And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your
offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting
covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
He loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and
brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power.
They shall come and proclaim his righteousness
to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They shall spring up among the grass
like willows by flowing streams.
This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’s,’
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand,
‘The LORD’s,’and name himself by the name of Israel.
“And as formed, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD:
“My Spirit that is upon you,
and my words that I have put in your mouth,
shall not depart out of your mouth,
or out of the mouth of your offspring,
or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the LORD,
“from this time forth and forevermore.”
Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.
They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity,
for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,
and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD,
nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away,
and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Thus says the LORD:“Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes
from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD,
and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
There is hope for your future, declares the LORD,
and your children shall come back to their own country.”
Conditional promises regarding children:
Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments,
which I command you today, that it may go well with you
and with your children after you.
Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me
and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with
them and with their descendants forever!
Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may
go well with you and with your children after you forever, when
you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in
your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and
they shall be as front lets between your eyes. You shall teach them
to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your
house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie
down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of
your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your
children may be multiplied in the land.
Honor your father and your mother,
as the LORD your God commanded you,
that your days may be long,
and that it may go well with you
in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
The righteous who walks in his integrity —
blessed are his children after him!
Prayers for our Children:
And Abraham said to God,
“Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
What is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission?”
Arise, cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children,
who faint for hunger at the head of every street.