Mark 9:34
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New International Version
But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

New Living Translation
But they didn't answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.

English Standard Version
But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.

Berean Study Bible
But they were silent, for on the way they had been arguing with each other which of them was the greatest.

Berean Literal Bible
And they were silent, for along the road they had been discussing with one another which was greatest.

New American Standard Bible
But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.

King James Bible
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.

International Standard Version
But they kept silent, because they had argued on the road with one another about who was the greatest.

NET Bible
But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.

New Heart English Bible
But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they were silent, for they had been arguing on the road with one another who was the greatest among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were silent. On the road they had argued about who was the greatest.

New American Standard 1977
But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they were silent; for on the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

King James 2000 Bible
But they held their peace: for on the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

American King James Version
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

American Standard Version
But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another on the way, who was the greatest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they held their peace, for in the way they had disputed among themselves, which of them should be the greatest.

Darby Bible Translation
And they remained silent, for by the way they had been reasoning with one another who [was] greatest.

English Revised Version
But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another in the way, who was the greatest.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Weymouth New Testament
But they remained silent; for on the way they had debated with one another who was the chief of them.

World English Bible
But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were silent, for with one another they did reason in the way who is greater;
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was in the house, He asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had been arguing with each other which of them was the greatest. 35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and concluded, "It is because we did not bring any bread."

Matthew 18:4
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 9:50
Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

Luke 22:24
A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them would be considered the greatest.
Treasury of Scripture

But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

they had.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the …

Matthew 20:21-24 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these …

Luke 9:46-48 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest…

Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

Philippians 2:3-7 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence …

(34) Who should be the greatest.--Better, more simply, who was the greatest.

But they held their peace,.... Fearing a reprimand, for their vanity and affectation of worldly grandeur:

for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest; that is, who should be advanced to the highest post, and have the greatest place of authority, honour, and dignity, in the temporal kingdom of the Messiah, they expected would be in a little time set up; for notwithstanding what Christ had said to them, concerning his being given up to the power of men, and concerning his death and resurrection, they still retained their former principle, to which they knew not how to reconcile his dying; and therefore chose rather to leave his meaning in suspense, and remain ignorant about it, than quit so darling a notion: and doubtless this dispute was occasioned by what Christ had said to them; who afterwards, getting by themselves, talked about it, which led on to a warm contest, about precedence in his kingdom. 34. But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest—From Mt 18:1 we should infer that the subject was introduced, not by our Lord, but by the disciples themselves, who came and asked Jesus who should be greatest. Perhaps one or two of them first referred the matter to Jesus, who put them off till they should all be assembled together at Capernaum. He had all the while "perceived the thought of their heart" (Lu 9:47); but now that they were all together "in the house," He questions them about it, and they are put to the blush, conscious of the temper towards each other which it had kindled. This raised the whole question afresh, and at this point our Evangelist takes it up. The subject was suggested by the recent announcement of the Kingdom (Mt 16:19-28), the transfiguration of their Master, and especially the preference given to three of them at that scene.9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.
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