Matthew 20:27
New International Version
and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--

New Living Translation
and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.

English Standard Version
and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,

Berean Study Bible
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave—

Berean Literal Bible
and whoever wishes to be first among you, he will be your slave--

New American Standard Bible
and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;

King James Bible
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Christian Standard Bible
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave;

Contemporary English Version
And if you want to be first, you must be the slave of the rest.

Good News Translation
and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of the others--

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave;

International Standard Version
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.

NET Bible
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave--

New Heart English Bible
And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And whoever wants to be first among you let him be a servant to you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever wants to be most important among you will be your slave.

New American Standard 1977
and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your slave,

King James 2000 Bible
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

American King James Version
And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

American Standard Version
and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant.

Darby Bible Translation
and whosoever will be first among you, let him be your bondman;

English Revised Version
and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant:

Webster's Bible Translation
And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Weymouth New Testament
and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant;

World English Bible
Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may will among you to be first, let him be your servant;
Study Bible
A Mother's Request
26It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave— 28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”…
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 20:28
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

Treasury of Scripture

And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

whosoever.

Matthew 18:4
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 9:33-35
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? …

Luke 22:26
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.







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

whoever
ὃς (hos)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

wants
θέλῃ (thelē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive 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.

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.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

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.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

slave—
δοῦλος (doulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.
(27) Whosoever will be chief.--Better, first, as continuing the thought of Matthew 20:16. The "servant" (better, slave) implies a lower and more menial service than that of the "minister" of the preceding verse, just as the "chief" or "first" involves a higher position than the "greatness" there spoken of. We introduce a false antithesis if we assign the "service" to this life, and the "greatness" as its reward to the life after death. The true teaching of the words is that the greatness is the service.

Verse 27. - Whosoever will be (qe/lh""... εϊναι) chief (first, πρῶτος)... servant (bondservant, δοῦλος). The characteristic of the Christian ruler should be humility. Christ enforces the teaching of the previous verse more emphatically by altering the terms in which it was stated. "Great" now becomes "first;" "minister," "slave." Of these two last words the former would imply rather occasional service, to meet some temporary call; the latter, the regular business of a slave bound to his master at all times. We do not gather from this passage that the Christian minister, called by God, is to take his doctrine from his congregation, or to be directed by them in his labours; but he is to devote time, talents, faculties, to the good of his flock, to spend and be spent in their service, to let no private interests or pursuits interfere with his manifold duties to those whom he oversees. The same sentiment is found in Matthew 23:11. 20:20-28 The sons of Zebedee abused what Christ said to comfort the disciples. Some cannot have comforts but they turn them to a wrong purpose. Pride is a sin that most easily besets us; it is sinful ambition to outdo others in pomp and grandeur. To put down the vanity and ambition of their request, Christ leads them to the thoughts of their sufferings. It is a bitter cup that is to be drunk of; a cup of trembling, but not the cup of the wicked. It is but a cup, it is but a draught, bitter perhaps, but soon emptied; it is a cup in the hand of a Father, Joh 18:11. Baptism is an ordinance by which we are joined to the Lord in covenant and communion; and so is suffering for Christ, Eze 20:37; Isa 48:10. Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace; and so is suffering for Christ, for unto us it is given, Php 1:29. But they knew not what Christ's cup was, nor what his baptism. Those are commonly most confident, who are least acquainted with the cross. Nothing makes more mischief among brethren, than desire of greatness. And we never find Christ's disciples quarrelling, but something of this was at the bottom of it. That man who labours most diligently, and suffers most patiently, seeking to do good to his brethren, and to promote the salvation of souls, most resembles Christ, and will be most honoured by him to all eternity. Our Lord speaks of his death in the terms applied to the sacrifices of old. It is a sacrifice for the sins of men, and is that true and substantial sacrifice, which those of the law faintly and imperfectly represented. It was a ransom for many, enough for all, working upon many; and, if for many, then the poor trembling soul may say, Why not for me?
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