What is a…
also known as: children
This word has considerable latitude of meaning in Scripture. Thus, Joseph is called a child at the time when he was probably about 16 years of age (Genesis 37:3); and Benjamin is so called when he was above thirty years (44:20). Solomon called himself a little child when he came to the kingdom (1 Kings 3:7).
In the earliest times mothers did not wean their children till they were from thirty months to three years old; and the day on which they were weaned was kept as a festival day (Genesis 21:8; Exodus 2:7, 9; 1 Samuel 1:22-24; Matthew 21:16). At the age of five, children began to learn the arts and duties of life under the care of their fathers (Deuteronomy 6:20-25; 11:19).
“When I was a child, I spake as a child.”
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro” (Ephesians 4:14).