"Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence." Matthew 19:13-15 ASV
<p>Engraving by John C. McRae after a painting by Johann Friedrich Overbeck.

Christ Blessing the Little Children

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

"And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not: for to such belongeth the kingdom of God." Mark 10:13-14 ASV
Illustration of Jesus sitting against a tree with a baby on his lap. Little children approach him and he pats one on the head. Two women sit on the ground, holding children. Two men, probably disciples, stand nearby. A small town is in the background.

Jesus Blesses the Little Children When They are Brought to Him

"And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked…

"And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not: for to such belongeth the kingdom of God." Mark 10:13-14 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jesus, sitting on a rock, with a little child in his lap and several more clamoring to get to him. Several women usher the children to Jesus. They are carrying children in their arms. Three of Jesus' disciples watch from the side.

Jesus, a Friend to the Little Children

"And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked…

Detail of the hand of Jesus raised in blessing in an engraving by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling from an original painting in the possession of a Bible publisher (Baumgärtners Buchhandlung) in Leipzig, Germany.

Hand Raised in Blessing

Detail of the hand of Jesus raised in blessing in an engraving by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling from an…

"And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him." Genesis 27:23 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jacob kneeling at Isaac's feet. Isaac's left hand rests on Jacob's hand and his right hand is on Jacob's head. Jacob's left arm can be seen covered in fur, which he used to trick Isaac into believing he was blessing Esau. Isaac sits on a bed surrounded by curtains of fabric. The food and wine sits nearby (left). Rebecca is standing in the doorway, leaning on a post. A man, most likely Esau, can be seen in the distant background, blowing a horn, and running with an animal.

Isaac Deceives Jacob and Receives Esau's Blessing

"And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed…

"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the latter days. Assemble yourselves, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; And hearken unto Israel your father." Genesis 49:1-2 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jacob, sitting up in his deathbed, his right arm raised, speaking to his sons and grandsons. Jacob and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasses, stand on one side of Jacob. All of Jacob's sons crowd around his bed. A pitcher, bowl, and scroll are sitting on the bedside table. Two open windows show vines and foliage outside.

Jacob Blesses His Sons and Prophesies on His Deathbed

"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which…

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it." Genesis 28:12 ASV
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Illustration of Jacob sleeping, his upper body resting on a rock, and dreaming. His robe is wrapped around him and his left arm is resting on his abdomen. A ladder emerges from bright clouds in the center of the illustration. God is descending from the top of the ladder, his arms outstretched. Angels descend on one side and ascend on the other. There are six angels. Jacob's staff and satchel are on the ground next to him. Trees frame the image.

Jacob Sees God and Angels on a Ladder While He Dreams at Bethel

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And…

Portrait of Jesus looking upward with right hand raised in blessing is an engraving by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling from an original painting in the possession of a Bible publisher (Baumgärtners Buchhandlung) in Leipzig, Germany.

Portrait of Jesus Christ

Portrait of Jesus looking upward with right hand raised in blessing is an engraving by Lazarus Gottlieb…

Illustration of Saint Patrick on the shores of Ireland, in full papal uniform, with other clergy behind him. He is holding his hand out over several men, women, and children. Women kneel on the ground, one with a basket of fish. A little boy and girl watch the saint. A boat can be seen on the water and mountains rise in the background. Snakes slither on the ground in front of Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick Blesses the Irish and Banishes Snakes

Illustration of Saint Patrick on the shores of Ireland, in full papal uniform, with other clergy behind…