Luke 22:25
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New International Version
Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.

New Living Translation
Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called 'friends of the people.'

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors.

Berean Study Bible
So Jesus declared, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them call themselves benefactors.

Berean Literal Bible
And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles rule over them, and those exercising authority over them are called benefactors.

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.'

King James Bible
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.'

International Standard Version
But he told them, "The kings of the unbelievers lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called benefactors.

NET Bible
So Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called 'benefactors.'

New Heart English Bible
He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then Yeshua said to them, “The Kings of the nations are their lords and they who rule over them are called Benefactors.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people.

New American Standard 1977
And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those that exercise authority upon them are called well-doers.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

American King James Version
And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority on them are called benefactors.

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them, are called beneficent.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, The kings of the nations rule over them, and they that exercise authority over them are called benefactors.

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors.

Weymouth New Testament
But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles are their masters, and those who exercise authority over them are called Benefactors.

World English Bible
He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.'

Young's Literal Translation
And he said to them, 'The kings of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those exercising authority upon them are called benefactors;
Study Bible
Who is the Greatest?
24A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them would be considered the greatest. 25So Jesus declared, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them call themselves benefactors. 26But you shall not be like them. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:25
But Jesus called them aside and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them.

Mark 10:41
On hearing this, the ten became indignant with James and John.

Mark 10:42
So Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those regarded as rulers of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority on them are called benefactors.

Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them to him, and said, You know that the princes …

Mark 10:41-45 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with …

(25) The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them.--See Notes on Matthew 20:25; Mark 10:42. The repetition of the same words that had then been spoken in answer to the petition of the sons of Zebedee, suggests the probability that they were again prominent in the strife for pre-eminence.

Are called benefactors.--This takes the place of "their great ones exercise authority upon them," in St. Matthew and St. Mark. Antiochus VII. of Syria, and Ptolemy III. of Egypt, were examples of kings who had borne the title of Euergetes, or benefactor. There is apparently an emphasis on "are called" as contrasted with "let him become," in the next verse. The world gave the title of "benefactor" to those who were great in power only. In Christ's kingdom true greatness was to be attained by benefiting others in the humblest services.

Verse 25. - Are called benefactors (εὐεργέται). Those who were listening knew well how utterly false these high-sounding human titles often were. Αὐεργέτης (Euergetes), Benefactor, was the well-known title appropriated by Ptolemy Euergetes and other hated royal tyrants well known to the Jewish people. And he said unto them,.... The disciples; that is, Jesus said to them, as the Syriac and Persic versions express:

the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; by which our Lord would dissuade his disciples from seeking to introduce a superiority over one another, since this was the practice of the Heathens, of the men of the world, of ignorant Gentiles; whereas Christ's kingdom was a spiritual kingdom, and not of this world, and therefore, not to be managed in such a way.

And they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors; either by themselves, or by their court flatterers, to cover their ambition, tyranny, and cruelty. Two of the King's of Egypt were called by the name Euergetes (p); the word that is here used, and translated "benefactors"; and it was commonly given to other kings, princes, and men in power: so Cyrus was called by the Armenians; Antigonus by the Greeks; and Phylacus among the Persians: the same name was given to Mithridates king of Pontus, to Titus Aelius Hadrianus, to Menander, to Marcus Aurelius Severus, and to Cato Uticensis, and others (q).

(p) Alex. ab. Alexandro Genial. Dier. l. 1. c. 2.((q) Vid. Cuper. Inscript. & Marmora. p. 283, 284. 25. benefactors—a title which the vanity of princes eagerly coveted.22:21-38 How unbecoming is the worldly ambition of being the greatest, to the character of a follower of Jesus, who took upon him the form of a servant, and humbled himself to the death of the cross! In the way to eternal happiness, we must expect to be assaulted and sifted by Satan. If he cannot destroy, he will try to disgrace or distress us. Nothing more certainly forebodes a fall, in a professed follower of Christ, than self-confidence, with disregard to warnings, and contempt of danger. Unless we watch and pray always, we may be drawn in the course of the day into those sins which we were in the morning most resolved against. If believers were left to themselves, they would fall; but they are kept by the power of God, and the prayer of Christ. Our Lord gave notice of a very great change of circumstances now approaching. The disciples must not expect that their friends would be kind to them as they had been. Therefore, he that has a purse, let him take it, for he may need it. They must now expect that their enemies would be more fierce than they had been, and they would need weapons. At the time the apostles understood Christ to mean real weapons, but he spake only of the weapons of the spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit is the sword with which the disciples of Christ must furnish themselves.
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