With over 1700 passages relating to children in the Bible, it's clear kids play a pivotal role in God’s Kingdom. May our 10 favourite Bible verses about children motivate and inspire you again to champion and encourage the smallest and most vulnerable members of our society.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” —Matthew 18:3-5

Girls reading Bible in Ghana

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” —Mark 10:14-15.

Reading the Bible in Honduras

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” —Matthew 18:10

Family reading Dominican Republic

“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” —Luke 9:48

Children reading Uganda

But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” —Matthew 21:15-16


Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. —1 Peter 2:2-3

Distributing bibles in Togo

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. —Proverbs 22:6

Mums reading

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made .—Psalm 139:13-14

Boy Reading Bible in Mexico

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. —Jeremiah 1:5

Children with Bibles in Indonesia

Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children”. —Matthew 11:25

Like the children pictured in these photos, every child in Compassion’s programs will receive an age-appropriate Bible, giving them the opportunity to hear the gospel message. You can give to the Bible Fund today.

Photos by Chuck Bigger, Vera Mensah-Bediako, Adones Martinez, Elizabeth Karanja, Ryan Johnson and Vera Aurima

All Bible verses are taken from the New International Version.

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