And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying…
We don't always look for that in children, yet have they shown it. The martyr Laurence, who was burnt at Colchester, was so tortured in gaol that he had to be carried to the stake in a chair, and all the grown-up people, afraid that they might he burnt too, forsook him. But a child came up and said, "Lord, strengthen Thy servant." When one was burnt in Smithfield a boy was seen going home after the burning. Some one said, "Boy, why were you there?" He said, "Sir, I went to learn the way.' It may be said, "Oh, that was in the old days." But they are children like ours. A friend once said to the widow of a martyr, "Will you not urge your boy to forsake his faith? .... I have had many children," she said, "but I never had one so well bestowed as this dear boy, though he is to be burnt to death." He cheered his elder companion, and stood back to back with him in the flames. They have taken their fair share of suffering in martyr days.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,