Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.
“To whom would He teach knowledge, And to whom would He interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast?
And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,
But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.