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.

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Except ye be converted στραφῆτε); i.e. turned from proud, ambitious thoughts of worldly dignity. There is no question here about what is popularly known as conversion - the change from habitual sin to holiness. The conversion here spoken of is confined to a change in the present state of mind - to a new direction given to the thoughts and wishes. The apostles had shown rivalry, jealousy, ambition: they must turn away from such failings, and learn a different lesson. Become as little children. Christ points to little children as the model to which the members of his kingdom must assimilate themselves. The special attributes of children which he would recommend are humility, unworldliness, simplicity, teachableness, - the direct contraries of self-seeking, worldliness, distrust, conceit. Ye shall not enter. In the sermon on the mount Christ had said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). To all who are not such the gate opens not. That virtue which was unknown to pagan antiquity, the opposite character to which was upholden as the acme of excellence, Christ here asserts to be the only passport to his ideal Church on earth or its eternal development in heaven. Not the self-esteeming, proud man (μεγαλόψυχος) of Aristotle's worship ('Eth. Nic.,' 4:3), but the humble (ταπεινὸς), the lowly, the self-depreciating, is the man who can realize his position in the spiritual world, and shall be admitted to its blessings and benefits. St. Paul has summarized the ideal character of the members of the kingdom in 1 Corinthians 13, especially vers. 4, 5, and 7.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And said, verily I say unto you,.... You may take it for a certain truth, and what may be depended upon, that

except ye be converted or turned; from that gross notion of a temporal kingdom, and of enjoying great grandeur, and outward felicity in this world; and from all your vain views of honour, wealth, and riches,

and become as little children: the Arabic renders it, "as this child"; that is, unless ye learn to entertain an humble, and modest opinion of yourselves, are not envious at one another, and drop all contentions about primacy and pre-eminence, and all your ambitious views of one being greater than another, in a vainly expected temporal kingdom; things which are not to be found in little children, though not free from sin in other respects,

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven: ye shall be so far from being one greater than another in it, that you shall not enter into it at all; meaning his visible, spiritual kingdom, which should take place, and appear after his resurrection, upon his ascension to heaven, and pouring forth of the Spirit: and it is to be observed, that the apostles carried these carnal views, contentions, and sentiments, till that time, and then were turned from them, and dropped them; for, upon the extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, they were cleared of these worldly principles, and understood the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom; which they then entered into, and took their place in, and filled it up with great success, without envying one another; having received the same commission from their Lord, and Master: so that these words are a sort of prophecy of what should be, as well as designed as a rebuke to them for their present ambition and contentions.



Matthew 18:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Greatest in the Kingdom
2And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.…
Cross References
Psalm 131:2
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

Matthew 18:2
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

Matthew 18:4
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14
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, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

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

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

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, 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 1:51 And he said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall …

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 …

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may …

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you …

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 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

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enter.

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John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born …

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