Matthew 18:4
New International Version
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

New Living Translation
So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

English Standard Version
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore whoever will humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

King James Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child--this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Contemporary English Version
But if you are as humble as this child, you are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Good News Translation
The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child--this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

International Standard Version
Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom from heaven,

NET Bible
Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whoever therefore humbles himself like this boy, he will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

New American Standard 1977
“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

American King James Version
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

American Standard Version
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens;

English Revised Version
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this young child, he it is who is superior to others in the Kingdom of the Heavens.

World English Bible
Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
whoever then may humble himself as this child, he is the greater in the reign of the heavens.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
The Greatest in the Kingdom
3“Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:3
"Truly I tell you," He said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:5
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.

Mark 9:34
But they were silent, for on the way they had been arguing with each other which of them was the greatest.

Treasury of Scripture

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

humble.

Matthew 23:11,12 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant…

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

greatest.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the …

Matthew 20:26,27 But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among …

Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among …

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives …







Lexicon
Therefore,
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

whoever
ὅστις (hostis)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

humbles
ταπεινώσει (tapeinōsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5013: To make or bring low, humble, humiliate; pass: To be humbled. From tapeinos; to depress; figuratively, to humiliate.

himself
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

like
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

this
τοῦτο (touto)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

little child
παιδίον (paidion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3813: Neuter diminutive of pais; a childling, i.e., an infant, or a half-grown boy or girl; figuratively, an immature Christian.

is
ἐστιν (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
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine 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.

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.
(4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself.--This, then, was the answer to the question "Who shall be the greatest." The secret of true greatness lay in that unconsciousness of being great, which takes the lowest position as that which of right belongs to it. For a man to "humble himself" with the purpose of attaining greatness would frustrate itself, and reduce humility to an hypocrisy. The "pride that apes humility," the false lowliness of Colossians 2:18, is even more hateful and contemptible than open self-assertion.

As this little child.--That which was to be the result of a deliberate act in the disciples was found in the child's nature as it was. They were to make themselves lowly as he was lowly. The transition from the plural to the singular gives an almost dramatic vividness to the form of our Lord's teaching. We seem to see the child shrinking timidly, with blushing face and downcast eyes, from the notice thus drawn to him.

Verse 4. - Whosoever therefore. This verse gives a direct application of the principle just enunciated, and supplies an answer to the apostles' question. Shall humble himself. Not that a child consciously humbles itself, but is humble by nature. The disciple must become that by deliberate choice which the child is by reason of his constitution and natural disposition. The same is greatest; rather, greater (μείζων), Christ using the same term as the questioners in ver. 1. The more a man annihilates self and casts away pride, conceit, obstinacy, the fitter is he to become a living member of Christ's kingdom. "Quanto humilior, tanto altior," says Thomas Aquinas. But this is a joint work. St. Gregory says well, "The good which a man doeth is both the work of God and the work of man: of God, as being the Author, in giving grace; of man, as being actor, in using grace, yet so that he cooperate with grace by grace" (quoted by Ford, in loc.). 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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