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Want to know what the Bible says about children growing up? Here are 31 Bible verses about children growing up from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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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.
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2 Timothy 3:14-15 NIV
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
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Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
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Luke 18:16 NIV
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
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Ephesians 6:2 NIV
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
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1 Timothy 3:4 NIV
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.
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Proverbs 22:15 NIV
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
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Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
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Ephesians 6:1-4 NIV
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
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Acts 16:31 NIV
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
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Genesis 18:19 NIV
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
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1 Peter 4:17 NIV
For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
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Titus 3:5 NIV
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
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Proverbs 13:24 NIV
Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
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Proverbs 29:17 NIV
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
    they will bring you the delights you desire.
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Acts 2:39 NIV
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
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Acts 10:45-47 NIV
45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
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1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
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Malachi 4:5-6 NIV
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
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Acts 2:38 NIV
Peter replied, “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 Holy Spirit.
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