And he took a little child and set him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, Bible see other translations

“him.” The text does not give us the sex of the child but culturally it would have been a boy “in the midst” of a group of men. Jesus would have been more respectful in the culture than to pick up someone's little girl, and in fact, that a little girl would be in his immediate audience is very improbable. The same account is in Matthew 18:2 and Luke 9:47.

Commentary for: Mark 9:36