Luke 18:17
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New International Version
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

New Living Translation
I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."

English Standard Version
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

New American Standard Bible
"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."

King James Bible
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

International Standard Version
I tell all of you with certainty, whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never get into it at all."

NET Bible
I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little boy shall not enter it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

American King James Version
Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

American Standard Version
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen, I say to you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not enter into it.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily I say to you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

English Revised Version
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter into it.

Weymouth New Testament
I tell you in solemn truth that, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will certainly not enter it."

World English Bible
Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."

Young's Literal Translation
verily I say to you, Whoever may not receive the reign of God as a little child, may not enter into it.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:15-17 None are too little, too young, to be brought to Christ, who knows how to show kindness to those not capable of doing service to him. It is the mind of Christ, that little children should be brought to him. The promise is to us, and to our seed; therefore He will bid them welcome to him with us. And we must receive his kingdom as children, not by purchase, and must call it our Father's gift.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. Jesus here reminds men that if they hope to enter the kingdom, it must be in the spirit of children, who never think of putting forward any claim of merit or paying any price for kindness showed them. His late parable of the Pharisee and publican was evidently in the Master's mind when he said this.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Verily I say unto you,...., Christ takes an occasion from hence to teach his disciples humility, and guard them against pride and vanity:

whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God; the King Messiah, the doctrines of the Gospel, and the ordinances of it, even the whole Gospel dispensation;

as a little child; without prejudice, pride, ambition, and vanity, with meekness, and humility:

shall in no wise enter therein; a very unfit and improper person to be a professor of the Gospel; or to be admitted to Gospel ordinances: or be a member of a Gospel church; or be reckoned a subject of the Messiah's kingdom, which is of a spiritual nature; and as he has not a meetness for, and a right unto the kingdom of glory, he shall never see it, and enjoy it.



Luke 18:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Blesses the Children
16But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
Cross References
Matthew 18:3
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Mark 10:15
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

Luke 18:16
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Treasury of Scripture

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