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

New Living Translation
"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.

English Standard Version
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,

New American Standard Bible
"And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

King James Bible
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.

International Standard Version
and whoever receives a little child like this in my name receives me."

NET Bible
And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And whoever will receive one such as this boy, in my name, receives me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

King James 2000 Bible
And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

American King James Version
And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

American Standard Version
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

Darby Bible Translation
and whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name, receives me.

English Revised Version
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

Webster's Bible Translation
And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

Weymouth New Testament
And whoever for my sake receives one young child such as this, receives me.

World English Bible
Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,

Young's Literal Translation
'And he who may receive one such child in my name, doth receive me,
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

Verses 5-14. - The treatment due to such. Verse 5. - Shall receive (ο{ς ἐὰν δέξηται). The word is pregnant with meaning. It includes not only the showing of tender affection and the giving of material succour, such as hospitality, shelter, etc., but also the bestowal of help and support in spiritual things, encouragement in holiness, instruction in Divine lore. One such little child. Primarily, Jesus refers to children, pure and confiding as the one he had placed in the midst; but his words are applicable to all who have the childlike spirit and character, the graces which he specially loves and rewards. The expressions here and in the next verse must be understood to belong in some cases to the symbol, and in others to the symbolized. In my Name (ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου); for the sake of my Name; because he belongs to me; not merely from natural affection and pity, but from a higher motive, because the child has in him somewhat of Christ - is the child of God, and a member of Christ. Receiveth me. That which is done to his little ones Christ regards as done to himself (comp. Matthew 10:40-42). What a blessing waits on those who teach the young, working laboriously in schools, and training souls for heaven! This "receiving" Christ is a far higher and better thing than being "greatest" in an earthly kingdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And whoso shall receive one such little child,.... Which is to be understood, not literally but metaphorically; meaning not such an one in age, but one, as the Syriac renders it, , "that is as this child": like unto it for modesty and humility; one, that is as that, free from pride, ambition, and envy. Christ's sense is, that whoever receives his disciples, that are meek and lowly, into their houses, or into their hearts and affections; that receives their ministry and message, embraces the Gospel preached by them with readiness and cheerfulness, with faith and love,

in my name; on his account, because they are his disciples, believe in him, preach his Gospel, and, as being sent by, and representing him,

receiveth me: it is so taken by Christ, as if he was personally present, and personally received, and had all the favours shown to his, done to himself in person; yea, such receive Christ in the ministry of the word, he being the sum and substance of it. This is said to encourage modesty and humility; and intimates, that proud and haughty persons will not be received as the disciples and followers of the meek and lowly Jesus; and to encourage persons to receive such that are modest and humble, since the respect shown to them, is all one as if shown to him.



Matthew 18:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Greatest in the Kingdom
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; 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 10:40
"Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

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

Matthew 18:6
"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Treasury of Scripture

And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

receive.

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Matthew 25:40,45 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Mark 9:41 For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because …

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

Luke 17:1,2 Then said he to the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses …

receiveth.

Mark 9:37 Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: …

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives …

Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; …

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