Matthew 20:26
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

New Living Translation
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,

English Standard Version
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

New American Standard Bible
"It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,

King James Bible
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

International Standard Version
That's not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant,

NET Bible
It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It will not be so among you, but whoever wants to be great among you, let him be one who waits on you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But it shall not be so among you, but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

King James 2000 Bible
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

American King James Version
But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

American Standard Version
Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;

Douay-Rheims Bible
It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister:

Darby Bible Translation
It shall not be thus amongst you, but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant;

English Revised Version
Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;

Webster's Bible Translation
But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Weymouth New Testament
Not so shall it be among you; but whoever desires to be great among you shall be your servant,

World English Bible
It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

Young's Literal Translation
but not so shall it be among you, but whoever may will among you to become great, let him be your ministrant;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - It shall not be so among you. There is good authority for reading "is" instead of "shall be." The new order of things was already prepared. In Messiah's kingdom a contrary rule holds good. There the governors rule solely for the good of the flock, with no self-seeking, and serving no private interests. Whosoever will be (ο{ς ἐὰν θέλη... γενέσθαι: whosoever would fain become) great among you... minister (διάκονος). Taking for granted that there will be ranks and gradations of office in the Church, Christ lays down the rule that men become governors therein in order that they may serve their brethren, be the ministers of those who are subject to them. So the pope, in his official documents, with a verbally proper humility, terms himself, "Servus servorum Dei."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But it shall not be so among you,.... This is not to be extended to Christian nations, as if there were to be no order of magistracy subsisting in them; but that all must be on a level, and no distinction of princes and subjects, of governors and governed; nor to Christian churches, as if there was no ecclesiastical authority to be used, or any church government and power to be exercised; none to rule, whom others are to obey and submit themselves to; but is to be restrained to the apostles as such, among whom there was an entire equality; being all apostles of Christ, being equally qualified and sent, and put into the selfsame office by him: the same holds good of all pastors of churches, who have no superintendency and pre-eminence over one another, or can, or ought to exercise any lordly power and authority, one, or more, over the rest; being equally invested with the same office power, one as another: for otherwise Christ's kingdom would appear like the nations of the world, and to be of a worldly nature; whereas it is spiritual, and does not lie in worldly pomp and grandeur, and in external superiority and pre-eminence of one another; but in the spiritual administration of the word and ordinances; which every pastor of a church has an equal right to exercise, and obedience to them lies in a submission to these things:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be, or, as in Mark,

shall be your minister: whoever would be reckoned a great man in the kingdom of Christ, or under the Gospel dispensation, must be a minister to others if he is desirous of being truly great in the esteem of God, and of men, he must do great service for Christ, and to the souls of men; and seek to bring great glory to God, by faithfully ministering the word and ordinances, and by denying himself worldly honour and glory, and by serving others, through much reproach, difficulty, and opposition.



Matthew 20:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Mother's Request
25But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26"It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;…
Cross References
Matthew 20:27
and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--

Matthew 23:11
The greatest among you will be your servant.

Mark 9:35
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

Mark 10:43
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Luke 22:26
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
Treasury of Scripture

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Mark 10:43,45 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among …

Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were …

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

2 Corinthians 10:4-10 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

3 John 1:9,10 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence …

Revelation 13:11-17 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had …

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with …

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Matthew 27:55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus …

Ezekiel 24:13 In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged you, and you …

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