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Matthew 19:13

    Matthew 19:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then some people took little children to him, so that he might put his hands on them in blessing: and the disciples said sharp words to them.

    Webster's Revision

    Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 19:13

    Then were there brought unto him little children - These are termed by Luke, Luke 18:15, τα βρεφη, infants, very young children; and it was on this account, probably, that the disciples rebuked the parents, thinking them too young to receive good. See on Mark 10:16 (note).

    That he should put his hands - It was a common custom among the Jews to lay their hands on the heads of those whom they blessed, or for whom they prayed. This seems to have been done by way of dedication or consecration to God - the person being considered as the sacred property of God ever after. Often God added a testimony of his approbation, by communicating some extraordinary influence of the Holy Spirit. This rite has been long practised among Christians, when persons are appointed to any sacred office. But this consecration of children to God seems to have grown out of use. It is no wonder that the great mass of children are so wicked, when so few, are put under the care of Christ by humble, praying, believing parents. Let every parent that fears God bring up his children in that fear; and, by baptism, let each be dedicated to the holy trinity. Whatever is solemnly consecrated to God abides under his protection and blessing.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 19:13

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 19:13

    19:13 That he should lay his hands on them - This was a rite which was very early used, in praying for a blessing on young persons. See Gen 48:14,20. The disciples rebuked them - That is, them that brought them: probably thinking such an employ beneath the dignity of their Master. Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15.