Matthew 19:13
New International Version
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

New Living Translation
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

English Standard Version
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,

Berean Study Bible
Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. And the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

Berean Literal Bible
Then little children were brought to Him, that He might lay the hands on them, and might pray. But the disciples rebuked them.

New American Standard Bible
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

New King James Version
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.

King James Bible
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Christian Standard Bible
Then children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.

Contemporary English Version
Some people brought their children to Jesus, so he could place his hands on them and pray for them. His disciples told the people to stop bothering him.

Good News Translation
Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.

International Standard Version
Then some little children were brought to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

NET Bible
Then little children were brought to him for him to lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded those who brought them.

New Heart English Bible
Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they brought children to him that he might lay his hand upon them and pray, and his disciples rebuked them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then some people brought little children to Jesus to have him bless them and pray for them. But the disciples told the people not to do that.

New American Standard 1977
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then were there brought unto him little children that he should put his hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them.

King James 2000 Bible
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

American King James Version
Then were there brought to him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

American Standard Version
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then were little children presented to him, that he should impose hands upon them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them.

Darby Bible Translation
Then there were brought to him little children that he might lay his hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked them.

English Revised Version
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then were brought to him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Weymouth New Testament
Then young children were brought to Him for Him to put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples interfered.

World English Bible
Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

Young's Literal Translation
Then were brought near to him children that he might put hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them.
Study Bible
Jesus Blesses the Children
12For there are eunuchs who were born that way; others were made that way by men; and still others live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” 13Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”…
Cross References
Matthew 19:12
For there are eunuchs who were born that way; others were made that way by men; and still others live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

Mark 10:13
Now people were bringing the little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them, and the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

Luke 18:15
Now people were even bringing their babies to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them. And when the disciples saw this, they rebuked those who brought them.

Treasury of Scripture

Then were there brought to him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

brought.

Matthew 18:2-5
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, …

Genesis 48:1,9-20
And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim…

1 Samuel 1:24
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.

and the.

Matthew 16:22
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

Matthew 20:31
And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Luke 9:49,50,54,55
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us…







Lexicon
Then
Τότε (Tote)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5119: Then, at that time. From ho and hote; the when, i.e. At the time that.

[the] little children
παιδία (paidia)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3813: Neuter diminutive of pais; a childling, i.e., an infant, or a half-grown boy or girl; figuratively, an immature Christian.

were brought
προσηνέχθησαν (prosēnechthēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4374: From pros and phero; to bear towards, i.e. Lead to, tender, treat.

to [Jesus]
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

for
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

Him to place
ἐπιθῇ (epithē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2007: To put, place upon, lay on; I add, give in addition. From epi and tithemi; to impose.

[His] hands
χεῖρας (cheiras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

on them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

pray [for them];
προσεύξηται (proseuxētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

rebuked
ἐπετίμησαν (epetimēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2008: From epi and timao; to tax upon, i.e. Censure or admonish; by implication, forbid.

those [who brought them].
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(13) Then were there brought unto him little children.--St. Luke (Luke 18:15) uses a word which implies infancy. The fact that they were brought (we may assume by their mothers) indicates that there was something in our Lord's look and manner that attracted children, and impressed their parents with the feeling that He loved them. That feeling, we may well believe, was deepened by His acts and words when He had taken in His arms the child whom He set before His disciples as a pattern of the true greatness of humility, and taught them that the angels of those little ones beheld the face of His Father (Matthew 18:10). The motives of the disciples in rebuking those that brought them, may, in like manner, be connected with what they had just heard from their Master's lips. What interest, they might have thought, could He have in these infants, when He had in those words appeared to claim for the "eunuch" life a special dignity and honour? What could the pressing claims of mothers and their children be to Him but a trouble and vexation, interfering with the higher life of meditation and of prayer?

Verses 13-15. - Benediction of little children. (Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17.) Verse 13. - Christ, having laid his blessing on marriage, now blesses its fruit. Then. This happened directly after the preceding conversation. Mothers were won to his side by his elevation of woman to her true position, and his marked tenderness to children. Little children (παιδία). St. Luke calls them τὰ βρέφη, "their infants." These were babes whom the mothers carried in their arms, and who were too young to understand the meaning and importance of the act of Christ in blessing them. It was a custom to take infants to the synagogues, that they might receive the prayers and blessings of the rabbis, or holy men. For this reason they were brought to Christ as a holy and revered Teacher. That he should put his hands on them, and pray. The laying on of hands was symbolical of blessing (see Genesis 48:14; Numbers 27:23). From the Jewish it passed into the Christian Church (Acts 6:5), and continues unto this day to be used on various solemn occasions. The disciples rebuked them. More definitely in St. Mark, "rebuked those that brought them." Why they did so is not quite obvious. Either they thought that it was beneath Christ's dignity, and a waste of his precious time to attend to these babes; or, being still of imperfect faith, they did not realize that any spiritual good could proceed from the imposition of Christ's hands upon unconscious and irresponsive infants. They had seen him cure bodily diseases with a touch, and they would have welcomed these little ones it' they had been brought to be healed of some obvious maladies; what they could not understand was that these irrational creatures, not possessed of faith, could be the recipients of Divine blessing. Christ, by word and action, teaches another lesson. St. Mark adds that Jesus was "much displeased" at the disciples' faithless interference. St. Luke tells us that he "called them [the babes] unto him," making his followers desist from their officious remonstrance, and said the memorable words which are given almost without variation by the three synoptists. 19:13-15 It is well when we come to Christ ourselves, and bring our children. Little children may be brought to Christ as needing, and being capable of receiving blessings from him, and having an interest in his intercession. We can but beg a blessing for them: Christ only can command the blessing. It is well for us, that Christ has more love and tenderness in him than the best of his disciples have. And let us learn of him not to discountenance any willing, well-meaning souls, in their seeking after Christ, though they are but weak. Those who are given to Christ, as part of his purchase, he will in no wise cast out. Therefore he takes it ill of all who forbid, and try to shut out those whom he has received. And all Christians should bring their children to the Saviour that he may bless them with spiritual blessings.
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