Matthew 18:1

“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

At the same time came the Disciples vnto Iesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdome of heauen?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- American Standard Version (1901)

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- Basic English Bible

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?
- Darby Bible

At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- Webster's Bible

Just then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who ranks higher than others in the Kingdom of the Heavens?"
- Weymouth Bible

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
- World English Bible

In that our the disciplis camen to Jhesu, and seiden, Who, gessist thou, is gretter in the kyngdom of heuenes?
- Wycliffe Bible

At that hour came the disciples near to Jesus, saying, `Who, now, is greater in the reign of the heavens?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 18:1


18:1 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? - Which of us shall be thy prime minister? They still dreamed of a temporal kingdom.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:1


Mt 18:1 The Greatest in the Kingdom SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 18: Who Shall Be Greatest?. Becoming As Little Children. Causing the Little Ones to Stumble. Despising the Little Ones. How to Deal with an Offending Brother. Forgiving Those Who Injure Us. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. At the same time. As Peter returned from paying the tribute money. Came the disciples unto Jesus. Compare Mr 9:33-50 Lu 9:46-50 and also Mt 19:13-15. Mark says the conversation occurred at Capernaum (Mr 9:33). Who is the greatest in the kingdom? The disciples had disputed in the way was to which of them should be chief ministers in the earthly kingdom that they still supposed Christ would establish (Mr 9:33,34). Mark also says that before calling the child, Jesus said: "He that would be greatest among you, let him become the servant of all" (Mr 9:35), the rule of true greatness.

Discussion for Matthew 18

  • Irene
    I like what Mockingbird said; everytime i read this - i am reminded how our mouths can run wild and hurt or just be mis-understood. I had this experience of a 'loose' mouth just recently, but it was 'just' a mis-understanding; my Sis. in the Lord and I got it cleared up though.
  • Ps gideon
    Yes is true Jesus he is our saviour and out lord We are find by him we bow today and say thank you Lord
  • Chukwuemeka
    Jesus is still in the business of finding lost souls and very soon no body would put up an excuse that nobody came looking for him when he was lost.so let the lost believe in his rescue business and make Jesus smile.
  • Jonathan McDade
    Praise the Lord for taking care of us and giving us love and mercy. It's only through his mercy that we are reunited with him, when you are lost in sin how sweet it is to be back in the arms of the Father. Amen
  • MockingBird
    The guy that had his dad as a minister for 60 yrs. Thanks for your comment : This opened my eyes : Yes , I see that he came to bring back to man what was lost in Adam in the garden : A relationship and fellowship with the Father God. Praise God !!! He restored !
  • MockingBird
    I believe that this passage is also talking about forgiveness and un forgiveness and I believe that this passage is also talking about what I say : I can have what I say : If I talk doubt and unbelief all day every day : that is what I get : Talk fear : That fear will come upon me : Talk Faith and Blessing all day everyday , not only on me but on all and everyone that I talk about. I will have to give an account of all that I speak on the day I stand before Jesus Christ . As well as every one else. No one will be left out on that day !!

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