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

New Living Translation
The greatest among you must be a servant.

English Standard Version
The greatest among you shall be your servant.

New American Standard Bible
"But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

King James Bible
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The greatest among you will be your servant.

International Standard Version
The person who is greatest among you must be your servant.

NET Bible
The greatest among you will be your servant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who is great among you will be a servant to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who is greatest among you will be your servant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

American King James Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

American Standard Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Darby Bible Translation
But the greatest of you shall be your servant.

English Revised Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that is greatest among you, shall be your servant.

Weymouth New Testament
He who is the greatest among you shall be your servant;

World English Bible
But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.

Young's Literal Translation
And the greater of you shall be your ministrant,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-12 The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart. They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; De 6:4-9; 11:13-21. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Nu 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which our Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taught in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful. How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consistent disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But who that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristian spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of our hearts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - But he that is greatest...your servant; διάκονος: minister (see Matthew 20:26, 27). It was there said to the apostles alone; here it is spoken more publicly to emphasize the contrast between Christian humility and Pharisaical pride and vanity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he that is greatest among you,.... Either who really is so, having more grace, and greater gifts bestowed upon him, than others; which doubtless was the case of some of the disciples, or who desired to be the greatest, was ambitious of, and affected a superiority over others, and to be in the highest post and place, as it is certain some of them did. This was what they were often contending about among themselves, who should be greatest: and Christ here seems to have regard to that vain spirit, which appeared among them; and his view is, to check and restrain it: "shall be your servant"; or "let him be your servant". Service is the way to honour; he that would be most esteemed ought to do the most work; and the man that has the most grace, and the greatest gifts, ought to employ them for the use and benefit of others; See Gill on Matthew 20:27.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant—This plainly means, "shall show that he is so by becoming your servant"; as in Mt 20:27, compared with Mr 10:44.

Matthew 23:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
10"Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11"But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:26
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Matthew 23:10
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.

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

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

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

Mark 10:43,44 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among …

Luke 22:26,27 But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him …

John 13:14,15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also …

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Galatians 5:13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

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