Matthew 18:1
New International Version
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

New Living Translation
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"

English Standard Version
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Berean Study Bible
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Berean Literal Bible
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?"

New American Standard Bible
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

King James Bible
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Christian Standard Bible
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "So who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

Contemporary English Version
About this time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Good News Translation
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, asking, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

International Standard Version
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom from heaven?"

NET Bible
At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

New Heart English Bible
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in that hour the disciples approached to join Yeshua and they were saying, “Who is truly the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

New American Standard 1977
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
At the same time the disciples came unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?

King James 2000 Bible
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

American King James Version
At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

American Standard Version
In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Douay-Rheims Bible
AT that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?

Darby Bible Translation
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?

English Revised Version
In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Webster's Bible Translation
At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Weymouth New Testament
Just then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who ranks higher than others in the Kingdom of the Heavens?"

World English Bible
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"

Young's Literal Translation
At that hour came the disciples near to Jesus, saying, 'Who, now, is greater in the reign of the heavens?'
Study Bible
The Greatest in the Kingdom
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2Jesus invited a little child to stand among them.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:2
Jesus invited a little child to stand among them.

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 9:46
Then an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

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

Treasury of Scripture

At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

the same.

Mark 9:33
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?

Who.

Matthew 20:20-28
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him…

Matthew 23:11
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mark 9:34
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

in.

Matthew 3:2
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 5:19,20
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven…

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.







Lexicon
At
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.

that
ἐκείνῃ (ekeinē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

time
ὥρᾳ (hōra)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5610: Apparently a primary word; an 'hour'.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative 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.

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

came
προσῆλθον (prosēlthon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4334: From pros and erchomai; to approach, i.e. come near, visit, or worship, assent to.

to Jesus
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

[and] asked,
λέγοντες (legontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“Who
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.

then
ἄρα (ara)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 686: Then, therefore, since. Probably from airo; a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive.

is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative 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.

in
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
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine 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.

kingdom
βασιλείᾳ (basileia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive 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.

heaven?”
οὐρανῶν (ouranōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.
XVIII.

(1) Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?--St. Mark records more fully that they had disputed about this in the way, that our Lord, knowing their thoughts (Luke 9:47), asked them what had been the, subject of their debate, and that they were then silent. We may well believe that the promise made to Peter, and the special choice of the Three for closer converse, as in the recent Transfiguration, had given occasion for the rival claims which thus asserted themselves. Those who were less distinguished looked on this preference, it may be, with jealousy, while, within the narrower circle, the ambition of the two sons of Zebedee to sit on their Lord's right hand and on His left in His kingdom (Matthew 20:23), was ill-disposed to concede the primacy of Peter.

Verses 1-35. - Discourse concerning the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and the mutual duties of Christians. (Mark 9:33-50; Luke 9:46-50.) Verses 1-4. - The greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Verse 1. - At the same time; literally, in that hour. The narrator connects the following important discourse with the circumstances just previously related. Peter had completed the business of the didrachma, and had rejoined the body of disciples. These, according to St. Mark, had disputed about precedency on the way to Capernaum. Fired with the notion that their Master would ere long publicly assert his Messianic claims, which, in their view, implied temporal sovereignty and secular power, they looked forward to becoming dignitaries in this new kingdom. Three of them had been honoured with special marks of favour; one of them had been pre-eminently distinguished: how would it be when the coming empire was established? This had been the subject of conversation, and had given rise to some contention among them. Christ had marked the dispute, but had said nothing at the time. Now he gives them a lesson in humility, and teaches the spiritual nature of his kingdom, in which earthly pride and ambition find no place. From St. Mark we learn that Jesus himself took the initiative in the discourse, asking the disciples concerning their disputation on the road; and, when they were ashamed to answer, he added, "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." Our Gospel here takes up the story. The paradox seemed incomprehensible; so they put the question, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? The Greek is, Τίς ἄρα μαίζων ἐστὶν κ.τ.λ.; who then is greater? Vulgate, Quis, putas, major est? The illative particle "then" refers to what is recorded in St. Mark (Mark 9:34), or to some such difficulty in the querists' mind. They make the inquiry in the present tense, as though Christ had already selected the one who was to preside; and by the kingdom of heaven they mean the Messianic kingdom on earth, concerning which their notions did not yet rise above those of their contemporaries (comp. Acts 1:6). The comparative in the original, "greater," is virtually equivalent to the superlative, as it is translated in the Authorized Version. Such a question as the above could not have been asked had the apostles at this time recognized any absolute pre-eminence in Peter or acknowledged his supremacy. 18:1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.
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