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

  • Matt
    Yes, when someone comes to you and sincerely asks you to forgive them, you forgive them. Otherwise, He will not forgive you when you sin/ trespass against Him. If they don't come to you, you should forgive them in your heart so it doesn't wear on you. You don't have to go around them, necessarily, but forgive them to show you are spiritually mature/ complete.
  • Gee Law
    Vs.18-35: God wants us to forgive all that offend us. If Christ could pay the supreme price for our sins by dying on the cross, He wants us, likewise to forgive all men-70×7 times. Wao! Our God is sp loving and compassionate! If only we as humans cpuld follow God's word on daily nasis, we shall bw living in Heaven here on Earth. God bless is all that are obedient to this command. Amen.
  • Othelia morrison
    I just ❤God's Holy Precious Word. The more I read , the more I study the more I fall in ❤ with the Father, Son,
  • Donna
    He doesn't tell us to act like a child, He says to become as a child. When you think about it, unless a child is neglected, a child trusts that his needs will be met, without having to ask the parents daily to provide. In trusting Jesus, we must do the same, fully trusting His righteousness and His sacrifice on the cross, and not our own works. I hope this helps!
  • MockingBird
    A child is so trusting : not afraid !! Converted is a turning from to a turning to . The Grace of God is the efficient cause, human agency the responding effect . The grace of God is Truly Amazing !!
  • BSP
    Jesus said that his disciple must be like little children. Little children are humble and teachable and we must be like them in this way.

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