Matthew 19:13-14

The Little Children and Jesus

13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
ESV
13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,
NLT
13 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.
MSG
13 One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off.
CSB
13 Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.

Matthew 19:13-14 In-Context

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Mark 5:23
  • 2. S Matthew 25:34
  • 3. Matthew 18:3; 1 Peter 2:2
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