Luke 18:15-17

Let the Children Come to Me

15 1Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they 2rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, 3"Let the children come to me, and 4do not hinder them, 5for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
17 6Truly, I say to you, whoever does not 7receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Luke 18:15-17 In-Context

13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

Cross References 7

  • 1. For ver. 15-17, see Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16
  • 2. ver. 39
  • 3. Matthew 18:3
  • 4. [Mark 9:39]
  • 5. Matthew 18:3
  • 6. [John 3:3, 5]
  • 7. [Luke 8:13; James 1:21]
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