Matthew 18:4

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whosoeuer therefore shall humble himselfe as this little childe, the same is greatest in the Kingdome of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whoever, then, will make himself as low as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, *he* is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens;
- Darby Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this young child, he it is who is superior to others in the Kingdom of the Heavens.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
- World English Bible

Therfor who euer mekith hym as this litil child, he is gretter in the kyngdom of heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

whoever then may humble himself as this child, he is the greater in the reign of the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:4


Mt 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child. This explains the great feature in which they must become as the child. Greatness in the kingdom is not secured by seeking to be greatest. There is a lesson here for Christians, and especially preachers who are ambitious of distinction.

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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