Matthew 18:11


New American Standard Bible
"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

King James Bible
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.

International Standard Version
For the Son of Man came to save the lost."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For The Son of Man has come to save whatever has been lost.

New American Standard 1977
[“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

King James 2000 Bible
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

American King James Version
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

American Standard Version
For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Darby Bible Translation
For the Son of man has come to save that which was lost.

English Revised Version


Webster's Bible Translation
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.

Young's Literal Translation
for the Son of Man did come to save the lost.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
For the Son of Man has come to save that which has been lost.
Cross References
Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

Matthew 18:12
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?

Treasury of Scripture

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Matthew 9:12,13
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick…

Matthew 10:6
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article.

Son
υἱὸς (huios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent.

of Man
ἀνθρώπου (anthrōpou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race.

has come
Ἦλθεν (Ēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

to save
σῶσαι (sōsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue.

that which
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article.

has been lost.
ἀπολωλός (apolōlos)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 622: (a) to kill, destroy, (b) to lose, to be perishing (the resultant death being viewed as certain).
(11) For the Son of man is come.--The words are wanting in many of the best MSS. Assuming their genuineness, two points call for special notice. (1.) The work of the Son of Man in saving that which was lost is given as the ground of the assertion of the special glory of the angels of the little ones. They are, in their ministry, sharers in His work, and that work is the highest expression of the will of the Eternal Father. To one at least of the disciples the words that he now heard must have recalled words that had been addressed to him in the most solemn crisis of his life, when he had been told that he should one day "see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man" (John 1:51). In that ascent and descent they were not only doing homage to His glory, but helping Him in His work. (2.) The words seem chosen to exclude the thought that there was any special grace or saintliness in the child round whom our Lord had folded His arms. To Him the child's claim was simply his need and his capacity for all that is implied in salvation. The words which He spake were as true of any "wastrel" child of the streets as of the offspring of the holiest parents.

Verse 11. - This verse is omitted by the Sinaitic and Vatican Manuscripts, and many modern editors, e.g., Lachmann, Tischendort, Tregelles, Westcott and Hort, and the Revised Version; but is retained in many good uncials, nearly all the cursives, the Vulgate, Syriac, etc. It is supposed to be an interpolation from Luke 19:10; but one does not see why, if this is the case, the inter-polater should have left out the striking verb "to seek," which would naturally have coincided with "seeketh" in ver. 12. For expository use, at any rate, we may consider the verse as genuine, and take it as the commencement of the second argument for the dignity of the little ones - the simple and humble, whether children or others. This proof is derived from the action of God towards them. The Son of man is come to save that which was lost (τὸ ἀπολωλός). How can ye despise those whom Christ hath so loved and deemed so precious that he emptied himself of his glory and became man in order to save them? The general term, " that which was lost," is expressed by the neuter participle, to show that there is no exception to the wide scope of Christ's mercy. The race of man is lost; infants are born in sin; all need redemption. Everybody, poor, helpless, ignorant, tempted, comes under this category, and to save such Christ came down from heaven. Therefore their souls are very precious in his sight. 18:7-14 Considering the cunning and malice of Satan, and the weakness and depravity of men's hearts, it is not possible but that there should be offences. God permits them for wise and holy ends, that those who are sincere, and those who are not, may be made known. Being told before, that there will be seducers, tempters, persecutors, and bad examples, let us stand on our guard. We must, as far as lawfully we may, part with what we cannot keep without being entangled by it in sin. The outward occasions of sin must be avoided. If we live after the flesh, we must die. If we, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live. Christ came into the world to save souls, and he will reckon severely with those who hinder the progress of others who are setting their faces heavenward. And shall any of us refuse attention to those whom the Son of God came to seek and to save? A father takes care of all his children, but is particularly tender of the little ones.
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