Matthew 11:11

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Uerely I say vnto you, Among them that are borne of women, there hath not risen a greater then Iohn the Baptist: notwithstanding, hee that is least in the kingdome of heauen, is greater then he.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen {anyone} greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is but little in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Truly I say to you, Among the sons of women there has not been a greater than John the Baptist: but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
- Basic English Bible

Verily I say to you, that there is not arisen among [the] born of women a greater than John the baptist. But he who is a little one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
- Darby Bible

Verily, I say to you, among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he.
- Webster's Bible

I solemnly tell you that among all of woman born no greater has ever been raised up than John the Baptist; yet one who is of lower rank in the Kingdom of the Heavens is greater than he.
- Weymouth Bible

Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
- World English Bible

Treuli Y seie to you, ther roos noon more than Joon Baptist among the children of wymmen; but he that is lesse in the kyngdom of heuenes, is more than he.
- Wycliffe Bible

Verily I say to you, there hath not risen, among those born of women, a greater than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the reign of the heavens is greater than he.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 11:11


11:11 But he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he - Which an ancient author explains thus: - One perfect in the law, as John was, is inferior to one who is baptized into the death of Christ. For this is the kingdom of heaven, even to be buried with Christ, and to be raised up together with him. John was greater than all who had been then born of women, but he was cut off before the kingdom of heaven was given. [He seems to mean, that righteousness, peace, and joy, which constitute the present inward kingdom of heaven.] He was blameless as to that righteousness which is by the law; but he fell short of those who are perfected by the spirit of life which is in Christ. Whosoever, therefore, is least in the kingdom of heaven, by Christian regeneration, is greater than any who has attained only the righteousness of the law, because the law maketh nothing perfect. It may farther mean, the least true Christian believer has a more perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ, of his redemption and kingdom, than John the Baptist had, who died before the full manifestation of the Gospel.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 11:11


Mt 11:11 Among them that are born of women. Among all of the human race that were before John the Baptist. The world thinks that kings, generals, and statesmen are the greatest of men. But God measures differently. Time, too, measures differently. Herod, now, would hardly be known at all if he had not imprisoned John the Baptist. He that is least in the kingdom of heaven. This shows, (1) That John was not in the kingdom of God. (2) That, as none greater than John has been born of women, no one had yet entered the kingdom. (3) That, therefore, it had not yet been set up, but as John himself, Jesus, and the Twelve under the first commission, preached, was "at hand" (Mt 3:2 4:17 10:7). (4) All in the kingdom, even the humblest, have a superior station to John, because they have superior privileges.

Discussion for Matthew 11:11

  • Gurjit Singh for verse 11
    Christ was baptized by Saint John.He find the inner peace and achivement of God with kindness of his prophet master St. Johan.The master for a follower is above everything in the world.So he is saying in the glory of his master that no one is born on the earth greater than John.Then he is saying about the value of humbleness and meekness.Least mean of lowest ego or egoless or feeling himself as least of all the man made by God.No one is greater than John in kingdom of heaven.But christ is saying this to appreciate us for being humble and reduce ego which make the way for going to God easy.
  • Okorie Chukwuemeka for verse 11
    Of ALL born of women from the beginning until that his own time none is greater than John the Baptist and the reason for that is because John the Baptist was 1. sent to prepare the way of the SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD, JESUS CHRIST Matthew 11 10 which no other man or woman was commissioned to do that because ' '...all the prophets and law prophesied... ' 'about Christ coming ' '...until John ' ' Matthew 11 13 came to prepare the way. 2. He was MORE THAN A PROPHET Matthew 11 9 . BUT HE that is LEAST IN THE KINGDOM that is the christian who has been converted lastly in to the kingdom of God is greater than him. It then means that all converted christians are greater than him.
  • Joshua scott whippple for verse 11
    some how some way this verse is connecting with me. regreatfully ive never reed the bible yet I have strong intuitions of it. seems as though everytime I look at the clock it's 11:11. I have a strong feeling that the lord is trying to give me a message.

Bible Options