Matthew 18:2
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New International Version
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

New Living Translation
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.

English Standard Version
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them

Berean Study Bible
Jesus called a little child to stand among them.

Berean Literal Bible
And having summoned a child, He set it in their midst,

New American Standard Bible
And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

King James Bible
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them.

International Standard Version
Calling a little child forward, he had him stand among them.

NET Bible
He called a child, had him stand among them,

New Heart English Bible
He called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua called a boy and stood him in their midst.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He called a little child and had him stand among them.

New American Standard 1977
And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

American King James Version
And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the middle of them,

American Standard Version
And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them,

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus having called a little child to [him], set it in their midst,

English Revised Version
And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the midst of them,

Weymouth New Testament
So He called a young child to Him, and, bidding him stand in the midst of them,

World English Bible
Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having called near a child, did set him in the midst of them,
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2Jesus called a little child to stand among them. 3“Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:1
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

Matthew 18:3
"Truly I tell you," He said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
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(2) Jesus called a little child unto him.--As the conversation was "in the house" (Mark 9:33), and that house probably was Peter's, the child may have been one of his. As in other like incidents (Matthew 19:13; Matthew 21:15-16), we may recognise in our Lord's act a recognition of the special beauty of childhood, a tender love for the gracious trust and freedom from rivalry which it shows when, as yet, the taint of egotism is undeveloped. St. Mark adds that He folded His arms round the child as in loving fondness, and, before He did so, uttered the warning words, "If any one will (wishes to) be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." A late tradition of the Eastern Church identified the child with Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, taking the name which he gave himself as passive, ???????? (Theo-phoros), "one who had been carried or borne by God." Ignatius himself, however, uses it in its active sense, "one who carries God within him."

Verse 2. - A little child. Our Lord teaches, not only by spoken parables, but by symbolical actions also. This was not a mere infant, as Christ is said to have called him unto him. A tradition, mentioned by Nicephorus ('Hist. Eccl.,' 2:35), asserts that this child was the famous martyr Ignatius. Set him in the midst of them. Taking him in his arms, as St. Mark tells. What a picture of Christ's tenderness and human love! From the boy's trustfulness and submission he draws a needed lesson for the ambitious apostles. And Jesus called a little child unto him,.... One, very likely, that was in the house, and might belong to the master of it, and which was big enough to come to him at his call. Some have thought that this was Ignatius the martyr, but without any foundation. His own words, in his epistle to the church at Smyrna (y), can give no countenance to it; where he says, "for I also know, that after his resurrection he was in the flesh, and I believe that he is." The Latin version indeed renders it thus; "for I also saw him in the flesh after the resurrection, and believe that he exists." But it does not follow from hence that he must be this child, but rather the contrary; since it cannot be thought, that a child so young as this, in half a year after, had it seen Christ, when risen from the dead, could have took so much notice of him, as this version represents Ignatius to do; but it matters not who it was; Christ designed, by this emblem, to give them his sense of the question, and convey some proper instruction to the minds of his disciples:

and set him in the midst of them; that everyone might see him; and upon the very sight of him, had he said no more to them, they might easily have perceived what was his opinion; that he that was but a child, the most humble, and least in his own eyes, would be the greatest: but besides setting the child in such a situation, he pointed to him, saying what follows.

(y) p. 3. Ed. Voss. 18:1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.
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