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Luke 18:16-17

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18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 1  saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 2  belongs to such as these. 3  18:17 I tell you the truth, 4  whoever does not receive 5  the kingdom of God like a child 6  will never 7  enter it.”

1 tn Grk “summoned them”; the referent (the children) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 sn The kingdom of God is a major theme of Jesus. It is a realm in which Jesus rules and to which those who trust him belong. See Luke 6:20; 11:20; 17:20-21.

3 sn The kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Children are a picture of those whose simple trust illustrates what faith is all about. The remark illustrates how everyone is important to God, even those whom others regard as insignificant.

4 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

5 sn On receive see John 1:12.

6 sn The point of the comparison receive the kingdom of God like a child has more to do with a child’s trusting spirit and willingness to be dependent and receive from others than any inherent humility the child might possess.

7 tn The negation in Greek used here (οὐ μή, ou mh) is very strong.



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