New International Version
and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--
King James Bible
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Darby Bible Translation
and whosoever will be first among you, let him be your bondman;
World English Bible
Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,
Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may will among you to be first, let him be your servant;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Your servant - Δουλος the lowest secular office, as deacon was the lowest ecclesiastical office: δουλος is often put for slave.
From these directions of our Lord, we may easily discern what sort of a spirit his ministers should be of.
1. A minister of Christ is not to consider himself a lord over Christ's flock.
2. He is not to conduct the concerns of the Church with an imperious spirit.
3. He is to reform the weak, after Christ's example, more by loving instruction than by reproof or censure.
4. He should consider that true apostolic greatness consists in serving the followers of Christ with all the powers and talents he possesses.
5. That he should be ready, if required, to give up his life unto death, to promote the salvation of men.
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LibraryFebruary 2. "And Whosoever Will be Great among You, Let Him be Your Minister. And Whosoever Will be Chief among You, Let Him be Your Servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27).
"And whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27). Slave is the literal meaning of the word, doulos. The first word used for service is diakanos, which means a minister to others in any usual way or work: but the word doulos means a bond slave, and the Lord here plainly teaches us that the highest service is that of a bond slave. He Himself made Himself the servant of all, and he who would come …
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Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
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