"I tell you the truth,
unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of
"But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in
me to sin, it would be better for him ...
... to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be
drowned in the depths of the sea."
At that time 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.
Yes, Father, for this was
your good pleasure." Matthew 11:25-26
O Lord, our Lord, how
majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children
and infants you have ordained praise because
of your enemies, to silence the foe and the
avenger. Psalm 8:1-2
to read and hear the Word of
Fix these words of mine in
your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Teach them to your children,
talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie
down and when you get up.
Write them on the doorframes
of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be
many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers,
as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is
"Honor your father and mother"
which is the first commandment with a promise
that it may go well with you
and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children;
them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.