Matthew 23:11
New International Version
The greatest among you will be your servant.

New Living Translation
The greatest among you must be a servant.

English Standard Version
The greatest among you shall be your servant.

Berean Study Bible
The greatest among you shall be your servant.

Berean Literal Bible
But the greatest among you will be your servant.

New American Standard Bible
"But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

King James Bible
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Christian Standard Bible
The greatest among you will be your servant.

Contemporary English Version
Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others.

Good News Translation
The greatest one among you must be your servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The greatest among you will be your servant.

International Standard Version
The person who is greatest among you must be your servant.

NET Bible
The greatest among you will be your servant.

New Heart English Bible
But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who is great among you will be a servant to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who is greatest among you will be your servant.

New American Standard 1977
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

American King James Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

American Standard Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Darby Bible Translation
But the greatest of you shall be your servant.

English Revised Version
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that is greatest among you, shall be your servant.

Weymouth New Testament
He who is the greatest among you shall be your servant;

World English Bible
But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.

Young's Literal Translation
And the greater of you shall be your ministrant,
Study Bible
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ. 11The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.…
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 23:10
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.

Mark 9:35
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."

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

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

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Matthew 20:26,27
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; …

Mark 10:43,44
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: …

Luke 22:26,27
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
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.

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

shall 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.

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.
(11) He that is greatest among you.--Literally, the greater of you. The words admit of a two-fold meaning. Either (1), as in Mark 9:35, they assert a law of retribution--the man who seeks to be greatest shall be the servant of all; or (2) they point out the other law, of which our Lord's own life was the highest illustration--that he who is really greatest will show his greatness, not in asserting it, but in a life of ministration. The latter interpretation seems to give on the whole the best meaning.

Verse 11. - But he that is greatest...your servant; διάκονος: minister (see Matthew 20:26, 27). It was there said to the apostles alone; here it is spoken more publicly to emphasize the contrast between Christian humility and Pharisaical pride and vanity. 23:1-12 The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart. They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; De 6:4-9; 11:13-21. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Nu 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which our Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taught in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful. How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consistent disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But who that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristian spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of our hearts.
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