New International Version
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, *he* is the greatest 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself - So great is the disparity between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdoms of this world, that there is no way of rising to honors in the former, but by humility of mind, and continual self-abasement.
The same is greatest - Thus our Lord shows them that they were all equal, and that there could be no superiority among them, but what must come from the deepest humility; he intimates also, that wherever this principle should be found, it would save its possessor from seeking worldly honors or earthly profits, and from seeking to be a ruler over his brethren, or a lord in God's heritage.
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LibraryMay 31. "Whosoever Therefore Shall Humble Himself as this Little Child" (Matt. xviii. 4).
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child" (Matt. xviii. 4). You will never get a humble heart until it is born from above, from the heart of Christ. For man has lost his own humanity and alas, too often has a demon heart. God wants us, as Christians, to be simple, human, approachable and childlike. The Christians that we know and love best, and that are nearest to the Lord, are the most simple. Whenever we grow stilted we are only fit for a picture gallery, and we are only good …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
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Meetings for Prayer.
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
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