Matthew 18:3
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New International Version
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

New Living Translation
Then he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

English Standard Version
and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Berean Study Bible
"Truly I tell you," He said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
and said, "Truly I say to you, if you are not converted and become as the little children, you shall never enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

King James Bible
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I assure you," He said, "unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

International Standard Version
Then he said, "I tell all of you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom from heaven.

NET Bible
and said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “Truly I say to you, unless you will be converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

New American Standard 1977
and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

American King James Version
And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

American Standard Version
and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
and said, Verily I say to you, Unless ye are converted and become as little children, ye will not at all enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

English Revised Version
and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, Verily I say to you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
said, "In solemn truth I tell you that unless you turn and become like little children, you will in no case be admitted into the Kingdom of the Heavens.

World English Bible
and said, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
and said, 'Verily I say to you, if ye may not be turned and become as the children, ye may not enter into the reign of the heavens;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
2Jesus called a little child to stand among them. 3“Truly I tell you, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.…
Cross References
Psalm 131:2
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.

Matthew 18:2
Jesus called a little child to stand among them.

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

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Mark 10:15
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

Luke 18:17
Truly I tell you, if anyone does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will never enter it."

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Treasury of Scripture

And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Verily.

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John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

Except.

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of …

Psalm 51:10-13 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me…

Psalm 131:2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned …

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and …

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Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull …

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and become.

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1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

enter.

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