ESV - 10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
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There are references even in the Old Testament, in verses such as Psalm 34:7 and Psalm 91:11 (a verse that Satan even quoted to Jesus in tempting Him to cast Himself from the top of the temple in Jerusalem), to angels being specifically assigned to care for God's followers. In the verse cited in the question, Jesus refers to the existence of that same angelic concern particularly with respect to little children, due to their relative inability (in comparison to adults) to protect themselves. Harming such individuals is therefore especially egregious in God's eyes, as indicated by Jesus' use of the words "I tell you" in making the statement, which He customarily used (as He also did with, "Truly, truly I say to you...") to indicate a pronouncement of special emphasis or importance.
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