Mark 9:36
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New International Version
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

New Living Translation
Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

English Standard Version
And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,

New American Standard Bible
Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,

King James Bible
And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He took a child, had him stand among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,

International Standard Version
Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He took him in his arms and told them,

NET Bible
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he took a certain boy and stood him in the midst and took him up on his shoulders and he said to them:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He put his arms around the child and said to them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,

American King James Version
And he took a child, and set him in the middle of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them,

American Standard Version
And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when he had embraced, he saith to them:

Darby Bible Translation
And taking a little child he set it in their midst, and having taken it in his arms he said to them,

English Revised Version
And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them,

Weymouth New Testament
And taking a young child He made him stand in their midst, then threw His arms round him and said,

World English Bible
He took a little child, and set him in the midst of them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,

Young's Literal Translation
And having taken a child, he set him in the midst of them, and having taken him in his arms, said to them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 36. - And he took a little child (παιδίον), and set him in the midst of them. St. Mark adds, what is not recorded by the other synoptists, that he took him in his arms. And taking him in his arms (ἐναγκαλισάμενος); literally, folding him in his arms; embracing him. It is probable that the house where he was was the house of Simon Peter; and it is possible that this little child might have been Simon's. A tradition not earlier than the ninth century says that this child was Ignatius.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he took a child,.... Which was in the house, and which he called unto him, and set by him, as the other evangelists observe:

and set him in the midst of them; his disciples, that all might see and learn from this instance;

and when he had taken him in his arms; and embraced him, to show his great regard to humility, and humble persons:

he said unto them; the following words.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

36. And he took a child—"a little child" (Mt 18:2); but the word is the same in both places, as also in Lu 9:47.

and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms—This beautiful trait is mentioned by out Evangelist alone.

he said unto them—Here we must go to Matthew (Mt 18:3, 4) for the first of this answer: "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven:" that is, "Conversion must be thorough; not only must the heart be turned to God in general, and from earthly to heavenly things, but in particular, except ye be converted from that carnal ambition which still rankles within you, into that freedom from all such feelings which ye see in this child, ye have neither part nor lot in the kingdom at all; and he who in this feature has most of the child, is highest there." Whosoever, therefore, shall "humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven": "for he that is [willing to be] least among you all, the same shall be great" (Lu 9:48).

Mark 9:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Greatest in the Kingdom
35Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." 36Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."
Cross References
Mark 9:35
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

Mark 9:37
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Mark 10:16
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Treasury of Scripture

And he took a child, and set him in the middle of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them,

Mark 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.

Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the middle of them,

Matthew 19:14,15 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come …

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