Luke 9:46
New International Version
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

New Living Translation
Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.

English Standard Version
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.

Berean Study Bible
Then an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

Berean Literal Bible
And an argument came up among them, which of them might be greatest.

New American Standard Bible
An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.

King James Bible
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

Christian Standard Bible
An argument started among them about who was the greatest of them.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus' disciples were arguing about which one of them was the greatest.

Good News Translation
An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them was the greatest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then an argument started among them about who would be the greatest of them.

International Standard Version
Later, an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest.

NET Bible
Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest.

New Heart English Bible
There arose an argument among them about which of them was the greatest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And deliberation entered among them of who was great among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A discussion started among them about who would be the greatest.

New American Standard 1977
And an argument arose among them as to which of them might be the greatest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then there arose a dispute among them, which of them should be the greatest.

King James 2000 Bible
Then there arose a reasoning among them, as to which of them should be greatest.

American King James Version
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

American Standard Version
And there arose a reasoning among them, which of them was the greatest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there entered a thought into them, which of them should be greater.

Darby Bible Translation
And a reasoning came in amongst them, who should be [the] greatest of them.

English Revised Version
And there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

Weymouth New Testament
Now there arose a dispute among them, which of them was to be the greatest.

World English Bible
There arose an argument among them about which of them was the greatest.

Young's Literal Translation
And there entered a reasoning among them, this, Who may be greater of them?
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
45But they did not understand this statement. It was veiled from them so that they could not comprehend it, and they were afraid to ask Him about it. 46Then an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, had a little child stand beside Him.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:1
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

Mark 9:33
Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was in the house, He asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"

Luke 22:24
A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them would be considered the greatest.

Treasury of Scripture

Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

Luke 14:7-11
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, …

Luke 22:24-27
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest…

Matthew 18:1
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?







Lexicon
Then
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

an argument
διαλογισμὸς (dialogismos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1261: From dialogizomai; discussion, i.e. consideration, or debate.

started
Εἰσῆλθεν (Eisēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

among
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the disciples]
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

[as to]
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

which
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

of them
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

would be
εἴη (eiē)
Verb - Present Optative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] greatest.
μείζων (meizōn)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.
(46) Then there arose a reasoning among them.--Better, a dispute, or questioning. See Notes on Matthew 18:1-5, and Mark 9:33-41.

Which of them should be greatest.--Better, which of them was the greatest.

Verses 46-48. - How the Lord answered the question which arose among the disciples as to which was the greatest. Verses 46, 47. - Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart. Somewhere on their journey back to the south, between the neighbourhood of Caesarea Philippi and the old scene of his labours, Capernaum, this dispute must have taken place. Shortly after their arrival at Capernaum, the Master called them together, and gave them the following lesson on human greatness. Took a child, and set him by him. St. Mark mentions that this teaching was "in the house," and commentators have suggested, with some probability, that the house was St. Peter's, and the child one of his. Clement of Alexandria ('Stromata,' 3:448, B) especially mentions that this apostle had children. St. Matthew relates this incident at greater length, and, still dwelling upon the text of "the little one," gives us another and different sketch of the Master's teaching on this occasion. St. Mark tells us how Jesus folded his arms round the little creature in loving fondness. If the child, as above suggested, was Peter's own, such an incident as that embrace would never have been forgotten by the father, and would, of course, find a place in the memoir of his faithful disciple Mark. A (late) tradition of the Eastern Church identifies this child with him who afterwards became the famous Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, a martyr. Ignatius styled himself Theophoros; this, understood in a passive sense, would signify "one who had been carried by God." But in this Father's own writings we find the name used by himself in an active sense, as "one who carries God within himself." And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child. The dispute "which of them should be greatest," which no doubt had taken place among themselves in their last journey from the north of the Holy Land to Capernaum, was still a leading thought in the hearts of the twelve, so little had they really understood their Master's teaching, and especially his later solemn words which pointed the way of the cross as the only way to heaven and to real greatness. The Lord reads these poor sinful hearts; then, calling them together, he takes a child in his arms, and sets him by him. By this action the Lord answers the silent questioning thought of the worldly twelve. "The child stands as the type of the humble and childlike disciple, and (the dispute having been about the comparative greatness of the disciples) such a disciple is the greatest; he is so honoured by God that he stands on earth as the representative of Christ, and of God himself (ver. 47), since "he that is [willingly] least among you all, the same shall be [truly] great' (ver. 48)" (Meyer). 9:43-50 This prediction of Christ's sufferings was plain enough, but the disciples would not understand it, because it agreed not with their notions. A little child is the emblem by which Christ teaches us simplicity and humility. What greater honour can any man attain to in this world, than to be received by men as a messenger of God and Christ; and to have God and Christ own themselves received and welcomed in him! If ever any society of Christians in this world, had reason to silence those not of their own communion, the twelve disciples at this time had; yet Christ warned them not to do the like again. Those may be found faithful followers of Christ, and may be accepted of him, who do not follow with us.
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