Matthew 20:20
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New International Version
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

New Living Translation
Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor.

English Standard Version
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something.

Berean Study Bible
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and knelt down to make a request of Him.

Berean Literal Bible
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.

New American Standard Bible
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.

King James Bible
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons approached Him with her sons. She knelt down to ask Him for something.

International Standard Version
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor.

NET Bible
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came near to him, she and her sons, and she worshiped him and she was asking him something.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor.

New American Standard 1977
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Him with her sons, bowing down, and making a request of Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, worshipping him and desiring a certain thing of him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

American King James Version
Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

American Standard Version
Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping him , and asking a certain thing of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.

Darby Bible Translation
Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, doing homage, and asking something of him.

English Revised Version
Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping him, and asking a certain thing of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

Weymouth New Testament
Then the mother of the sons of Zabdi came to Him with her sons, and knelt before Him to make a request of Him.

World English Bible
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.

Young's Literal Translation
Then came near to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, bowing and asking something from him,
Study Bible
A Mother's Request
19and will deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. And on the third day He will be raised to life.” 20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and knelt down to make a request of Him. 21“What do you want?” He asked. She answered, “Declare that in Your kingdom one of these two sons of mine will sit at Your right hand, and the other at Your left.”…
Word Study

Then, at that time. From ho and hote; the when, i.e. At the time that.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A mother. Apparently a primary word; a "mother".

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a "son", used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

Zebedee, father of the apostles James and John. Of Hebrew origin; Zebedaeus, an Israelite.

From pros and erchomai; to approach, i.e. come near, visit, or worship, assent to.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

(a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a "son", used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

From pros and a probable derivative of kuon; to fawn or crouch to, i.e. prostrate oneself in homage.

And, even, also, namely.

To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

something
ti (IPro-ANS)
Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

From, away from. A primary particle; "off, " i.e. Away, in various senses.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:20-28 The sons of Zebedee abused what Christ said to comfort the disciples. Some cannot have comforts but they turn them to a wrong purpose. Pride is a sin that most easily besets us; it is sinful ambition to outdo others in pomp and grandeur. To put down the vanity and ambition of their request, Christ leads them to the thoughts of their sufferings. It is a bitter cup that is to be drunk of; a cup of trembling, but not the cup of the wicked. It is but a cup, it is but a draught, bitter perhaps, but soon emptied; it is a cup in the hand of a Father, Joh 18:11. Baptism is an ordinance by which we are joined to the Lord in covenant and communion; and so is suffering for Christ, Eze 20:37; Isa 48:10. Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace; and so is suffering for Christ, for unto us it is given, Php 1:29. But they knew not what Christ's cup was, nor what his baptism. Those are commonly most confident, who are least acquainted with the cross. Nothing makes more mischief among brethren, than desire of greatness. And we never find Christ's disciples quarrelling, but something of this was at the bottom of it. That man who labours most diligently, and suffers most patiently, seeking to do good to his brethren, and to promote the salvation of souls, most resembles Christ, and will be most honoured by him to all eternity. Our Lord speaks of his death in the terms applied to the sacrifices of old. It is a sacrifice for the sins of men, and is that true and substantial sacrifice, which those of the law faintly and imperfectly represented. It was a ransom for many, enough for all, working upon many; and, if for many, then the poor trembling soul may say, Why not for me?
Cross References
Matthew 4:21
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them,

Matthew 8:2
Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

Matthew 10:2
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

Matthew 27:56
Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

Mark 10:35
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and declared, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."
Treasury of Scripture

Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

came.

Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, …

the mother.

Matthew 4:21 And going on from there, he saw other two brothers, James the son …

Matthew 27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and …

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, …

Salome. worshipping.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child …

Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, …

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, …

Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Matthew 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

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