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Matthew 19:13–14

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 aThen some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

14 But Jesus said, 1aLet the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for bthe kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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Matthew 19:13–14 — The New International Version (NIV)

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 19:13–14 — English Standard Version (ESV)

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:13–14 — New Living Translation (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.

14 But Jesus said, Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — New Century Version (NCV)

13 Then the people brought their little children to Jesus so he could put his hands on them and pray for them. His followers told them to stop, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:13–14 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

13 Then there were brought to him little children that he might lay his hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and do not hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of the heavens is of such:

Matthew 19:13–14 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

13 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.

14 Jesus said, “Don’t stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Then Jesus said, Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

13 Then children were brought to him so that he could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Allow the children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:13–14 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

13 Some people brought little children to Jesus. They wanted him to place his hands on the children and pray for them. But the disciples told the people to stop.

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like them.”