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.
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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then were brought little children - See also Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17. Probably these were brought by some of his followers, who desired not only to devote themselves to Jesus, but all that they had - their children as well as themselves. All the Jews were accustomed to devote their children to God by circumcision. It was natural, therefore, under the new dispensation, that it should be done. Luke says they were infants. They were undoubtedly those who were not old enough to come by choice, but their coming was an act of the parents.
Put his hands on them and pray - It was customary among the Jews, when blessings were sought for others in prayer, to lay the hands on the head of the person prayed for, implying a kind of consecration to God. See Genesis 48:14; Matthew 9:18. They had also much confidence in the prayers of pious men, believing that those blessed by a saint or a prophet would be happy. See Numbers 22:6; Luke 2:28.
The disciples rebuked them - That is, reproved them, or told them it was improper. This they did, probably, either:
1. because they thought that they were too young; or,
2. because they thought that they would be troublesome to their Master.
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Eligius, Bishop of Noyon.
"For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.
And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.
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