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

New Living Translation
So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

English Standard Version
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

King James Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child--this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

International Standard Version
Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom from heaven,

NET Bible
Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whoever therefore humbles himself like this boy, he will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

American King James Version
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

American Standard Version
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, *he* is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens;

English Revised Version
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this young child, he it is who is superior to others in the Kingdom of the Heavens.

World English Bible
Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
whoever then may humble himself as this child, he is the greater in the reign of the heavens.
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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 4. - Whosoever therefore. This verse gives a direct application of the principle just enunciated, and supplies an answer to the apostles' question. Shall humble himself. Not that a child consciously humbles itself, but is humble by nature. The disciple must become that by deliberate choice which the child is by reason of his constitution and natural disposition. The same is greatest; rather, greater (μείζων), Christ using the same term as the questioners in ver. 1. The more a man annihilates self and casts away pride, conceit, obstinacy, the fitter is he to become a living member of Christ's kingdom. "Quanto humilior, tanto altior," says Thomas Aquinas. But this is a joint work. St. Gregory says well, "The good which a man doeth is both the work of God and the work of man: of God, as being the Author, in giving grace; of man, as being actor, in using grace, yet so that he cooperate with grace by grace" (quoted by Ford, in loc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself,.... Whoever shall entertain mean thoughts of himself, and prefer others to himself, shall behave in a modest humble manner, not affecting dominion over others, or treating his brethren and Christians in a haughty and supercilious manner, with scorn and contempt; but condescend to those of the lowest state, and place himself in the lowest form, conversing with his friends freely and familiarly, without distinction,

as this little child; or any other of the like age; for there is no reason to suppose, that there was anything peculiar in this child, which was not in another, it being common to children to behave towards one another, as on a level; not to envy one another, or to set up one above another, or be vainly elated with the distinctions of birth and fortune.

The same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven; in the Gospel church state; which was verified in the Apostle Paul, though not one of the twelve: nor are these words limited to them; at least, this passage may be illustrated in his case: he thought himself to be the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints, and unworthy to be called an apostle; yet had the largest measures of grace, the greatest gifts and abilities; and was honoured with the greatest usefulness and success in the preaching of the Gospel to the conversion of sinners, and planting of churches; labouring more abundantly than they all.



Matthew 18:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Greatest in the Kingdom
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. 5"And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;…
Cross References
Matthew 18:3
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:5
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Mark 9:34
But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

humble.

Matthew 23:11,12 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant…

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

greatest.

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

Matthew 20:26,27 But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among …

Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among …

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives …

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