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I drew them with human cords, with bands of
love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I
was their healer. [HOSEA 11:4]
The birth pangs shall come for him, but he shall be an unwise
child; For when it is time he shall not present himself where
children break forth. [HOSEA 13:13]
Tell it to your children, and your children to their children,
and their children to the next generation. [JOEL 1:3]
The women of my people you drive out from their pleasant
houses; From their children you take away forever the honor I gave
them. [MICAH 2:9]
Then Ephraim shall be valiant men, and their hearts shall be
cheered as by wine. Their children shall see it and be glad, their
hearts shall rejoice in the LORD. [ZECH 10:7]
I sowed them among the nations, yet in distant lands they
remember me; they shall rear their children and return. [ZECH
Lo, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, Before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the
hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike
the land with doom. Lo, I will send you Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day. [MAL
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to
Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the
Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the
Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,"
which means "God is with us." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King
Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star
at its rising and have come to do him homage."
When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be
born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the
prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage."
After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to
Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
"A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."
When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are
dead." He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a
Nazorean." [MT 2:13-23]
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones."
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children
of God. [MT 5:9]
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes
his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on
the just and the unjust. [MT 5:44-45]
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to
your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good
things to those who ask him. [MT 7:11]
"I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end
will be saved.
"To what shall I compare this generation? It is like
children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon.'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by her works."
Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world,
the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,
and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned (up) with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."
Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and
Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon."
But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."
He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters."
Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour.
At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!"
"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."
Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life."
When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wondrous things he was doing, and the children crying out in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant and said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" Jesus said to them, "Yes; and have you never read the text, 'Out of the mouths of infants and nurslings you have brought forth praise'?"
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens
you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves." [MT
Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out! [MT 23:31-32]
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone
those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but
you were unwilling!" [MT 23:37]
And the whole people said in reply, "His blood be upon us
and upon our children." Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged,
he handed him over to be crucified. [MT 27:25-26]
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live." He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him...
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith." He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep." And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child's father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. (At that) they were utterly astounded.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, "Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs."
She replied and said to him, "Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children's scraps."
Then he said to her, "For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter."
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. [MK
Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his
arms around it he said to them, "Whoever receives one child such as this in my name,
receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one
who sent me." [MK 9:36-37]
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you."
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come."
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his
child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to
death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named
Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from
the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were
righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and
ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because
Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he
was serving as priest in his division's turn before God, according
to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to
enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the
whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of
the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was
troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel
said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your
prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the
sight of (the) Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's
womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord
their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient
to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for
the Lord." Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall
I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in
years." And the angel said to him in reply, "I am
Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to
announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and
unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you
did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper
time." Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and
were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he
came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that
he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them
but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed,
he went home. After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and
she went into seclusion for five months, saying, "So has the
Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my
disgrace before others." [LK 1:5-25]
And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God
into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a
man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's
name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail,
full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among
women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought
with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the
angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with
God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth
a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and
shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall
give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign
in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be
no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done,
because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The
Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High
shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be
born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin
Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this
is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word
shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid
of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel
departed from her. [LK 1:26-38]
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the
cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply, "No. He will be called John." But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name," and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, "What, then, will this child be?" For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. Then Zechariah his father, filled with the
Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.
He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant,
even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old:
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant
and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that,
rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord
to prepare his ways,
to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high
will visit us
to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the
Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's
house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced (in) wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
He said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruits as evidence of your repentance; and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones."
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend
expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you
will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the
ungrateful and the wicked. [LK 6:35]
"Then to what shall I compare the people of this
generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in
the marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not
dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.' For John the
Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said,
'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and
drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a
friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is
vindicated by all her children." [LK 7:31-35]
When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
And a man named Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came forward. He fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house,
because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. As he went, the crowds almost crushed him.
While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer."
On hearing this, Jesus answered him, "Do not be afraid; just have faith and she will be saved."
When he arrived at the house he allowed no one to enter with him except Peter and John and James, and the child's father and mother.
All were weeping and mourning for her, when he said, "Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead, but sleeping."
And they ridiculed him, because they knew that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called to her, "Child, arise!" Her breath returned and she immediately arose. He then directed that she should be given something to eat.
Her parents were astounded, and he instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
There was a man in the crowd who cried out, "Teacher, I beg you, look at my son; he is my only child. For a spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams and it convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it releases him only with difficulty, wearing him out.
I begged your disciples to cast it out but they could not." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you and endure you? Bring your son here."
As he was coming forward, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion; but Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and returned him to his father.
An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side
and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest."
"What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to
your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?" [LK 11:11-13]
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone
those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your
children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but
you were unwilling!" [LK 13:34]
"If any one comes to me without hating his father and
mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own
life, he cannot be my disciple." [LK 14:26]
"For the children of
this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light." [Taken from LK 16:8]
People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, "Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
He said to them, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who
has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children for
the sake of the kingdom of God who will not receive (back) an overabundant return in this present age and eternal life in the age to come."
"For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because
you did not recognize the time of your visitation." [LK 19:43-44]
Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are
the children of God because they are the ones who will rise." [LK
Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do
not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your
children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.'"
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become
children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God.
When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death.
Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
The royal official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon."
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live," and he and his whole household came to believe.
They answered and said to him, "Our father is
Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's
children, you would be doing the works of Abraham." [JN 8:39]
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of
God. [JN 11:51-52]
"While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may
become children of the light." After he had said this, Jesus
left and hid from them. [JN 12:36]
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour
has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no
longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been
born into the world. [JN 16:21]
Peter (said) to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the
For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all
those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." [ACTS
You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that
God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'In your
offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' [ACTS
"My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those
others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation
has been sent." [ACTS 13:26]
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors
he has brought to fulfillment for us, (their) children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my son; this day I have begotten you.'
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God;
for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope
that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
But it is not that the word of God has failed. For not all who are of Israel are Israel, nor are they all children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but "It is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name."
This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. For this is the wording of the promise, "About this time I shall return and Sarah will have a son." And not only that, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one husband, our father Isaac
- before they had yet been born or had done anything, good or bad, in order that God's elective plan might continue, not by works but by his
call - she was told, "The older shall serve the younger."
"And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not
my people,' there they shall be called children of the living
God." [ROM 9:26]
For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and
the unbelieving wife is made holy through the brother. Otherwise
your children would be unclean, whereas in fact they are holy.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. [1COR
Now I am ready to come to you this third time. And I will not
be a burden, for I want not what is yours, but you. Children ought
not to save for their parents, but parents for their children.
Realize then that it is those who have faith who are children
of Abraham. [GAL 3:7]
For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the
world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children,
God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman.
The son of the slave woman was born naturally, the son of the freeborn through a promise.
Now this is an allegory. These women represent two covenants. One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar.
Hagar represents Sinai, a mountain in Arabia; it corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery along with her children.
But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother. For it is written:
"Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children; break forth and shout, you who were not in labor;
for more numerous are the children of the deserted one than of her who has a
husband." Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.
But just as then the child of the flesh persecuted the child of the spirit, it is the same now.
But what does the scripture say? "Drive out the slave woman and her son! For the son of the slave woman shall not share the inheritance with the son"
of the freeborn. Therefore, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman but of the freeborn woman.
All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,
following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by
nature children of wrath, like the rest. [EPH 2:3]
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. [EPH 5:8-10]
Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them
up with the training and instruction of the Lord. [EPH 6:4]
Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
But you know his worth, how as a child with a father he served
along with me in the cause of the gospel. [PHIL 2:22]
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing
to the Lord. [COL 3:20]
Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become
discouraged. [COL 3:21]
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for
greed - God is witness - nor did we seek praise from human beings, either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as apostles of Christ. Rather, we were gentle
among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his
children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
For all of you are children of the light and children of the
day. We are not of the night or of darkness. [1THES 5:5]
He must manage his own household well, keeping his children
under control with perfect dignity; for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the church of God?
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let these first
learn to perform their religious duty to their own family and to
make recompense to their parents, for this is pleasing to God.
So I would like younger widows to marry, have children, and
manage a home, so as to give the adversary no pretext for
maligning us. [1TM 5:14]
Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good,
so that they may train younger women to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers, under the control of their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them "brothers,"
saying: "I will proclaim your name to my brothers, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you";
and again: "I will put my trust in him"; and again: "Behold, I and the children God has given me."
Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
About this we have much to say, and it is difficult to explain, for you have become sluggish in hearing.
Although you should be teachers by this time, you need to have someone teach you again the basic elements of the utterances of God. You need milk, (and) not solid food.
Everyone who lives on milk lacks experience of the word of righteousness, for he is a child.
But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to discern good and evil.
Like obedient children, do not act in compliance with the
desires of your former ignorance but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,
for it is written, "Be holy because I (am) holy." [1PT 1:14-16]
Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him "lord." You
are her children when you do what is good and fear no
intimidation. [Taken from 1PT 3:6]
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we
may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the
world does not know us is that it did not know him. [1JN 3:1]
Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be
has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we
shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. [1JN 3:2]
Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts
in righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. [1JN 3:7]
In this way, the children of God and the children of
the devil are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness
belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother. [1JN 3:10]
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments. [Taken from 1JN 5:2]
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children
walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father. [2JN 1:4]
I will also put her children to death. Thus shall all the
churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds
and that I will give each of you what your works deserve. [RV
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled
them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman
about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the
nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his
throne. [RV 12:4-5]
/ youthful / young [Y1]
/ born [B4]
/ babies / infants [B]
/ parents [P2]
/ mothers [M6a]
/ fathers / fatherhood [F5a]
/ innocence [I2]
/ love of God / loving / loved [L7a]
/ support / supported / supporter [S32]
/ teacher / taught [T1a]
/ guided / guidance [G11]
/ punishment / unpunished [P22]
/ obedience [O1]
/ disobedience [D]
/ fertile / infertile
/ childlessness [C]
/ adoption [A]
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