100 Bible Verses about Teaching Children

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 814 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 391 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 377 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 226 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV / 212 helpful votes

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Psalm 127:3 ESV / 203 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 192 helpful votes

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV / 180 helpful votes

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 19:13-15 ESV / 180 helpful votes

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Colossians 3:21 ESV / 163 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Proverbs 23:13-14 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Colossians 3:20 ESV / 134 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV / 123 helpful votes

You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

John 3:16 ESV / 112 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 107 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV / 101 helpful votes

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children—

Hebrews 12:5-11 ESV / 95 helpful votes

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? ...

Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 89 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 87 helpful votes

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 86 helpful votes

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

James 3:1 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Matthew 19:14 ESV / 85 helpful votes

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:10 ESV / 85 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 28:9-10 ESV / 85 helpful votes

“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 84 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Mark 10:13-16 ESV / 81 helpful votes

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Genesis 18:19 ESV / 80 helpful votes

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Titus 2:4-5 ESV / 79 helpful votes

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Psalm 34:11 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:10 ESV / 77 helpful votes

How on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’

Psalm 78:1-7 ESV / 76 helpful votes

A Maskil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, ...

3 John 1:4 ESV / 75 helpful votes

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 75 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 74 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Mark 9:37 ESV / 72 helpful votes

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV / 72 helpful votes

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

James 1:5 ESV / 70 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 70 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Isaiah 38:19 ESV / 69 helpful votes

The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Luke 6:40 ESV / 68 helpful votes

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 67 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV / 65 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Matthew 5:19 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Deuteronomy 4:9-10 ESV / 64 helpful votes

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children— how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 63 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Psalm 8:2 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

1 Timothy 4:11 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Command and teach these things.

John 14:26 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 61 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 60 helpful votes

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Matthew 10:24 ESV / 60 helpful votes

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 60 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Romans 12:7 ESV / 59 helpful votes

If service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Luke 2:52 ESV / 57 helpful votes

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Matthew 19:13-14 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:2-6 ESV / 57 helpful votes

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

2 Timothy 1:11 ESV / 55 helpful votes

For which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,

Matthew 21:15-16 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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 infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

Psalm 113:9 ESV / 55 helpful votes

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 21:22 ESV / 54 helpful votes

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Psalm 119:11 ESV / 54 helpful votes

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 13:13 ESV / 52 helpful votes

You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

James 3:1-2 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 50 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 49 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Mark 10:15 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

1 Peter 5:5 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 48 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Romans 2:21 ESV / 47 helpful votes

You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Romans 12:6-7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Titus 2:3-5 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

John 16:21 ESV / 44 helpful votes

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Mark 9:36-37 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

James 1:17 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:27 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Ephesians 3:16-19 ESV / 39 helpful votes

That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 ESV / 37 helpful votes

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Chronicles 25:8 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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