30 Bible Quotes for the Baby Blessing

Updated on December 11, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

“There is no command in the Scriptures regarding the public blessing of infants,” writes Pastor Clifton L. Taylor in Blessing and Dedicating Babies. “There is no hint that Jesus had suggested to the mothers in Israel that they should bring their children. It was entirely spontaneous on their part.”

Today, parents continue the practice of blessing or dedicating their babies, based on the fact that Jesus' parents dedicated Him; that Jesus extended a welcome to infants, despite His disciples’ rebuke; that parents recognize their need for divine wisdom and guidance in effective parenting. No salvation is established in the process; water baptisms come later when the child is mature enough to decide his or her faith. The blessing simply registers the parents' commitment to bringing up the children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4)

Blessing an Infant in the Temple

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The pastor or ordained lay clergy member may administer the blessing before the congregation in worship or in a family ceremony at home.The child is usually an infant, but could be older if for any reason the blessing was not previously given. The ritual may include one child or several children.

Always there is (1) a charge to the parents to learn and practice the parental principles in the Bible; (2) a prayer and pronouncement of God’s blessing on the life of the child; and (3) a charge to all family members, godparents and church community to help nurture the child’s faith through teaching and example. The following quotes are compiled in accordance with those three steps.

I. Principles and Promises for Parents

  1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
  2. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
  3. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. (Psalm 127: 4, 5)
  4. Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. . .Your children [shall be] like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:1,3)
  5. Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6)
  6. Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. (Proverbs 29:17)
  7. For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25)
  8. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)
  9. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. (2 Corinthians 12:14)
  10. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

Hannah Dedicates Her Weaned Son, Samuel (1 Samuel 1:24)

Painting by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Painting by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout | Source

II. Blessings for the Children

  1. Then his father Isaac said to him . . . “May God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. (Genesis 27: 26-28)
  2. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  3. May you be blessed, my son . . . You shall both do great things and also still prevail. (1 Samuel 26:25)
  4. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth . . . Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength. (Psalm 8: 1, 2)
  5. For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
  6. May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 115:15)
  7. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139: 13, 14)
  8. That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style. (Psalm 144:12)
  9. In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)
  10. The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
  11. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you. (Jeremiah 1:5)
  12. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good. (Jeremiah 32:40, 41)
  13. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
  14. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (Mark 7:27)
  15. And He [Jesus] took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10: 16)

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III. Counsels to Family Members, Guardians and Well Wishers

  1. Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
  2. Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
  3. Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me. (Mark 9:37)
  4. Then He [Jesus] said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. (Luke 17: 1, 2)
  5. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

All Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

Questions & Answers

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        Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Jackie, I appreciate your kind thoughts. Hope you also enjoyed the blessings of the season and receive a productive, prosperous and peaceful New Year.

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        Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks Bill. Hope you and your family enjoyed the blessings of the season, and a productive, prosperous and peaceful New Year to you and your church family also.

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        Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Dianna. I can see that this topic is important to you. For sure child training is a priority among the issues of life.

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        Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Thinking of you on this wonderful day, Dora. Merry Christmas and may the new year bring you only happiness and joy.

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        William Kovacic 6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Merry Christmas, Dora!

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        Dianna Mendez 6 months ago

        I always tear up when we have baby blessings at church. Parents have a wonderful responsibility and privilege bringing up a child under God's direction. These scripture verses are inspiring and very much a part of what is important in training a child in the way he or she should go.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for underscoring that fact, Bill. Hopefully, everyone got that part of the message.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Kari, thanks for reminding me of that song. "All are precious in His sight" and He wants to bless everyone.

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        William Kovacic 6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        I like how you take the time to point out, "No salvation is established in the process;" There is so much confusion over baptism today, whether it be infant or adult. I'm glad we're not saved by works (baptism or anything else), but by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

        Thanks again, Dora.

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        Kari Poulsen 6 months ago from Ohio

        This is a blessing of blessings! It brings to mind the song, "Jesus Loves the Little Children".

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Nell. Glad you appreciate the quotations. Merry Christmas to you and yours also.

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        Nell Rose 6 months ago from England

        Thanks MsDora, I always love and appreciate your Bible quotations. And with a new baby in our family, very appropriate, have a Wonderful Christmas!

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Manatita, I appreciate your kind thoughts. I know that as a product of Caribbean upbringing, you benefited from such blessings.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Linda, I like compiling these Bible quotes. with the hope that people who need them will find them easily. Thank you for your feedback.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Demas, I believe that Mormons are among those who have the right perspective on the baby blessing. This is God-centered activity for the spiritual direction of the child. Thank you for sharing.

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        manatita44 6 months ago from london

        Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) This, too me, is a sublime quote which is a blessing and a teaching in itself to the child, parents, nurturing and so forth.

        Some excellent Scriptures quoted, and yes, we are right to endeavour, however weak, to bring children up in the ways of the Lord. This helped me immensely as a child, both at home, in church and at school. Wholesome Hub, as we have come to expect from you. Gracias por todos.

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        Linda Crampton 6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is another article that will be very inspirational for many people, Dora. Thank you for sharing the Bible quotes.

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        Demas W Jasper 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        My faith believes that children are guiltless before the age of 8, but we present babies and infants to their congregations for a name and a blessing. The name by which they will be known on the records of the church, and a blessing bestowed by an ordained priesthood holder (if possible the child's father and other priesthood holders he may invite to the blessing prayer circle.) The blessing is given by inspiration and usually includes what the priesthood holder administering the blessing is given to feel the child may be in need of in its lifetime.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Mary. God parents have important responsibilities to help raise the child. Best to you and your godchild.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, glad you approve. We know the benefits of pronouncing God's blessings on the children. I agree that the congregation / community should be in on it.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Devika, what I really have is a love for these quotes. Thanks for your feedback.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Patricia, thanks for the angels and for your affirmation. Blessing our children is an absolute necessity.

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        Mary Norton 6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I was happy I came upon this hub. It made me remember standing as a god parent to a baby at baptism. Such wonderful blessings.

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        Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I really like this Dora. It means much to me in reaffirming my commitment to God and His children through me. To gather a congregation/community together to affirm their commitment to raising a child is just the only way to go for me. It takes a village to raise a child - and that is a blessing in and of itself. Thanks for setting my head straight this morning.

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        Devika Primić 6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        A powerful keep to have in mind and you have shared a beautiful list of blessings. Something so cherished.

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        DDE 6 months ago

        Dora you have a wonderful mind on these blessings. A powerful keep in mind.

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        Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I seem to know a lot of people who are having babies soon, so thank you for this. Keep the inspiration flowing, my friend.

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        Patricia Scott 6 months ago from sunny Florida

        What a wondrous act it is to have blessings upon children. You have collected so many verses that so aptly apply to how powerful such blessings can be. Thank you so much for sharing this. Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Whonu, it's my pleasure. Happy when my readers appreciate the quotes. Thanks for your feedback.

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        whonunuwho 6 months ago from United States

        Thank you for sharing these wonderful Bible Quotes my friend.Many blessings to you and family. whonu

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Jackie, I agree. The baby blessing shows the parent's willingness to do right by the child. God help us all.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Louise, that verse you mentioned is like the first and yet the ultimate in blessing our children. Thanks for your affirmation.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. If one parent is encouraged, I will be happy. Parents need all the inspiration they can get.

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        Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

        Frank, it's wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Christian parents are so responsible to bring up their child right and in the way of the Lord I do believe.

        I was just pointing out on another hub on abortion that God does indeed know us before we are born as you have shown here. So we know we are a person before we are born.

        We all fall short but we have to make every effort we can.

        Beautiful and so important, as usual, Dora!

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        Louise Powles 6 months ago from Norfolk, England

        The last Bible reading you quoted from 1 Corinthians is so very true. Love never fails. There are so many Bible verses to bless and guide us.

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        FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

        You have a kind spirit to offer up this lovely article. I am sure it will bring encouragement to parents as they begin their journey with their little one.

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        Frank Atanacio 6 months ago from Shelton

        what a very beautiful insight to a hub Loved it MsDora


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