13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
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.
13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,
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.
13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
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.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 19:13
Commentary on Matthew 19:13-15
(Read Matthew 19:13-15)
It is well when we come to Christ ourselves, and bring our children. Little children may be brought to Christ as needing, and being capable of receiving blessings from him, and having an interest in his intercession. We can but beg a blessing for them: Christ only can command the blessing. It is well for us, that Christ has more love and tenderness in him than the best of his disciples have. And let us learn of him not to discountenance any willing, well-meaning souls, in their seeking after Christ, though they are but weak. Those who are given to Christ, as part of his purchase, he will in no wise cast out. Therefore he takes it ill of all who forbid, and try to shut out those whom he has received. And all Christians should bring their children to the Saviour that he may bless them with spiritual blessings.