And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Took a child.—Better, laid hold on.Matthew 18:1-5. Compare Mark 9:33-38.
46-48. (See on Mt 18:1-5).See Poole on "Luke 9:46"
he took a child and set him by him. The Ethiopic version reads, "before them", the disciples; and Matthew and Mark say, "he set him in the midst of them"; all which were true, Jesus sitting in the midst of them; so, that the child he set by him, was in the middle of them and before them; See Gill on Matthew 18:2.And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 9:47. παρʼ ἑαυτῷ, beside Himself, not ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν, as in Mt. and Mk., as if to say, here is the greater one.47. perceiving the thought of their heart] He asked the subject of their dispute, and when shame kept them silent, He sat down, and calling a little child, made the Twelve stand around while He taught this solemn lesson.
took a child] This could not have been the future martyr St Ignatius, as legend says (Niceph. II. 3), probably by an erroneous inference from his name of Christophoros or Theophoros, which was derived from his telling Trajan that he carried God in his heart (see Ep. ad Smyrn. ill. which is of very doubtful genuineness, or Eus. H. E. ill. 38).
Strictly, having laid hold of.
By him (παῤ ἑαυτῷ)
Lit., by himself. Mark alone record the taking him in his arms.
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