Mark 9:35
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New International Version
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

New Living Translation
He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."

English Standard Version
And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

New American Standard Bible
Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."

King James Bible
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

International Standard Version
So he sat down, called the Twelve, and told them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

NET Bible
After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, “He who wants to be first shall be last, and the servant of every person.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, "Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then, sitting down, he called the twelve and said unto them, If anyone desires to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all.

King James 2000 Bible
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

American King James Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

American Standard Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he saith unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And sitting down, he called the twelve, and saith to them: If any man desire to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the minister of all.

Darby Bible Translation
And sitting down he called the twelve; and he says to them, If any one would be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.

English Revised Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he saith unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith to them, If any man desireth to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Weymouth New Testament
Then sitting down He called the Twelve, and said to them, "If any one wishes to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

World English Bible
He sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."

Young's Literal Translation
and having sat down he called the twelve, and he saith to them, 'If any doth will to be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - And he sat down, and called the twelve. He sat down, with the authority of the great Teacher, to inculcate solemnly a fundamental principle of the Christian life. If any man would be first he shall be last of all, and minister of all. These words are capable of two interpretations. They might be regarded as analogous to our Lord's words elsewhere, "He that exalteth himself shall be abased;" as though they indicated the penalty which attaches to unworthy ambition. But it is surely far more natural to regard them as pointing out the way to real greatness, namely, by humble service for Christ's sake.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he sat down,.... As their master, as one having authority; and in order to examine into this matter, and pass judgment upon it:

and called the twelve; all the disciples, who though they might not be all engaged in this dispute, nor equally criminal, yet were all, possessed of the same notion; and therefore Christ calls them all unto him, what he had to say, being pertinent unto them all:

and saith unto them, if any man desire to be first; to have the pre-eminence, and be in the chief place in the kingdom of the Messiah,

the same shall be last of all, and servant of all: his pride and vanity shall be checked; his ambitious views shall be frustrated; instead of being first, he shall be last; and instead of having superior reverence and respect, he shall be debased, and treated with neglect and contempt; and instead of being the master over others, shall be the servant of all. Some copies read, "let him be"; and so the Persic version, "let him be last, and minister to every one"; and the Ethiopic thus, "let him subject himself to all, and be servant to all"; for the only way to preferment in Christ's kingdom, or in the Gospel dispensation, is humility and meekness, and performing the lowest services to all, with diligence and cheerfulness.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all—that is, "let him be" such: he must be prepared to take the last and lowest place. See on [1464]Mr 10:42-45.

Mark 9:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Greatest in the Kingdom
34But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." 36Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,…
Cross References
Matthew 20:26
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Matthew 23:11
The greatest among you will be your servant.

Mark 9:36
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

Mark 10:43
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Mark 10:44
and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.

Luke 22:26
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
Treasury of Scripture

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

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Mark 10:42-45 But Jesus called them to him, and said to them…

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Jeremiah 45:5 And seek you great things for yourself? seek them not: for, behold, …

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

Luke 14:10,11 But when you are bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but …

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