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

New Living Translation
He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."

English Standard Version
And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

Berean Study Bible
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Berean Literal Bible
And having sat down, He called the Twelve, and He says to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all."

New American Standard Bible
Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."

King James Bible
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Christian Standard Bible
Sitting down, he called the Twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last and servant of all."

Contemporary English Version
After Jesus sat down and told the twelve disciples to gather around him, he said, "If you want the place of honor, you must become a slave and serve others!"

Good News Translation
Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

International Standard Version
So he sat down, called the Twelve, and told them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

NET Bible
After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

New Heart English Bible
And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, “He who wants to be first shall be last, and the servant of every person.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, "Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else."

New American Standard 1977
And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then, sitting down, he called the twelve and said unto them, If anyone desires to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all.

King James 2000 Bible
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

American King James Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

American Standard Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he saith unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And sitting down, he called the twelve, and saith to them: If any man desire to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the minister of all.

Darby Bible Translation
And sitting down he called the twelve; and he says to them, If any one would be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.

English Revised Version
And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he saith unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith to them, If any man desireth to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Weymouth New Testament
Then sitting down He called the Twelve, and said to them, "If any one wishes to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

World English Bible
He sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."

Young's Literal Translation
and having sat down he called the twelve, and he saith to them, 'If any doth will to be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.'
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
34But they were silent, for on the way they had been arguing with each other which of them was the greatest. 35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.” 36Then He had a little child stand among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them,…
Cross References
Matthew 20:26
It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

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

Mark 9:36
Then He had a little child stand among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them,

Mark 10:43
But it shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Mark 10:44
and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all.

Luke 22:26
But you shall not be like them. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves.

Treasury of Scripture

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

If.

Mark 10:42-45
But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them…

Proverbs 13:10
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Jeremiah 45:5
And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.







Lexicon
Sitting down,
καθίσας (kathisas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2523: Another form for kathezomai; to seat down, i.e. Set; intransitively, to sit; figuratively, to settle.

[Jesus] called
ἐφώνησεν (ephōnēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5455: From phone; to emit a sound; by implication, to address in words or by name, also in imitation.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Twelve
δώδεκα (dōdeka)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1427: Twelve; the usual way in which the Twelve apostles of Jesus are referred to. From duo and deka; two and ten, i.e. A dozen.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

said,
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“If
Εἴ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

wants
θέλει (thelei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to be
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

first,
πρῶτος (prōtos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

he must be
ἔσται (estai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 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] last
ἔσχατος (eschatos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2078: Last, at the last, finally, till the end. A superlative probably from echo; farthest, final.

of all
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[the] servant
διάκονος (diakonos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1249: Probably from an obsolete diako; an attendant, i.e. a waiter; specially, a Christian teacher and pastor.

of all.”
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
Verse 35. - And he sat down, and called the twelve. He sat down, with the authority of the great Teacher, to inculcate solemnly a fundamental principle of the Christian life. If any man would be first he shall be last of all, and minister of all. These words are capable of two interpretations. They might be regarded as analogous to our Lord's words elsewhere, "He that exalteth himself shall be abased;" as though they indicated the penalty which attaches to unworthy ambition. But it is surely far more natural to regard them as pointing out the way to real greatness, namely, by humble service for Christ's sake. 9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.
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