and pitch, and putting the child in it, placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids walked along the river bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and said, "It is one of the Hebrews' children."
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?"
"Yes, do so," she answered. So the maiden went and called the child's own mother.
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you." The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her son and called him Moses; for she said, "I drew him out of the water."
"When your children ask you, 'What does this rite of yours
mean?' you shall reply, 'This is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt; when he struck down the Egyptians, he spared our houses.'" Then the people bowed down in worship,
and the Israelites went and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.
You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;
you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the
LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their
fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to
the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the
children of those who love me and keep my commandments. [EX 20:4-6]
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out, "The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity,
continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving
wickedness and crime and sin; yet not declaring the guilty
guiltless, but punishing children and grandchildren to the third
and fourth generation for their fathers' wickedness!" [EX 34:6-7]
''The LORD is slow to anger and rich in kindness, forgiving
wickedness and crime; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but
punishing children to the third and fourth generation for their
fathers' wickedness.' [NUM 14:18]
But as for you, your bodies shall fall here in the desert, here where your children must wander for forty years, suffering
for your faithlessness, till the last of you lies dead in the
desert. [NUM 14:32-33]
Your little ones, who you said would become booty, and your
children, who as yet do not know good from bad - they shall enter;
to them I will give it, and they shall occupy it. [DEUT 1:39]
"However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to
forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip
from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your
children and to your children's children." [DEUT 4:9]
"You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on
you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and
that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God,
is giving you forever." [DEUT 4:40]
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.
Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates." [DEUT
"Love the LORD, your God, therefore, and always heed his
charge: his statutes, decrees and commandments. It is not your children, who have not known it from experience,
but you yourselves who must now understand the discipline of the
LORD, your God; his majesty, his strong hand and outstretched arm"
[Taken from DEUT 11:1-2]
"Therefore, take these words of mine into your heart and soul. Bind them at your wrist as a sign, and let them be a pendant on your
forehead. Teach them to your children, speaking of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.
And write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates, so that, as long as the heavens are above the earth, you and your children may live on in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers he would give them."
Abstain from it, that you and your children after you may
prosper for doing what is right in the sight of the LORD. [DEUT
No child of an incestuous union may be admitted into the
community of the LORD, nor any descendant of his even to the tenth
generation. [DEUT 23:3]
"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor
children for their fathers; only for his own guilt shall a man be
put to death." [DEUT 24:16]
"When all these things which I have set before you, the blessings and the curses, are fulfilled in you, and from among whatever nations the LORD, your God, may have dispersed you, you ponder them in your heart:
then, provided that you and your children return to the LORD, your God, and heed his voice with all your heart and all your soul, just as I now command you,
the LORD, your God, will change your lot; and taking pity on you, he will again gather you from all the nations wherein he has scattered you."
"Assemble the people - men, women and children, as well as the
aliens who live in your communities - that they may hear it and
learn it, and so fear the LORD, your God, and carefully observe
all the words of this law. Their children also, who do not know it yet, must hear it and
learn it, that they too may fear the LORD, your God, as long as
you live on the land which you will cross the Jordan to
occupy." [DEUT 31:12-13]
When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
he said, "Take to heart all the warning which I have now
given you and which you must impress on your children, that you
may carry out carefully every word of this law." [DEUT 32:45-46]
"In the future, these are to be a sign among you. When your
children ask you what these stones mean to you, you shall answer them, 'The waters of the Jordan ceased to flow before the ark of the covenant of the LORD when it crossed the Jordan.' Thus these stones are to serve as a perpetual memorial to the Israelites."
"But he said to me, 'You will be with child and will bear a son.
So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean.
For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb, until the
day of his death.'" [JUDG 13:7]
Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed is the LORD who has not failed to provide you today with an heir! May he become famous in Israel! He will be your comfort and the support of your old age, for his mother is the daughter-in-law who loves you. She is worth more to you than seven sons!" Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and became his nurse. And the neighbor women gave him his name, at the news that a grandson had been born to Naomi. They called him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Her rival, to upset her, turned it into a constant reproach to her that the LORD had left her barren.
This went on year after year; each time they made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the LORD, Peninnah would approach her, and Hannah would weep and refuse to eat.
Her husband Elkanah used to ask her: "Hannah, why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat? Why do you grieve? Am I not more to you than ten sons?"
Hannah rose after one such meal at Shiloh, and presented herself before the LORD; at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the doorpost of
the LORD'S temple. In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
and she made a vow, promising: "O LORD of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives; neither wine nor liquor shall he drink, and no razor shall ever touch his head." Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
and then returned to their home in Ramah. When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the LORD remembered her.
She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked
the LORD for him. Once he was weaned, she brought him up with
her...and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left him
there... The LORD favored Hannah so that she conceived and gave birth to three more sons and two daughters, while young Samuel grew up in the service of the LORD.
[Taken from 1SAM 1:6-11,19-20,24-28,2:11]
His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was with child and at the point of giving birth. When she heard the news concerning the capture of the ark and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband, she was seized with the pangs of labor, and gave birth.
She was about to die when the women standing around her said to her, "Never fear! You have given birth to a son." Yet she neither answered nor paid any attention.
She named the child Ichabod, saying, "Gone is the glory from Israel," with reference to the capture of the ark of God and to her father-in-law and her
husband. [Taken from 1SAM 4:19-21]
But the woman had conceived, and sent the information to David,
"I am with child." [2SAM 11:5]
But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb
that he had bought. He nourished her, and she grew up with him and
his children. She shared the little food he had and drank from his
cup and slept in his bosom. She was like a daughter to him. [2SAM
"But since you have utterly spurned the LORD by this deed, the child born to you must surely die." Then Nathan returned to his house.
The LORD struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne to David, and it became desperately ill.
David besought God for the child. He kept a fast, retiring for the night to lie on the ground clothed in sackcloth.
The elders of his house stood beside him urging him to rise from the ground; but he would not, nor would he take food with them.
On the seventh day, the child died. David's servants, however, were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said: "When the child was alive, we spoke to him, but he would not listen to what we said. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do some harm!"
But David noticed his servants whispering among themselves and realized that the child was dead. He asked his servants, "Is the child dead?" They replied, "Yes, he is."
Rising from the ground, David washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the house of the LORD and worshiped. He returned to his own house, where at his request food was set before him, and he ate.
His servants said to him: "What is this you are doing? While the child was living, you fasted and wept and kept vigil; now that the child is dead, you rise and take food."
He replied: "While the child was living, I fasted and wept, thinking, 'Perhaps the LORD will grant me the child's life.'
But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me."
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went and slept with her; and she conceived and bore him a son, who was named Solomon. The LORD loved him
and sent the prophet Nathan to name him Jedidiah, on behalf of the LORD.
Later, two harlots came to the king and stood before him. One woman said: "By your leave, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth in the house while she was present.
On the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. We were alone in the house; there was no one there but us two.
This woman's son died during the night; she smothered him by lying on him.
Later that night she got up and took my son from my side, as I, your handmaid, was sleeping. Then she laid him in her bosom, after she had laid her dead child in my bosom.
I rose in the morning to nurse my child, and I found him dead. But when I examined him in the morning light, I saw it was not the son whom I had borne."
The other woman answered, "It is not so! The living one is my son, the dead one is yours." But the first kept saying, "No, the dead one is your child, the living one is mine!" Thus they argued before the king.
Then the king said: "One woman claims, 'This, the living one, is my child, and the dead one is yours.' The other answers, 'No! The dead one is your child; the living one is mine.'"
The king continued, "Get me a sword." When they brought the sword before him,
he said, "Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other."
The woman whose son it was, in the anguish she felt for it, said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living
child - please do not kill it!" The other, however, said, "It shall be neither mine nor yours. Divide it!"
The king then answered, "Give the first one the living child! By no means kill it, for she is the mother."
When all Israel heard the judgment the king had given, they were in awe of him, because they saw that the king had in him the wisdom of God for giving judgment.
Then he stretched himself out upon the child three times and
called out to the LORD: "O LORD, my God, let the life breath
return to the body of this child." The LORD heard the prayer of Elijah; the life breath returned
to the child's body and he revived. Taking the child, Elijah brought him down into the house from
the upper room and gave him to his mother. "See!" Elijah
said to her, "your son is alive." [1KGS 17:21-23]
When Elisha reached the house, he found the boy lying dead. He went in, closed the door on them both, and prayed to the LORD.
Then he lay upon the child on the bed, placing his mouth upon the child's mouth, his eyes upon the eyes, and his hands upon the hands. As Elisha stretched himself over the child, the body became warm.
He arose, paced up and down the room, and then once more lay down upon the boy, who now sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. [2KGS
"Thus says Hezekiah: 'This is a day of distress, of
rebuke, and of disgrace. Children are at the point of birth, but
there is no strength to bring them forth'." [2KGS 19:3]
Therefore, in the presence of all Israel, the assembly of the
LORD, and in the hearing of our God, I exhort you to keep and to
carry out all the commandments of the LORD, your God, that you may
continue to possess this good land and afterward leave it as an
inheritance to your children forever. [1CHRON 28:8]
"For when you return to the LORD, your brethren and your
children will find mercy with their captors and return to this
land; for merciful and compassionate is the LORD, your God, and he
will not turn away his face from you if you return to him."
On the first day of the seventh month,
therefore, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to
understand. Standing at one end of the open place that
was before the Water Gate, he read out of the book from daybreak
till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those
children old enough to understand; and all the people listened
attentively to the book of the law. [NEH 8:2-3]
"You made their children as numerous as the stars of the
heavens, and you brought them into the land which you had
commanded their fathers to enter and possess." [NEH 9:23]
But his mother began to weep. She said to Tobit: "Why have you decided to send my child away? Is he not the staff to which we cling, ever there with us in all that we do?
I hope more money is not your chief concern! Rather let it be a ransom for our son!
What the Lord has given us to live on is certainly enough for us."
Tobit reassured her: "Have no such thought. Our son will leave in good health and come back to us in good health. Your own eyes will see the day when he returns to you safe and sound.
So, no such thought; do not worry about them, my love. For a good angel will go with him, his journey will be successful, and he will return
unharmed." Then she stopped weeping. [TOBIT 5:18-22,6:1]
O Jerusalem, holy city, he scourged you for the works of your
hands, but will again pity the children of the righteous. [TOBIT
Go, then, rejoice over the children of the righteous, who shall
all be gathered together and shall bless the Lord of the ages. [TOBIT
Let my guileful speech bring wound and wale on those who have
planned dire things against your covenant, your holy temple, Mount
Zion, and the homes your children have inherited. [JDTH 9:13]
But we find that the Jews, who were doomed to extinction by this archcriminal, are not evildoers, but rather are governed by very just laws
and are the children of the Most High, the living God of
majesty, who has maintained the kingdom in a flourishing condition
for us and for our forebears. [ESTH E:15-16]
Because of them the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled away, and she
became the abode of strangers. She became a stranger to her own
offspring, and her children forsook her. [1MACC 1:38]
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the
earth and see all that is in them; then you will know that God did
not make them out of existing things; and in the same way the
human race came into existence. [Taken from 2MACC 7:28]
Though our living Lord treats us harshly for a little while to correct us with chastisements, he will again be reconciled with his servants.
But you, wretch, vilest of all men! do not, in your insolence, concern yourself with unfounded hopes, as you raise your hand against the children of Heaven.
You have not yet escaped the judgment of the almighty and all-seeing God. [2MACC
If you and your children are well and your affairs are going as
you wish, I thank God very much, for my hopes are in heaven.
These folk have infants numerous as lambs, and their children
dance. [JOB 21:11]
May God not store up the man's misery for his children; let him
requite the man himself so that he feels it, Let his own eyes see the calamity, and the wrath of the Almighty let him drink!
How can a man be just in God's sight, or how can any woman's
child be innocent? [JOB 25:4]
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; and he saw his
children, his grandchildren, and even his great-grandchildren.
Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of
the LORD. [PS 34:12]
Neither in my youth, nor now in old age have I ever seen the
just abandoned or their children begging bread. The just always lend generously, and their children become a
blessing. [PS 37:25-26]
For the LORD loves justice and does not abandon the faithful.
When the unjust are destroyed, and the children of the wicked cut
off, The just will possess the land and live in it forever. [PS
But to the wicked God says: "Why do you recite my commandments
and profess my covenant with your lips? You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you!
When you see thieves, you befriend them; with adulterers you throw in your lot.
You give your mouth free rein for evil; you harness your tongue to deceit. You sit maligning your own kin, slandering the child of your own mother.
When you do these things should I be silent? Or do you think that I am like you? I accuse you, I lay the charge before you."
I have become an outcast to my kin, a stranger to my mother's
children. [PS 69:9]
We do not keep them from our children; we recite them to the
next generation, The praiseworthy and mighty deeds of the LORD,
the wonders that he performed. [PS 78:4]
God set up a decree in Jacob, established a law in Israel: What
he commanded our ancestors, they were to teach their children; That the next generation might come to know, children yet to be
born. In turn they were to recite them to their children, that they too might put their trust in God,
And not forget the works of God, keeping his commandments. [PS
But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, most loving and true.
Turn to me, have pity on me; give your strength to your
servant; save this child of your handmaid. [PS 86:15-16]
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has
compassion on the faithful. [PS 103:13]
But the LORD'S kindness is forever, toward the faithful from
age to age. He favors the children's children of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts.
Gives the childless wife a home, the joyful mother of children.
Hallelujah! [PS 113:9]
LORD, I am your servant, your servant, the child of your
maidservant; you have loosed my bonds. [PS 116:16]
Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the
womb, a reward. [PS 127:3]
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in
one's youth. [PS 127:4]
Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive
plants your children around your table. [PS 128:3]
May the LORD bless you from Zion, all the days of your life That you may share Jerusalem's joy
and live to see your children's children. Peace upon Israel! [PS
LORD, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for
me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, hushed it like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me.
[Taken from PS 131:1-2]
Glorify the LORD, Jerusalem; Zion, offer praise to your God, Who has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessed your
children within you [Taken from PS 147:12-13]
Hear, O children, a father's instruction, be attentive, that
you may gain understanding! [PROV 4:1]
When I was my father's child, frail, yet the darling of my
mother, He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart hold fast my words: keep my commands, that you may live!
Get wisdom, get understanding! Do not forget or turn aside from the words I utter. Forsake her not, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will safeguard you;
The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; at the cost of all you have, get understanding. Extol her, and she will exalt you; she will bring you honors if you embrace her;
She will put on your head a graceful diadem; a glorious crown will she bestow on you." [PROV
So now, O children, listen to me, go not astray from the words
of my mouth. [PROV 5:7]
The good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children,
but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just. [PROV
In the fear of the LORD is a strong defense; even for one's
children he will be a refuge. [PROV 14:26]
Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.
When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his
children after him! [PROV 20:7]
Even by his manners the child betrays whether his conduct is
innocent and right. [PROV 20:11]
Folly is close to the heart of a child, but the rod of
discipline will drive it far from him. [PROV 22:15]
Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols
her [Taken from PROV 31:28]
And I said to myself, both the just and the wicked God will judge, since there is a time for every affair and on every work a judgment.
I said to myself: As for the children of men, it is God's way of testing them and of showing that they are in themselves like beasts. For the lot of man and of beast is one lot; the one dies as well as the other. Both have the same life-breath, and man has no advantage over the beast; but all is vanity. Both go to the same place; both were made from the dust, and to the dust they both return. Who knows if the life-breath of the children of men goes upward and the life-breath of beasts goes earthward?
Should a man have a hundred children and live many years, no matter to what great age, still if he has not the full benefit of his goods, or if he is deprived of burial, of this man I proclaim that the child born dead is more fortunate than he.
Though it came in vain and goes into darkness and its name is enveloped in darkness;
though it has not seen or known the sun, yet the dead child is at rest rather than such a man.
"Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings,
Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,
Because his life is not like other men's, and different are his ways.
He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.
Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him."
For he who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is their hope, fruitless are their labors, and worthless are their works.
Their wives are foolish and their children wicked; accursed is
their brood. [WISDOM 3:11-12]
But the children of adulterers will remain without issue, and
the progeny of an unlawful bed will disappear. [WISDOM 3:16]
For children born of lawless unions give evidence of the
wickedness of their parents, when they are examined. [WISDOM 4:6]
Now, I was a well-favored child, and I came by a noble nature; or rather, being noble, I attained an unsullied body. And knowing that I could not otherwise possess her except God gave
it - and this, too, was prudence, to know whose is the gift - I went to the LORD and besought him, and said with all my heart:
God of my fathers, LORD of mercy, you who have made all things by your word
And in your wisdom have established man to rule the creatures produced by you,
To govern the world in holiness and justice, and to render judgment in integrity of heart:
Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne, and reject me not from among your children;
For I am your servant, the son of your handmaid, a man weak and short-lived and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws. Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men, if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with him, he shall be held in no esteem.
Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne, and reject me not
from among your children; For I am your servant, the son of your handmaid, a man weak and short-lived and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws.
Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men, if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with him, he shall be held in no esteem. [WISDOM 9:4-6]
Hence those unjust also, who lived a life of folly, you tormented through their own abominations. For they went far astray in the paths of error, taking for gods the worthless and disgusting among beasts, deceived like senseless infants.
Therefore as though upon unreasoning children, you sent your judgment on them as a mockery;
But they who took no heed of punishment which was but child's play were to experience a condemnation worthy of God. For in the things through which they suffered distress, since they were tortured by the very things they deemed gods,
They saw and recognized the true God whom before they had refused to know; with this, their final condemnation came upon them.
For a father, afflicted with untimely mourning, made an image
of the child so quickly taken from him, And now honored as a god
what was formerly a dead man and handed down to his subjects
mysteries and sacrifices. [WISDOM 14:15]
For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over
anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be
preserved unharmed. [WISDOM 19:6]
With devoted men was she created from of old, and with their
children her beneficence abides. [SIRACH 1:13]
Children, pay heed to a father's right; do so that you may
live. [SIRACH 3:1]
For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a
mother's authority he confirms over her sons. [SIRACH 3:2]
He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he
prays he is heard. [SIRACH 3:5]
His father's honor is a man's glory; disgrace for her children,
a mother's shame. [SIRACH 3:11]
Wisdom instructs her children and admonishes those who seek
her. [SIRACH 4:11]
Desire not a brood of worthless children, nor rejoice in wicked
offspring. [SIRACH 16:1]
Count not on their length of life, have no hope in their
future. For one can be better than a thousand; rather die
childless than have godless children! [SIRACH 16:3]
When a fool hears something, he is in labor, like a woman
giving birth to a child. [SIRACH 19:10]
An unruly child is a disgrace to its father; if it be a
daughter she brings him to poverty. [SIRACH 22:3]
Give heed, my children, to the instruction that I pronounce,
for he who keeps it will not be enslaved. [SIRACH 23:7]
First, she has disobeyed the law of the Most High; secondly,
she has wronged her husband; Thirdly, in her wanton adultery she
has borne children by another man. Such a woman will be dragged before the assembly, and her
punishment will extend to her children; Her children will not take root; her branches will not bring
forth fruit. [SIRACH 23:23-25]
There are nine who come to my mind as blessed, a tenth whom my
tongue proclaims: The man who finds joy in his children, and he
who lives to see his enemies' downfall. [SIRACH 25:7]
He who loves his son chastises him
often, that he may be his joy when he grows up. He who
disciplines his son will benefit from him, and boast of him
among his intimates. He who educates his son makes his enemy
jealous, and shows his delight in him among his friends. At
the father's death, he will seem not dead, since he leaves
after him one like himself, whom he looks upon through life with
joy, and even in death, without regret: The avenger he leaves
against his foes, and the one to repay his friends with
kindness. He who spoils his son will have wounds to
bandage, and will quake inwardly at every outcry. A colt
untamed turns out stubborn; a son left to himself grows up
unruly. Pamper your child and he will be a terror for
you, indulge him and he will bring you grief. Share not in
his frivolity lest you share in his sorrow, when finally your
teeth are clenched in remorse. Give him not his own way in his youth, and close not your eyes to his follies.
Bend him to the yoke when he is young, thrash his sides while he is still small,
lest he become stubborn, disobey you, and leave you disconsolate.
Discipline your son, make heavy his yoke, lest his folly humiliate you.
[Taken from SIRACH 30:1-13] [Note: The reader is reminded that
discipline of children should obviously be done within reason.]
While breath of life is still in you, let no man have dominion over you.
Give not to another your wealth, lest then you have to plead with him; Far better that your children plead with you than that you should look to their generosity. [SIRACH
A child or a city will preserve one's name, but better than
either, attaining wisdom. [SIRACH 40:18]
A reprobate line are the children of sinners, and witless
offspring are in the homes of the wicked. [SIRACH 41:5]
Their dominion is lost to sinners' children, and reproach
abides with their descendants. [SIRACH 41:6]
Children curse their wicked father, for they suffer disgrace
through him. [SIRACH 41:7]
Woe to you, O sinful men, who forsake the law of the Most High.
If you have children, calamity will seize them; you will beget
them only for groaning. When you stumble, there is lasting joy; at
death, you become a curse. [SIRACH 41:8-9]
But of these things be not ashamed, lest you sin through human respect:...Of constant training of
children [Taken from SIRACH 42:1,5]
All these were glorious in their time, each illustrious in his day. Some of them have left behind a name and men recount their praiseworthy deeds; But of others there is no memory, for when they ceased, they ceased.
And they are as though they had not lived, they and their children after them. Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; Their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants; Through God's covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake. And for all time their progeny will endure, their glory will never be blotted
out [Taken from SIRACH 44:7-13]
Their bones return to life from their resting place, and their
names receive fresh luster in their children! [SIRACH 46:12]
And the people shall oppress one another, yes, every man his
neighbor. The child shall be bold toward the elder, and the base
toward the honorable. [ISA 3:5]
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin
shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Then I went to the prophetess and she conceived and bore a son. The LORD said to me: Name him
Maher-shalal-hash-baz, for before the child knows how to call his father or mother by name, the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be carried off by the king of Assyria. [ISA
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor,
God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. [ISA 9:5]
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and
the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young
lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.
When his children see the work of my hands in his midst, They
shall keep my name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of
Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel. [ISA 29:23]
Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, Who carry out
plans that are not mine, who weave webs that are not inspired by
me, adding sin upon sin. [ISA 30:1]
This is a rebellious people, deceitful children, Children who
refuse to obey the law of the LORD. [ISA 30:9]
Can a mother forget her infant, be without
tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I
will never forget you. [ISA 49:15]
The children whom you had lost shall yet say to you, "This
place is too small for me, make room for me to live in." [ISA
Raise a glad cry, you barren one who did not bear, break forth
in jubilant song, you who were not in labor, For more numerous are
the children of the deserted wife than the children of her who has
a husband, says the LORD. [ISA 54:1]
All your sons shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be
the peace of your children. [ISA 54:13]
He said: They are indeed my people, children who are not
disloyal; So he became their savior [ISA 63:8]
Before she comes to labor, she gives birth;
Before the pains come upon her, she safely delivers a male child. Who ever heard of such a thing, or saw the like?
Can a country be brought forth in one day, or a nation be born in a single moment?
Yet Zion is scarcely in labor when she gives birth to her children.
Shall I bring a mother to the point of birth, and yet not let her child be born? says the LORD;
Or shall I who allow her to conceive, yet close her womb? says your God. Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her;
Exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her! [ISA
Therefore will I yet accuse you, says the LORD, and even your
children's children I will accuse. [JER 2:9]
In vain I struck your children; the correction they did not
take. Your sword devoured your prophets like a ravening lion. [JER
Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your
Master; I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and
bring you to Zion. [JER 3:14]
A cry is heard on the heights! the plaintive weeping of
Israel's children, Because they have perverted their ways and
forgotten the LORD, their God. [JER 3:21]
Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your
rebelling. "Here we are, we now come to you because you are
the LORD, our God." [JER 3:22]
Fools my people are, they know me not; Senseless children they
are, having no understanding; They are wise in evil, but know not
how to do good. [JER 4:22]
Behold, I will bring them back from the land of
the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the
blind and the lame in their midst, The mothers and those with
child; they shall return as an immense throng. [JER 31:8]
Thus says the LORD: In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning, of
bitter weeping! Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be
consoled because her children are no more. [JER 31:15]
Is Ephraim not my favored son, the child in whom
I delight? Often as I threaten him, I still remember him with
favor; My heart stirs for him, I must show him mercy, says the
LORD. [JER 31:20]
One heart and one way I will give them, that they may fear me
always, to their own good and that of their children after them. [JER
It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth. [LAM
Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins
of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the
law of God, and did not acknowledge his statutes; In the ways of God's commandments they did not walk, nor did they tread the disciplined paths of his justice.
"Fear not, my children; call upon God, who will deliver
you from oppression at enemy hands." [BARUCH 4:21]
Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this
upon you will remember you. [BARUCH 4:27]
Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights; look to the east and see
your children Gathered from the east and the west at the word of
the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God. [BARUCH
The number of the Israelites shall be like the sand of the
sea, which can be neither measured nor counted. Whereas they were
called, "Lo-ammi," They shall be called, "Children
of the living God." [HOSEA 2:1]
I will have no pity on her children, for they are the
children of harlotry. [HOSEA 2:6]
They have been untrue to the LORD, for they have begotten
illegitimate children; Now shall the new moon devour them together
with their fields. [HOSEA 5:7]
Even though they bring up their children, I will make them
childless, till not one is left. Woe to them when I turn away from
them! [HOSEA 9:12]
When Israel was a child I loved him, out of
Egypt I called my son. [HOSEA 11:1]
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