Nothing transforms a life like the Word of God! It is living, active and speaks to every facet of life. So whether we have kids of our own, or serve the children of others, we need to know what God’s Word says about our little ones. Take a few minutes and be encouraged by these 60 Bible verses for kids and your Sunday School curriculum.
60 Bible Verses for Kids and Sunday School
THE BLESSING OF CHILDREN
Children are one of God’s greatest gifts. These are great Bible verses for kids to be reminded that children are a treasure God has given us!
Psalm 127:3 (NLT) Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.
John 16:21 (NIV) A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
Proverbs 17:6 (NIV) Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
3 John 1:4 (ESV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Psalm 113:9 (ESV) He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Proverbs 31:28 (NIV) Her children arise and call her blessed
1 Samuel 1:27 (NIV) I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
James 1:17 (ESV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
Psalm 127:4-5 (NLT) Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
Proverbs 23:24 (NIV) The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
CHILDREN CREATED BY GOD
As we look at these Bible verses for kids, it’s important to remember that children are not only a treasure, but they have also been fearfully and wonderfully made by God!
Genesis 1:27 (ESV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart
Psalm 22:9 (NIV) Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
Psalm 119:73 (ESV) Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Psalm 139:13 (NIV) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:15 (NIV) My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Psalm 139:16 (NIV) Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Isaiah 46:3 (NLT) Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born.
Job 31:15 (NLT) For God created both me and my servants. He created us both in the womb.
CHILDREN & JESUS
What list of Bible verses for kids would be complete without some of the key verses relating to Jesus and children? Read these verses and you’ll see that Jesus really loves children!
Matthew 19:13-14 (ESV) 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.”
Mark 10:13-14 (NIV) People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 10:15-16 (NIV) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Luke 18:15-17 (NLT) One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Matthew 18:2-4 (ESV) 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.
Matthew 18:5 (NLT) And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Mark 9:36-37 (NIV) He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms,he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Luke 9:47-48 (ESV) But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Matthew 18:10 (NLT) Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.
Matthew 18:14 (NIV) In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
INSTRUCTIONS TO CHILDREN
God desires that children learn to follow him and obey his commandments. The following Bible verses for children are some of God’s instructions to our little ones.
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
Proverbs 1:8-9 (ESV) 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.
Colossians 3:20 (NIV) Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Psalm 34:11 (NLT) Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
Proverbs 8:32-33 (ESV) And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
1 John 5:21 (NIV) Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NLT) But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 20:11 (ESV) Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Peter 5:5 (NLT) In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
PARENTS TO GUIDE & DISCIPLINE
God wants our children to mature into the image of his Son Jesus, and parents play a big role in this process. These are Bible verses for kids to focus on the role and responsibility of parents.
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Exodus 10:2 (NLT) I’ve also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them—and so you will know that I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV) 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 19:18 (NIV) Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
Colossians 3:21(NLT) Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Proverbs 13:24 (ESV) Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Proverbs 23:13-14 (NIV) Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death.
Proverbs 22:15 (NLT) A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.
Proverbs 29:17 (ESV) Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
Psalm 103:13 (NIV) As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him
GREAT MEMORY VERSES FOR KIDS
We all want our children to succeed, and nothing sets them up for success like hiding God’s Word in their hearts. The following are great Bible verses for kids to memorize!
Acts 16:31 (NIV) Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved
Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all
Colossians 3:2 (NLT) Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
1 John 5:3 (NIV) This is love for God: to keep his commands
Psalm 150:6 (ESV) Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Proverbs 3:5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Matthew 28:20 (NIV) I am with you always
1 John 3:23 (ESV) love one another
Psalm 118:24 (NLT) This is the day the Lord has made.
Proverbs 30:5 (NIV) Every word of God is flawless