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Psalm 127:3 - Children are a gift of the LORD

NIV Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
KJV Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
NASB Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3


Psalm 127:3 tells us that "children are a heritage," meaning they belong to God. He has a destiny and purpose for each of them (Rom. 8:28). Therefore, the privilege of motherhood rests not just in the bearing of children. The true privilege comes from being entrusted with the faithful stewardship of the life-gifts of God, who will one day act as His agents, both now and through eternity (Rev. 5:10; 22:5).

Hayford, J. W., & Parrish, M. W. (1997, c1994). Biblical ministries through women : God's daughters and God's work. C1994 by Jack W. Hayford. Spirit-Filled Life Kingdom Dynamics Study Guides. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Proverbs 1:8-9 - Do not forsake your mother's teaching

NIV Listen, my son, to your father's instruction
and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
KJV My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
NASB Hear, my son, your father's instruction
And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And ornaments about your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9


Both the OT and the NT agree that children have only one responsibility in the family-to obey their parents. The admonition of Solomon is more fully explained by Paul in Eph. 6:1-3: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother,' which is the first commandment with promise: 'that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.'" "Children" is an inclusive term. It is not a matter of either sex or age that is involved.

The Open Bible : New King James Version. 1998, c1997. Includes indexes. (electronic ed.) (Pr 1:8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.