Mark 10:16
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New International Version
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

New Living Translation
Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

English Standard Version
And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Berean Study Bible
And He took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them, and blessed them.

Berean Literal Bible
And having taken them in arms, He was blessing them, having laid the hands on them.

New American Standard Bible
And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

King James Bible
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Christian Standard Bible
After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.

Contemporary English Version
Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

Good News Translation
Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them.

International Standard Version
Then after he had hugged the children, he tenderly blessed them as he laid his hands on them.

NET Bible
After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them.

New Heart English Bible
And he took them in his arms, laying his hands on them, and blessed them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he took them up in his arms and he laid his hand upon them and he blessed them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus put his arms around the children and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

New American Standard 1977
And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands upon them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And taking them up in his arms and putting his hands upon them, he blessed them.

King James 2000 Bible
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

American King James Version
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.

American Standard Version
And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.

Darby Bible Translation
And having taken them in his arms, having laid his hands on them, he blessed them.

English Revised Version
And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Weymouth New Testament
Then He took them in His arms and blessed them lovingly, one by one, laying His hands upon them.

World English Bible
He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Young's Literal Translation
and having taken them in his arms, having put his hands upon them, he was blessing them.
Study Bible
Jesus Blesses the Children
15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And He took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them, and blessed them. 17As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. “Good Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”…
Cross References
Mark 9:36
Then He had a little child stand among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them,

Mark 14:22
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, spoke a blessing and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "Take it; this is My body."

Treasury of Scripture

And he took them up in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.

Genesis 48:14-16 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it on Ephraim's …

Deuteronomy 28:3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Luke 2:28-34 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said…

Luke 24:50,51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …







(16) And he took them up in his arms.--Better, folded them in His arms, leaving the question whether they were lifted from the ground open. The word is used by St. Mark only. The actual "blessing," though implied in St. Matthew, is also definitely mentioned by him only.

Verse 16. - And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them. This is considered the true order of the words, according to the best authorities. The word rendered "taking in the arms" (ἐναγκαλισάμενος) has already occurred in this Gospel at Mark 9:36 (where see the note). The description here is very graphic. Our Savior would first embrace the little child,. He folding it in his arms; then he would lay his right hand upon the child's head, and bless it. And he took them up in his arms,.... "Upon his arms", the Syriac version says; "he put them into his bosom", according to the Ethiopic; and the Persic renders it, "he took them into his bosom": all which expresses great tenderness towards them, and affection for them:

put his hands upon them, and blessed them. The Ethiopic version transposes these clauses, and puts blessing first, contrary to the natural order of the words, and things; for he first put his hands on the children, according to the custom of the Jews, and then prayed over them, and wished all happiness and prosperity to them; See Gill on Matthew 19:15. 10:13-16 Some parents or nurses brought little children to Christ, that he should touch them, in token of his blessing them. It does not appear that they needed bodily cures, nor were they capable of being taught: but those who had the care of them believed that Christ's blessing would do their souls good; therefore they brought them to him. Jesus ordered that they should be brought to him, and that nothing should be said or done to hinder it. Children should be directed to the Saviour as soon as they are able to understand his words. Also, we must receive the kingdom of God as little children; we must stand affected to Christ and his grace, as little children to their parents, nurses, and teachers.



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